This route starts from Naoussa and its destination is the ancient quarries. The first kilometers are an uphill road to the settlement of "Marathi" where the mines are located. The route runs through the mountain slope alongside the dry river that in winter time flows into the bay of Naoussa. It is now time for a short stop at the mines. The Parian Marble which is excavated from this area is of high quality; some of the most famous ancient greek monuments, such as the statue of Hermes sculpted by Praxiteles, the statue of Aphrodite of Milos which is exhibited at the museum of Louvre and even the recently discovered statue of Alexander The Great, in Alexandria, Egypt, are all made of parian marble. Our ride goes on; we cycle by St. Minas monastery and head to Kostos village. Kostos is a small, picturesque and quiet mountain village that does not even have any hotels. Here, the locals meet up at the square, at George’s small cafe. The friendly atmosphere attracts everyone who wants to drink a cold beer while having a good snack. Next stop is in "Lefkes" where we will stroll in the streets and by the main square. Lefkes is considered the most picturesque village of Paros. After that we take a downhill road and cycle by the old Byzantine path that leads to the east coast of Paros. Then we keep on cycling to the north side towards the coast of "Ambelas" village. Here we have free time in case you would like to have some lunch at the tavernas by the beach or swim to cool off, without any time limitations.
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