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Walking, hiking and trekking on ANTIPAROS

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(last update on the 9th of February 2013)

*** = very beautiful

**** = exceptional

N = new in 2011

1. Agios Geórgios -Agios Sóstis - Faneroméni and back

2. Agios Geórgios - Despotikó - Livádi and back ***

3. Agios Geórgios - Megála Monastíria and back

4. Agios Geórgios - Profítis Ilías - Grot van Agios Ioánnis ***

5. Antíparos and Diplá

6. Antíparos - Diplá - Sifnéikos Gialós - Antíparos

7. Cave of  Agios Ioánnis - Agia Paraskeví - Antíparos

8. Despotikó

 

Antíparos is a small island of 35 km˛; it is situated southwest of Páros and a long time ago the two islands used to be connected. Nowadays the islands are separated by a narrow straits of about 1 km. The small island of Saliágos is located in this straits, and remains of a neolithic civilization (4000 B.C.) have been found here; this could mean that Páros and Antíparos were still connected in that time. Other small islands can be found in the neighbourhood of Antíparos, such as the deserted island of Despotikó in the south and Diplá (a double island with Káto and Epáno Fyrá) in the north – from the northern beach of Antíparos you can even wade to Diplá through the shallow water.

Antíparos can easily be reached from Páros: leaving from Poúnta, on the west coast of Páros, there are crossings every hour (it takes 10 minutes). Also from the capital Parikiá you can take the boat to Antíparos (this only in summer and the crossing takes 30 minutes).

The island of Antíparos is fairly flat; the highest point is the Profítis Ilías, with an altitude of 301 metres. There are a few beautiful beaches, but the island is especially renowned because of the cave on a hilltop of 250 m in the south. Next to the entrance of the cave you can find the small church of Agios Ioánnis. The cave itself contains three large halls and it is more than 100m deep. It is famous because of its huge stalactites and stalagmites, many of which contain ancient inscriptions. The most famous stalactite is 8 metres tall and it is called the "Agia Trápeza" ("Holy Table"). This name was given because a mass was celebrated here on the 24th of December 1673, in the presence of the French ambassador in Constantinople, marquis de Nointel – a Latin inscription still bears witness to this event. In turbulent times the cave also provided a shelter for the inhabitants of Antíparos.

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The capital Antíparos is built around a beautiful Venetian kástro, dating from the 15th century. The kástro is built around a tower, of which only the base remains.

The most famous beaches are the beaches of Psaralikí, southeast of Antíparos, the beaches of Agios Theológos (close to the campsite, a few minutes north of the small town) and the beaches of Sifnéikos Gialós a little southwest of it – both of which are within walking distance of Antíparos.
In the south there is also the beach of Agios Geórgios, opposite the island of Despotikó. On the east coast as well there are a couple of nice beaches, among which the beaches of Apándima and Sóros.

Hiking is not that easy on Antíparos. There have never been a lot of donkey trails and the beautiful path that used to run from the cave, to the north and across the island, to Chóra, has been destroyed by a gravel road already many years ago – this road has recently been asphalted. 
However, the short sea walk from the northern coast of Antíparos to Diplá is a truly remarkable experience. 

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The little harbour of Antíparos


The kástro of Antíparos


The cave of Antíparos

 

The straits between Antíparos and Despotikó

The narrow straits between Antíparos and Diplá