14 must-do things in Antiparos

Visiter Antiparos : que voir et que faire à Antiparos ?

Travelling to the Cyclades? Take the time to visit Antiparos during your stay. A charming little sister to Paros, it has many treasures in store.

Antiparos lies to the west of Paros, just 30 minutes away by boat. Covering an area of 35 km², the Aegean island is an ideal destination for travelers wishing to discover the atmosphere of the Cyclades, without having to put up with hordes of tourists.

Despite its small size, visiting Antiparos is full of surprises. In fact, you’ll never get bored on this island. Between sports, nature and cultural treasures, there’s something for everyone!

What to do in Antiparos? Let’s find out.

1. The village of Antiparos

Chora, Antiparos

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Stroll through the white streets of Chora (or Hora), the capital village of Antiparos. Stop time and let your instincts and senses guide you. Between the subtle aromas of Mediterranean cuisine, the calm and authenticity of the small squares, the liveliness of the main street, the century-old tree in Agios Nikolaos Square, the vibrant colors of the bougainvillea, the charm of the marina and the immaculate white of the Aegean mansions, you’re sure to be charmed.

If you’re a fan of shopping, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the small stalls along the main street, Karabia. Between clothes, souvenirs and confectionery, you’ll find plenty to lighten your wallet, as long as you don’t find the door closed if you visit at siesta time! A little bonus: the village is mainly pedestrianized.

2. The beach and turquoise waters

Vathis Volos, Antiparos

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Can you visit Antiparos without spending some time on one of its beaches? You can’t! If you’re looking for crystal-clear water, beautiful yellow sand and a minimum of facilities, opt for the beaches of Agios Georgios, Glyfa, Livadi or Soros.

Not a fan of beaches? You’ll change your mind! You can combine peace and beauty on the beaches of Agios Spiridonas, Agios Sostis and Faneromeni. At Panayia, on the east coast, snorkeling enthusiasts are in for a treat!

For those of you who don’t have a car, paradise is just a short walk away. Discover the beaches of Psaralyki and Sifneiko!

3. Go hiking

Randonnée à Antiparos

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Visiting Antiparos also means taking the time to get some fresh air. Given the size of the island, a ten-day trek is clearly out of the question! However, walking enthusiasts can stretch their legs by taking the coastal path from Agios Georgios to Chora, via Livadi, in around three hours.

If you want to get away from the sea for a few hours, try crossing the island inland!

4. The stalactite cave

Grotte de stalactites à Antiparos

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What to do in Antiparos? Without a doubt: visit its famous cave! Known since ancient times, but inhabited since Neolithic times, this natural curiosity is home to countless stalactites and stalagmites. Some of history’s most famous visitors and witnesses have left their mark here. You’ll find inscriptions dating from the 18th century to the Second World War. Let yourself be charmed by the lovely little church of Aghios Ioannis Sipilotis, located at the entrance to the cave.

Location: The cave is about ten kilometers south of Chora.

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. between April and November. Dates and times to be checked on site.

Rates: €6 for adults; €3 for children aged 6 to 12; free for children under 6.

5. Admire a sunset

Coucher de soleil à Antiparos

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The sun, the sea, the vacations… all that’s missing is a superb sunset that melts into the horizon! Sifneikos beach is the perfect spot for the occasion, especially as it’s just a short walk from the port of Chora.

6. Recharge your batteries

Plage à Antiparos

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What to do in Antiparos What if you did nothing? Antiparos is an ideal destination for contemplation. If you choose the right place, you can seize the opportunity to reflect, take stock and refocus. The calm, the charm, the beauty of the scenery, the friendliness of the locals and their optimism, everything is conducive to relaxation.

7. Kastro

Kastro

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Built to protect the inhabitants from pirate attacks, the 16th-century Venetian fort is located in the village of Antiparos. The castle is surrounded by several charming houses and houses three Venetian churches.

8. Cycling

Faire du vélo

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Better than a car or scooter, a bicycle is a great way to visit Antiparos while taking time to contemplate the scenery, stop off at a bend in the road and build up your calves!

Bicycles are available for hire in the island’s larger villages. Try a coastal crossing of Antiparos or discover Kampos and the inland countryside.

9. The ancient temple of Apollo and Artemis on the island of Despotiko

Apollon et Artémis, temple, Despotiko

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In the Cyclades, there’s no end of new islands to discover! The island of Despotiko, a sort of miniature Delos, is little-known to the general public, yet is home to an interesting archaeological site. At the heart of this open-air museum are the remains of the temple of Apollo and Artemis.

10. A boat trip

Tour de bateau

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To visit Antiparos is to discover it from the inside, from the beach, but also from the sea. Indeed, the island is surrounded by curious rock formations that can only be truly appreciated from the open sea. If you don’t have time to stay on Antiparos, take a day to discover the island from an unusual angle. Don’t miss the chance to take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea!

With a yacht charter in Antiparos, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable day out, during which you can discover little-known corners of paradise in absolute serenity.

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11. A diving session

Plongée, snorkeling

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Antiparos is not the #1 diving spot for enthusiasts. However, your stay can be the perfect opportunity to organize an outing to admire the rich biodiversity, numerous underwater caves or a few wrecks. Never been diving? Take advantage of your stay on Antiparos to take your first dive or other levels. For more information, please visit the Blue Island Divers center in Chora.

12. Nightlife

Looking for a bit of excitement? If Antiparos is an island where it’s easy to find peace and quiet, nightlife lovers will find just what they need in the streets of Chora. There’s no shortage of bars and clubs. Visiting Antiparos also means enjoying the festive atmosphere!

13. Local specialities

Salade Grecque, Taverne à Antiparos

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As on most Cycladic islands, fish and seafood are a must! Traditional tavernas will delight lovers of Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t miss the local specialty: dried octopus! And try the local spirit, tsikoudia. For the less adventurous, pizza or Greek salad are good alternatives.

14. Paros

en Grèce

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If you’ve chosen Antiparos over Paros to escape the summer crowds, it would be a shame not to discover the beauty of Paros. A visit to Antiparos is also a tribute to its big sister! Between the picturesque harbours, the magnificent beaches, the hills of central Paros, the nightlife of Naoussa and the many monasteries, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something to fuel your day’s visit!

How do I get to Antiparos?

Stage 1: Paris-Athens

Knowing what to do in Antiparos is one thing. Now it’s time to think about how to get there! To get to Antiparos, you’ll need to be patient. There are no direct flights from Paris to Paros, let alone Antiparos. So first stop: Paris-Athens! Be prepared and book in advance. Depending on the season, and especially at the height of summer, prices soar to Athens. To avoid paying full price, turn to a flight comparator like Ulysse. You can select different departure dates/places and benefit from the best fares on offer.

Stage 2: Athens-Paros

Once you’re in the Greek capital, you have two options: by plane or by ferry. By plane, the flight takes forty minutes. By ferry, the journey takes between three and four hours. To help you find the best ticket at the best price, there are comparators such as Direct Ferries.

Paros-Antiparos

The only way to reach Antiparos from Paros is by boat. Two connections are available.

  • Parikia-Antiparos: 30 min, €5. 10 connections per day. Does not take cars.
  • Punta-Antiparos: 10 min, €1.30 for pedestrians and €6.30 for a car and passengers. Services from 6 a.m. to midnight, every half-hour.

Getting around Antiparos

Despite the island’s small size, it’s difficult to get around on foot alone, unless you’re a keen hiker! For the less athletic, there are buses that will take you to the most famous sites, such as the Antiparos cave. If you want to be on your own, it’s best to rent a car or scooter.

Where to stay in Antiparos?

Where to stay when visiting Antiparos? The easiest place to stay is in the village of Chora. However, it’s not impossible to find accommodation in Glyfa or Apandima on the east coast, Kampos inland, or St. Georgios in the south of the island. To find the best value for money, use a hotel comparator: it’s an effective way of gauging prices and finding the cheapest accommodation.

Ready to visit Antiparos?

Map of hotels and accommodation – Antiparos