Marmara, a charming village of only 600 inhabitants, is 14 kilometers from Parikia and forms an isosceles triangle with Marpissa and Prodromos on the map, approximately ten minutes away from each other. It forms the seat of the Archilochos Municipal District, which also comprises Prodromos and the beach settlement of Molos. The village takes its name from the large number of marbles found scattered around it. The plain of Marmara is full of small dovecotes, windmills, an abundance of fresh water and is a rich agricultural and livestock producer. An important discovery of ancient ceramics was made on the nearby mountain of Antecephalon. It is said that the ancient city of Yria is also here located, buried somewhere in the same area. Moreover, the white-washed church of Taxiarchis of the 17th century and the Assumption of the Virgin distinguish Marmara, with three different bell towers. Just outside is Pera Panagia, a two-aisled church and three arches connecting the two aisles, standing on ancient columns. The one nave is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary and the second to Saint Nicholas. It is worth a stop here and a wander, so that you can admire the old houses and temples, as well as try a meal in the small café in the village square.
The white Church of Taxiarchis of the 17th century and the Assumption of the Virgin are worth special mention in Marmara, which feature the three different design of bell towers. Also, just outside of Marmara is Pera Panagia, a two-aisled church and three arches connecting the two aisles and standing on ancient columns. The one aisle is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary and the second to Saint Nicholas.
The villages of Marpissa, Aspro Chorio, Lefkes and Marmara stage depictions of the Passions of Christ at Easter. Both men and women take part in costume and later stand still in respect as the procession of the Epitaph passes through the assembled crowds.