Paros Frankish Castle

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Location: Parikia

The Frankish Castle of Paros in Parikia: The splendid Frankish Castle (or Frangokastelo as locals call it) is one of the most enduring monuments on the island of Paros.
It was built in the 1200s by the Venetian Sanoudo family on the site of the ancient acropolis, on the hill of Agios Konstantinos. Scholars believe that the castle was built from the vestiges of an assortment of ancient sanctuaries that were scattered in and around the island of Paros.

The Castle stands out for its splendid architecture. Guests can admire the eastern and southern parts of the walls as well as a defensive tower. The western and northern part of the wall is believed to be submerged into the sea after a landslide took place in the 18th century.
Moreover, a large part of the walls is not visible due to the fact that sections of the walls have been whitewashed or incorporated into newer buildings.
Impressive is the fact that ancient columns are embedded in the four chapels that are affixed to the Castle, too.

Needless to say, a visit to Paros is incomplete without a visit to this magnificent castle which stands as mute testimony to the rich virile past of Paros!

How to get there

The Frankish Castle is located in the village of Parikia, just a 3-minute walk away from the central bus station and 6 minutes from a parking lot.

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800, or booking your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Frankish Castle and many other places of interest at their own pace.

Public transport: The central bus station of the island is located at the main Port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.



1 Reviews
  • carolin 19 Sep 2010
    More of a quarter than castle
    Not actually a Castle but an old quarter. It has this name because it used to be the main town a couple of decades ago. The town was surrounded by castle walls. When piracy ended in the Aegean at the end of the 19th century, the town spred out of the castle, too. Today, this quarter has old houses, narrow arched streets and many gift shops. There are some rooms to rent, too, but not very good because buildings are old. Nice place to walk.