, pronounced as Andiparos, is a small island just next to the shore of Paros
. Since it is easy to reach (in 10 minutes boat drive from Paros), it is a popular destination and its beaches and main village, called Kastro, welcome many tourists in the summer season. All boats to Antiparos depart from Pounta, just opposite Kastro.
Antiparos is small and relatively flat, very convenient to explore by car. Most people come for a daily trip and they usually stay in Kastro until it`s time to leave. Kastro is the only settlement, located in the northern part of the island. Its name comes from the Greek word for castle because the village is built in and around the walls of an ancient Venetian castle, dating back to 15th century. Parts of the walls can be seen between the houses and the small alleys which lead to some of the squares or the lively port. Prepared for the daily portion of visitors, Kastro has many restaurants, cafes and pastry shops. The three beaches around it - Psaraliki, Theologos and Sifneikos are the most popular because they are sandy and shallow, and people do not need a car to reach them from the village. There are many other sandy coves south of Kastro, all over the island. The lovely beach of Soros, which is actually a sequence of a few coves, offers accommodation in hotels and villas, as well as the beach of Agios Georgios
on the south coast. From Agios Georgios you can take a boat to the opposite islet - Despotiko. Despotiko is not inhabited but it has nice beaches and historical importance since the Archaic sanctuary of Apollo was excavated there. Archaeologist believe that many other fragments of the sanctuary are still buried and excavation works are in progress now.
Apart from Kastro, Antiparos has two more attractions to offer - the Cave of Agios Ioannis and the sea caves. The Cave of Agios Ioannis is one of the few entirely vertical caves in Europe and visitors have to go down 4000 steps. More over, during the centuries notable persons have carved their names on the cave walls and today you can see the signatures of queens and kings. The cave is 8 km away from Kastro and it can be reached by local buses from the port. Boat cruises around the island are also available from the port and thus you can visit the sea caves and swim in them.