Location of Antiparos
The tiny Antiparos is in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago. It is west of Paros. Antiparos is separated from its big brother, Paros, by a strait.
History of Antiparos
We know very little about the ancient history of Antiparos. According to historians, it was part of the island of Paros in the Stone Age. In ancient times and in the Middle Ages, it was called Oliaros. Antiparos probably received its present name during the Venetian rule in the 13th century. It comes from the legend of Aegyptus. According to mythology, Antiparos was one of the fifty sons of Aegyptus. Antiparos changed hands several times over the following centuries. Then, it was under Turkish and Russian rule. It has been part of Greece since 1832.
Weather in Antiparos
The peak summer months on the Mediterranean island of Antiparos are from June to August. The average temperature is 30°C that can reach up to 35-36 °C in the afternoon. The temperature of the sea is between 24-26°C. It is perfect for swimming. Summers are dry, but in winter there are rainy periods with storms. Most rainfall and storms occur in December. The average temperature is 15°C, but on sunny days, it can reach up to 20°C.
Highlights of the island of Antiparos
There are many attractions to see on this tiny island. Next to the capital of Antiparos lies a tiny authentic village. In the capital, you should visit the Museum of Cycladic Folklore and the Venetian castle. In addition, if you are interested in caves, discover the dripstone caves of Antiparos! Near the entrance, you can find the Agios Ioannis Spiliotis Church, which is a must-see.
Gastronomy of Antiparos
There are several great restaurants, cafés and cocktail bars on the island. They mainly use locally sourced ingredients. Antiparos is famous for its winery and chemical-free vegetable production. Many locals work in tourism, and they offer dishes based on traditional recipes, passed down through generations. You can try these in some of the restaurants.
Beaches on the island of Antiparos
Agios Georgios Beach
You can find this beautiful, sandy beach in a protected bay on the south side of the island, near the village of Agios Georgios. From here, you have a wonderful view over the island of Despotiko, where you can take shorter boat trips. There are no sun loungers, restaurants or other services here, so you should go prepared.
This beach is 3.5 km from the capital of Antiparos. It is an easily accessible, family-friendly beach, perfect for families with small children. You can hide under the cooling shade of the trees surrounding the beach. The beach offers wonderful views over the island of Paros.
Kako Rema beach
This is the most peaceful beach on the island of Antiparos. It is protected from the wind, so you can swim safely in the sea. There are no bars along the coast, so you have to go much further to have a drink.
Panagia is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is located 1 km south of the capital. You can easily get here from the capital because there is a bus stop right next to the beach. Its vast, peaceful bay welcomes you with azure waters and a golden sandy beach. If you want to get out of the heat, the trees surrounding the beach provide cooling shade. If you get thirsty, there is a tavern nearby, offering delicious meals and drinks.
Yacht charter Antiparos
There is only one major port on the island of Antiparos. Starting from here, you can discover the Cyclades. Antiparos is in the heart of the archipelago. Below, you can read about the most important marinas in the region.
Antiparos Marina, Antiparos
It is a small marina with a draft of 2, 5 m. It can accommodate boats up to 60 m in length. The marina offers basic services like water supply, bars and restaurants. Information about sailing in Antiparos.
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Information about sailing in Naxos, or rent a boat in Naxos
Apollonia Marina, Naxos
It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars.
Avios Nikólaos Marina, Kea
It is an important port on the island of Kea, close to beautiful golden beaches and excellent fishing spots. It can accommodate 255 yachts at the same time, with a maximum length of 50 metres. The water depth of the port is up to 8 metres.
Mérikha Marina, Kithnos
This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife area in the immediate vicinity.
Ermoupolis Marina, Siros
Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Tinos Marina, Tinos
This medium-sized marina locates in Tinos, the city of the same name as the island. The marina, which is 5.5 metres deep, can be moored by yachts up to 60 metres long, for which it offers many services. From here you can easily reach all the sights and beaches of the island.
Mykonos Marina, Mykonos
On the island of Mykonos, in the marina of the city with the same name as the island yachts up to 40 metres long can berth. 30 ships can anchor at the same time. The water depth is 4.5 metres. In addition to restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and other services, there is also a boat service. Information about sailing in Mykonos, or Mykonos yacht rental
Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.
This is the old port, located near the town of Fira, the tourist centre of Santorini. It is small in size, so larger boats cannot berth here. The passengers of such boats are transported to the mainland by a water taxi. You can reach the town climbing 600 steps of stairs. You can go on foot, with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. If you get hungry, there are restaurants and taverns in the port. You can buy souvenirs and local delicacies in the smaller shops.
The picturesque Ammoudi is on the north-western coast of Santorini, next to Oia. It is only 13 km from Firas. The small port can accommodate yachts up to 20 metres in length. There are traditional fish taverns on the beach where you can try fresh seafood dishes and local delicacies as well.
The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Information about sailing in Santorini, or yacht charter in Santorini
The tiny island of Antiparos welcomes you with countless peaceful beaches! It is a great starting point for shorter boat trips due to its proximity to Paros and Naxos. If you are craving some peace and quiet, sail to the Small Cyclades from Antiparos! Find yacht routes in Cyclades or choose another yacht charter in Cyclades.
Rent a boat in Antiparos, and cruise around Antiparos
Day 1. Antiparos– Parikia (Paros) 7, 79 km (4, 84 mi), Day 2. Parikia (Paros) – Naxos 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 3. Naxos – Donoussa 44, 95 km (27, 93 mi), Day 4. Donoussa – Katapola (Amorgos) 31, 85 km (19, 79 mi), Day 5. Katapola (Amorgos) – Koufonisia (Koufonisi) 25, 70 km (15, 97 mi), Day 6. Koufonisia – Schoinousa – Iraklia 17, 43 km (10, 83 mi), Day 7. Iraklia – Despotiko – Antiparos 64, 26 km (39, 93 mi)
Day 1. Antiparos – Parikia (Paros) 7, 79 km (4, 84 mi), Day 2. Parikia (Paros) – Naxos 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 3. Naxos – Donoussa 44, 95 km (27, 93 mi), Day 4. Donoussa – Koufonisia (Koufonisi) 26, 02 km (16, 17 mi), Day 5. Koufonisia – Schoinousa – Iraklia 17, 43 km (10, 83 mi), Day 6. Iraklia – Ios 33, 26 km (20, 67 mi), Day 7. Ios – Agia Eirini, Therasia – Thira port (Santorini) 41, 96 km (26, 07 mi)