Pisso Livadi – Dryos
The best way to really get to know a place is to walk, wander around with no rush, give it time.
Paros, of course, is no exception to this rule.
To know Paros you have to stroll through the alleys of Paroikia and Naoussa, not forgetting the smaller villages, walk along the dirt roads and paths, lose track of time among the ruins and country chapels always leaving some time for a cup of coffee or a souma, the local liquor, in a café, for a short stop by the thyme, the vineyards or the olive trees or for a refreshing swim in one of the beaches.
The most popular, widely known walking routes in Paros are the Byzantine Road connecting Lefkes to Prodromos and the well cared paths in the Environmental and Cultural Paros Park Ai Yannis Detis, north of Kolimbithres. There are certainly many more. For instance, on the eastern coast of the island Pisso Livadi, Logaras, Chryssi Akti and Dryos are popular summer destinations. Not many people know, though, that one can walk from Pisso Livadi to Dryos without getting further than 50 meters from the sea, following seaside roads, small paths and sandy beaches. It’s an easy walk that everybody can do, with a length of about 7 km and duration no more than two hours. It is ideal for the summer since it offers many chances for a refreshing swim in wonderful beaches, many options for a cup of coffee, a drink or a meal and for the most adventurous a stop for wind-surf or kite-surf. And, although there are no signs, you can hardly lose your way.
You can walk from Pisso Livadi to Dryos or the other way around, but whichever direction you choose, access is very easy since both villages have regular public transportation that connects them. So, even if we have a car, we can leave it in Pisso Livadi, walk to Dryos and then get back to it by bus.
In Pisso Livadi the route starts at the bus stop, by the village beach. Following the coastal asphalt road towards south we reach Logaras in 5 minutes, we cross the beach and at the other end we find the road leading to the famous Pounda. We cross the small and usually crowded beach and find at the western end some steps leading to a small parking lot. A narrow but clear path starts at the southern end of the lot and goes south along with the rocky shore, some meters above the sea and after approximately 500 meters reaches Messada, a small and solitary beach. From there it goes on along the lacy coastline until it reaches Tserdakia, a beach best known to the lovers of wind surf as Nea Chryssi Akti. (At some point of this route, a little before Tserdakia, the path goes across a fallen stone wall but it continues as we can see from its trail…)
From Tserdakia a coastal asphalt road leads after one kilometre to the equally famous Chryssi Akti (Golden Beach). Here too, there are more than one reasons to make a stop: wind-surf, kite-surf, kayak, bar, cafe, restaurants and a really golden beach. We walk across the beach of Chryssi Akti, either along the seaside or above the straw umbrellas, and reach its southern end and there a few steps or the road passing in front of the last shop lead us to a small path that continues next to the reeds, very close to the sea, to Boutari and Dryos. A number of small very beautiful beaches, hardly visible through the reeds, offer a last chance for a swim before Dryos. If we walk past them, we will soon reach the small port of Dryos and its quiet beach with the shops, the ideal end to our walk. We will find the bus stop at a distance of 500 meters, on the central road crossing Dryos.
If you choose the opposite direction and start from Dryos, you can also end your walk by the sea, in Pisso Livadi. In this option, upon leaving Dryos you should ask about the path leading to Chryssi Akti, because it’s not so conspicuous and there are no signs.