Paros Walking And Trekking
Although not a typical hiking island, due to its large size,
Paros does have outstanding scenery and lots of delightful
little footpaths that were used right up to the 19th century by
peasants travelling from one part of the island to another.
These footpaths traverse traditional mountain villages, isolated
hill-top monasteries, ancient monuments, chapels, windmills and
beautiful sandy coves and beaches. Recommended trails include:
following the Byzantine road from the village of Marpissa on the
southern coast, via Prodomos, to the mountain village of Lefkes
or; following the trail from the monastery of Aghios Anargyri
and, resting at the highest point of the island at Aghios Pandes
where you can enjoy the outstanding views, continue by walking
on down to the village of Lefkes.
If you crave more coastal walks, try climbing the rocks at
Koukounaries at Kolymbithres and then walk from Monastiri at
Naoussa to the lighthouse that lies behind the beach; or just
walk along the coastal road from Drios to Pisso Livadi and
marvel at the incredible views of the coastline.
Finally, beginning at the small chapel on the headland of Aghios
Fokas you can walk to the twin-roofed chapel on the headland to
be bowled over by the striking views of the bay of Parikia.
Whichever trail you decide to take it will reward you with some
very impressive scenery.
There are, however, not many good hiking maps which show these
trails although a hiking map of Paros in the Road-series (no.
112) does show some of them. Finally, all of the above trails
can also be explored using mountain bikes which can be hired in
many of the larger towns on the island.