Antiparos is a small but charming island located right next to Paros island and it contains all the right ingredients to spend a perfect day in paradise. It is reachable within less than an hour from Mykonos by private boat while staying in one of Mykonos luxury villas. The island is known for its special Cycladic beauty, it offers 60 km of stunning shoreline and is blessed with a striking, natural beauty, crystalline emerald waters, golden sandy beaches and other extraordinary natural wonders.
Narrow cobblestone alleys and streets, white-washed houses decorated with thriving pink and purple bougainvilleas and shadowy eucalyptus trees are all creating an enchanting atmosphere. Antiparos’ Mediterranean climate is plentiful with sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. The sea can at times be a little rough with the exposure to the northern summer winds Meltemi, but the beach is ideal for the travelers seeking an exquisite snorkel adventure or for the pure enjoyment of splashing in the sea.
There are ferries to and from Paros arrives and leaves to Antiparos Chora which is the most inhabited settlement on the island and is the only village on the island, extended all the way from the port to Sunset beach. Chora's chief attraction is Kastro at the main square that you will reach if you follow the main street. Kastro means fortress or castle, and is common in Greece, they were used as protection against pirates.There is also a small marketplace, four old churches and delicious restaurants, bars, taverns and clubs. Chora also hosts a good variety of local festivals, which give tourists the chance of sharing with the locals the traditional dances, music, and eating these occasions are characterised for.
You might visit a natural wonder - Antiparos Cave is the only vertical cave in all of Europe with a depth of approximately 85 meters. The cave showcases the most exquisite stalactites and stalagmites making this one of the finest enchanting natural museums in Greece. In the cave you will find the oldest stalactite in Europe estimated to be 45 million years old. Inscriptions on the walls of the cave mark are proof of the many prominent visitors of the cave dating back to the Neolithic period. A few of those visitors include: Alexander the Great, King Otto, the marquis de Nointe (ambassador of France) and the lyric poet Archilochus of Paros.
Antiparos is popular for its easily accessible and often child-friendly beaches. Many are within easy walking distance from Chora. Tavernas are found on all beaches except at Nudist beach where you can enjoy the traditional delicious local cuisine.
Sunset beach or Sifneiko beach can be reached on foot from the square in Antiparos town (500m distance), or by any vehicle via the ring road. Sunset Beach will enchant you with the tranquility of the crystal clear waters and its golden sand. Perfect also to enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.
Kako Rema beach is a secluded, non organized beach of the least known and most quiet beaches of Antiparos island. This captivating sandy beach offers a sanctuary of privacy with an enchanting view where you can relax. The bay is protected from strong winds, so it is safe to swim.
Glyfa beach is a sandy beach on the southern area of Antiparos facing east towards Paros island and is ideal for families and children to play in the sand and swim in the sapphire waters. Access to the beach is easy. There are some trees that provide shade from the sun in the hours when it gets stronger. This picture perfect setting is known for its unspoiled natural surroundings, the crystalline waters, golden sand beaches and a view of Paros Island.
Faneromeni beach is a tiny cove (it wouldn’t fit more than twenty people at once) is idyllic. It’s about a twenty-minute drive from the main town and charmingly rustic. No parasols, cushioned sun beds, or bar service here. But it’s worth a visit if for nothing else than the glassy, crystalline water and ineffably peaceful feeling of being in a place so desolate. And the tiny church on the beach’s edge adds to this picturesque scene.
Soros beach is one of the most popular beaches of the island meaning crowded especially during high season. At Soros beach, you will find sunbeds and umbrellas to enjoy a whole day in this wonderful environment with the green trees and the blue waters of the sea. If you continue in the southeast coast through Soros, you will find many coves and sandy beaches to enjoy some privacy.
Agios Georgios beach is located just after Soros on the south side of the island and is most probably the best beach on Antiparos. The beach is quite shallow and the water is crystal clear. Little shade, but there are some taverns nearby if you want to escape the sun for a while.It is a pleasure to go here in the evening to have dinner at one of the cosy taverns.
Have a nice trip to Antiparos!