The Livadia- Delion Sanctuary- Telegrafos Hill Hike
A circular hike on the heights N of Parikia, Telegrafos hill and alongside Parikia bay beaches, featuring ancient cult ruins, old footpaths, some rougher trails and impressive views over rugged shores. Great as a sunset walk too!
Description Starting off from the Paros nautical club premises at the end of Livadia beach (Parikia seaside – N of the port), we walk along the beach and then take the uphill paved road to Kalami (1.1 km) until we reach the picturesque chapel of Aghios Minas. Catching our breath under the tall palm trees and the cypresses, we take in the view to Parikia Bay, the sea and the mountains inland. Then we follow the ancient stone-walled footpath up the hill to the remains of Delion, the sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo (one of the three major Apollo temples in the Cyclades in ancient times). The temple ruins go back to the 5th c. BC and are perched on top of a hill at 155m with majestic views all around.
Leaving Delion behind, we descend to the small countryside chapel of St. Irene (19th c.) and continue on high ground along the N-NE shore, traversing dirt tracks, old footpaths and hunters’ trails, always with magnificent W-NW sea views. We climb at the top of Telegrafos Hill (170 m) and pause to enjoy spectacular 360° views to the interior, the surrounding Cycladic islands and the open sea, as well as the bay of Parikia below! If the group is up to it, we go down a rough, mountaineering trail to a marble rock ledge above the water with fantastic views to the cliff walls, the ocean and the twin Portes rocks guarding the entrance to Parikia bay. After some rock scrambling, we discover a hole in the cliff: the cave where the famous ancient Parian poet Archilochos (7th c. BC) would sit and compose his elegies staring at the same sea. After a verse-reading break, we continue down a mild dirt road with shifting views (to Antiparos island and the S-SW coast now) to the chapel of St. Focas right by the water on cape where we stop for a refreshing dip (weather permitting) and a “Taste of Paros” picnic break. On a late afternoon/evening walk, splendid sunset colors are a definite plus on most summer days, as we watch the sun sink into the sea beyond the Portes rocks.
After the break, we start on our return to Livadia beach on an easy 2.5-km seaside route, through flat dirt roads and rocky paths by the water and along sandy beaches, enjoying great sea views to the bay of Parikia and the town.
In a nutshell [History, adventure & tall sea views] Sights/history/trails/views, relatively easy/moderate, distance 9.5 km, elevation cl. ±170 m, duration 5 h (incl. stops).
N.B. This hike can become strenuous when strong N-NE winds (over 5 degrees Beaufort scale) are blowing, and will be cancelled in the event of gale-force winds (over 7 Bf).