This is my last post on my Greek island adventure.
Before I left Paros, I took a 5-minute ferry to Antiparos.
Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean, at the heart of the Cyclades, which is less than one nautical mile (1.9 km) from Paros, the port to which it is connected with a local ferry. Saliagos island is the most ancient settlement in the Cyclades, and Despotiko, an uninhabited island in the southwest of Antiparos, is a place of great archaeological importance.
The island is so small that it will not take long to tour around it in just under 7 hours.
The big tourist attraction is the famous cave of Antiparos, one of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the world. The cave has been used as a natural shelter from the Neolithic period onwards. The area was also used for pottery, and for the worship of the goddess Artemis, while at the entrance to the site is the plain but magnificent church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis. Check the tour times to visit the cave as I was informed that they are only open in the morning. I missed the tour because I arrived after 1pm.
As you arrive by ferry to Antiparos you will see this beautiful church.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of castles. My first stop was the Venetian Castle of Antiparos (Kastro): Antiparos was a major attraction to all pirates in the Aegean Sea, due to its location. In 1440, the Venetians built a castle to protect the residents of this town. It has also given Antiparos its other name, Kastro, which means castle in Greek. The castle or Kastro, now in ruins, comes up in the middle of the traditional settlement. It has a squared shape and many houses lie around it while a circular tower, which was built in the middle. The base of this circular tower was home to the local governor and this is the only part of the castle that stands today in all its glory. The walls of the houses around the castle, doubled as the walls of the castle as well. The entrance to the castle is situated next to the metropolis of Agios Nikolaos. Source: www.greeka.com
Here’s a look at the day in pictures:
The day was sweltering, so I recommend either touring the town early, or after 6 pm as the sun was bearing on me with full force, and I did not bring my parasol. 🙈
Sending relaxing and sunny weekend vibes! 💋
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