Greek Island Hopping: Paros and Antiparos
Finding the perfect Greek Island getaway poses some difficulties when you're confronted by a list of unique options. Located in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros and Antiparos do not often get their time in the limelight as much as Santorini, Mykonos or Naxos. While Paros does attract holidaymakers to its shores, its sister island of Antiparos is quite often left off the list.
Imagine, the typical crystal clear azure waters of the Aegean sea, secluded beaches left untouched, sea-front promenade, cobbled-stone streets meandering through the traditional Cycladic houses, welcoming tavernas offering the best Greek cuisines, water sports activities to keep you out and about in the sun, and rugged archeological sites left to explore. The islands offer a complete itinerary for all ages and curiosities. Discover the islands with local Greece expert, Gabi Ancarola, latest 'Paros and Antiparos' Guide.
When to visit Paros and Antiparos
The climate on Paros & Antiparos is relatively similar to the other Cyclades islands. During the summer, temperatures can soar up to 35°C with sunny and cloudless days. The water temperature is usually at a comfortable 20 °C during this time, great for a dip in the sea. In the spring and autumn, you'll find more moderate temperatures. What sets Paros apart from the rest of the islands, since it's located in the center of the archipelago, is the powerful gust (Meltemia) which directly hits the island.
There are several ways to get to Paros:
- Fly into the newly built Paros Airport.
- Take the ferry from the port of Piraeus and the port of Rafina. There are also frequent boat connections from the other Cycladic Islands: Antiparos, Andros, Siros, Tinos, Mikonos, Sifnos, Naxos, Ios, Amorgos and Santorini, some of the Dodecanese Islands and Crete.
There is no airport in Antiparos so you would have to get on a ferry from Pounda, Paros. Ferries depart almost every 30 minutes during the high season and duration is about 10 minutes.
Things to do in Paros & Antiparos:
- Master one of the many watersport activities and outdoor activities. Choose from: windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoe/kayaking, waterskiing, and sailing.
- Head up to the Agia Anna to catch the falling sunset on the Aegean sea.
- In Paroikia, sample the exquisite dishes and let the Greek hospitability welcome you with open arms. Pick from the many tavernas and restaurants along the main promenade offering some of the best Greek Cuisine.
- Walk along Naousa's picturesque harbor where you can witness the traditional fishing culture.
- Taste some local Parian wine at the Moraitis Winery and Museum in Naousa.
- Discover the laidback and off-the-beaten-track of Antiparos.
- Have a beach day! Choose from a wide range of secluded beaches to sunbathe and relax on
- Camp along the beaches in Antiparos. Watch out for the nudists!
- Visit the only village (Chora) on Antiparos. Walk through the stone-paved, narrow alleyways and take in the Cycladic houses and blue-domed churches.
- Visit the remains of the 2.500-year-old Apollo temple on Despotiko.