Antiparos, this small, beautiful island of Cyclades, is located southwest of Paros just 1n.m. from her. The island’s ground is mostly lowland.
Antiparos has gained international fame due to its natural beauties, graphic settlements and the cave with the impressive stalactites and stalagmites. During the last years the island has evolved to a cosmopolitan summer resort. Celebrities – from all over the world – visit Antiparos and spend unforgettable holidays in its marvelous beaches.
Antiparos is the only settlement of the island. Locals also call it Kastro, due to its famous Venetian Castle in the region.
The settlement with the characteristic architecture of Cyclades islands, the narrow cobblestone paths, the graphic square and the remains of the venetian castle reminiscing of old times, are pictures familiar in almost every island of Cyclades.
But here in Antiparos the visitor can enjoy this beauty, the romantic strolls in the settlement and dream as he walks in the narrow paths of the settlement. And all that without being disturbed by the noisiness that other islands have.
Antiparos’ beaches are famous for their natural beauties and their clarity. Enjoy your swim in Psaraliki, the most famous beach in the island, Agio Georgi with crystal waters and Soro with a lacy shore. Very close to the settlement of Kasto are Sifneikos Gialos and Livadia.
Don’t miss touring around the island with the small boats. This way, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the “hidden” beaches in the island and visit islands Despotiko and Saliaga, which apart from archaeological and natural interest, have beautiful beaches.
Antiparos evolves rapidly to a dear summer resort for those seeking for some privacy. This, of course, does not mean that you will miss chances for entertainment. On the contrary, in the bars of Kastro you will have the time of your life. The local cuisine has a lot of specialties. In the taverns you will taste delicious traditional recipes. Accommodation in Antiparos’ islands satisfies all demands. They offer visitors all modern comforts, while the residents’ hospitality is exemplary.
Access in Antiparos is by ferryboat from the port of Parikias and from Pounda.
Discover in a glance the best things to see and do in Antiparos island
Antiparos’ Cave is the most famous sightseeing in the island.
Huge stalactites and stalagmites that took thousands of years to create, impress with their strange shapes. But apart from the natural interest, the cave’s history is equally important. The Cave is located in the southeast part of the island, on the hill of Agios Ioannis. In its entrance is the church dedicated to Saint Ioannis.
The existence of this cave was known since archaic times. Excavations brought into light findings from prehistoric, geometric and classic times. As most ancient visitor of the Cave is reported Archilohos, a famous lyric poet from Paros.
The village of Chora is the main town and port of Antiparos. It is obviously the most inhabited settlement. There is also a small marketplace where visitors can fulfil their needs, and go for a stroll around the local attractions. Chora also hosts one of the main sites of interest on the island, the Venetian castle, surrounded by a fortress, and hosts four old churches; Christos, Agios Antonios, Agios Ioannis and Agios Nikolaos.Among the tour facilities offered in the settlement of Chora, we find restaurants, bars, taverns and clubs.
The sandy beach of Glifa is on the southern area of Antiparos. It is at 6 km from the main town and close to other important locations that can be taken into account for planning strolls and excursions. The beautiful Glifa Beach is located in a rural setting, which gives it an unspoiled look offering nice views towards the island of Paros. In the close areas there are some creeks as well. The southern beaches also count on great trees that provide shade from the sun in the hours when it gets stronger.
Panagia Beach Antiparos: Panagia is one of the most picturesque beaches on Antiparos. It is great for swimming, and can be found at approximately 1 km to the south of the main village, after passing the two main beaches of Psaraliki. Among the best features of Panagia beach, we can mention its peaceful atmosphere, which is a good option for those who want to a change of ambience after the crowded Psaraliki I. In fact, Panagia gets almost deserted in the hours when the sun is getting even stronger.