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Prodromos, Paros Island

Prodromos, a traditional village in the inland of the island, is situated at a distance of some 14 kilometers southeastern to the town of Paros (Paroikia), 5 kilometers eastern to Lefkes and 1,5 kilometer western to Marpissa. The village is found within a fertile area, full of vegetable gardens and various cultivations. It counts some 300 permanent residents.

The history and traditions of the village are quite interesting. The village is considered as the home village of Archilochos, the famous lyric poet of Archaic times. During the middle Ages, the village was called Dragoulas or Tragoulas, a false pronunciation of the Greek adjective “traghios”, meaning “of the billy-goat”, after the epithet of the god Apollo, who was worshipped here and all over the island as the protector of the shepherds. In 17th century the residents of this village constructed the church of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) which has several important old icons and interesting wood carved works. It is after this church that the village is actually named. Once in the village, the visitor may stroll about, in the narrow streets, among white washed houses and see small but very nice churches and visit the monasteries of the area.
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It is also worth visiting the hagiography workshop of the village, which is not only what its name states. In fact, it is an old house, with several activities. The residents lead a traditional life in the full sense of the term and the house is an autonomous traditional settlement and production unit. They are professional hagiographers writing books about it and about relative topics, but in the same time they cultivate and produce traditional agricultural products and breed numerous animals as sheep, goats, poultry, they store the rainwater in the traditional basins of the Cyclades and they produce themselves the bread, the meat and the wine they need. That is to say they try to be totally autonomous in food and basic products for every day life. It is very interesting to visit this workshop – farm; depending on the season, you will see the members of the family to be occupied in the activities that this season requires. Visiting it is really an interesting experience!

What makes Prodromos unique is the Byzantine footpath connecting the village with Lefkes. Those who like walking will certainly enjoy this route of exceptional beauty. You will arrive at Lefkes in about one hour and a half (depending on your pace), walking among vineyards and huge old olive trees. The footpath had been constructed more than 1000 years ago, during the Byzantine period, in order to facilitate transportation and commerce of the inland. The initial pavement made of big marble slabs is still preserved in good condition is several parts of the footpath, showing how it looked like when it was built up. If you like walking, don’t miss this route. It really is worth the effort!
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Accommodation facilities are not available in the village, but the scenic traditional taverns will offer you gorgeous local delicacies.

If you don’t spend the whole day here, captured by the beautiful landscape and the warm hospitable locals, you may go swimming to any of the nearby beaches of the eastern coast of the island.

In case of health problems a local Medical Center is available in the village; otherwise, you may address to the corresponding services of the town of Paros (Paroikia), some 11 kilometers at the Northwest.

Access to the village is easy by rented or private car and motorbikes, driving within a scenic landscape.
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