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Strolling around the island a stop must be done in Lefkes a cute village .One can relax in the small square under the dense shadow of the pine trees, drinking a cold water or a coffee,seeing this old and characteristic old coffee shop (Καφενείον) in Hellenic.

Paros island,Lefkes

Lefkes,is a village of excellent beauty and of true hospitality.

In older times Lefkes was the capital of the island. It is built between the lower parts of the highest mountain of the island (Strouboulas), with wonderful view to the sea.
It's an absolutely traditional Cycladic village with beautiful white -washed houses, narrow, paved streets and Cycladic vaults which intensely show the astonishing, authentic Cycladic architecture.

In Lefkes you can see numerous small churches and country -churches of the 15th and 16th century and monasteries of historical interest. Of very characteristic kind is the "Panagia", Byzantine country-church, which lies in the green forest of Lefkes. The monasteries of Agia Kyriaki and St. John (Agios Ioannis ) of Kaparos' family are located outside the village.
Of the greatest importance in Lefkes is the cathedral of the village, Agia Triada, made of "Iychnitis" the famous Parian marble all the ancient sculptures were made oft Venus of Milos, Hermes of Praxitelis).

Don't forget to visit the folklore museum of the village, the folklore art shops (ceramics, weaving.) Outside the village and on top of the mountain you can see the traditional windmills, which give a fascinating view of the village. The visitors can enjoy the traditional Parian recipes as well as the semi - sweet wine at the traditional small taverns. Do not miss the traditional cafe at the centre of the village.

In August you can attend important cultural activities, absolutely fitting to the cultural notion of the people of Lefkes. Nature lovers and walkers have the opportunity of walking along the Byzantine path connecting Lefkes and Prodromos, enjoying the view of the place and the view of the surrounding islands.

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