|Visited in 2007 (2X), 2010
Walking, hiking and trekking on ANTIPAROS
(last update on the 9th of February 2013)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
N = new in 2011
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.
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.
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.
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. Since January the 1st 2004 you are visitor n°
Since January the 1st 2004
you are visitor n°
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