For those who love hiking we can suggest some routes through the mountains that will reveal another magnificent aspect of the island of Paros.
Walking by Byzantine Path (Lefkes – Prodromos)
The path starts from the center of the village of Lefkes in the southern part. We cross the mountain Rachi 7-8km to the southeast where the “Brovalma” is the peak of the mountain Kapsalo. From there it is downhill towards the village of Prodromos. The walk takes 1, 5 hour and it is better to do it early in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is not very strong. It works also from Prodromos to Lefkes.
Walking from Marpissa to Lefkes
On the west of the village of Marpissa and at the first crossing that leads towards the monastery of Aghiou Georghiou, we turn to the right. A dirt road leads us to Lefkes through the mountains. The first stop is in “Afouklaki”, a wonderful small green valley with natural water springs. At its beginning are two united small churches with a beautiful garden where we can rest and enjoy nature.
After about 10km. of walking up and down hills we reach the church of Aghia Kiriaki at the top of Lefkes village. The view is breathtaking. After we reach the windmills, we start downhill towards the village of Lefkes. This hiking route is strictly for experienced in walkers, because of the distance and the level of difficulty and effort that is needed. This trip can be done also starting from Lefkes heading at Marpissa, or by using a jeep or motocross bikes.
Walking from Naousa to Kostos
Starting from the cross road from Naoussa, Kantinelia area, that leads us towards Kato Marathi. It’s exactly 4km walking next to an old “ximaro” (drained river). When we reach some local farms and houses, we meet a cross road and the old pit of Matzoro (dated 1952) with marble basin (where used to water their animals). At this point we turn left and walk all the way up to the hill to reach the church of Agia Pakou, on the top of the main road that turn towards Kostos Village.
It’s a quite easy route, that takes 1,5 hour and it can be combined with a visit to the Yria Ceramics, that is situated exactly 2km away from Agia Pakou.
Paros and the other Cycladic islands don’t have the infrastructure for athletic activities. The existing ones are just for the youth of the island. For sea sports the situation is different. The winds and the organized beaches give unlimited choices to interested tourists. Water skiing, diving, wind surfing, Kite surfing, sea games and also cycling are some of the activities we can suggest.
Over the last few years a lot of diving and surfing schools have opened, the best known are the ones in Pounta (opposite Antiparos), in Santa Maria and in New Golden Beach.
Tour of the Island. A nice way to discover the beauty of the island, With a comfortable air conditioned buses, with the valuable knowledge of the escort everyone can learn and see things and tips that are not written inside books. Parikia town, Marathi, Lefkes, Piso Livadi and Naousa is some of the visiting spots.
Combination Tour of Paros & Antiparos. A full day tour one will be able to see some of the most important spots of Paros island as well as the well known cave of Antiparos and her Venetian Castle.
Private Tour of the Island. A tour around places and sites that is not included in an organize tour. Images and tastes of the island that applies to people that loves to see a different prospect of Paros. Can be organized for 4-8 people by mini bus, private car or even jeeps. Escort service also included.
Antiparos Beach & Barbeque, a day cruise that starts either from the port of Parikia or from Punda port (opposite Antiparos) and visit most of the beaches of Antiparos. Swim, light lunch with beverage and refreshments, snorkeling and the unique and wonderful spots that they go, it makes it one of the most popular cruise to people.
Delos & Mykonos,a day cruise that operates three times per week which depart from the port of Naousa and give you the opportunity to visit Delos(with 3 hours stay)while having enough time to go around in this well known open air archaeological museum.
Next stop is Mykonos (with a 3.5hoursfree stay) whereone cangoaround, walkthroughthepavedstreets, toenjoyamealwithlocaldelicaciesand to get known her shops. Return in Naousa late afternoon where buses will takes all guests back to the hotel easy and comfortable.
Day cruise to Santorini, that operates twice in the week and worth a visit if you should have the chance. The excursion boat is departing from the port of Piso Livadi and upon arrival in Athinio port of Santorini, the excursion buses will take you around an escorted island tour, where you will see the village of Fira and of course Oia. Return in late afternoon in Piso Livadi where the buses will transfer everyone back at their hotel. SmallCyclades, like Koufonisi & Iraklia. A day cruise that operate twice per week and gives a chance to explore these small islands.