The Villages of Paros: Parikia, Lefkes, and Naoussa
- Parikia: This whitewashed village is home to Panagyia Ekantontapyliani (church with 100 gates), a Venetian palace, and a museum with Byzantine treasures.
- Lefkes: The bell towers of the magnificent 19th-century Agia Triada cathedral soar skyward in this traditional town, situated at the highest spot on the island.
- Naoussa: You'll have some free time in this recently discovered hotspot, where the ruins of a Venetian fortress watch over stylish boutiques and trendy bars.
About This Paros Tour
St. Helen was on a quest. Traveling to the Holy Land in search of the True Cross, her boat was driven into Paros by a storm. In a small chapel near port, she prayed for success, vowing to build a larger one on the site if she found the cross. She did – and made good on her promise.
On the site where Helen prayed now stands one of the country's oldest Byzantine ecclesiastical buildings, in continuous use longer than any church in Greece. (In an ancient country with countless churches, that's saying something.) And over the years, it's accumulated its stories. Ekantontapyliani refers to 99 visible doors, plus one secret door. Legend has said that 100th door will open when Constantinople (now Istanbul) becomes Greek again.
Tragedy surrounds a pair of human forms carved into the church's monumental gate. When the apprentice of a master craftsman completed the church, the envious master was afraid his own work would be overshadowed. Pretending to reveal an architectural flaw, he lured his pupil onto the church roof and tried to throw him off. The younger man struggled, and both fell to their deaths. They're now immortalized as the two carved figures on the church's monumental gate.
Ponder Parikia's stories as we continue to Lefkes and the Agia Triada cathedral, legendary for showcasing the island's marble. Explore a labyrinth of alleys or ease into the local scene on a shady square. Naoussa, with its old soul and new spirit, is a place to create your own tale. Do some upscale shopping or watch fishermen mend nets. Go bar-hopping, or contemplate a ruined castle. You'll find something truly wonderful here, whatever your quest.
Parikia's main square is named for Manto Mavrogenous, a heroine of the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s and '30s. Beautiful, well-educated, and wealthy, she gave her fortune to the cause. She equipped fleets of ships to fight battles, sent troops to islands threatened by Turks, and begged Europe for military and financial support. The Greeks won their war, but didn't do right by their patroness in her lifetime: She died on Paros in 1848, unknown and poor.
Please go to the tender pier station to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There will be some free time for shopping in Naoussa.
Walking is sometimes over cobblestone and uneven terrain, with some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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