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Walking, hiking and trekking on PAROS

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LINKS PAROS

BOATS PAROS
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Blue Star Dilos/Patmos
   - Blue Star Naxos
   - High Speed 6 of 7   
   - Master Jet
   - Artemis

MAPS

WALKS

(last update on the 13th of November 2015)

*** = very beautiful

**** = exceptional


N = new in 2013
NNN = new in 2015

1. Capes Kórakas and Almyrós

2. Léfkes - Agios Ioánnis Kaparós - Agios Geórgios - Aneratzá - Kamári - Alykí ***

3. Léfkes - Kavouropótamos - Aspro Chorió ***  NNN

4. Léfkes - Panagía Thapsanoón - Parikiá ***

5. Léfkes - Pródromos and back (the byzantine road) ***

6. Parikiá ***

7. Parikiá - Panagía Thapsanoón - Agios Minás - Maráthi - Náoussa

8. Parikiá - Panagía Thapsanoón and back

9. Parikiá - Panagía Thapsanoón - Pígados - Léfkes ***

10. Poúnta - Voutákos - Alykí  N

11. Pródromos - Léfkes ***

12. Pródromos - Márpissa - Píso Livádi - Dryós  N

Together with Náxos the island of Páros takes a very particular place among the Cyclades. After Náxos and Andros, it is the biggest island of the Cyclades, just before Tínos: its surface area is 195 km² and also its population is quite large, namely about 10.000 inhabitants. Páros is situated fairly centrally and therefore many boat connections stop there. Long distance connections to Santoríni, to Kos and Ródos, to Ikaría and Sámos or to Amorgós often stop in Páros, but also the line Thessaloníki - Iráklio (Crete) for example calls in at Páros. 
In addition, there are a lot of connections with Sýros, Náxos,  Ios and many other Cycladic islands, especially due to the interesting connections of the Aqua Jewel and the Artemis, two boats which are the successors of the old Panagía Tinoú and the Panagía Chozoviótissa.
Finally, there are in Summer many supplementary (rapid) connections with Náxos, Mýkonos, Ios, etc. 
In this way, travelers often have to change at the island of Páros, for example to go from Amorgós to Folégandros or Sífnos.  

Boats leaving from the Piraeus arrive at the harbour of Parikiá after 5 to 6 hours. Parikiá is a thriving city, especially thanks to the busy harbour. It also has a very attractive old city centre, with amongst others the famous church of the Panagía Ekantondapilianí or Katapolianí (with the 100 doors) and with the beautiful Kástro. From the harbour there are frequent bus connections with Náoussa, with Léfkes via Maráthi, with Pródromos, Márpissa, Píso Livádi and with Driós, Alikí, etc.

Náoussa is the second biggest town of Páros and it has one of the most beautiful fishing harbours on the Cyclades. From Náoussa you can get to the beaches in the neighbourhood – possibly by taking a small boat. Especially the beaches around Kolymbíthres are very pleasant.

Léfkes is a really beautiful town, centrally located at about 15 km from Parikiá. The houses are built in the shape of an amphitheatre around the church of Agia Triáda.

Other places of interest are the old marble mines of Maráthi (on the road to Léfkes), the butterfly valley of Petaloúdes and of course the marvellous beaches: the beach of Kriós on the other side of the bay of Parikiá, the beaches around Náoussa with especially the beach of Kolymbíthes, the many beaches between Píso Livádi and Driós with the popular Golden Beach... 

Because the distances on Páros are much larger than for example on Sífnos, Folégandros or Amorgós, Páros is not really an ideal hiking island. There are also not a lot of actual old hiking trails. A fairly decent hiking map exists in the Road-series (no. 112); on this map a number of old monopátia are indicated, such as the well-known trail from Pródromos to Léfkes (the Byzantine road), some beautiful paths in the centre/southern part of the island (from Aneratzá via Agios Geórgios to the road Léfkes - Glifá) and a trail in the neighbourhood of the monastery of the Panagía Thapsanoón. However, in almost all of these cases you first have to take the bus or a taxi, or rent a car in order to get at the starting point of the hike. This means that Paros cannot be compared to the hiking-paradises of Sífnos and Amorgós!

The map of Páros in the usually very interesting Anávasi-series is fairly disappointing. It does not give a lot of details and it contains only very few hiking trails. 
Also the new map that was published (Spring 2009) in the series Terrain Maps, gives only a few paths - the same as on the Anávasi-map.

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Panoramic view on the Katapolianí church in Parikiá

 

The church of  Agios Konstandínos on the Kástro in Parikiá


The beautiful "Byzantine road" from  Pródromos to Léfkes 

Léfkes


 The monastery of the Panagía Thapsanoón