Antiparos or Oliaros (meaning wooden place) as it was called in ancient times is located in the centre of the Cycladic complex and in close distance (1 n.m) from Paros. An Island that maintains its traditional color and still remains unspoilt of mass tourism is waiting to be discovered.
The village (port) called “Kastro” owes its name to the ruins of a14th century castle located near the central square. Small shops with souvenirs and restaurants are located on the main street of the island and at the beach of the harbor, on the street leading to the village square with bars for a drink in the evening.
There are two banks on the island site and two travel agencies located by the port.
On the hill of Saint John, at an altitude of 177 meters from the sea level,there is the famous cave of Antiparos, with an impressive dome in the entrance and a wealth of the most ancient of Europe’s’“stalactites” and many morphological features .
The inscriptions found in the cave indicate that it was known since antiquity. Coming out of the cave is the church of St. John“Spiliotis” where a festival takes place on the eve of the Saint’s feast every year.
Despotiko island is located opposite the south west coast of Antiparos facing the community of Agios Georgios. It is an uninhabited island where the archaeological spade has brought to light one of the most significant ancient sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo.
The ancient name of Despotiko is Prepesinthos. In antiquity the northeastern edge, where the sanctuary of Apollo is located, was consolidated with Tsimintiri, the tiny flat islet close to Aghios Georgios, where walls of buildings and four graves of the Early Cycladic Age have been discovered, almost covered by water. It is estimated that the level of the sea is at least one and a half meter higher than in antiquity, as everywhere in Cyclades.
During the summer a boat makes daily trips from Agios Georgios to the bay Livadi on the south coast of Despotiko, for those who want to spend a few hours in a spectacular sandy beach enjoying the absolute calm of the solitary Cycladic landscape.
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