On our visit to Paros it is well worth paying a visit to the Petaloudes Valley which translates to “Valley of the butterflies" despite the name technically there are no butterflies here!!
It’s a beautiful, green wooded area, full of trees and many beautiful flowers where thousands of Jersey Moths come here to mate, during the months May through to August. This is a tranquil and peaceful place; the garden is enclosed with dense undergrowth, a water feature and a path to follow. At first it seems they are hard to spot, and then almost out of nowhere there are 100’s of them! It truly is an amazing sight with every branch and leaf covered in moths! Out of respect, silence is a must, as these sensitive little creatures do not like to be disturbed!
There is a small cafe here where you can buy light refreshments and there are toilet facilities provided. You can also buy postcards of the area and enclosure.
The “Valley of the butterflies” is 6km south of Parikia near Psichopiana village, and is just after the Monastery of “Christos tou Dassous” We got here by quad bike, which we hired in Parikia, if you plan to go here by bus please check with timetables for travel information.
There is a small entrance fee of approximately 2 Euros
Scooter tour with no destination
one of the best way to discover the country is to take a bike, motorbike or car and drive trough the lonely country road with no dastination....you can meet a old women with a donkey back from the country work of the goats that poass in front of you with the baeel in to the nack or...stopping to talk a little bit with the old peole of this island....try, you cna discover the best of Greece!
A day trip in little Cyclades
There are some agency that can provide for you a day tirp with fast boat in the nearest litlle Cyclades, like Kouffonissi or Heraklion or in other Naxos beaches....
I ddiden't do it because when I saw the pics of these places I wanted to spend some days there in my Cyclades trip.
If you have time and you want to see this little jewels it's a good occasion.
Dont miss the wonderful susnsets of Greece!
People saying that the most nice one you can find only in Santorini, but i am quiet sure that they are similar on other islands as well.
Just make sure, not to miss it. Sunset there happens quiet early and takes only some 30 minutes!
Lefkes...200 meters above sea level.
Lefkes is inland from Parikia, about thirty minutes away by bus. A good way to see the interior, and if you want to visit the beach, stay on the bus and continue to Pisa Livadi, which is located on the east side of the island of Paros. Be aware that the bus fills to capacity with beach bound tourists in the morning, and does the same on the return trip late in the afternoon.
Lefkes is a beautiful little village, rather dull, no real outstanding features other than beautiful churches such as Holy Trinity, which is built entirely out of Paros white marble. Worth the visit if you have additional time to spare while on the islands.
Shopping consists primarily of local crafts such as pottery and woven goods, and take notice of the interesting landscape as you wander about, with the usual stone buildings, piazzas, and narrow well kept streets. (see my Lefkes Travel page)
We did not find any restaurants that we would recommend, however more time spent in that regard should find acceptable dining.
We observed one elderly gentleman rolling oranges down the centre of the street, in anticipation that the orange would round the bend and continue on down the hill. Possibly in training for the upcoming Olympics...
He got quite a chuckle out of Ma Kettle and I taking his picture, and continued his sport long after he ran out of ammunition.
We have no intention of returning to Lefkes, unless we have a vehicle at our disposal for a timely departure when interest dwains.
- Budget Travel
Find this beach
This is an absolute gem of a beach - the photos dont do it justice. Not easy to find as it wasn't sign posted, but it is just passed the turn off for the Antiparos ferry. I think its name might be Agia Irini, but its easily identifiable by its palm trees and church at the top of the hill.
We found it after a lot of trial and error - but it was well worth the effort. We went there twice and there was just one other Greek family there both days (mid May).
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Monasteri Beach and Palm Bech
This beach is on the north side of the island. You can see a small Greek Church out on a mini island about 200 yards into the Agean off of Monasteri Beach. Some of the greatest snorkeling can be done here. The water is crystal clear and remains shallow for a ways out.
Palm Beach is a little south of the Port town Parikia. It is aesthetically gorgeous and there is a small Taverna on the beach with some of the best Greek Island food i have ever eaten (i.e pasticcio, moussaka, greek salad)
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Not far from Parikia there is a valley called Petaloudes where, in July & august, thousands of butterflies gather and cover all.
You can take a bus there. At the bus stop there is normally a local peasant waiting for tourists. He takes you up the valley in his pick up for 1 euro. Walking is about 20 minutes...
I have never seen so many cats as in Greek islands!
Different type and different calours!
See the columns?
At the Kastro you can still see the parts of the Athena Temple that venetians used as building material for the fortress.
You can see the round column slices...
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