Cape Fanos
I recently discovered that I have not written a blog post about Paros walking, hiking, trekking  including running or bicycling.  I am guessing this is because I know of only one marked or designated trail, the Byzantine between Lefkas and Podromos.  Yet there are countless places to move around the island without being propelled by a motor.

Last month I received this query: "Please could you give me some self-guided walks (easy) from Parikia, which are interesting, reasonably short – under 3 hours."
Here is my response:

Here are a few suggestions in no particular order:
                        1)  From Livadia beach continue walking along the harbour shore to the church and ruins at the harbour mouth.
                        2)  From Livadia beach take the back roads to Kolimbithres and climb up to the Mycenaean ruins.


                        3)  Take the bus to Naoussa and either get off near Kolimbithres or take the beach boat from the central quay to the Monistiri area and walk around the park and peninsula there. (Be aware of textile optional bathers in the area.)
Benefits of climbing a hill
                        4)  Take the bus to Lefkes and walk the Byzantine trail to Pondromous and catch another bus back from there.  Be sure and check the return bus schedules before hand, in June they stop early.  Hitching a ride is not as common as it was just a few years ago but is still done.
                        5)  Take the bus to Aliki and walk north along the shore to Makra Miti  which is great for shells, sea glass and other beach combing. 

            For Antiparos I can't think of any place that is better than another.  What we do is just head out from wherever we happen to be and circle back to where we parked our scooters.  In other words just pick a point on the map and walk there and back.  A place that everyone likes is Still Waters.  Tom Hank's house is about 1 km north of Still Waters.  

Use private gates on public paths

The point being that most of the back roads are quite safe for walking and pedaling due to little traffic.  Plus there are plentiful informal trails along the coast.  Beaches are public.  Just do it--as long as you have a better quality map than the numerous free ones.

For those who like a little more structure take a look at the EveryTrail.com site.  They have several entries for Paros.  Also I would be happy to have comments about other walks you know or like or to try and answer specific questions about specific locations.

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