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Paros Practical info


General Info
CLIMATE
Paros climate is temperate, like the rest of the Cyclades Islands. Winters are mild and during summer season the weather is sunny, hot with strong winds called meltemia, very appreciated by windsurfers . Summer evenings are usually cooler, with a little humidity and you will generally have the perfect weather for your holidays.

From the month of January to April, Paros Island’s temperatures vary from 11°C to 15°C. During the month of May, temperatures climb up to 20°C. During summer months the weather warms up offering hot temperatures with Meltemia.  If you prefer cooler tempatures, September and October are the ideal months for relaxing holidays.

TELEPHONE
National prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad All numbers in the capital Athens start with 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210 3227400)
Area Code for Paros: +30 22840 xxxxx. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. Germany is 0049, England is 0044 etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color) 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color) 1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive changes for 200 and 500 euro notes.

Getting there
Paros Island features its own airport with daily flights to Athens and all major International Airports. It is also connected to most Greece’s ports by Ferry Boats.

BY AIR

Paros Airport is located at 10 km from Parikia. From Athens airport, there are daily Olympic Airlines flights to Paros (half an hour flight). The number of flights and their time-table depend on the time of the year.

Paros National Airport Tel.: +30 22840 92030, +30 22840 91256, +30 22840 91257/ Fax: +30 22840 91077

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos
www.aia.gr

Olympic Air: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com. Tel.: 801 801 0101/ +30 210 3550500
Office at Paros Airport Tel.: +30 22840 92211, 22840 91257

Aegean Airlines: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Aegean Airlines website www.aegeanair.com Tel.: 801 112 0000/ +30 210 6261000

BY BOAT
Paros Island features one port, Parikia port. The main port to take you to Paros from Athens is in Piraeus. From the airport, you can get to Piraeus by taxi or by bus (about 1 hour, depending on the traffic). From Athens, you can get to the harbor by subway (25 minutes from the city center).

There are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

To reach Paros by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 3 hours and the normal ferry which takes approximately 4 to 6 hours.

You can also travel to Paros by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.

Blue Star Ferries Paros
(normal ferry) For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Blue Star ferries website www.bluestarferries.com

High Speed Ferry Paros
(fast ferry) For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Hellenic Seaways website www.hellenicseaways.gr

Local Transportation
When you arrive in Paros, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer).
If you land to Paros airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.

LOCAL BUSES
http://www.ktelparou.gr (KTEL)
Tel.: +30 22840 21395 (Parikia), +30 22840 52865 (Naoussa)

Travelling by bus within Paros is safe, but it can be tricky as sometimes the timetables change without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart approximately every 1 hour from several towns all over the island.

Departure points: Buses leave from Parikia, Lefkes, Dryos, Naoussa, Alyki, Pounta and Kolimbithres, going to several locations around the island and back. During the summer period buses also leave from and to Santa Maria and Ampelas.

TAXI SERVICE
You can also get around Paros by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand in Parikia central square and in Naoussa. Taxis in Paros are pretty expensive. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.

Radio Taxi Service Tel.: +30 22840 21500 (Parikia)/ +30 22840 53490 (Naoussa)


RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
Renting a car or a motorbike to get around is common in Paros and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbour, Parikia and Naoussa.

Tel.: +30 22840 25027

Local services
BANKS & ATMs
If you need a bank in Paros, you will find most of them in Parikia and one in Ekatontapiliani. If you need an ATM, there are several all over the Island. Note that all credit cards internationally recognized are accepted in most of the Island’s restaurants, bars and shops.
Banks opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00 - 14.30 Friday: 8.00 - 14.00

MONEY EXCHANGE
Banks exchange all major currencies in cash, travellers’ cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash but not travellers cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels change cash and travellers cheques but usually charge higher commissions than banks. Banknote exchange machines can be found in most tourist areas.

POST OFFICE
The Greek post is called ELTA and you can find the post offices of the Island in Parikia and Piso Livadi. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post office in Paros Tel.: +30 22840 51495 (Parikia)/ 22840 41951 (Piso Livadi)

POLICE STATION
In Parikia, on Manto Mavrogenous Square
Tel.: +30 22840 23333  

MUNICIPALITY OF PAROS
In Parikia Tel.: +30 22840 21222/ 22843 60100-60105

Useful Numbers
•    Radio Taxi: +30 22840 21500 (Parikia)/ +30 22840 53490 (Naoussa)
•    Tourist Police: +30 22840 21673
•    Port authority: +30 22840 21240
•    Weather Forecast: 14944
•    Elpa (Car Breakdown): +30 22840 24168
•    Express Service (Car Breakdown):  +30 22840 53361

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166


HEALTH
•    Health Center At Parikia: +30 22840 22500
•    Health Center At Naoussa: +30 22840 51216
•    Health Center At Marpissa: +30 22840 41205
•    Health Center At Agairia: +30 22840 91277
•    First Aid: +30 22840 22500

PHARMACIES
•    Parikia: +30 22840 21449
•    Parikia: +30 22840 21388
•    Alyki: +30 22840 91560
•    Marpissa: +30 22840 41810

INTERNATIONAL PRESS
You can find International Press in Paros in the harbor of Parikia



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