When you disembark at the picturesque harbour of Antiparos, an enchanting aura will seduce you. White houses with blue brushstrokes, paved alleys with bougainvillea and eucalyptus and an overwhelming atmosphere of optimism and positive vibes will welcome you.
It is an island that combines beauty with history and archaeological interest, nightlife with moments of relaxation and peace, intrepid hikes on nature trails of exceptional beauty with water sports. It is a mere stone’s throw from Paros, with which it is connected by ferry.
With a coastline boasting a wealth of beaches, caves and picturesque coves, a landscape dotted with chapels and a Venetian castle, Antiparos invites you to get to know it.
Taste the island’s specialities accompanied by the local tipple, tsikoudia, attend cultural events and travel back to more innocent times by joining in with the two types of ballos – a traditional Aegean dance.
This vibrant little backwater of the Aegean stands out with customs harking back to simpler times. Numbered among its many fans is the Hollywood star Tom Hanks, who has chosen it as his summer getaway.
Things to do in Antiparos
The imposing Antiparos Cave has been known since the Stone Age, judging by archaeological findings and the carvings found inside. Perched high above the sea on Ai Yiannis Hill, this huge cavern commands a brilliant view of its surroundings and plenty of international fame as well. Having descended the 411 steps to its entrance, you’ll be awestruck by the sheer artistry of nature within. Many of the shapes let your imagination run wild, with columns of stalactites cascading like waterfalls.
Just off the southeast coast of Antiparos lies a small uninhabited island, Despotiko. Its rocky moonscape, with unspoilt beaches of all sizes, will offer you the chance to while away the hours in serenity. In places, the depth of the sea gives the water a most vivid blue, casting a spell on every visitor.
Meanwhile, nearby archaeological excavations of the Temple of Apollo and Artemis gradually reveal more and more, bringing long-forgotten mysteries to light.
A bouquet of beaches
Antiparos has an array of beaches to suit all tastes. Sandy or rocky, shallow or deep, sheltered or with high waves, the beaches offer both moments of relaxation or sea fun. Popular Psaralykes, Sifneiko, Agios Spyridonas, Kalargyrou and Theologos (the camping beach) are all near town.
A few kilometres away, you will find Glyfa, Apantima, Soros, Sostis, Monastiria, Kampos and Livadia, wonderful beaches with clear blue waters. To the south, the beach of Agios Georgios, sheltered, with translucent waters, lends itself to seabed exploration. From there, you can cross over to Despotiko for a dive in the waters of Livadi, a beach of rare seductive beauty.
The main settlement on the island is an architectural marvel, as the two-storey houses effectively form the walls of a fortress. This is a typical example of Venetian style fortification, behind which are enchanting neighbourhoods and their local churches.
Hidden treasures of Antiparos
Getting around the island
Either by boat, pleasure caique or sea kayak, weaving between the island and its neighbouring islets means getting right back to nature. The ever-changing scenery flips between jagged promontories and sandy beaches, coves and bays.
Some sights are so exotic they will leave you breathless. Epitafios is unmissable, with its rocks sculpted by wind and sea, turquoise waters and sea caves. Most notable amongst them are the Fokospilies and the second cave after the headland, the white-coloured Cavos Skylos.
Hire a bike from Hora and experience the extraordinary feeling of freedom cycling from Hora to Livadia through Kampos.