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Yoga courses are given on Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea between Athens and Crete, famous for its beauty and specatculaire architecture. No building is higher than two floors and most of the houses are the typical white houses with blue doors and windows.

Paros is the most central island of the Cyclades and there are several ferries (daily) to many other islands.

Piso Aliki

is a quiet bay, just behind Aliki, a small fishing village at the still quiet south-coast of Paros. There are several lovely beaches close by, a few taverna's / restaurants at the seaside and beautiful sunsets to enjoy in the afternoon. No nightlife, no discotheques, just calmness and tranquillity.....except for an occasional village party which are realy nice.
Piso Aliki and yoga, the perfect combination to realy unwind from your daily stress, relax and enjoy your holiday.

New nice video about Aliki: Youtube

Here is a site in Dutch and English about Aliki: www.aliki-paros-greece.com


Food

A good variety of groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in local stores.
There are a few Greek tavernas, at the seaside, where you can have lunch / dinner or just a coffee. In general the Greek kitchen offers, apart from dishes with meat, a lot of dishes suitable for vegetarians and there is plenty of fresh fish. In summertime they serve you fresh caught tuna straight from the sea onto the grill right on your plate.

* Apoplous Taverna

with a nice terrace on the seafront, fantastic food and friendly people, is the perfect spot to have lunch, dinner, or just a drink with a 'meze'. My favorite restaurant in Aliki.

* Restaurant Thalassa Mou

is the newest thing and according to many people the best restaurant of the island. Located just in front of the yoga school. If you want something a bit different. Modern Greek kitchen, fusion..... delicious! Lounge atmosphere for daytime lunch. Or straight after your swim to have a lovely lunch under the trees right next to the sea.


Transportation

Busses go regular between Parikia (main town) and Aliki, untill late in the evening. Costs about 3-4 euro. You need to buy a ticket at the sigaret shop, before entering the bus. Taxis from Aliki to Parikia cost about 20 euro. It is normal in Greece to order your taxi a day in advance, or at least a few hours in advance. If you want to go around, it is better to rent a car. This is possible in Aliki, but also for this it is best to order in advance.


Other things to do and places to go

There are many nice places to go to on the island. What I like most about Paros is its diversity. Every village, every beach, every area, is very different; has it's own atmosphere and visitors. I will give you my selection here, but of course it's very personal.


* Sculpture workshop

Jessy Boelen is organising every year several sculpture workshops.

For more information click here.


* Later on in the year, starting from june, you can enjoy painting, drawing and printmaking classes with Neva, from Artists on the Move. Participants paint and draw in open settings surrounded by stunning views of the Aegean Sea and amid the island's traditional villages. The art workshops are open to all levels of experience from the complete beginner wanting to learn the basics, to the seasoned professional looking for an idyllic setting. Students may choose to paint in oil, acrylic or watercolor.


* Diving

It is also possible to go scuba diving with Cycladic Diving School Aliki.

Everybody who does yoga with me, gets a 10 % discount for diving from Sarah, the owner of the diving school.


* Boat trip with Rofos boat

Relax on a beautifull old fishingboat from captain Ilias. He will bring you to the most beautiful places, where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling in turquoise water. Ilias will offer the snorkling masks, and also offers drinks, fruits and a Greek salad. He also organizes fishing trips, if you and/or your partner are interested.


* Clay beach Molos

If you want to have a nice soft baby skin again, go to Molos beach, put clay all over you, wait for the clay to dry, and then dive into the sea. Your skin will feel unbelievable soft...but it is better to wear an old bathing suit.....;-)
Not easy to find, you need to rent a car or bike.


* The caves of Anti-Paros

are one of the most impressing caves you will ever see in your life. They are one of the deepest caves in Europe about 150 meters deep. Don't forget to bring a long sleeved shirt or sweater with you. You need to take a day, or at least half a day, to go to Anti-Paros to visit the caves.
It's nice to combine this with an evening in the main village of Anti-Paros. Nice bars, restaurants and shopping street were no cars are allowed. In half an hour you can walk to the other side of the island / village where you can enjoy the sunset with a nice drink.
(Shops are closed between 14:00 and 18:00.)


* Butterfly valley

is located four kilometers to the north of Aliki. It is a biotope with a small source, which is covered by dense vegetation; cypresses, plane-trees, oleanders, carob trees and orchards. This area is ideal for the Tiger moth butterfly. The butterflies gather at this specific area in June and they "disappear" in August. This happens because in September the female butterflies search for bushy areas to lay their eggs and then, they die. The caterpillars come out of the eggs in October and they turn into butterflies in May. In June, the butterflies come again at the valley and they stay fixed and almost still on the trees till August, when they mate.


* Hiking in the nature and the mountains

Paros is beautifull if you like walking but it might be too hot in juli/august. Apart from that the whole year through it is lovely to walk around in the mountains of Paros.


* Horse riding in the area of Naoussa

Thanassos is called a 'horse whisperer' and treats his animals realy well. If you want to go horseriding it is necessary to make an apointment the day before. For more information click on above link.


* Kite surfing in the area of Pounta

Here people from all over the world get together for kite surfing. 50 weeks a year with wind. Also the worldchampionships kitesurfing take place on this beach.


Beaches


* A nice - but popular - beachbar close by Aliki is called Farangas.

The sand and the sea are beautifull there, they have a bar where you can have something to drink and eat, there is plenty of shadow (important in the summer in Greece) and they rent sunbeds and umbrella's.

Farangas.


* If you prefer more quiet, there are plenty of small beaches around, without bar/taverna, where it's more quiet.

The beach in front of the yoga studio.


* Drios/Golden Beach

Windsurfing and other watersports at Golden Beach.


Paroikia


If you would like to stay a few days longer and spend some time in Paroikia, here are 2 realy nice hotels.

* PantaRei Hotel Fantastic atmosphere in the oldest part of town.

* Livadia Hotel Located on Livadia beach. Only a few minutes walking to Paroikia's centre.


* Spitiko restaurant

One of the best places to watch the sunset at the seafront of Parikia, while enjoying something nice to eat or just a drink. Run by Patricia and Menos, a lovely French/Greek couple.


* Magaya beach restaurant

Close to Parikia, one of my favorite places to go, if you want something else. It is located right on the beach near Parikia. It offers all day long drinks and food in Asian and Greek recipes. They play nice music and have hammocks to relax and a nice bar with a fresh breeze most of the times. Sometimes they have live music on sunday afternoons.


* Tango Mar

Is another beach bar at the end of Parikia on the left side.
Lounge, calm atmosphere, nice food, international kitchen.


* Distrato

Coffees, refreshments, crepes ,sandwiches, burgers and fresh salads all served under a huge tree to keep you cool on a hot day. One of the popular places to hang out.


* Levantis

Levantis restaurant is nestled in the heart of the old town of Paroikia. The dining area is set in a garden courtyard covered by a stunning 200 year old grapevine. The chef, Giorgios Mavridis, presents a modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine using local ingredients including his own production of olive oil whenever possible. My favorite restaurant! If you want to eat something special, you really should go there! Delicious!

Levantis slow roasted cherry tomato and rocket salad with pan-fried haloumi wrapped in vine leaves.


* Norios

If you want someting else, delightfull Japanes/Chinese food, and sushi's.
No internet site, but everybody know's it. You'll find the place inbetween Magaya Beach Bar and Parikia, on the main road.


* Cactus

Specialises in Mexican and Latin American cuisine. Also great Thai food.


Naoussa


The old port at the other side of the island, where most of the night life is happening. A lot of bars and restaurants. Prices in general are higher then in Parikia. There is a small port inside, don't miss it...... and an old pirates fort. You can eat nice fish there, just caught by the local fisherman.


Lefkes

A different village, with different people, in the middle of the island, in the mountains. Quiet, no cars/bikes in the old centre. Nice to have a walk through and combine it with lunch/dinner.


Anti-Paros and Thea

* Make sure you take the right road; there are 2 Pounda's; a beach bar at the east side and the boat to Anti-Paros at the west side of the island. Where the boat leaves from Paros to Anti-Paros is located a restaurant/wine club; Thea, which means 'view'. If you like good wine you should go there. Owner Nikos can play real nice music, if he's in a good mood. ;-)


* You can take the boat from Punta (where the kite surfing is happening) to Anti-Paros, and you'll be there in 10 minutes. The boat goes every 30 minutes. No cars and bikes allowed in the main town, so it has a different and calm atmosphere. In high season it is a favorite place for many Scandinavian people and a lot of tourists with small children go there. You can also go with a bike/car over the island. There are nice beaches and you can visit the caves.