A Paros Hikes original: Easy, 2.5-3h walks taking you to selected, ‘photogenic’ spots of Paros island, focusing more on the joy of taking pictures and sightseing, than walking… the walk! Hotel pick-up & transfer included – available as private or semi-private tours (7 persons max.)
Description If you are into photography (or always wanted to know more about using your compact or DSLR camera) and enjoy wandering and taking pictures in new, fascinating places, then our Photowalks may be just the thing for you!
So, let us take you to a Cycladic ‘photo-safari’, with some photography learning on the side! With relaxed walking of 2.5-4 hours on easy terrain, our Photowalks take you to choice locations and routes, where we mainly focus on the joy (and the process) of taking pictures, rather than just following a route! As we go, in perfect, plain English, an experienced photographer/guide will lead you to beautiful rural & urban sights, give you information about the place, its history and environment. If you like, we can also offer you a fun introduction to the basics of photography (and beyond, i.e. framing, focusing, depth of field, bokeh, macro, priority & manual modes), and hands-on advice on how to use your camera better… so you can actually capture that special sunset or the beauty of the moment! All this, in the perfect Greek island setting! No previous knowledge or special equipment required, any camera will do (compact or DSLR), all you need is desire to walk and shoot… great photos!
All of our Photowalks are circular and most are readily customizable to suit individual/group walking ability and wishes. They are available as private tours or semi-private tours, i.e. when possible, we make a mixed group of 3-7 solo travelers. Prices vary depending on Photowalk option and group size, please contact us for further details.
Photowalk options (most proposed as’golden hour’/sunset walks) :
1. The Naoussa Bay & Aghios Ioannis Detis Peninsula Photowalk (4 to 7km, 2h30 to 4h), starting from the shallow beaches of the Plastiras Bay (‘Limnes’ area of) near Naoussa bay, the spectacular Kolymbithres beach with its sculpted granite boulders, to the traditional shipyards with wooden boats and ‘caiques’, then going all the way to the 17th c. Monastery of Aghios Ioannis nested on a rocky outcrop over the sea and the Paros Environmental Park with its stunning rocky land- and sea-scapes and boundless ocean views. One can also walk all the way to the 19th c. lighthouse on Cape Korakas (+3km) to enjoy and capture the best sunset on the island.
2. The Lefkes & Byzantine Way Photowalk (5-8km, 3h-4h), wandering around the narrow streets of the picturesque, old mountain capital of Lefkes, and then walking on ancient marble-paved footpaths overlooking valleys & hillsides with centuries-old stone terraces… to a string of ruined windmills dominating the E-NE flank of the village. Readily customizable, this tour can be extended to a proper hike in idyllic Parian countryside to include visits to post-medieval, Cycladic-style fortified monasteries of Aghios Ioannis Kaparos (+4km) or Aghia Kyriaki (+3km) nested deep in the valleys around Lefkes.
3. The Parikia Bay Photowalk (4-5km, 2h30m-3h), wandering along the seaside and around the maze-like alleys of the traditional settlement of the capital of Paros, with a history of over 3000 years. Including visits to the famous 5th c. church of Ekatontapyliani, the medieval Venetian quarter of Castro, other Parikia ‘insider’ sights and along the scenic coastline with great sea views to the safest natural anchorage in the Aegean Islands.
4. The Marpissa- Agios Antonios- Piso Livadhi Photowalk (5km, 3h-3h30m), starting with a tour of the authentic Cycladic village of Marpissa, with its vaulted, winding alleys and distinctive old churches, and going up a steep Venetian trail to Kefalos hill (200m) and the imposing 17th c. monastery of Aghios Antonios for majestic views… and down to Piso Livadi for some sea air and shimmering, crystal waters!
Bookings or more info? Ask us!
In a nutshell [Walking, enjoying… and shooting!] Photography/walking/views/tradition/countryside, easy, duration 2h30m-4h (with stops), distance 4-7 km, elevation clearance ±0-200m, various starting points.