The small Cycladic island of Antiparos is situated right opposite Paros and you can spend days of relaxation and entertainment under the Greek sun in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. You will find several rooms to let, restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars on the island. There are lots of people in the bars of Antiparos and fun and entertainment last until the morning. You should definitely visit the very well known Cave of Antiparos with the beautiful stalactites, the Venetian Castle as well as the Folk Museum of the Antiparos. Swim and relax under the hot sun at the Ai Giorgis beach, the Soros beach and the Agios Spiridonas beach. Antiparos has organized beaches with cafes and sea sports but also more secluded beaches for the ones seeking peace and serenity. If you too want to spend some unforgettable vacation in Antiparos, all you have to do is book now your ferry tickets.
The Antiparos Port
You can easily and comfortably travel from Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio and the surrounding islands to Paros by ship and take one of the boats that depart from Paroikia or the ferry boats from Pounta to reach Antiparos. You can also book online your ferry tickets via aktoploika.gr to Paros Island and then you will have an even more relaxed and carefree journey. Paroikia port is 30 minutes away from Antiparos while Pounta only 5 minutes. Currently there are no online bookings for the schedule Paros - Antiparos, usually the boats operating this schedule are small private boats that are not included in the online ferry booking system. After arriving to Paros, at the left side of Paroikia port you will find the boats departing to Antiparos island, during summer period there is a departure almost every 40 min, the journey takes about 30 min. The timetables of boats that depart from Paroikia are as follow, departure times: 10:00, 10:45, 11:45, 12:15, 13:15, 14:15, 15:45, 17:15, 18:30, 18:50, 20:15
Connection With Other Islands
Antiparos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Paros, Pounta.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Antiparos via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
There are bus itineraries towards the cave and several of the beaches of the island. You can also rent a car or motorbike for easy and comfortable exploration of the island. Moreover, you can use the boats to visit the beautiful beaches of Antiparos.
The island's small tract and the limited roads network make transportation an easy case, as the two basic routes, connecting the Port with Spilaio and Agios Georgios, are considered to be sufficient. The ticket costs 1.60. Due to the lack of vehicle in the streets, an alternative, safe and interesting choice is renting a bicycle, which will surely guide you to the island's hidden beauties. You also have the option of renting a small boat for a daily cruise to close beaches, costing from 5 to 10 euros per person.
Archaeological sites, charming cobblestone paths, monuments, delicious food, indelible views and one of the most beautiful and ancient caves of the island. These are just some of the elements for which Antiparos attracts thousands of tourists who love nature, simplicity and hospitality. Among the fans of this beautiful island are also several celebrities, such as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who have also acquired their own home on the island.
Antiparos is a white Island, just 1 nautical mile from Parikia of Paros, has a rich history and has engendered significant personalities of the Cycladic civilization. The island was world-wide known from the 17th century until the 19th century from foreign travelers who were visiting Antiparos and were publishing their texts with their impressions and their engravings in the cave and archaeological areas. The access from Paros is easy, 30 minutes by boat from Parikia and 6 minutes by ferry-boat from Punta.
Μany folk festivals take place in Antiparos every year, providing the visitors with the opportunity to come closer to the local residents. The centre of all events, is the festival of Saint Marina at port from 15 to 17 July. The three-day event, includes a represantation of a typical cycladic wedding and also ' antiwedding ' the next day with dances and treats, as well as a litany of the religious image of Saint Marina with the accompaniment of the local band of the island. Also, it is worth noting that on 23 and 24 June, revives the custom of klidona. At the same time, another popular festival takes place on July 27, the festival of St. Panteleimon, where food and wine are offered.
On September 8th, the small church of Panagia faneromeni, located on the other side of the island and accessed by fishing boats, celebrates.
- Have a small trip on Despotiko island by a boat or a canoe.
- If you like walking and you're not claustrophobic. Antiparos' Cave is something that will amaze you. Dozens of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as rocks in weirdly colored expect you to see them 400 steps down on earth.
- Watch a movie at the outdoor cinema, under the Aegean's night sky. It's free.
- Visit "Agrilia" in Kampos village. You'll be able to taste and buy their extra olive oil, exported all over the world, and try some domestic "tsipouro" drink.
The island hasn't any organized beaches, so you'll have to carry yourself anything you may need.
Happy Holidays in Antiparos!!!