Antiparos is a small island bathed in the light of the Aegean and in tranquillity. Antiparos is the perfect antidote of the busy island of Paros which is less than a mile across. Quaint fishing boats and numerous cafes, fish taverns, restaurants are crowded along the waterfront, while in the rest of the island there are only peaceful cottages and small hotels.Antiparos has been inhabited since Neolithic era. Archaeological excavations have found marble idols, ceramics and other important finds which are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Athens. The islet of Saliagos near to Antiparos is the most ancient settlement in the Cyclades, while findings of the excavations in the islet of Despotiko of a great sanctuary and several statues indicate a widespread cult of Apollo in the Cyclades. During the Second World War, the southwestern tip of Antiparos was used as a secret submarine base. Nowadays, Antiparos is popular as an alternative holiday destination for those seeking a more simple and slow-paced kind of holidays.
Antiparos is located to the northwest of Paros Island, less than one nautical mile away, a distance which can by covered in 8 minutes by car ferry departing from the port of Pounda. Antiparos spans an area of 34,8 sq. km. with a total population of 1.037 residents. Both of the islets Saliagos and Despotiko near to Antiparos are not inhabited but they are of great archaeological importance.
The famous Cave of Antiparos is located on the southeast 9km far from the village, on the hill of Ai Yiannis at a height of 175m. In the entrance of the cave there is a beautiful little church of Agios Ioannis built in the 18th century. The cave spreads over an area of 5600 square metres and reaches a depth of over 100 metres with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The arched entrance to the cave is 20 metres wide and approximately 8 metres high. A huge stalagmite at the mouth of the cave is the oldest in Europe and dates back 45 million years. Sadly, during the Russian occupation of 1770-74, Russian officers cut off many stalactites that can be seen today at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The cave was also damaged by Italians and Germans during the Second World War.The Venetian castle was built around 1440 to protect the inhabitants from pirate attacks. Today only the base of the central tower, the outside walls of the ground floor and parts of the roof can be seen.Antiparos has still many fishing boats so you can try octopus and fresh fish in every restaurant. Capers are used as seasoning in salad and you can see many caper bushes growing on the land of Antiparos close to the cave.
Police: +30 22840 61202Medical Services: +30 22840 61219
Catalogue of companies for Antiparos
Map for Antiparos1
AmorgosAmorgos offers a combination of white, blue and grey scenery that is perfectly balanced. As a typical landscape of a greek island in Cyclades, Amorgos has extent pieces of rocky land with minimal vegetation, resulting in a dominating and imposing landscape with steep slopes of the eastern side, beautiful...2
AnafiAnafi is a little island that lies outside the mainstream, being the totally opposite to the famous island of Santorini. Anafi opens the gate to a slow-paced traditional lifestyle alongside with striking Cycladic landscapes and small and serene hotels. It is like going back in time, when life used to...3
AndrosAndros being proud and noble has the most distinct and different character of all the islands of the complex of Cyclades. It has white traditional houses and neoclassical mansions that many of them are now luxury hotels. Andros has rich vegetation and abundant water but also the typical frugal landscape...4
AntiparosAntiparos is a small island bathed in the light of the Aegean and in tranquillity. Antiparos is the perfect antidote of the busy island of Paros which is less than a mile across. Quaint fishing boats and numerous cafes, fish taverns, restaurants are crowded along the waterfront, while in the rest of...5
DonoussaDonoussa is a small island in the Cyclades that still remains untouched by the modern lifestyle and tourism. It is part of ‘Little Cyclades’ as is used to refer to the group of islands of Donoussa, Schinoussa, Koufonissi and Iraklia. This miniature of heaven on earth is a destination with few hotels...6
FolegandrosFolegandros is a rigid rock mountain peek, a genuine form of wild and harsh beauty. It is popular as an alternative destination for tourists who claim more relaxation rather intense night life. Folegandros Island offers several hotels for you to choose among and some of the most impressive beaches of...7
IosThe island of Ios apart from the stunning beaches and the wide range of hotels has also famous and intense nightlife being literally the upcoming rival to Mykonos. The typical Cyclades-style landscape of white houses with courtyards full of flowers and narrow alleys is the scenery in daytime. When the...9
KeaThe drop-shaped island of Kea or Tzia as it called by the locals is the nearest Cycladic Island to the mainland of Attica and Athens. Although Kea seems to attract more mainland locals than foreign visitors, there are several charming hotels for you to stay. Kea wears its charms quietly in a rare slow...10
KimolosKimolos is an island in Cyclades that has long lived in the shadow of its more popular neighbour island of Milos. This has protected the genuine beauty of Kimolos which is rarely mentioned on the hotspot list for tourists and the main source of visitors are the short-trip ones from Milos. Despite these...12
KythnosKythnos could be described more of a weekend destination for mainlanders rather than a popular destination for foreign tourists. Yet, Kythnos has developed tourist infrastructure with many hotels and accommodation facilities. It is a typical island of Cyclades with lovely beaches and traditional architecture...13
MilosMilos has the most beaches of any other island in Cyclades and a dramatic coastal landscape with colourful and crazy rock formations. The name of Milos became famous because of the beautiful statue Venus de Milo made of marble of Paros Island and that is now exhibited in the Museum of Louvre. The beautiful...14
MykonosMykonos is in the centre of tourist interest in Greece as the famous island stands dazzling and ethereal in the bright light, while captivating visitors’ senses with a feeling of love at first sight. Mykonos has been described as cosmopolitan, vivacious and tolerant but above all it is a Greek island...15
NaxosNaxos has a great variety of different landscapes offering stunning vistas. Nowhere else in the Cyclades could you find lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves and endless beaches. Naxos is the well-kept secret of Cyclades with charming hotels and numerous restaurants serving...16
ParosThe beauty of Paros is mirrored in the glittering waters of Aegean Sea and its fame as has exceeded the borders of Greece. Paros captures the light of the sun and shines, as the white marble that came out from its heart. The centre of the cosmopolitan island of Paros lies behind the main port with narrow...17
SantoriniSantorini is one of the most famous Greek islands worldwide and it has any right to be! The volcanic island of Santorini or Thira as it is called officially deserves all the superlatives. Some of the best hotels are located in Santorini facing the unique caldera, whereas the restaurants serve dishes...18
SchinoussaSchinoussa, differs from any other small island in Cyclades having a kind of exotic beauty. The island of Schinoussa belongs to the group of islands that forms “Lesser Cyclades” which is formed by Donoussa, Koufonisia, Irakleia and Schinoussa. There are beautiful beaches with light blue water and...19
SerifosThe island of Serifos is rocky and barren in general with the only exceptions being the areas where vegetables and vine are cultivated. Serifos receives a great amount of visitors each year mainly for the beautiful beaches and the peaceful life style of the residents. Serifos has good tourist facilities...20
SifnosSifnos hides its charms behind the high barren hills, among the olive groves and the lovely traditional villages. Sifnos Island is rising rapidly as a popular destination for holidays with many hotels and tourist services of good quality. The combination of rich local culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful...21
SikinosA trip to Sikinos is another wonderful escape from modernity and the tourist crowded neighbouring islands like Santorini and Ios. Yet the island of Sikinos is not smaller but not so densely populated. The tourist development in the recent past decades has offered to visitors many hotels to choose among...22
SyrosSyros is the administrative centre of Cyclades, thanks to the advantageous, natural port, fact that has rendered Syros in the past as the main harbour of Greece. Syros is very close to Athens and the combination of culture and relaxation that offers make it the ideal destination. Syros has a unique landscape...23
ThirassiaThirasia is the largest volcanic island near Santorini, only 1 mile from Oia. It was excised by the west coast of Santorini after the earthquake and the volcanic eruption in 1500 BC. You can reach it by caique either from the port of Ammoudi to the port of Manolas in Korfos or by ferry boat from Athinios...24
TinosTinos is a famous destination for Christian Orthodox pilgrims, a destination for meditation and a source of spiritual strength and courage. Besides that, Tinos is a beautiful island, easy to access from mainland and a place for travellers who prefer tracks off the beaten path. It pays for a visit to...
Suggestions for Antiparos