Antiparos House

The Island

Antiparos is in the island group of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, separated by a narrow strait from the west coast of Paros. The boat trip is just ten minutes from Pounta, a little port on Paros which can be reached by bus or taxi, and about twenty minutes from the main port in Paros, Parikia. The island's seashore is 57 km (35 mi) long, but it's not big in population: there were 1,037 residents in Antiparos at the 2001 census. Most live in Kastro, a village on the north coast, and are employed in agriculture and fishing.
Antiparos is accessible from Athens by plane (25 minutes) or speed boat (3 hours) to Paros and then by boat. Paros is also connected by ferries to Naxos, Mykonos and many other islands.


LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

The Cave

A big tourist attraction on the island of Antiparos is a stalactite cavern 12km south of town. The first traveller of modern times whose visit is recorded was the marquis de Nointel (ambassador of Louis XIV to the Porte) who descended it and held high mass there on Christmas day 1673.


The Beaches

There are 5 or more beaches to choose from within a 10-15 minutes walk from Antiparos town. Some of them are very shallow and warm - perfect for small children. The apartment's "local" is Sunset Beach, 5 minutes stroll to your left. This is a great place to spend your afternoon topped off with sunset view as the name suggests - this amazing view, by the way, is also yours from the apartment terrace, daily! Rent yourself a car or motorbike to explore around the island's coast line south towards the fishing village of Agios Georgios, the uninhabited island of Despotiko and further up the west coast. Book yourself a boat trip around the island, visit sandy bays, swim in the waters of rocky coves. You can arrange these daily trips with the agencies in the port.


The Town/The Kastro

This is a small, charming Greek village. Even in the summer it retains its feel of peace and quiet. The main square is a few hundred meters from the port, about half way between the port in east and Sunset Beach in the west. The Venetian Castle of Antiparos was built in 1440, to protect the local inhabitants from the pirates who so often invaded the island. It was built in square shape, with houses around a circular tower in the middle. The only entrance to the Kastro is beside the church of Agios Nikolaos. If you follow the main street up from the port towards the square, you experience a typical Cycladic street, with shops, bars and houses with lovely little gardens.


ISLAND HOPPING

Paros

Paros has been inhabited since prehistoric times - nowadays this mainly flat island with countless vineyards, is a modern tourism centre. The marvellous church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of hundred doors) greets visitors as they arrive in the harbour of Parikia.


Delos

This ancient holy island is a vast archaeological site. As the centre of the circle of the Cyclades islands and the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis it was for many centuries the religious centre of Greece.


Mykonos

The cosmopolitan and nightlife centre of the Cyclades. Its low rocky hills slope down to the many beaches. White-washed cube-shaped houses are scattered about. In the narrow streets of the town, chapels and picturesque tavernas hide among folk art shops and stores selling jewellery and furs.


Naxos

The largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands. Byzantine churches and medieval towers abound. Explore sandy beaches and picturesque villages.


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