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Laid back beaches and a big cave

Street in Kastro

A mile to the west, mostly flat little Antíparos (‘opposite Páros’), was known as Oliaros when it was first mentioned as a base of Phoenician merchants of Sidon. Famous for its laid back attitude (and love of bougainvillea), it’s now firmly on the maps of visitors, and will be even more so when the Sanctuary of Apollo on Despotikó is open to visitors. There are frequent ferries from Pounda on the west coast of Paros.

Engraving of the cave

A deep cave full of stalactites was discovered on Antíparos in antiquity (tradition has it that Antilochos was the first to carve his name on a stalactite back in the 6th century BC), and ever since it’s been an essential stop for every traveller in the region. Antíparos is also the octopus capital of Greece, and it may be an unsung aphrodisiac, considering the island’s lusty reputation – significantly (or not), Tom Hanks has a home here. Even the year round population is rising, and that, in the Cyclades, is rare.

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Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Albena, Kondephy, PD Art, thomas molck, Δημορσιτάνος, Creative Commons License