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19 Km route, 6 hours

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Paroikia – Marathi – Lefkes – Prodromos – Marpissa – Aghios Antonios – Piso Livadi.

This route actually constitutes the island’s Byzantine and post-Byzantine road network connecting the capital with both the mountainous villages and the villages located in the south east of the island.
It was used for residents’ movements and products transportation to and from Paroikia port, the villages and the Venetian Castle of Kefalos, built on mountain Kefalos dormant volcano.
Along this route there are long, paved sections (especially between Lefkes and Prodromos), old arch culverts, wells and springs, age-long olive groves, houses, pigeonholes, windmills…in a natural environment full of smells and colors.

The route starts from Livadia beach of Paroikia and then goes past the Elitas’ river bed between the planes and the Early Christian church, ascends towards Marathi plateau, and continues past the Ancient Quarries site where in antiquity “Lychnites”, the famous Parian marble was mined producing the best sculptures and works of art back in the ancient Greek and Roman times.
A short detour will take you to Kostos, a beautiful village, the birthplace of Aghios Athanasios of Paros, a Greek nation’s teacher.

The Apati trail in Lefkes goes through olive groves with age-long olive trees (characterized as nature’s monuments). Have a rest along the shadow cobblestone streets in Lefkes, a village considered one of the most beautiful villages in the entire Aegean with traditional cafés, old groceries, neoclassic stately homes, the House of Literature. Every corner is worth a picture.

Up to this point, the route lasts 4 hours.
The most known and best preserved section of this route is the one extending from Lefkes to Prodromos. It goes through olive groves, past windmills, culverts, the Hirolakas river and reaches Prodromos.
It is worth wandering in the village’s narrow alleys, shaded by Paper Flowers (Bougainvillea) of all colors and having a rest at the small traditional cafés where you can try local delicacies and titbits.
The route then heads towards Marpissa, however, it is worth taking a small detour from Makrialimni culvert to enjoy Marmara beauties with its marble Basins (parts of an ancient temple columns), the imposing Pera Panaghia, the parochial church bearing a blazon below the belfry and the picturesque cafés on the square. From that point on, climb to beautiful Marpissa with its hidden at first sight beauties. Its labyrinthine traditional settlement is righteously classified among the most beautiful ones in the Aegean with beautiful cobblestone streets, shady spots, many old churches, unique belfries the “N. Perantinos” Sculpture Museum, the Folklore Museum, the Byzantine Art Gallery, with flowered yards and streets.

From Anemomili square, ascend the road leading to Aghios Antonios Monastery where you can enjoy an enchanting view of South East Paros and the strait between Paros and Naxos. Finally, walking further down you reach Piso Livadi, Marpissa’s quaint harbor. In Piso Livadi, Aghios Nikolaos and Aghios Gheorghios Thalassitis are worth a visit. Quaint ouzo taverns, restaurants and cafés will give you the chance to have a rest at the end of this route.

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