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International Folklore Festival: Greece, Paros Island (May 2015)

FolkWay - International Culture Festival 2015 - Greece, Paros Island

Festival Overview

The Festival of Karavolas (a folk festival) is held at Lefkes, the most mountainous village on Paros. The folk festival is held annually on the first Saturday after 15 August. It is one of the largest events held at Lefkes and Paros as a whole, and has been for the past twenty-five years. The festival is organized by the cultural association MEEAS YRIA LEFKES.

Not many people know what a karavolas is. Karavolas is the Parian expression used to describe the large snail. The feast is an opportunity for residents of Lefkes to celebrate their love for karavolas snails (and how they got the nickname “karavolades”) and is held in the large area next to the Lefkes community center under the pine trees. The dishes served include karavoles with skordalia (garlic sauce) and boiled potatoes, delicious local cheeses, baked chickpeas and plenty of local wine.

The preparation for the festival begins a full week before the event and nearly all the residents of the village volunteer, youths in particular. It is the most important feast held at the village and celebrations, merry making and dancing last until dawn, accompanied by live music performed by local musicians. If you are in Paros in late August, the village of Lefkes and the Festival of Karavolas are definitely worth visiting.

Group Performances: 31.05.2015

Each folklore group should perform once for 15 minutes during the Festival night.

Participation fee includes:

  • Tickets with return from Piraeus port to Paros island.
  • Accommodation (4 Days / 3 Nights) – Beautiful Hotels in Paros island.
  • Three (3) Breakfast Meals
  • One (1) Full Board Meal
  • Experienced and professional guided tours in the capital of Paros island.
  • Optional daily excursion in different places of Paros island, including regions such as Lefkes and Naousa.
  • Optional daily swimming excursion in one of the most impressive and sandy beaches of Paros island.
  • Traditional Folklore Performances
  • Party in one of the most faschinating beach bars of Paros island, named “Pounta” – One (1) free drink included in the registration fee.


July 10 2015


Start: 10 July, 2015 @ 8:00 am
End: 13 July, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: €145 – €190
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Paros Island, Greece

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Important Remarks:

  • Participation Fee: 145 Euros (everything above included) for all folklore dancers.

  • Participation Fee: 190 Euros (everything above included) - Only for folklore travellers.