Lefkes, Paros

Paros Settlement

It used to be Paros' head village for centuries. This place is relatively quiet, so enjoy strolling in its narrow streets and photography.

The main street in the old part of the village of Lefkes on the island of Paros.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Being the most "mountainous" village of Paros island, it stands for the great number of churches and some of the last windmills that remain on the island. Its name means poplar trees and derived from the numerous trees of this type that were dominating the village landscape in the past.

When Lefkes village was founded?

Lefkes is a small green mountain village located in the center of the island. It was founded in the 16th century by Peloponnesian and Cretan refugees who moved to the mountains in order to escape the raids of pirates who were looting the coast. While they named the settlement Yria, that was one of the ancient names of Paros.

The unique character of the village is summarized in the white houses, the blue shutters, the colorful flowers in the courtyards, the narrow alleys, the small Byzantine churches, and the natural beauty of the landscape.

It is worth visiting the folklore museum of the village and the remarkable ceramic art workshop, which for 40 years has been creating unique artworks inspired by the folklore tradition of Paros.

Lefkes of Paros: A village without cars

Another special feature that emphasizes the uniqueness of the village is that vehicles are prohibited and visitors leave their cars in the parking lot located at the entrance of the village.

About Lefkes, Paros

Last updated: 24 Apr 2021

address Lefkes, Paros, 844 00, Greece
nearby transportation