Being bathed by the light of the Aegean sun and decorated with golden sandy beaches, Antiparos is a summer resort that is ideal for serene and quiet vacations, and simultaneously a place of international fame due to its fascinating cave, that is one of the most interesting sights of all the Cyclades.
Antiparos is surrounded by crystal spotless waters and landscapes full of cedar trees, which will definitely capture the glance, the soul and the heart of each visitor.
Antiparos is found in the centre of the island cluster of the Cyclades, in near distance from Paros. Antiparos constituted a part of Paros in the past but was separated due to geological realignments in the area of the Aegean.
The main settlement and harbour of the island is Antiparos or Castle, at the northern coast. Here,cobbled streets,whitewashed corridors, the full of flowers courtyards and the countless nuances of light blue compose a picture that enchants each visitor.
Antiparos has an extent of 35 square kilometres and roughly 1000 residents. In antiquity it was known as Oliaros (wooded island) and was indeed full of green. An unknown however destruction changed its morphology.
The village Antiparos unfolds around an imposing castle, offering a unique view.Cobbled streets, whitewashed corridors, the full of flowers courtyards and a big square with an eucalyptus tree, compose a unique picture. The settlements of Agios Georgios and Soros are very beautiful. More precisely, Agios Georgios has splendid views to the sea and to the uninhabited island Despotico.
Three small, uninhabited today, islands that present great archaeological interest are found west of Antiparos: Despotico, Tsimintiri and Strongili. On the islet Despotico,archaeologists uncovered parts of an ancient temple from the classic years, marble parts of building groups, figurines and a number of other objects. Although, uninhabited in modern times, Despotico has met days of glory and intense human presence and is connected closely with Cycladic Culture and the historical development of the Aegean in General.
Despotico and Strongili are two islands with virgin nature and protected secies. For this reason they are included in the network “Natura 2000”.
First residents of the island were the Phoenicians and in antiquity it was called “Oliaros”. As Antiparos it is reported for the first time in the 13th century A.D. despite the fact that its name is ancient. Antiparos was the name of one of the 50 sons of Egypt, who was murdered by his spouse Kritomytheia, one from 50 “Danaides”.
At the duration of the Byzantine period, the island suffered from piracies that were continued until the Medieval Years. In 1207 the island was conquered by the nephew of the Dogi of Venice, Mark Sanoudos.
In the beginning of the 15th century, Antiparos was compelled each year to give 30 ore men to the Duchy of Naxos, which leads us to the conclusion that it should have been densly-populated. In the middle of the 15th century, the Venetian Lorentano, who was married to Maria Sommaripa who had taken Antiparos as dowry, built the castle on the island for safety. The pirate raids continued, while afterwards the island suffered destruction from Chairentin Mbarmbarosa.
In 1537 the island, as the rest of the Cyclades, fell in the hands of the Turks and remained under their possession up to 1770, when the Russian fleet of the brothers Orlof reached the island. In 1774 it fell again in the hands of the Turks, took part in the revolution of 1821 and in 1830 was linked with Greece. Pillages, destruction and slaughters were the fate of the residents of the island during all of these years where it passed from the hands of one conqueror to the other. Despite all these, a high school functioned on the island, in which very important persons got their first education, such as Neofytos Mavromatis, the Despot Nafpactos, and the deacon Ananias, one from the greatest teachers of the Nation.
Antiparos is surrounded by beautiful golden sandy beaches with turquoise spotless waters, such as: Psaraliki, Sifneikos Yalos, Agios Spyridonas, Agios Georgios, Diapori, Theologos, Livadi. The morphology of the island provides visitors with a choice of exploring virgin sandy beaches of unique beauty or of finding a much mere busy beach. In agreement with fishing men, you can be transported to the beaches with fishing boats or even make the tour of the island from the harbour of Antiparos until Agios Georgios, a route with magical pictures such as the interchanging between sandy beaches, marine caves and rocks of various nuances and impressive shapes, in a fascinating combination with the turquoise sea.
One of the most beautiful caves of the world and the most ancient known cave of Greece is found in the centre of Antiparos, on the hill of Agios Ioannis. In its entry lies the oldest stalagmite of Europe, which is dated to 45 million years. Four hundred ten steps lead the visitors to a depth of 100 metres, where they will surely enjoy a spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites. In the interior of the cave ancient vessels were found and signs in various points. A dedication to goddess Artemis is engraved on the rock by the lyric poet Archilochos, as well the names of those who according to legend had conspired against Alexander the Great and found shelter in the cave. In the entry of the cave lies the church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis, built on the 18th century. The festival of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis, with traditional Antiparos dishes and island dances, takes place in the entry of the cave on the 7th of May.
The traditional settlement is stretched around an imposing Venetian Castle that was built in 1440 in order to protect islanders from pirate raids and was inhabited continously until the 19th century. The castle was initially a bulky tower with houses built around it forming its exterior walls. The base of the central tower, a big gate, arches and certain houses with embedded blazons constitute today the remains of the impressive Castle. Three churches, the Christos, the Agios Antonios and the Agios Ioannis, are harmoniously blended among the houses.
Agios Georgios – Soros
Two small settlements of the island are Agios Georgios and the Soros. Agios Georgios has one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with amazing views to the sea. From the little port of Agios Georgios, you can visit by fishing boat the opposite uninhabited islets of Despotico, Tsimintiri, Strongili, which present exceptional cultural interest.
Museum Of Cycladic Art
In Antiparos, do not omit to visit the Museum of Cycladic Art, where you will see copies of famous statues,such as “The pregnant” and the “Proposing man”.
The village of Antiparos unfolds around the castle of Antiparos.It has one thousand permanent residents. Cobbled streets, whitewashed corridors, courtyards full of flowers and a big square with eucalyptus trees and bars, compose an admirable setting. The harbour is full of picturesque fishing boats, cafes and fish taverns. A cobbled street that starts from the harbour leads to the Castle, the old traditional settlement of Antiparos.
The church of Agios Nikolaos, which was built in 1783 next to the entry of the Castle, the Cultural Centre with its Library and the monument of the Fighters of the National Resistance, are included among the sights of Antiparos.
For the filling: 1 kilo fresh myzithra cheese, 1/2 kilo sugar, 5 eggs, A little cinnamon, A little dill.
For the dough: 1 kilo flour, 1 small glass of sugar, 1 small glass of oil, A bit of salt, Butter for wiping of baking pan, Cinnamon for sprinkling.
Implementation: Sift the flour. We set oil, sugar,salt and some lukewarm water, in a basin together with the sifted flour. We blend, and pour a bit more water, if it is needed, until the dough becomes ready. We cover and leave for a while. We prepare the filling. We dissolve the myzithra with a fork until it becomes thick and we add sugar, eggs struck, a bit of cinnamon and chopped dill. We mix well. We cut the dough in pieces and mould it into flat pitas. We put in the middle one spoonful of filling and raise the leaf all around,by pressing little utmost in order to stick on the myzithra and remain round. Afterwards,we spread the baking pan with butter, set the small pitas in and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon and we finally bake on a medium temperature for roughly 40 min.
Antiparos is connected daily with Paroikia and Pounta of Parosου.
For more information:
Port Authorities of Antiparos, Tel. 22840 61485
Port Authorities of Paros, Tel. 22840-21240
Port Authorities of Piraeus, Tel. 210 4226000-4, 210 4593140, 210 4593150
Airport Paros, Tel. 22840 91257
Organised camping functions in Agios Ioannis the Theologian.
Tel.: 0030 2284061221, Fax: 0030 2284061410, Mobile: 0030 6977417583, www.camping-antiparos.gr, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transport takes place on the island with buses, taxi, rented cars and motorcycles, but also with fishing boats that execute regular itineraries towards distant beaches.
POLICE Tel. 0030 22840 61202
PORT AUTHORITIES Tel. 0030 22840 61485
MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY Tel. 0030 22840 61570
CENTRES OF HEALTH Tel. 0030 22840 61219