Walking to Marathi Marble Quarries on Paros, Greece.
This Paros Walk visits the ancient Marathi Marble Quarries and the old Moni Aghios Minas.
For a change on Paros, this is just a short stroll of around 4kms (but add in 1.5km if you detour to the small church of Aghia Kiriaki) - starting off with a look round the ancient marble quarries (the
Acropolis was built using marble from this quarry) and then along the valley to the very old Moni Aghios Minas before wandering back to Marathi.
You need to take a torch if you intend going into the quarry and also something reasonable on your feet since the surfaces are slippery and steep. The number 1 bus from Parikia will drop you off on the road by the track which leads to the quarries otherwise you
can of course get a taxi. Just follow the track by the signpost passing several old buildings - some of the quarried areas are more or less open caste but two of them involve a long slippery walk - you will
definitely need a torch since after only a few metres it is pretty well pitch black and also extremely rubbly underfoot so good footwear is really necessary.
Having looked around the area take a track on the left which follows a dry river bed and soon winds round to the right and after a while arrives at a track junction. The left track takes you very steeply uphill to a small church - this is a very pleasant picnic
site with good views and well worth the effort. If you don't want to divert to the church then go right at the junction and follow the track up to the monastery.
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