Pródromos - Márpissa - Píso Livádi - Dryós
Páros is the only island of
the Cyclades where the old coastal path still exists over a long distance: it is
thus possible to follow that nice path almost along the whole south-east and
south-west coast of the island.
The walk Poúnta - Voutákos - Alykí follows this coastal path on the south-west
coast, this walk will follow at first a few paved roads until Píso Livádi and
then the coastal path until Dryós, through some very nice beaches, with among
others the famous "Golden Beach"... Deserves **.
Route description: [There are regular bus connections from Parikia until Léfkes and Pródromos, and also from Dryós there is a regular bus of the same line, back to Parikiá.
This walk could form the continuation of the beautiful walk Léfkes - Pródromos, the so called "Byzantine route"...]
(0h00) From the square of Pródromos - where you can leave the car - you descend to the main road where you can find the bus stop and the bakery, to the left: you go right and you leave the village behind you. After 3 minutes, you pass an old well, with a rusty machinery.
(0h09) Another 5 minutes later, you cross a bridge: there is a chapel on the left and you already see the road sign "Márpissa" in front of you. You descend by the concrete slope to the left, and a little later you climb the hill to the right. The gravel road becomes concrete and you reach the first houses of Márpissa where you get to a concrete road while holding to the left. You keep to the right, you pass a small sculpture museum and you arrive in the courtyard of a large church with a red roof and dome. Benches invite you to take some rest...
(0h17) Behind the church, you can follow a lane until you get to a side street, that you follow while meandering down. After a kamára (archway) you thus go left and right, and down you get to paved street. You keep to the right here, until you reach a small white chapel and you then continue left to the main road - notice the remains of a nice oil press on the left.
Remains of an oil press in Márpissa.
(0h21) You follow the road to the left and you should follow it for 8 minutes, until the bifurcation: the road to the right continues to Logarás and Dryós, while the road straight ahead leads to Píso Livádi.
You see in front of you a small coniferous wood, with a chapel on the left and a bust to the right: behind this bust begins a paved path to the right of the road.
The paved path to Píso Livádi.
The trail ends after just 4 minutes and you should now continue on the road again; do not take the first small road that goes right, but the following little road, which goes up to the right of a small wood. You now cross the upper part of Píso Livádi, always continuing straight, but finally you descend to the main road – to the left, you have a beautiful view of the harbor and the beach of Píso Livádi.
The beach of Píso Livádi.
(0h41) You follow the road to the
right for another 4 minutes, but then you can, near a parking lot, go down the
paved slope that leads to the beach of Logarás - this is a sandy beach with
tamarisks and some hotels.
The coastal path between Logarás and Dryós.
You pass a tiny beach and the trail becomes a little dirt road; when it
bifurcates, you keep to the left. You follow a sandy trail for a few
moments, then you go down to another nice and sandy beach. At the end of
this beach however, it is better to take a kind of bridge that leads to
the huge hotel of St. George, in order to get easily to the small
concrete road - the place is called Tserdákia.
The bay with the Golden Beach...
(1h41) You follow the beach - where
there is no shadow, however - for more than 12 minutes. You pass the Golden
Beach restaurant and you continue up to the extreme end of the beach, where you
climb some concrete steps to reach the trail. It crosses a border of reeds, then
follows another border, you pass small fields, a beautiful vineyard and
beautiful holiday houses, with green lawns, swimming pools and small beaches...