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Hills, and more hills

Travel to Lefkes, located at the highest point of Paros in the center of the island, can be accomplished by car, scooter, or by bus. Expect a hot, crowded ride by public transport however, as most of the young passangers are heading towards the beaches on the opposite side of the island from Parikia.

Rough, barren countryside...

The bus travels through very rough, and windblown countryside, rather barren and bleak, winding its way up the 200 metres to reach Lefkes, the highest town on Paros.

This scenic village has a current population of 500 inhabitants, down significantly from the 2500 back in 1926. Modern day life elsewhere has drawn many of the younger folk away, which has allowed Lefkes to remain unspoiled by today's standards.

Built rather amphitheatrically...

The town was built in such a way around and up the sides of the mountains, rather like an amphitheatre. It had been the capital of Paros back when pirates ruled the seas, and this afforded the inhabitants the best protection in case of a raid.

Walking the village requires good sturdy shoes, a strong set of thighs, and a pronounced forward tilt to your body. Of course, you must remember to reverse the tilt when you go 'down' the other side of the hill.

We can't say that we found shopping, or even sightseeing particularly stimulating, because there is no actual centre as such, and next to no signage for hapless tourists to navigate with.

It is a pretty, well kept town to wander aimlessly through, but the sights can be toured within a couple of hours.

If you are using public transportation, the visit begins to feel too long and drawn out, and if you have young ones, or even teenagers accompanying you on your trek, expect some complaining within the first hour. This is no place to visit if you are pushing a stroller, or have a physical infirmity. The streets are too steep for comfortable traversing.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very pretty, and in sharp contrast to surrounding countryside
  • Cons:Steep inclines to walk, and a bit tame for most travelers.
  • In a nutshell:Worth a visit if you have a car, and lots of spare time to kill
  • Last visit to Lefkas: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2006 at 1:43 AM

    I had a good laugh with your orange rolling and restaurant tips! I spent a few days in Nidri in September visiting my pen friend there and had great time.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2006 at 3:42 PM

    Great rolling orange story! Just a life haha.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2005 at 2:07 AM

    Now that you mention it, I haven't had a glass of "Tang" for decades. Haven't missed it, though.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2005 at 5:02 AM

    The page with more oranges than a fruit salad and more tilts than a pinball machine. Loved it!

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2004 at 1:46 PM

    Hi Pa, Thanks for sharing your visit to Lefkas. I was fascinated by the 'orange-roller'! I assume it was just for entertainment - good for him!

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2004 at 12:58 PM

    The rolling orange story is so special, if I ever get there, I'll expect to encounter that man. A simple kind of life. Wonderful

  • Nov 15, 2004 at 9:43 AM

    Lefkes, the most relaxing place at the relaxed island of Paros ;-) Bring your own lunch, and some oranges to compete with the locals...

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2004 at 2:20 PM

    Only spent a day there but enjoyed every min of it :o))

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2004 at 4:46 PM

    Lefkas looks like a great place to relax & to bring your own orange-juice...

  • mapakettle's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2004 at 1:33 PM

    I'm aware that it is in the wrong place. E-mailed 'G' but it may be awhile before it can be corrected. Pa


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