The islet of Antíparos, lying southwest of Paros, is ideal for a relaxed and serene holiday and can easily be reached from Poúnda or Parikía by boat.
The ancient name of Antíparos was Oliaros. A major Neolithic settlement has been unearthed at the neighbouring islet of Saliagos and it is considered to be the oldest in Cyclades.
Hóra (Town) of Antíparos has been built around a 15th century Venetian castle. The stone-paved streets, the whitewashed alleys, the houses decorated with thriving pink and purple bougainvilleas and the central square with its shadowy eucalyptus trees create an enchanting atmosphere.
The cave of Antíparos is located on Ayios Ioánnis Hill, and it is famous for its marvellous stalagmite and stalactite formations; here, you will find the oldest stalagmite in Europe! According to an ancient inscription, one of the cave’s visitors was Archilochos the Parian, a great lyric poet of the antiquity. The cave is 90 m. deep, 50 m. wide and 40 m. high, and consists of three chambers. The chapel of Ai Giannis Spiliotis “welcomes” the visitor at the cave’s entrance.
Enjoy the sunshine in beaches along the island’s beautiful coastline. Practice activities such as diving or canoe kayaking on Ayios Georgios beach! West of Antíparos there are three uninhabited islets that once used to be significant cultural centres of the Cycladic civilisation: Despotiko, Tsimintiri (between Antíparos and Despotiko) and Strongylo (west of Despotiko). Excavations keep revealing important ancient treasures, which are now exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Paros. The islets can be accessed by small tourist boats departing from Ayios Georgios.
Are you a lover of crowds—or of absolute tranquillity? Do you like to combine your swim with a delicious meze? Do you love diving, fishing and water sports? Do you spend the summer with your family or with your friends? Are you a lover of history and nature? Do you like a dead calm sea or a wavy one? Do you prefer deep or shallow waters? Rocky or sandy beaches? Do you dream of swimming in a cave and experiencing the magic of the Aegean? Well then, welcome to Antiparos!
The ‘tour’ below will help you find the beaches you are dreaming of!
With a coastline of 57 kilometres, Antiparos is ‘embraced’ by astounding beaches. On the one side, the island is ‘hugged’ by tranquil waters with golden sandy beaches, on the other by vertical crags with caves chiselled by the open sea and the winds.