The Kolymbithres – Aghios Ioannis Detis – Cape Korakas Hike
An 8 km walk with a touch of hiking into the ruggrd Aghios Ioannis Detis peninsula in the northernomost edge. Unique rock formations, golden beaches and great views to the bay of Naoussa and the ocean off of the island’s northern coast. Great as a sunset walk – can be expanded along the bay of Kolimbithres and up Koukounaries Hill to see more tall views and Mycenean ruins.
We enter Paros Environmental Park and start walking into the courtyard of the the 17th c. Aghios Ioannis Detis Monastery, the cells of which are now converted into a maritime cartography museum. We enjoy great views to the bay of Naoussa and the rocky peninsula over the monastery roof and continue walking past the golden-sanded Monastiri beach, popular with tourists in July August but rather quiet off season on evenings. We start wandering around the clear, sign-posted trails through the granite and gneiss boulders, eroded by centuries of wind. salt and sun and continue on a rocky trail above the wilder NW shore with impressive ocean and cliff-side views until we reach the “Vounali tis Syras”, a ‘belvedere’ atop a low hill, with great views to the open sea and the islands of Syros, Tinos and Mykonos… and probably the best sunset on Paros! After that, it’s back to Monastiri beach through hillsides covered in purple sea lavender and white thyme (at its most fragrant in springtime). Once there, we start walking NE-E on mostly flat but rocky trail along the shore line to Cape Tourkos, just above the calm, crystal waters of Naoussa bay making a round trip to Tourkou Ammos (‘the Turk’s Sands’), a great spot for a refreshing dip if the weather permits! 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 return to our vehicles or catch the ‘caique’ ferry to Naoussa port (in summer months).
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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!).