AntiparosAntiparos is an island of the Cyclades group.
Antiparos is well recognised for its relaxed, authentic atmosphere. It has many beaches on all sides and offer a nice alternative to the more crowded and hectic islands around it. Like its "parent island" Paros, it is also known for its excellent wind conditions for wind- and kitesurfing. An area on the northern shore is a well known nude beach, though unofficial.
By seaThere are two ferries from Paros:
- Pounta - Antiparos, ten minutes with departures every hour from early morning until late night.
- Parikia - Antiparos, half an hour with about ten daily departures each way.
There are several ferries to get you as far as Paros, notably from Athens and Santorini.
By planeThe nearest airport is Paros Airport. Olympic Air and AirSea Lines operate a daily air service from Athens.
The town of Antiparos is best explored by foot, and several beaches are within fifteen minutes of walking from the main street.
The CaveThe main attraction is undoubtedly the stalagtite grotto in the center of the island. It is an easy 340 steps down, but remember you have to go the same steps back up! Several names and dates going back hundreds of years are painted on the walls of the cave.
- Despotiko: This small island to the south west hides architectural components of a Doric temple built around 500 BC. Excavations have been ongoing since 1997.
- The Castle: A single wall is all that remains of a 1440 venetian castle in the middle of the capital.
Blue Islands Divers in the main street offer snorkeling and diving trips/classes, as well as wind- and kitesurfing classes.
Alexandros, Captain Ben and Iason are the names of three wooden boats offering trips around the island including refreshments, barbecue and time for bathing/snorkeling. Captain Antonis of the former offers excellent octopus, sea urchin, tzatziki, local sausage and souvlaki, while being generous with his bottle of Ouzo.
- Yanni's Place in the main street has incredible pasta dishes.
- Sunset Beach on the north western shore, a five minute walk from the main street, offers drinks and light meals accompanied by one of the world's pretties sunsets.
- Hotel Begleri A family run hotel in the southern area of town. Small but comfortable rooms.