Ayia Paraskevi

Ayia Paraskevi is on the southern side of the island, just past Ayia Anargyri beach, when travelling in an south-easterly direction. It is a mixture of small pebbles, fine shingle and sand. A definite favourite beach, Ayia Paraskevi has pine trees coming right down the beach, close to the water.

 

The picturesque church of the same name, is the church which features in an important scene in John Fowles' Classic Book, 'The Magus'. The beach itself is a key setting throughout the book, as is the Botassi villa (in the trees, between Ayia Paraskevi and Ayia Anargyri) reputedly the real "Bourani".

 

The beach has sunbeds and umbrellas in the summer season and has a small beach bar.

Ayia Paraskevi used to be known for its red rocks, where people would be allowed to sunbathe nude. This was back in the 1970's and early 80's, when there was nothing else on the beach. However, since the arrival of a beach bar and sunbeds, this is not so prevalent.

 

Getting to Ayia Paraskevi: Caique boat from Dapia; Bus from Ayios Mamas; moped; bicycle; water taxi or on foot around the island. 

 

Churches & their Saints: Ayia Paraskevi celebrated on 26th July. Musical evening celebrations the night before, on 25th July.