With its charming port, white-washed houses and picturesque pedestrian streets, Antiparos is the kind of Greek island that people dream of. It is ideal for laid-back sunshine, gorgeous beaches and relaxing vibes. Initially a darling of an international artistic avant-garde and recently a favorite of the VIPs, who have found here the ideal seaside hideaway, it is less than one nautical mile away from famous Paros, but has its own distinct flavor.
Antiparos is a small island that forms part of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Although petite in size, its slightly elongated shape offers nearly 60km of coastline, meaning there are lots of beaches to be discovered. The island has become a popular destination in recent years amongst those seeking unspoiled, simple and beautiful holiday spots. Named OIiaros in the ancient times, the island has a typical Cycladic landscape with whitewashed small churches, traditional cottages, secluded bays with emerald waters and sandy beaches. The main village and port, also called Antiparos, is a traditional settlement with narrow alleyways, lovely squares and pretty white houses with bloomy courtyards. In the center of the village stands Kastro, the remains of the Venetian castle, constructed in 1440 to protect the habitants from the pirates.
The town has plenty of traditional Greek tavernas and cafes along the seafront where you can while away the day people watching. Most of the town is pedestrian zoned with cobbled streets and plenty of small shops waiting to be discovered. In the main square of the village, a picturesque nightlife hub has evolved surrounded by sophisticated bars and traditional coffee shops.
The island has also amazing beaches; on the east side, famous Soros beach is wide and seductive, with interesting snorkeling sights – while Small Soros is less crowded. On the south side, the bay of Agios Georgios has turquoise waters – from there you can do a kayak trip to the sea caves and islet Despotiko. Last, don/'t miss Agios Sostis and Faneromeni, two beaches of mesmeric beauty.
Time away from the beaches can be spent wandering through the town or exploring some of the more cultural aspects, such as the stalactite cave for which the island is well known. The island does not offer water-sports activities, however the nearby island of Paros is the paradise of water-sports. On Paros, one can find a wide range of activities including waterskiing, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.
How to get there
- By plane to Mykonos (directly from major European cities) and from there either by boat to Paros (40 min) and by regional boat to Antiparos (10 min) or by helicopter (20min)
- By plane to Athens and from there either by domestic flight to Paros (30min) or by boat to Paros (2h45min) and from Paros by regional boat to Antiparos(10 min)
- By helicopter from Athens (40 min)
What we love the most
Antiparos used to be the getaway for many unconventional artists, journalists and other eccentric personalities of an Athenian and international Avantgarde back in the 80s/'; over the years, it has progressed to this really cool and easy-going place it is today!