Paros is renowned for her natural beauty, vivid lifestyle and well as amazing beaches - however, did you know that this cosmopolitan island has a hidden side that awaits to be explored? Paros has a selection of unique traditional villages, where the visitor can still experience an authentic slice of life of the locals and be fascinated by a pace of life and atmosphere that belongs to another era.
Undoubtedly, Lefkes is one of the most picturesque villages in the Cyclades complex. Originally the island’s first capital, its mountainous location can be explained by the frequent pirate attacks that forced locals to retrieve to the mainland for safety reasons. Get lost in the whitened, labyrinthine backstreets and make sure you have a traditional Greek coffee or dessert in one of the many adorable small kafeneia (traditional coffee shops).
From the lowland Piso Livadi, the settlement of Marpissa glows like a white jewel, dressed in the bright sunlight. The seductive Marpissa has a rich cultural background and is an ideal choice for an afternoon stroll. The 16th-century architecture of the buildings is enchanting, while the view to the bay will travel you away. The gastronomic choices are also excellent.
This small, maritime village is a place of surprises; known as the island’s ancient harbor, the charming Dryos has a lovely beach where you can enjoy amazing seafood in a tranquil environment, away from Naoussa and Paroikia. Do not miss to visit the ancient ship sheds, as well as the infamous cave of demons, with the impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
Built during the Venetian sovereignty, the village of Kostos stands out for its picturesqueness and breathtaking view to Naxos and the neighboring islands. Small yet with a rich cultural history, Kostos is located at a strategic position and was home to Athanasios Parios, a scholar that played a significant role during the Revolution of 1821. The village is a delight to walk through, while the churches of Agios Panteleimon and Agia Marina are a must-see.
Less than a 5 kilometers distance from Lefkes, you should definitely make the effort to visit Prodromos by following the slated medieval path. The traditional, renovated windmills, small kafeneia and easy-going locals will warm your heart and make you feel lucky to have discovered this small, off the beaten track paradise.