Arokaria Notebook

Climbing up to Agios Antonios

Around the Island

Climbing up to Agios Antonios

On a mid December afternoon, after a tour around the island we decided to climb up to the monastery of Agios Antonios at the top of Kefalos hill. Our starting point was the village of Marpissa. On such a clear day, the view towards the beach of Molos & Kalogeros (the natural spa beach with the grey clay) was stunning!

Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios

Walking up the spiral path around the fairly steep hill, we passed the ruins of the Venetian castle and enjoyed views of Marpissa, as well as the surrounding fields.

Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios

The monastery of Agios Antonios, one of the first ones in Paros, was built in the 16th century. The once priory monastery ceased functioning in 1834 and today it is not inhabited by monks. The church of Agios Antonios has two domes and is an impressive example of traditional ecclesiastical architecture.

Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios
Climbing up to Agios Antonios

NOTES

Even though the monastery yard is accessible throughout the year, from mid spring onwards the monastery itself and the church are open during certain hours and visitors can have a guided tour.

Pruning vines

February is the month of pruning the vines, so even though the landscape seems a little bit dry, there is a lot of activity going on at Moraitico winery.

A Relaxing Day at Glyfa

After a couple of hours under the sun and a bit of swimming, we moved to the restaurant of the area, only meters away from the beach.

Greek Design on the Island – Clothing

Today we are going shopping in Naoussa. We are after some contemporary greek creations.

Paros on a motorbike

Getting around Paros by bike is easy, since its morphology and roads make it one of the most accesible and bike friendly islands.

Sea kayaking around Antiparos

The sea was calm, so paddling was easy and relaxing, while the proximity to the surface of the sea gave us a unique perspective of the wonderfully blue waters of the Aegean.

Coffee & Snack in Naoussa

After finishing off what has to be done, it ‘s time for a coffee and a quick snack, before leaving the village.

Day cruise to Koufonisia

The flirt between the yellowy rocks of the islands and the clear waters of the Aegean sea results to various turquoise hidden paradises.

Autumn Sailing

The wind is perfect and the last bit of sunlight for the day makes the bay and Naoussa at the background look even more magical!

Swimming from Paros to Antiparos

After about half an hour the swimmers started arriving at Antiparos, where they were cheered by the crowd

Hiking & Herbs

The mountains of Paros are full of nature’s pharmacy’s pure products.