Paros is the geometric centre of the Cycladic archipelago and a favorite tourist destination because of its many sandy beaches and lace-like coastline. However, it’s only by exploring well off the beaten track that you get a sense of its commanding location and special ambiance. To be on a path high on the flanks of the island’s central massif is like looking down from the ‘gods’ of an opera house to an elaborate stage set, a layered landscape of accentuated light and shade, form and colour.
On the north-west coast, a landscape of ravaged granite plunges to inaccessible shores, but the eye soars over the ocean to the island figures of Tinos and Mykonos, and an ancient sanctuary is orientated towards the sacred island of Delos.
The eastern flanks of the central massif overlook a band of the sea with the splendid mountains of Naxos filling the horizon. Outcrops of weathered granite (which served as handy lookouts and defensive positions), curvaceous bays, and coastal plains on the north coast appealed to Neolithic and Bronze Age settlers 3,000 and more years ago.
Inland are hidden valleys, many with isolated fort-like monasteries (an island specialty), and traditional villages with white-washed cubic houses and neo-classical buildings. Heading south, steep medieval paths, perfectly paved and preserved, traverse the hillsides leading to a sheltered, golden-sanded coastline, with views of island silhouettes in the open sea.
Arr- Dep: Paros port/airport
Walk the byzantine path and discover fortified monasteries
Experience the beautiful nature, the flavors and the vast cultural heritage
Enjoy the coastal panorama of the mildest island of the Cyclades
Walk along the coast and enjoy sandy beaches with shallow, turquoise-blue waters and crystal coves
Visit with a local fishing caique an inhabited paradise
Follow a pilgrim’s trail across the island’s high land, looking down over a Cycladic seascape
3 or 5 nights hotel accomodation in Paros
Guaranteed departure: two persons
Experienced, locally-based guide
All transport within the program on the island
Breakfast – gourmet wine picnic – dinner
Photos & documentation of your journey
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Airfare in and out of the country
Transport to/from destination island
Drinks and refreshments
Travel to Paros; you will be met and taken to your accommodation in Parikia, the main town and port.
Coastal hike along the bay of Parikia, starting from Livadia beach on an easy seaside route, sometimes walking right by the water on sandy beaches and sometimes above the shore on rocky but flat trails, always enjoying great views to the bay of Parikia and the stacked white-washed houses of Paros town opposite us, arriving at the chapel of St. Focas right by the water on the cape where we stop to enjoy the view to the Portes rocks.
Welcome dinner with your guide.
Starting off at Parikia, we take the morning bus to Naoussa, where we arrive after 20 min.
We walk around the narrow picturesque alleys of the traditional settlement and we visit the Venetial Castle and the fishers port. We embark on the caique ferry and after 15 min we arrive at Paros Environmental Park and start walking into the courtyard of the the 17th c. Aghios Ioannis Detis Monastery, the cells of which are now converted into a maritime cartography museum.
We enjoy great views to the bay of Naoussa and the rocky peninsula over the monastery roof and continue walking past the golden-sanded Monastiri beach and start wandering around the clear, signposted trails through the granite and gneiss boulders, eroded by centuries of wind, salt, and sun and continue on a rocky trail above the wilder NW shore with impressive ocean and cliff-side views until we reach the “Vounali tis Syras”, a ‘belvedere’ atop a low hill and at the old lighthouse, we pause for a picnic/snack break and enjoy the wild beauty of the rocky shores around us. We complete our circular route in the Environmental Park descending to Monastiri beach and then either return to our vehicles or catch the ‘caique’ ferry to Naoussa port.
Bus to Parikia. Sunset walk at Parikia old town & diner in Parikia.
Starting off at Parikia, we take the morning bus to Lefkes village, where we arrive after 30 min.
A circular walk that takes us from the historic mountain village of Lefkes past a trio of windmills and over the hills to the monastery of Ag. Kyriaki nestling in a faraway valley. Up for some dramatic views of rock, sea and island, then over to a hidden well, and a small twin chapel with a large feasting area, and an oasis behind which water springs from tilting rocks. We descend to undulating farmland to join the sage-scented ‘Byzantine Way’, a well-restored, stone-paved traditional path.
Bus to Parikia. Dinner in Parikia.
Departure or 2-day extension of your walking holidays.
Starting off at Parikia, we take the morning bus to Prodromos village, where we arrive after 30 min.
Walking the old traditional stoned path along olive groves and valleys and with a view to the S E coast, we arrive at the Aghios Arsenios chapel and the Afkoulaki ravine, with its stream and sheltered spring, the perfect spot for a shady picnic. We continue downhill, briefly on a concrete road, then on an old footpath and dirt track, to return to Prodromos while enjoying the view to the green fields of the Marpissa plain, the bay of Molos and Kefalos Hill, with Aghios Antonios monastery and the old fort remains, the last bastion of Venetian Paros to fall to the Turks in 1537.
Prodromos (‘The Forerunner’) is a quaint agricultural village that took its name from the church (with its distinctive belfry) dedicated to John the Baptist built in the 18th c. After a short tour of the village, we stop for coffee or refreshments at a traditional coffee shop.
Before returning to Parikia, we stop for a refreshing dive and clay natural spa in Kalogeros bay.
Dinner in Parikia.
Starting off at Parikia, we take the morning bus to Pounta port, where we arrive after 15 min.
We start walking along the beautiful, windswept beach of Pounta and catch sight of kitesurfers’ sails flying in the sky, adorning the view to Antiparos island and the channel. We continue walking along the coastline and watch the beautiful SW coast of Paros unfold, arriving after a while at the golden-sanded Voutakos beach. We stop for a dip at the beach of our choice around cape Makrya Myti. We continue our sometimes rocky but easy trail, offering great views to Alyki bay, Antiparos, and the little islets in the channel. We arrive at the sandy beach of Alyki, we enjoy the harbor views and taste traditional delicacies at a traditional taverna. Return to Parikia on the evening bus.
Apero at Kefalos hill & Diner in Marpissa village.
Departure from Paros by boat to Piraeus port or by plane to Athens international airport.