The Kolymbithres – Aghios Ioannis Detis – Cape Korakas Hike
An 11 km hike with a touch of hiking, going along the bay of Kolimbithres, into the Aghios Ioannis Detis environmental park and Cape Korakas. A Mycenean fort, unique rock formations, beaches and great views to the bay of Naoussa and the whole of the island’s northern coast.
Description We get off the Parikia-Naoussa bus at the Kolymbithres junction and we start walking along the paved road until we reach Koukounaries hill, a 75 m high granite rock outcrop. After some easy rock scrambling, we find the ruins of the Mycenean Acropolis built some 3,300 years ago atop the hill.
After exploring the site and enjoying splendid views to Naoussa bay and Paros inland, we descend and start walking along the sandy, shallow beaches and the characteristic rock formations of Kolymbithres. As we walk along the shore line, we enjoy the views of the calm waters and the islets of Naoussa bay to the east, going past farmland and tourist resorts until we reach our designated beach stop, perfect for a sea dip!
As we approach the Aghios Ioannis Detis Monastery, we go past Monastiri beach to start wandering around the clear, sign-posted trails of Cape Tourkos and Cape Korakas. At the old lighthouse, we pause for a picnic/snack break, and enjoy the wild beauty of the rocky shores around us. After that, we continue along an unmarked path to the Rock Park (just a bit of rock climbing there!) to admire enormous granite rocks sculpted by wind and corrosion. We complete our circular route in the Environmental Park descending to Monastiri beach and then either catch the caique ferry to Naoussa port (in the summer months) or transfer to Naoussa by chartered bus.
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In a nutshell [Unique sights by the sea] Sea/sights/history, easy, distance 11 km, elevation 75 m, duration 4.5-5 h (incl. stop for sea dip!).