Anna Spanou Pension is situated on a peaceful street in the heart of the capital of Paros, Greece; Parikia. Close by, is the ancient agora, or market street, and the surrounding old town, (one of the largest in the Greek islands), with its maze of tiny twisting whitewashed streets, home to a varied collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Within a few minutes' walk of the pension are:
- The Orthodox church of the Panaghia "Ekatontapyliani". Modelled on St. Sophia in Istanbul, this church, Paros' greatest treasure, is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the world, founded in the 4th century AD by St. Helen.
- The archaeological museum of Paros , just a few meters from the church. Its displays include remarkable archaeological finds from the Cycladic period (3200 BC) and Classical Greece.
- The 15th century Venetian fortification.
- The port of Paros, where all ships dock. You can easily walk to the house with your luggage (no need for a taxi). Paros port has frequent and comprehensive ferry connections not only with Piraeus (the port of Athens) but with other Aegean islands, so you can take jaunts to Athens and numerous islands using your Paros house as your base.
- The bus terminal. Buses leave frequently and punctually for all parts of the island and are very inexpensive, so you can easily visit all of Paros's villages, beaches and sights or get off the bus and hike into the hills.
- Paroikia's main market street, which is just a few steps away. Here you can shop for souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, bags, etc. or enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants serving Greek and international cuisine. The main street is lined with traditional Cycladic houses and branches off into charming, secluded side streets that invite exploration.
- A series of lovely beaches around Paros harbor. You can either have a small boat ferry you across the bay, or if you like to hike, you can walk around the harbor on foot.
- The seaside road of Paroikia. It is lined with cafés and restaurants serving a variety of foods and local delicacies. In the afternoon, this is an ideal spot to enjoy a coffee and a Greek sweet; evenings you can watch the sun sink into the sea over a glass of ouzo, wine or beer.
A short bus ride will take you to:
- The seaport of Naoussa, which is unusually picturesque. Naoussa is 11 kilometers from your house in Paroikia but is easy to get to by bus every 15 minutes. Its tiny port boasts a Venetian fortification and a chapel to St. Nikolas, patron saint of sailors. It is crammed with brightly colored fishing boats and surrounded by cafés and restaurants. Naoussa is also well known for its night life (bars and clubs) and for good shopping.
- More remote beaches such as Kolymbithres (across the bay from Naoussa) renowned for its unusual natural beauty, Farangas on the south side of the island (14 kilometers), Santa Maria to the north (14 kilometers), Golden Beach to the southeast (15 kilometers) and Piso Aliki to the east (13 kilometers).
- The airport is 12 kilometers from the main town and the house.
If you would like to rent some means of transportation, we would be glad to help you. Please let us know in advance what kind of car, motorbike, quad, etc. would suit you best.
Guests with their own transport will appreciate the proximity of two large carparks. Nearby are a number of bus stops for easy access to the rest of the island.
Parikia sea-side road and port, are less than 5 minutes on foot from the pension.
The Orthodox church of the Panaghia "Ekatontapyliani" & the archaeological museum are 350 meters away from the pension.
The 15th century Venetian fortification, less than 4 minutes on foot away from the pension.
Traditional Cycladic houses around the pension.
Naousa village, 20 minutes by bus from Parikia.