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Lefkes in Paros
I fell in love at first sight when I first set foot in Lefkes. I had never seen anything like it, and maybe it was here that my lifelong love of Greece began.
It's many years ago and I have seen more Greek villages than I can count, but I still hold Lefkes as one of the loveliest villages. Naturally there have been some development during the 30 years since I came here the first time, but the charm is still there and the feeling of Legoland is the same.
Lefkes is amphitheatrically built in a valley near the centre of the island about 10 kilometres from Parikia. When the pirates ravaged at their worst in the Cyclades, Paros' residents took refuge here, Lefkes was the island's capital at the time. Around 550 people lives here today. You might wonder where all the 550 villagers are when you stroll around the alleyways, the village is incredibly peaceful and quiet, the ones you meet are usually other tourists.
One of the many beautiful alleys in Lefkes.
Lefkes is a small oasis and one wonders indeed if one is still on the touristic Paros. Come here and recuperate when you get tired of barkers and kitschy souvenir shops in Parikia or Naoussa. You face an almost unspoilt village with winding alleys, whitewashed houses with blue doors and shutters, hanging bougainvilleas and narrow steps with geraniums in pots of olive cans. It's like the archetype of a Greek village. Some buildings are in ruins, others are beautifully worn, like the pastel mansions.
In the square is a cafeteria under shady trees where you can sit for hours and linger over a book and a frappe (iced coffee). There is not a car or scooter as far as the ear can hear, a meowing cat under the table is perhaps the only sound you hear. A great lunch taverna with lovely views overlooking the village and towards Naxos is located just at the beginning of the village, about where the road ends. There is also the village's only museum located, and several craft shops and ceramists.
The cozy square in Lefkes.
Lefkes' most important attraction, and the village's pride, is the cathedral of Agia Triada. The cathedral was built in 1830 on the ruins of three small churches, whose icons are on display in the cathedral. The cathedral is built of marble from Paros and is really beautiful.
Agia Triada Cathedral in Lefkes.
ACCOMMODATION IN LEFKES
Every time I'm in Lefkes I ask myself how the village is in the evening, and how it is to stay the night and wake to the rooster crowing. Unfortunately, it still shas not happened. But I can only imagine how nice it is to stay overnight, or even several nights. If I were to stay in Lefkes I had chosen Lefkes Villages, which looks very nice out.
You get to Lefkes with your own transport or by bus from Parikia or Naoussa.
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