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Antiparos

Antiparos and Paros are pided by a narrow channel. The island of Antiparos is located southwest of Paros, from which is pided by a shallow channel, of approximately 4n.m. wide, and 4,2m deep. The island covers an area of 35sq.klm, and because of its long shape it has 57klm of beautiful coasts.

antiparos wikipedia 

The island is notable for its golden, sandy beaches and for its authentic natural beauty. The capital, Antiparos or Kastro, stands around the original nucleus of the medieval castle. Among the principal attractions of Antiparos is the famous cave of stalactites on Aghios Ioannis hill.

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 There is a chapel to St John of the Cave (Aghios Ioanis Spiliotis) at the mouth of the cavern. The cave of Antiparos is known since ancient years. It still has stalactites and stalagmites, but Russian soldiers cut many of them during the war 1700-1774 and kept them as souvenirs. Italian soldiers did the same thing during the second world war. There are inscriptions in the cave and some of the names that can still be discerned is Bishop De Gabrie (1673) and Otto, king of Greece (1840). Agios Georgios is worth a visit. It is a tiny village with pretty surroundings and great calm.

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We do not know much about the island's history, but it is probably closely connected with the history of Paros. The island was probably one with Paros at some time, and there is evidence that there were Neolithic settlements here. In the 2nd Millennia BC it was probably inhabited by Minoans - Cretans. In the 13th century the island, just like its neighbours fell under Venetian Rule, only to be conquered by the Turks 300 years later. The liberation came in the 19th century. During World War II the island was occupied by Italian soldiers.

Even though Antiparos is such a small island, it can get very busy in summer. It is only 30 minutes away from Paros, and is therefore a popular goal for people that like traveling around.
You go to Antiparos for the beauty and the beaches, and surprisingly, for the nightlife as well. Therefore it is a good holiday resort for families, youngsters and a more mature audience. It all comes down to where you choose to stay: in Chora you'll find the nightlife, and in Psaraliki you'll be close to the beach.

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A very good side of Antiparos is that it is almost traffic free and you can walk to many places.

Antiparos has a number of beaches with golden sand and blue-green water. Every year, more and more visitors come to Antiparos, and as a result the hotels and limited number of rooms to rent have difficulty in meeting demand at peak periods. All around Antiparos are scores of tiny islands, like guards posted out at sea, that are inhabited only by wild rabbits and pigeons. Archaeologists have investigated two of these islets: Despotiko produced traces of tombs of the Early Cycladic period, and Saliangos has the ruins of a Neolithic setdement.

The land to the north is flat and fertile while small hills rise from the center to the west, with Profitis Helias (300m.) being highest. The western coasts of the island are smooth and sandy, while the east ones are rough with small bays. The island is surrounded by numerous smaller islands. To the north: Kavouras, Diplo and the rocks Kokkinos Tourlos and Mavros Tourlos . In the northern entrance of the channel we come upon the Magrines, Rematonisi (owned by the family of Goulandri) and Saliagas with the lighthouse and the remains of a prehistoric settlement. Northwest we can find the biggest one, Despotiko, which together with Antiparos creates a leeward bay, and a little further more Stroggilo. All these islands except Rematonisi, are uninhabited and some of them are used as pastureland.

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With its charming port, white-washed houses and picturesque pedestrian street, Antiparos is the kind of Greek island that people dream of. The proximity of the village to several lovely beaches makes it ideal for families and those who enjoy car-free holidays There is a wide choice of restaurants, including many traditional Greek "tavernas," as well as bars and caf├ęs. Less built-up than many of Greece's larger and better-known holiday destinations, Antiparos retains the feel of a traditional Greek island In addition to swimming and bike-riding, Antiparos offers wind-surfing, canoeing and scuba-ping. Across the bay in Paros, there is kite-surfing and horse-back riding.

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