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5 Things to Do on Antiparos in One Day

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Here’s my list of five things to do on Antiparos in one day. It may be a small low-key island but it certainly attracts the Hollywood crowd. Find out why…

*** Updated March 2020

Antiparos: Where Tom Hanks Goes

Charming little Antiparos sits in the shadow of Paros, its much larger sister island in the Cycladic islands. The population is just around a thousand folks.  I love little islands, so I was excited to explore Antiparos while on assignment for the Fodor’s. Antiparos takes up 45 square kilometers complete with a 57 kilometer coastline.

Antiparos is reachable from Paros via ferry.  The ferry rides are under 10 minutes, and they dock near Antiparos Town on Antiparos’ northeastern coast. The boat is cutely called a pandofla, in Greek it means slipper. It really has the shape of a bedroom slipper!

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Antiparos is really beautiful. So, that’s perhaps one reason why the Hollywood elite own villas there, including Tom Hanks. Driving around I spotted the stylish properties tucked in the rocky landscape. The villas dot the island along with simpler whitewashed homes.  Despite the jet-set attention, Antiparos still seemed to maintain a traditional, calm and off-the-beaten-track vibe.

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He likes the view too!

Top 5 Things to Do on Antiparos

1) The Venetian Castle of Antiparos

A highlight of the trip was exploring the Venetian castle right in Antiparos’ old town.  Why a castle on this little island? Like many of the Cyclades, Antiparos attracted the pirates of the Aegean.  So, in 1440 the Ventians built a kastro (castle)to protect the population.  During that time, the Venetian governor named Giovanni Loredano married local Antiparian Maria Sommaripa.

The entrance is a Gothic style gate near the town’s main square. There are more than two dozen houses built in the castle area. There are also three Venetian influenced churches.

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Antiparos, Greece

Among the ruins is a circular tower that was once home to the local governor.

Antiparos Venetian castle.
Venetian castle

Many Antiparians still live within the historic castle’s vicinity.  It was clear a little community still thrives in the centuries old ruins.

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The lovely locals of Antiparos island

2) Visit Kambos and the Cave of Antiparos

Another one of the top things to do on Antiparos is head to the center of the island to visit the village of Kambos. The village has about a dozen residents, some whitewashed churches and is in proximity of two beautiful beaches Glyfa and Livadia.

Another 10-minute drive takes you to the Cave of Antiparos on Agios Ioannis hill.  The ancient cave is known for its stalactites and stalagmites.

The Cave of Antiparos by Ryan Cousineu
The Cave of Antiparos by Ryan Cousineu from Flickr

3) Eat by the Sea in Agios Georgios

In the little harbor town of Agios Giorgos you will find several charming fish taverns right by the water. I highly recommend Captain Pipinos, especially if you love fresh seafood and a view.  Find my review for Fodor’s here.

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Octopus drying in Antiparos at Captain Pipinos

You’ll also find scenes like this.

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A church on Antiparos
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Tree and sea on Antiparos
A chrurch in Agios Giorgios fishing village.
A church in Agios Giorgios fishing village

4) Visit a Beach

Visiting a beach is another one of the top things to do on Antiparos. You know, typical beautiful turquoise seas and lovely sandy stretches of beaches… Spend some time at one of them if you can. The best beaches include Psaraliki, Glifa, Livadia and Agios Georgios. 

Soros Beach

For a more cosmopolitan, laid back vibe I recommend Soros Beach, a beautiful sandy beach with sets of umbrellas and sunbeds as well as large cushions for maximum comfort. Facilities include a restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a selection of Mediterranean flavors. 

There’s also a beach called Camping Beach which is popular. That’s where folks go to camp out right by the turquoise sea.

*For a look at the camping gear and tents for your next holiday, check out GearHungry.

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Beaches on Antiparos
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Camping beach on Antiparos

5) Stroll Through Antiparos Town

There’s one main road in Antiparos Town which is lined with shops, restaurants and lots of cute cafes. In recent years, many beautiful boutiques selling fashionable clothing, beach wear and jewelry have opened up here with much success.

If you have some time while you’re waiting for the ferry to head back to Paros why not sit and have a Greek coffee and enjoy the view.

I’ll leave you with a few more images of Antiparos. As you can see, it is so calm and gorgeous there you may not even notice you’re having a frappe next to Tom Hanks.


Where to Stay on Antiparos?

Antiparos definitely deserves more than a one day visit, and if you do decide to spend more time on this relaxed Cyclades island, then I definitely recommend Another Island Antiparos.

This stunning complex of five gorgeous homes, located on the hill above Agios Georgios Beach overlooking Despotiko, the small uninhabited island which was the ancient sanctuary of god of light, Apollo — will gift you with an unparalleled experience. 

Literally it feels as if time stays still here. I stayed at this property for one night in June of 2019, and I fell in love with the immaculate interiors, the sensational views, the energy and the relaxed vibe. At night you can admire the infinite star-lit sky, a sight you will keep in your memories for years to come. 

One of the houses is an actual restored windmill, offering stunning sea views. The house features an open space kitchen and plenty of outdoor relaxation areas. The complex is ideal for small size weddings and yoga retreats

How to get to Antiparos

There is no ferry to Antiparos directly from Athens.  Travel to Paros first. You can travel to Paros island via ferry from Piraeus or Rafina harbors in Athens.  You can also take a plane.

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From Paros to Antiparos.

There are small boats from Parikia or Paros Town, the capital of Paros island. The ferry  takes about 30 minutes. There are also open deck ferries from Pounta to Antiparos which take about 10 minutes.

For more detail on the best beaches, sights and where to stay, check out my write up in Fodor’s here.

Have you ever been to Antiparos?  What are your top things to do on a Greek island like Antiparos?



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  1. Looking at Antiparos as a venue for my daughter’s wedding.
    Love what we have seen but one of the options requires a minimum 7 day stay to host the event
    at various villas.
    Is there enough for overseas visitors (from Australia) to do apart from the wonderful opportunity for R&R

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