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Antiparos Travel Guide
Antiparos Island Name

In ancient times Antiparos used to be called Oliaros meaning "wooden mountain range". During the 13th century A.D. the island comes under the Venetian domination and the Venetians name it Antiparos most probably due to its proximity to Paros.

Antiparos Inhabitants

The Phoenicians from Sidona were the first to inhabit Antiparos which was later occupied by the Minoan Cretans (2nd Millennium B.C.) as well as many other conquerors in the years after.

Antiparos Domination

Around 1207 A.D. and during the Middle Ages Antiparos becomes a member of the duchy of Naxos under the authority of Marcos Sanoudos. The castle of Antiparos is built in 1440 A.D. by Lorentano, the son in law of K. Somaripas, the Venetian Duke of Paros who offered him the feud of Paros as a wedding gift. Even though the island was flourishing both financially and socially, the continuous pirate attacks and the high taxation they had to pay to the Venetians slowed down the island's development.

In 1537 the island falls into the hands of the Ottomans along with the rest of the Cyclades and the admiral Barbarossa annexes Antiparos to the Ottoman Empire that is now called upon to pay heavy taxation. From 1770 until 1774 Antiparos falls under the Russian domination and the island suffers severe damages by pirates coming from Kefalonia and Mani all the way to 1794. Nevertheless Antiparos is one of the first islands of the Cyclades to take part in the War of Independence against the Turks and becomes a secret base of action. Finally the island becomes part of the Greek state in 1830.


The Greek mythology mentions that Poseidon, the God of the Sea, threw his famous trident and hit a big portion of land that was broken into three pieces, what we know today as the islands of Naxos, Paros and Antiparos. He offered the largest of the three, the island of Naxos to his wife Amphitrite; he adorned the island of Paros with a stunningly beautiful coastline and the island of Antiparos with verdant landscapes for the farmers.
Another myth states that the name of Antiparos derives from one of the fifty sons of Egyptos who was murdered by his mother Kritomithea (one of the fifty Daniades) along with his 48 siblings.

Antiparos Attractions

Antiparos is a very small island endowed with striking natural beauty, golden sandy beaches, crystalline emerald waters and other natural wonders. Despite its small size though, the island of Antiparos has a lot to offer to discerning travellers seeking a relaxing escape combined with thrilling outdoor adventures. Some of the places worth visiting while on the island follow.

Natural Wonders

The Cave of Agios Ioannis
Situated 8 km from Chora the Cave of Agios Ioannis is the number one attraction of Antiparos. It is the only vertical cave in all of Europe with a depth of approximately 85 meters. Dating back to the Neolithic period the cave has been visited by many prominent individuals as dictated by inscriptions on the walls, such as Alexander the Great, King Otto, the marquis de Nointe, the lyric poet Archilochus of Paros as well as the ambassador of France.

Originally the cave was used for shelter, pottery and later on as a worship place for the goddess Artemis. Adorned with some of the most exquisite stalactites and stalagmites this enchanting grotto is one of the finest in Greece also considered a natural museum.

There are hourly bus routes from the port to the cave but it can also be reached with a traditional donkey ride. In order to discover the greatness of this natural marvel you will have to go down approximately 400 steps but it is honestly worth the trouble. The cave features the oldest stalactite in Europe estimated to be 45 million years old.

The Sea Caves
Antiparos is filled with enchanting sea caves and emerald waters were travellers can enjoy a relaxing swim in the most intimate of settings.

Towns & Villages

Chora (Kastro)
Chora, also known as Kastro (castle), is the main town and port of Antiparos. The central square of Chora is the most vibrant spot of the island filled with cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs. The imposing Venetian castle is also located in Chora featuring 4 churches within its square walls, the churches of Christos, Agios Antonios, Agios Ioannis and Agios Nikolaos.

Glyfa is a picturesque settlement 6 km from Chora with a beautiful beach with tranquil waters and hotels and taverns in the surrounding area.

Agios Georgios Settlement
On the south-western side of Antiparos the Agios Georgios settlement is a gem of tranquillity with a gorgeous beach, translucent waters and a few taverns where swimmers can enjoy scrumptious local specialties and fresh fish. From the village of Agios Georgios you can enjoy the most amazing view to the azure of the sea and the islet of Despotiko.

Soros Settlement
Situated on the west coast of Antiparos, Soros is a quaint little settlement with a golden sandy beach, a family tavern and many houses for rent ideal for those seeking a relaxing summer escape.

The Venetian Castle

Situated in Chora the Venetian castle, now in ruins, was built in the beginning of 1440 for the protection of the island's inhabitants from pirate raids. Square in shape, the castle is fortified with the houses surrounding it and it now consists of 4 churches and a circular tower that used to be the residence of the archon. It is an impressive architectural acomplishment that became well known from the awarded film Mandalena.


Church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis
The magnificent church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis is situated right at the entrance of the famous cave of Antiparos dating back to the 18th century.

Church of Agios Nikolaos
Situated between Chora and the cave of Antiparos this picturesque little church has played a significant role in the history of the island since it was used as a shelter for the British that were heading to the Middle East.

Panagia Faneromeni
The chapel of the revealed blessed virgin is situated on the southern tip of the island. It is a very picturesque chapel set in a gorgeous setting within a bay ideal for swimming and diving.

Despotiko & Small islets
Dating back to the 7th century the island of Despotiko is an island of great historical interest. Through major excavations that have been conducted through the years, two cemeteries from the primary Cycladic era, remains of pre-historic settlements, parts of a Dorian temple, a temple dedicated to Apollo and a big idol of a female goddess named Isthmia, verifying the existence of an Isthmos (connecting canal), have been discovered. Excavations still continue so as to turn the unspoiled uninhabited island of Despotiko into a live walking-through museum.

The islets of Tsimintiri and Strongylo are also of historical interest and there are three more beautiful islets surrounding Antiparos that are worth visiting: Diplo, Revmatonisi and Saliagos.

Cycladic Art Museum

The Cycladic Art Museum of Antiparos hosts exhibits from excavations on different parts of the island as well as replicas from the Goulandri museum in Athens and famous statues made from Parian marble as well as from opsiolianos.

Eat & Drink
TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Greek Music
Location: Capital

TYPE: Club,   STYLE: International
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Cocktails Bar
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Rock Music
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Rock Music
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Mainstream
Location: Capital

TYPE: Sweets House,   STYLE: Waffles & Ice cream
Location: Capital

TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Sushi-Asiatic
Location: Capital

TYPE: Hotel Restaurant,   STYLE: Mediterranean & International Cuisine
Location: Capital

TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Italian cuisine
Location: Capital

TYPE: Bar - Restaurant,   STYLE: Mediterranean & International Cuisine
Location: Capital

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Fresh Fish & Seafood
Location: Capital

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Capital

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Capital

Practical info
General Info

Like in most Cycladic islands the climate of Antiparos is temperate, with sunny and warm summers and mild winters with hardly any rainfall making the island an ideal holiday destination all year round.

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Antiparos is: +30 22840. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes

Getting There

The island of Antiparos doesn't have an airport but you can reach the island by air through the airport of Paros and then board on one of the boats that reach Antiparos . There are daily departures from Athens international airport Eleftherios Venizelos for Paros Island and the duration of the flight takes approximately 35 minutes.

Olympic Airlines
Tel. 801 114 4444, 210 9666666

The island of Paros is connected with the main port of Piraeus, Lavrion as well as the ports of Andros, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Sifnos, Naxos, Ios, Amorgos and Santorini, the Dodecanese islands, Volos, Thessaloniki and Crete with high speed boats or ferry boats. The trip from Piraeus lasts approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes by high-speed and 4.5 hours by the Blue Star Line boats. Travelers can also reach the island of Paros with a hydrofoil from Rafina or a ferry from Lavrio.

There are two ways to reach the island of Antiparos from Paros; either by caiques found on the left side of the port of Paroikia, a journey that lasts approximately 30 minutes or by road and ferry. You will have to drive to Punda (or take the local bus or taxi from the port to take you there) and then take a small car ferry to Antiparos. The time of that trip will take approximately 30 minutes as well.

To reach Paros, see below:

Hellenic Seaways
Tel. + 30 210 4199000

Blue Star Ferries
Tel. + 30 210 8910800

If you are travelling from Lavrio Port to Paros:
C-Link ferries
Tel. +30 210 4594096

Local Transportation

Antiparos is a relevantly small island on which you can easily get around. Most beaches are within walking distance from Chora and the rest of the places worth visiting can be reached either by rented vehicles, by water taxi or bus.

There is a bus service connecting Chora with the Cave of Antiparos and continues to the beaches of Soros and Agios Georgios.

There are no taxis available on the island of Antiparos except from taxis that transfer back and forth from Paros to Antiparos.
Tel.no. for Paros taxi: +30 22840 21500

The best way to explore the island of Antiparos is with your own vehicle at your own time and convenience. There are quite a few car rental companies at the port where you can rent bicycles, scooters, ATVs and cars.

There are many caiques available on the island that offer the round trip of Antiparos as well as trips to the islets of Despotiko and Saliagas. Those interested should arrange transportation ahead by contacting one of the following numbers.

Alexandros: (+30) 22840 61273, mobile 6972026585,
Tassos Kouvaras: (+30) 22840 61028, mobile 6972809962

Local Services

There are two banks in Antiparos and three ATMs - one at the port and two on the main street.

Antiparos, Antiparos, 84007, KYKLADES
Phone: +30 2284062001

Antiparos, Antiparos, 84007, KYKLADES
Phone: +30 2284061691

Currency can be exchanged in many places throughout the island including the banks, post office, travel agents as well as some hotels.

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the post office of Antiparos at Antiparos Chora. The post office performs money transactions and cash currency exchange. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. Post office no: +30 22840 61223

Antiparos police station is situated in Chora.
Tel: +30 22840 61202

The municipality of Antiparos is off the main street of Chora.
Municipality Tel: +30 22840 61570

Useful Numbers

In Antiparos there are several convenient stores were travellers can find all kinds of international press, newspapers, books and magazines in both Greek and English language.

Police: 100
Fire Department: 199
Ambulance: 166

Due to its small size and minor permanent population the island of Antiparos is served by one regional clinic and one pharmacy both situated in Chora.

Tel: +30 22840 61219

Tel: +30 22840 61621

Summer in Gold
Location:Agios Spyridonas Beach

Agios Spyridonas is a popular beach in Antiparos. Protected from the winds it offers a heavenly spot for family enjoyment and pleasurable breaks. The crystalline shallow waters make this beach ideal for children. Visitors can relax as they gaze at the magnificent panoramic view of Paros island, relish some local specialties at the traditional taverns along the coast and enjoy a delightful accommodation experience at the small nearby hotels and the convenient rooms to let.

The "alternative" beach suggestion
Location:Kako Rema

Due to its distance from the main road this quiet beach can be reached either by bike or boat. Not known by many it offers absolute privacy and tranquillity. Despite its size it is a beautiful clean beach with crystalline waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling adventures. There are a few rooms to let nearby and it is fully protected from the winds.

Stunning beach retreat
Location:Agios Georgios

Situated in the quaint village of Agios Georgios this beautiful beach is nuzzled in a picturesque sheltered bay offering an exceptional view to the islet of Despotiko. From Agios Georgios you can enjoy several boat trips to the nearby islands. Many taverns close by serve local specialties and freshly caught fish taking you one step closer to the island's tradition and culture. The beach, though, is not organized so mind to have with you necessary beach equipment.

Picturesque refugee of scenic calmness

Set in a lovely cove fully protected from the summer winds, Apantima is a charming pebbly beach with crystal clear waters and a rocky sea bottom providing an atmosphere of serene calm in the most picturesque of settings. One of the islands best restaurants is situated right above the beach offering swimmers a great selection of local specialties and drinks to quench their thirst.

One of the best places to get lost…
Location:Sunset Beach (Sifneiko)

Named after Sifnos Island that can be seen in a distance, this enchanting beach is a pure haven of tranquillity with crystal clear waters and golden sand. It is exposed to the summer winds so its waters can get pretty rough otherwise it is ideal for swimming and snorkelling adventures. Visitors who decide to spend the entire day on the beach will be able to watch the most amazing sunset on the island.

Sea, Sun and Sand!
Location:Vathis Volos

This lovely sandy beach offers a heaven of privacy and relaxation. Visitors are welcome to dive in the crystalline emerald waters, lie on the lovely sandy beach and enjoy some local delicacies at the nearby taverns. Some rooms to let and small hotels are available close to the beach as well. The islet of Despotiko is situated right opposite from the beach and you might even see the tour boats to Despotiko since Vathis Volos is also used as a stopover.

Popular beach hotspot

Soros beach is a popular long sandy beach organized with sunbeds and umbrellas with sapphire waters and trees offering natural shade to the bathers. It is not suggested for families with children since the water in many spots suddenly deepens and the seabed is abrupt, with some rocks found even near the shore. There are two taverns nearby inviting visitors for delicious local specialties, freshly caught fish and refreshments.

Private beach Serenity
Location:Livadia Beach

Set on the most undeveloped side of Antiparos this beautiful beach is not easily accessed and it is affected by the summer winds. When the winds settle it is worth visiting due to its sapphire crystalline waters and lovely scenery. Visitors can find calmness and peacefulness in this protected bay and enjoy a relaxing swim or sunbathe under the sizzling sun away from the crowds.

The perfect camping resort
Location:Camping Beach

Nuzzled in an utterly relaxing environment this beach is a heaven for campers. It is one of the most popular beaches of Antiparos and it is naturist friendly. The long sandy beach, the cerulean waters and adequate greenery create a feeling of unrivalled serenity and relaxation. Tents are provided to bathers for shade and shelter to enjoy a break from the sun and a full day of fun on the beach or even to camp for several nights in this tranquil serene setting.

A lively beach haven

Comprised of two consecutive beaches, Psaraliki I and Psaraliki II, Psaraliki beach is a family friendly sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for family breaks and water sports activities. Pedal boats, windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling and beach tennis are available as well as a number of picturesque taverns and music clubs. It is a lively beach full of entertainment options for everyone to enjoy with sunbeds and umbrellas where bathers can lie away from the sun.

Peaceful beach sanctuary

The picturesque setting, the peaceful atmosphere, the azure waters of the sea and fine golden sand create a feeling of serenity. Bathers can swim in the cerulean waters and get some shade under the trees. An excellent tavern serving mouth-watering Greek dishes invites visitors for a delicious break from the sun. It is the perfect choice for travellers seeking some privacy and calmness.

A family's paradise!

Nestled in a rural setting Glyfa beach offers an enchanting beach escape for travellers seeking a tranquil beach hideaway. The unspoiled natural surroundings, the crystalline waters, the golden sand and gorgeous view to Paros Island create a picture perfect setting for a relaxing swim. This beautiful beach is ideal for families who can play around the beach and swim in the sapphire waters or enjoy scrumptious local dishes in the nearby taverns. Some hotels situated close to the beach can cover all accommodation needs.


Local Specialties & Recipes
Meat & Vegetable Specialties

Patido is a dish made with rooster stuffed with sautéed giblets, country bread crumbs, raisins, local kefalotyri cheese (hard & salty cheese), onion, garlic, Mantilaria wine, parsley, salt & pepper, cinnamon and cloves.

Wild rabbit and onions stew with whole, small boiler or pearl onions, wine, tomato, cinnamon.

Kolokythokeftedes are fried zucchini balls made from grated zucchini, chopped onion, dill, parsley, grated cheese, 3-4 eggs slightly beaten and flour.

Grilled Octopus
Sun dried octopus cooked on the grill and served with olive oil, oregano and vinegar.

Sweet Specialities

Raviolia are crescent shaped pastries filled with sweet cream cheese, honey, sugar and cinnamon 

Bourekakia are pastries filled with honey, nuts and sesame seeds which are baked and then sprinkled with raki liquor and powdery sugar. 

Local Products
Alcoholic Beverages

Local grown crops & products

Cheese Specialties


Festivals & Traditional Celebrations

Cycladia Tips
Useful Tips for a Pleasant Stay

The sweet summer wind of Antiparos just like in most other Greek islands fools you into thinking that the sun is not really warm or harmful something which is really not true so wherever you are use a sun screen with a high protective factor.

Round trip of the island

Don't miss a round-the-island boat tour where you can discover some of the island's most stunningly beautiful beaches with crystalline emerald waters, visit the neighbouring unspoiled islands such as Saliago, gaze at the spectacular steep cliffs on the west side of the island and enjoy the unspoiled beauty surrounding you.

Exploring Antiparos

Antiparos is a small island so it is best to use a scooter or a bike, there is really no need to rent a car.

The Sifneikos Gialos beach is the ideal spot on the island to enjoy the most spectacular sunset.

Don't miss a swim through the mesmerizing sea caves north of St. George's beach. The best diving spot of the island is the bay of Panagia Faneromeni near the homonymous church where the emerald waters of the sea are engulfed by the rocks and a dive in the crystalline waters feels like jumping in the pool.

The best view on the island of Antiparos is on your way to the chapel of the Cross where you will enjoy astonishing views of Antiparos, Paros as well as the neighbouring islets.

Shops & Galleries
Shops and Galleries

There are many things worth buying from the island of Antiparos, from hand crafted ceramics at the island's ceramic pottery workshops, to leather goods, designer clothing, local products, as well as charming artefacts, jewellery and souvenirs. Some shops worth mentioning are listed below:

The Ox
Situated at the end of the main street right before you reach the central square the Ox is an exceptional store that offers a great selection of handmade leather goods and branded clothing.

Tel: +30 22840 61580

Vicky's Confectionary
This is a lovely shop selling traditional homemade cake and Ice-cream and mouth-watering desserts.

Chorio, Antiparos
Tel: +30 22840 61012, +30 6972 506954
E-mail: [email protected]

This is a beautiful little shop offering handmade creations of glass, wood and ceramic artefacts as well as exceptional silver and gold jewellery. This store is situated at the end of the main shopping street of Chora.

Tel: +30 22840-61735, 6938942346

Blue Island Divers
Situated on the main street of Antiparos this exquisite shop offers a great variety of masks, snorkels, fins, t-shirts, bikinis, shorts and all kinds of scuba diving and water sports equipment as well as diving lessons from diving professionals.

Tel: +30 22840 61767
Mobile: +30 698 3159452
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.blueisland-divers.gr