ANTIPAROS - A MAGNIFICENT CAVE
Antiparos is a beautiful island in the Cyclades right next to Paros ideal for quiet, alternative holidays or for holidays for the whole family. Antiparos is the only settlement that the locals call Castro, because of the famous Venetian Castle built by Lord Lorentano. It is of Gothic style, is an organized urban complex and one of the most interesting medieval settlements of the Cyclades. An integral element of the castle are the bats that emerge at sunset. The Historical and Folklore Museum of Antiparos houses many old objects, Cycladic figurines, traditional costumes of Antiparos and photographic material from the excavation of Despotiko. On the island you will find about 50 small or larger churches that are a pole of attraction. They stand out for their architecture while some are also of archaeological interest.
One of the most important caves in the world, known since ancient times, is that of Antiparos which has great archaeological interest and is a natural attraction. Stalactites, stalagmites (the oldest 45 million years old) enchant visitors during the exploration by crossing it through the 411 steps of the cave. In 1840 the first king of Greece Otto visited the cave and engraved his name on a stalagmite for this and a room called Vasiliki. You can go to the cave by boat or by bus from the country. The campsite of Theologos in Antiparos is one of the most famous in the Aegean with natural shade from cedars while nature lovers have the opportunity to enjoy hiking trails in both coastal and mountainous areas with beautiful views.
West of Antiparos there are four small islands of great archaeological interest, Despotiko, Tsimintiri, Saliagos and Stroggilos which are uninhabited. In Despotiko there are parts of an ancient temple from the classical times and the Byzantine church of Panagia that is celebrated by the Antipariotes on the day of the Holy Spirit. In Saliago, there is the Neolithic settlement of 4000 BC. with great findings, part of which is exhibited in the archaeological museum of Parikia. In Tsimitiri, there are the foundations of buildings of antiquity, such as tombs of the Hellenistic and Roman eras. In Stroggylos there are the ruins of a small post-Byzantine church, in which members of an ancient building have been used. The islands can be visited by boat from Agios Giorgis.
The island is famous for its enchanting beaches many of which have golden sand and blue waters. Soros beach is one of the largest and most beautiful of the island whose waters are relatively deep. Ai Giorgis, is a beautiful, windless bay overlooking the Despotiko with turquoise cool waters, quiet and with shadows from the rocks ideal for underwater exploration. Psaralykes are two organized beaches with all-gold sand and natural shade from tamarisk trees, while Panagia stretches in a large bay with crystal clear waters and pebbles. Sifneiko, which also enchants with its clear waters and the view to Sifnos from where it got its name, is one of the best beaches in Antiparos. The shallowest beach is Ag. Spyridon with tamarisk and clear blue waters. The beach of Kalargyrou, is the calmest beach on the island with golden sand and rocky bottom. The beach of Camping enchants with its clear, turquoise waters and in some places nudism is allowed.
The food in Antiparos, apart from their taste, are also characterized by their high nutritional value. The grilled octopus is one of the most famous delicacies of Antiparos as well as the rooster "patido" or "patoudo" (deep fried entrails, kefalotyri and cinnamon cloves), the wild rabbit, the local cheeses, the traditional patties or ravioli with ravioli of sweet mizithra, sugar, honey and cinnamon). Typical local dishes are the chickpeas that are baked all night in the wood oven, the snails yachni or the carobs with garlic, the sun-dried fur (salted mackerel) and the abelophasoula beans with garlic. Sun-dried prawns, lobster with oil and lemon and cacavia with white juice are dishes that are worth trying. Local products are tsikoudia, suma, various traditional pastries and from chefs kefalotyri, xinomyzithra and touloumotyri. It is the second wine-producing island of the Cyclades after Santorini where white, rosé and red wines are produced.