The Wonderful World of Antiparos
Unexpectedly well known to a sophisticated international following, Antiparos, named in ancient times Oliaros, is a small island in the heart of the Cyclades. Located as the name suggests, directly across from Paros, it is accessible by conventional means only through its neighboring sister island (either by speedboat or plane), while it can be otherwise conveniently reached by helicopter or private yacht.
Villa Melonia, near Antiparos Town
Back in the seventies, its pureness initially attracted an international bohemian community, who learned to appreciate the island for its natural virginity. Over the years, the island managed to maintain its innocence, while simultaneously becoming the host of some remarkable properties. Refined architects and affluent peace-lovers longing for the perfect secluded summer retreat, joined forces in building some stunning villas, inspired by the untainted landscape. Today, you will find these secluded luxury enclaves spread discretely across the island, mostly near a wonderful beach, without finding any structured residential area spoiling the island’s finesse. And this is basically Antiparos’ success story; although one will find here some of the most appealing luxury villas in Greece, offering exceptional contemporary accommodation and amenities, the local ambience preserves its Cycladic simplicity and rural naiveté.
A small selection of family friendly, secluded luxury villas on Antiparos:
It is in such a context that even the beaches are not organized nor flooded with loungers and umbrellas. Instead, Cycladic sandy beaches, featuring no music, no mayhem, no animation but only the soft humming of the sea, invite for beach experiences in an innocent setting similar to the one we were accustomed to when we were children.
Slow-paced and humble, Antiparos is quite an unpretentious cosmopolitan island. Its small size allows guests to explore it in just a couple of days. However, this is the exciting part about it. You will be intrigued by the sweet routine you will find yourself experiencing. Before you know it, you will greet your baker or restaurant owner on a first name basis and start smiling at recurring faces.
Don’t mistake size for quality. You will actually be surprised by the variety of bars and tastes you will be able to choose from, varying from fresh fish, delicious fresh produce and the most traditional Greek dishes to loving Italian delicacies or even exotic Indian flavors.
Socializing basically takes place around the one and only main square right by the small port, which is surrounded by picturesque commercial alleys, as well as small restaurants and bars. As the small alleys around the main square are pedestrian, it is quite the spot for mingling and meeting people. Enjoy the chic-ness of your flip-flops, the relaxed dress code and laid-back rhythm and take your drink for a walk around the goings-on. If you happen to think that the person in shorts, uncombed hair and t-shirt carries a striking resemblance to that famous actor or singer, don’t get surprised if you figure out that it is actually them. In all its modesty, Antiparos is known for sheltering celebrities incognito.
The Sandy Soros Beach
For the restless souls visiting the island, there is actually a plethora of things to do: Take a boat to the beautiful island of Despotiko, which is actually a place of great archeological importance and also features a unique beach and hop by the two tiny islands forming the blue lagoon south of the Makria Miti of Paros. Several other Cycladic islands such as Sifnos, Schinoussa, Donousa, Koufonissia are within a short reach from Paros. Our local concierge will make sure to make this an unforgettable boat experience for you, providing all information on the type of boats (rib boat; traditional Greek Kaiki boats) as well as taking care of all relevant reservations!
Then there is always the intimacy with Paros. The shuttle ferries commuting between both islands approximately every fifteen minutes, function as a constant threshold to either island. All of Paros’ attractions and elaborate sportsclubs like the famous Pounda Beach known for kite surfing and scuba diving, or the prominent Golden Beach for windsurfing are thus always kept at close reach, even to Antiparos residents.
Antiparos can be considered a perfect family summer resort, a magical hideaway capable of redefining the meaning of quality time spent with your loved ones. Indulge in the comforts of one of our serene Antiparos Villas and take in the sun and the sea in their purest essence.
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A Small White Key Guide on Antiparos
Lollos: On the coastal road at of the main town. This Italian restaurant owned by an Italian lady that spends her summers there is the food landmark of the island (it does not take reservations)
Yiorgis: A delightful Taverna, with all the traditional Greek dishes available. Yiorgi and his family enjoy serving their customers – service with a smile is guaranteed. Tel: +30 22840 61362
La Louche: This new arrival in the town of Antiparos is a big plus. Opened by a Chef of Belgian nationality who has worked in many gastronomique restaurants in the past such as “Comme chez soi” in Brussels. Fed up with the nouvelle cuisine he has now a very simple and elegant approach towards food. +30 22840 61715
Klimataria: This traditional Greek taverna has been there from the 80’s, and has been situated in a beautiful internal courtyard. Food never deceives you. Tel: +30 22840 61298
Margarita: Situated on the main road of Antiparos town, this is the renowned place to have a good brunch on the island.
Vicky’s: This little shop has homemade ice cream; go inside and get lost within the flavors. Tel: +30 22840 61012
Sunset Deseo: The best spot to watch the sunset and eat Fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Tel: +30 2284061719
Agios GiorgisCaptain Pipinos: The place to go if you want to eat fresh fish and crab feet. Located right next to the sea, it offers an unforgettable experience. Tel: +30 22840 21823
Soros is one of the most famous beaches of Antiparos. Soros has nice trees that provide comfortable shade when the sun gets strong. The blue crystalline waters are great for swimming. Located 10 km south of Chora.
Glifa Beach is among the longest and the busiest on the island. It is surrounded by many hotels, beach bars and taverns. Located 4 km south of Chora.
Panagia is one of the most picturesque beaches on Antiparos and a great spot to relax. Located 3 km south of Chora.
Vathis Volos is a calm beach on the southern side of Antiparos, close to Agios Georgios. It is not organized, so it provides a nice place to relax. Location: Located 12 km south west of Chora.
Faneromeni. Located on the northern part of the island, Faneromeni is actually two beaches close to the church which shares the same name. The one facing north-east has a moon-like landscape with a rocky sea bottom, while the second one faces south-west and is a beautiful small sandy bay.