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        About Parikia

        Parikia is the capital and main port of the island of Paros, and it is located on the western side of the island. Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. It is part of the Cyclades archipelago and lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel. The municipal area of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets. In the past, the island was mainly known for its high-quality marble, which was quarried here and exported to other parts of the country and beyond Greece. Today, Paros is known primarily as a popular tourist destination. Parikia is the capital of the island and also the best known and most populated settlement in the Cyclades. Apart from its charming traditional architecture (old churches, typically blue and white houses, narrow cobbled streets, small shops, cafes, and bars, etc.), Parikia is also known for its lively nightlife. In the last decades, Parikia has established itself as a perfect destination for all tourists who like to combine sightseeing and partying. Parikia offers it all. You can walk around the town and explore its beauties and hidden places, but in the evening you can join the many different parties that often take place, especially in summer.

        Parikia is also called Paros town or Hora. It is an important port here in the Cyclades, as this port serves as a connection point to many other islands in the area. This is why Parikia is so popular, especially during the summer months. It is the first stop on the way to the more famous and visited islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, and many other Cyclades islands. The ferry connects Paros with the ports of Piraeus and Rafina in Athens. Many people do not explore Parikia because the ferry docks here are pretty short, so people do not have time to get off the ferry and explore the beautiful town of Parikia. With that said, Parikia is an excellent base for exploring the Cyclades. It is a good starting point to visit other places. Of course, you can explore Paros Island first if you are already here. The island is relatively flat and easy to walk. The best way to explore the island is by car. This way, you will save a lot of time because buses do not run that frequently on the island. Besides buses, you can also use a taxi or a bicycle. The bicycle is an excellent solution to explore the closer surroundings of the city because the landscape is relatively flat, so you can easily ride around by bike.

        Walking around the town of Parikia, you will feel the spirit of the island. This island has a very long post as it has been inhabited for several thousand years. You can explore the island's past by visiting the many historical, religious, and cultural sites in and around the town. The traditional architecture gives the city a unique charm. Whitewashed houses with light blue coloured doors and window frames, which perfectly harmonize with the many bougainvillaea trees in the streets and squares of Parikia. In addition, there are some beautiful beaches on the island. Some are located in Parikia or the surrounding area, so you do not have to go far from the city to spend a perfect day at the beach.

        The excellent gastronomy and friendly locals are another pluses when deciding whether you should visit Parikia or not. One thing is for sure, Paros Island and its capital Parikia will not disappoint you. You can enjoy many different things here and have an excellent opportunity to explore the Cyclades for what they are.

        Basic info and car hire in Parikia

        • Location: Cyclades, Greece
        • Population: 4,500
        • Official language: Greek
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather: Parikia has a Mediterranean climate  
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Parikia are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Parikia: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Parikia is at Parikia downtown and Parikia Port. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Parikia!

         Driving in Parikia

        Renting a car on Paros is the best way to explore the island properly. The road on the island is built around Paros, so you practically always pass the sea on one side and beautiful landscapes or towns and villages on the other. Traffic is very light here. If you are used to driving in big cities, you will find going here to Paros an actual holiday.

        It is good to know that some road sections on the island are a bit narrower, so you will have to reduce your speed on those sections. Besides the road that goes around the island, there is also a road that goes through the middle of the island. Visibility on this road is sometimes quite limited due to the many curves, so you will need to drive extra carefully on this road.

        To reach some of the beaches on the island, you will need to use a dirt road as not all roads are paved. Reduce your speed on these roads because there are some holes, and you risk damaging your car.

        All in all, you will have no trouble driving in Parikia and the broader area of Paros if you follow the road signs and obey the rules.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Greece is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old, and some rental companies for people over 75 years old. Young driver surcharges may apply to those under 25 with many rental companies.
        • International Driving Permit:  Visitors need a valid driving license to drive a car in Greece legally. Drivers of motorcycles up to 125cc must be at least 18 years old, while drivers of mopeds (up to 50cc) must be at least 16 years old. Driving licenses issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted. With an International Driving Permit (IDP), you can legally drive in Greece and 174 other countries and present your valid driver's license. Only two organizations issue IDPs in the US: Automobile Association of America (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA), and you can order it online if there is no office near you.
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company if your policy does not cover you when driving in Greece). 
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangle (mandatory in every vehicle), headlight deflectors (for cars from UK. Depending on the car, you may either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually), fire extinguisher (mandatory in every car), first aid kit (mandatory in every vehicle), warning triangles, spare wheels are required, and hands-free devices with hearing aids if you are talking on the phone while driving. 
        • Children in the car:  A suitable child seat must be fitted for children under three years of age. Local authorities approve child restraint systems that comply with the ECE R44/03 standard. A suitable child seat should also be used for children between 3 and 11 years of age smaller than 1.35 meters. Adult seat belts are already approved for children over 12 years of age and over 1.35 meters tall. If you wish to fit a rear-facing child seat, you may do so because the front passenger airbag is deactivated.
        • Driving side of the road: Right
        • Lights: In poor daytime visibility, use low beam headlights. The use of high beams in cities is strictly prohibited.  
        • General speed limits: Unless otherwise stated, the maximum speed on the motorway is 120 km per hour. On rural roads, you may drive 110 km/68 mi per hour. In residential areas, the speed limit is 50 km/31 mi per hour.
        • Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Greece: Within 5 meters (m) of intersections, within 15m of railway crossings, within 15m of bus and tram stops, within 3m of a fire hydrant, within 5m of a stop sign, or traffic light. In some streets, signs indicate which side of the road to park on. Parking fees vary from city to city, with meters usually operating between 30 minutes and two hours. In Athens, particular parking areas are reserved for tourists. EU disability cards should be recognized in Greece. However, to be on the safe side, you should apply for a card from the Institute for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People in Athens or from local prefects in other provinces.

        Car Hire in Parikia

        Most popular car hire at Parikia

        The most selected hire car in Parikia is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Parikia are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Parikia

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Parikia. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time not returning to your original site. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Greece.

        • Parikia-Ampelas (13km with approximately 20 minutes of drive)

        • Parikia-Aliki (13km with around 20 minutes of drive)

        • Parikia-Marpissa (15km with about 25 minutes of drive)

        • Parikia-Chrisi Akti (20km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)

        What to see in Parikia

        There are many exciting sights to see in Parikia and on the island of Paros, so a road trip through the island is an excellent idea. In Parikia, for example, you can visit the monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Virgin Mary of the Hundred Doors). It is considered the oldest church on the island and also one of the oldest in Greece. Another church worth visiting in Parikia is Agios Konstantinos. This church is located by the sea and offers a magnificent view of the sea on one side and the town on the other. The most beautiful church in Parikia is undoubtedly Pamegiston Taksiarxon. If you want to take some great photos, you will not regret it.

        Parikia is also home to the magnificent Archaeological Museum of Paros. Here you can see the collection of many excavations on the island. The most famous exhibit is the statue of Gorgo. Another museum in Parikia that you should visit is the Byzantine Museum, located in the church of Ekatontapilian. It exhibits icons, various religious relics, and other ecclesiastical items from the post-Byzantine period.

        In Parikia, there are some other sites worth seeing, such as The ancient cemetery, the sanctuaries of Asklepios and Apollo Pythios (on the hill above Parikia), the Paros Park...

        Besides Parikia, there are several other places on the island that are worth visiting and exploring. There are some great historical, cultural, and religious sites that you can visit to understand this area's history better. For this reason, car hire is the best solution to get around the island. You can make your plan according to your preferences, and most importantly, you will not waste a lot of time driving around in a rental car. Do not forget that many islands around Paros are worth visiting. So, after Paros, you can take your car to the ferry and explore other places in this area.

        • Visit Parikia

          Explore Greece 

          Drive your rental car beyond Parikia

          After exploring Paros, you can explore the island's surroundings. Paros is part of the Cyclades, which means that there are many places worth visiting around this island. The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the Greek mainland and a former administrative prefecture of Greece. They are one of the island groups that make up the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands surrounding the sacred island of Delos. The largest island of the Cyclades is Naxos, but the most populous in Syros. The most famous and probably most visited island in this area is, of course, Mykonos. Another popular place nearby is Skiathos. Both islands are renowned tourist destinations.

          Each of the islands of the Cyclades has something to offer you. The most noticeable architecture of the islands are windmills and cube-shaped whitewashed houses. There are some tremendous archaeological sites on each of these islands and some fabulous beaches that you will enjoy visiting.

          But of course, Greece is so much more than just islands. There are so many fantastic places to visit in this country that you will enjoy a trip around Greece. The roads are mostly in excellent condition, so you will have to think carefully about which parts of the country you want to explore.

          Greece, or many would say the cradle of western civilization, is the southernmost country in the Balkan Peninsula. This perfectly situated country of over 2000 islands, of which around 170 are inhabited, has access to the whole world via the sea and a beautiful inland area full of mountains and volcanic soil. A rich culture, many historical and religious sites, delicious food and genuinely lovely people - a place that every person should visit at least once in their lifetime. There are so many different things to see and do here that you are sure to find something for yourself.

          If you are planning a holiday to Greece, you should make a good plan. A rental car is the best solution if you want to explore the country to see different places, try other foods and meet different people from different parts of Greece. First, you need to decide if you want to explore the islands or are more interested in the interior. There are plenty of activities you can do for both options and plenty of sights you can visit.

          Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the cities you should visit if you plan a road trip through Greece. Athens is something very different from Skiathos, but no less interesting and exciting. Greece is a country that is a mixture of Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the legacy of classical Greece, the Byzantine Empire, and almost four centuries of Ottoman rule. All this gives the country a great religious, cultural, architectural, and political background that contributes to the country's diversity.

          The size of the country is equal to that of Great Britain, and it is divided into six main regions: Central Greece: the Píndos Mountains, North-Eastern Greece: Makedonía and Thráki, Eastern Greece: Thessalía and Attikí, Southern Greece: the Pelopónnisos, Western Greece: Ípeiros and Akarnanía, The Islands of Greece. Each of these regions has something to offer you. It is best to rent a car and explore the area by region. You will need time to explore this country well, so it may be best to explore the parts one by one. The roads in Greece are in good condition, the people are friendly, the country is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the sights are breathtaking, so all you have to do is buckle up and drive safely.

        • Explore Parikia

          Enjoy the culture in Parikia

          Where to eat, drink, and party in Parikia

          If you are looking for a destination with great culinary offerings combined with lively nightlife, check out Parikia. This small town on the island of Paros, like many other destinations in Greece, is a great place to explore Greek gastronomy. With many great restaurants in town, you will genuinely indulge yourself on your holiday here.

        Best restaurants in Parikia:

        Symposium Cafe

        To Bountaraki

        Parea Cuisine Paros

        Cuore Rosso

        Hellas

        Ela Paros

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

        • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
        • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

        How do I find cheap car hire?

        Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

        You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted

        You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

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