Paros Greece - Lefkes to Aliki Walk.
Paros Greece Walks - a long excellent walk from Lefkes in the hills down to Aliki fishing village and beach.
We found this walk to be pretty tiring both because of distance (19km) but
also the climbs in quite high temperatures.
It takes in moni paths - visits the now private Monastery at Aghios Ioanis before climbing up on another really nice path and then steep road to get to the highest point on the island - the aerials [N37°02'47.10" E025°10'43.51"
] at Aghii Pantes (755m).
Then it goes back down and via AGH. Theodhori Monastery to finally arrive at Aliki. There is a fairly frequent and reliable bus service from Parikia to Lefkes - get off the bus by the tavernas at the top of the village by a bend on
the main road (ask the bus driver to let you know when you get to Lefkes). Another way - especially if there are several of you walking - is to take a taxi from the taxi rank at Parikia (located near the ferry terminals). Take the road
into the village - ignoring a small road on the left which heads steeply down towards the church far below - after passing a taverna go right and take some wide steps ahead - cross a track and then continue on more steps
to reach a tarmac road.
From the monastery go back a few metres passing the house - as the track bends left a path goes off almost straight ahead - follow this nice path which winds round the valley side - on one of the bends you get a pretty good view of the monastery again - now below you of course. At a junction with a dirt track go left
then right passing a white building to reach a wide tarmac road.
Turn right along the road (there is actually a moni path down on the right which runs along below the road but
this path was in a terrible condition where the bulldozers had let huge rocks and debris fall down on it plus it had plenty of heavy thorns etc. so we did not attempt to use it).
At a road junction around 650 metres along turn right (the previously mentioned path comes out here but it looked very hazardous to clamber out/onto it due to a huge amount of road building rubble etc.) and follow the road now heading towards the aerials.
Around 1500 metres from the junction a track goes off to the right - if you wish you can walk along this track and when it ends you will see the aerials on the left above you.
You can then scramble up the hillside and get to the site thus avoiding walking the much further way round on the road but it is quite scree and also thorny in places - otherwise simply follow the road as it bends round and then up the hill to the aerials and the churches.
Return back either via the road or again scramble down to the track and then follow the road back to the road junction, turn right and continue along the dirt track. After around 1600 metres at a track junction go right and follow this track as it bends left
soon passing Aghios Georgios church [N37°01';28.96" E025°10'29.26"]
. The track now continues almost straight ahead to eventually reach a junction - go left here to walk the short distance round to visit the monastery of AGH. Theodhori.
Then a little way along the road take a steep track on the right which heads up to a road by the windmills in Ageria. Turn left then go right at the next junction and follow the road round until it
reaches the main road.
Turn right and follow the road down to the very nice little fishing port of Aliki. The bus stop is alongside the beach area by the road junction and there is also a small kiosk where you can get a cold drink if you wish.
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