Parikiá - Panagía Thapsanoón and back
This is not a very long hike, bringing you to the interior of the island
of Páros. This hike gets an evaluation of **.
[Update by Raymond on the 4th of May 2010.]
Estimated time: The actual walking time to the monastery takes 90 minutes, the return route lasts for a little less – this makes for a total actual walking time of 2h45. We hiked from 1.30pm-5.30pm, a real walking time of four hours.
From the windmill in the harbour of
Parikiá you follow
the road running all the way along the bay towards the west (to the
right when standing with your back towards the harbour). You thus walk
past an abundance of restaurants and bars; at the far end you would
eventually get to the rock with first 1 and then 2 windmills and with
the hotels of Pandróssos and Nikólas – marvellously situated!
The little church of Agios Konstantínos on the kástro.
beginning of the hike is to be found at the large church with the double
towers and the blue domes. You can follow the coastal road until you
reach this church, but it is much nicer, of course, to first climb up
the kástro and then descend from up there. You then go down via the
tower with some striking old construction elements of an old temple,
after which you turn to the west and you continue zigzaggingly through
the old city – however, you should not move too much away from the sea.
You then also arrive at the large church, which is the mitrópoli of this
(0h10) At the square in front of the church you do not take the road on the right of the church, but the road on the far right, to the left of the Kialoa-bar and the lotto-shop. Via a long, meandering street you walk inland; after 5 minutes you cross the ring road, next to a bridge and then you proceed straight ahead.
At the first crossing, already after 15
m, you take a right; you pass two little streets on the right side and
at the following crossing you go left, to the left of a wall and a blue
wooden gate. In this way the road meanders between villas until, after 7
minutes, you get to a large villa, with palm trees and a pergola with a
staircase on the outside – over here the road splits up. You take the
narrower concrete road on the left of the green screen that screens off
the villa and you follow this road for 5 minutes – you do not descend
into the valley, which means that you have to keep a right at every
junction. At a very modest chapel with a flat roof, the road turns into
a narrower gravel road; after yet another 2 minutes this road gets to
another concrete road.
(0h30) You follow this road to the left and going down and after 100 metres you take the small concrete road off the right, near a sports field on your left-hand side. After a few minutes, at the last big villa, the concrete becomes gravel and after climbing up for another 2 minutes you arrive underneath an electricity cable – on your left and right you notice some tumbled-down buildings.
One minute later, the gravel road veers left and on this place you
finally find the beginning of the ancient trail, straight ahead,
climbing up the side of the hill.
There is a rather wide
rocky road in front of you (red mark), but the path to the right of the
road is obstructed by vegetation and comes to a dead end a little
further, because of the road.
After one minute you keep going straight ahead and in this way you climb
up for 10
minutes, until you get next to another electricity cable. From then on
the trail starts going down and after 5 minutes you reach the bottom of
While clambering in the rocky river bed...
(0h55) You should watch out here: BEFORE this cabin you take a right leaving the bed of the river, just next to a heavy electricity pole (red mark); in this way you find an obvious and narrow path, which soon becomes broader. The following stretch is very beautiful, between flowering broom (on the 22nd of May 2007), while walking next to a deep gorge. A couple of minutes further you get between the two slopes of the small valley, but you do stay on the left-hand slope. Everywhere you look you see beautiful olive trees and flowering broom!
The path to the Panagía Thapsanoón, in spring, with the flowering broom.
After 7 beautiful
minutes the path continues on the left of a metal fence and it becomes
narrower (red mark). The path keeps going up and you can see a small
corner of the sea behind you.
The Péra Panagía and the path next to it.
(1h15) Slightly further the trail gets into the bed of the river and – watch out – you cross the bed by keeping to the left, in the direction of the small church and the house next to it.
[This means that
you DO NOT continue in the bed of the river, in order to
go up the staircase to the hamlet on the right-hand side of the
valley. On the other side of the bed, you DO NOT take a right – there is
indeed a trail towards the monastery, but it is densely overgrown.]
The monastery of the Panagía Thapsanoón.
the way back you have to follow the same road.
You walk back along the wall of the convent and you continue until the
gravel road splits up, near a large electricity pole. You take a left,
but immediately thereafter you find a concrete path off the left again.
This path descends between walls, straight in the direction of the
faraway bay of Parikiá.
(1h39) You continue and you get a beautiful view on the Péra Panagía again.
The Péra Panagía.
You get to a few
subsidences and slightly further the trail is also overgrown again.
After 4-5 minutes, though, the monopáti becomes broader and it descends
between broom and olive trees. The trail gets even broader and shortly
thereafter you go straight ahead, obviously. Some 2 minutes later the
trail becomes narrower and stony; all together about 14 minutes after
your departure from the bed of the river underneath Péra Panagía you
reach the stony bed of the river besides the filling station again.
clamber towards the left inside the bed, you sometimes find a small
stretch of trail on the right, you then arrive in the bed again, and you
follow a small stretch of trail on your left-hand side.
You proceed in the bed, but after about 6 minutes you finally find a
a couple of minutes you rise above the valley and then you gradually go
down for about 15 minutes,
first with a view on the sea and then on Parikiá.
The descent towards Parikiá.
Towards the end
the road becomes rockier and then it turns into a gravel road. About 17
minutes after the valley you thus reach the first house and the
beginning of a concrete road.
3 minutes you
get to another street, just before the sports field. You go left for
about one minute and then you take the gravel road off the right.
couple of minutes later the road turns into concrete again and then you
continue straight ahead all the time – for about 15-16 minutes, until you reach the ring road of Parikiá. You then follow
the meandering street for another 5 minutes until you arrive at the
mitrópoli, recognizable by the blue domes and the double towers.
(2h43) You find the centre of Parikiá on your right-hand side.