Antiparos belongs to a group of islands in the Aegean Sea known as the Cyclades islands. It is located south west of Paros and has a coastline of 57km with golden sandy beaches, beautiful remote bays and lots of natural beauty to explore.
What makes this small island stand out is that although it has become very popular in recent years it still manages to maintain its natural colour and remains unspoiled by mass tourism and does not have large hotel chains, an airport and most importantly a port for large ferries.
The island's main village also called Antiparos, is known for its distinctive Cycladic beauty. In the village, one can expect to find a collection of the typical whitewashed houses with blue doors and windows, cobbled streets and beautiful flowers that thrive in the yards. A pedestrian street that starts at the small fishing marina and goes up to the lively square of the village, is the town's 'main' street and walking area. The village, although small, has lots to offer from traditional greek tavernas, to fine cuisine and even authentic Roman pizza. Although the island is family oriented and discreet, it also has a vibrant nightlife with great bars offering exquisite cocktails.
Yet the island still has more to offer in addition to sun, sea and sangria. The town's main attraction is the 'Kastro' the ruins of an old 15th century castle built by the Venetians when they occupied the island. Attractions such as the stalactite cave on the hill of Agios Ioannis (St John), in the centre of the island are really worth visiting. The cave is known to be one of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the world. Another place which is really worth seeing is the Archaic Sanctuary on the small, un-inhabited island 'Despotiko', which can be reached by taking a fishing boat from Agios Georgios located on the southern tip of Antiparos. For the more adventurous types exploring the island on bicycle is the perfect way to reconnect with nature.
Kayaking from the sandy beach of Agios Georgios, is a great way to explore the sea caves and fossil beds. There is always the possibility of encountering seals and turtles. A fully qualified PADI dive centre offers courses at all levels from beginners through to classes for more experienced divers. Exploring the islands reefs is truly a great experience.
And if all that wasn't enough there is also the option of taking one of the boat tours on a traditional 'kaiki' around the island where you can expect to visit the most remote bays that are not accessed by car or foot, these tours often provide a BBQ lunch on the beach and plenty of tsipouro and ouzo shots along the way. If large groups are not your thing then you can opt to rent your own small fishing boat and tour the island at your own pace.
Antiparos is easily reached from Athens either by ferry boat (3 hours by the high speed and 4 hours by the ferry boat) or by a 45 minute plane ride. Both port and airport are located on the neighbouring island of Paros. The port of Paros is a 15 minute drive to Punta and the airport is 10 minutes away. From Punta it is only a 10 minute ferry ride taking you directly to Antiparos.