Luxury holidays in Antiparos

Mykonos and Santorini may be the Cyclades’ big draws, but if you’re looking to escape it all and embrace the peaceful, more organic side of island life, then consider Antiparos. This small patch of paradise has uncrowded golden beaches, aquamarine coves and mystical caves encrusted with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Its verdant hinterland is all set for picturesque hikes and in town (Chora, the islet’s biggest settlement), you’ll find a medieval castle and a smattering of upmarket shops and eateries, although you’ll find fine fish dishes wherever the edges get sandy. It’s a place for re-energising and clearing your mind – we’d recommend booking a break there before it hits the big time.

When to go

Like most Grecian isles, Antiparos shuts down in the winter season (roughly October to April); summer is a dream (albeit a toasty one), but dates on the cusp will give you the island to yourself a little more.

Getting there

  • Planes

    There’s no airport here, so fly to neighbouring Paros via Athens. From there the Pounta port is a 10-minute drive away. Hop on the ferry for a small fee, and once you reach Antiparos port it’s around a 15-minute journey across the sparkling water.
  • Boats

    The ferry runs a frequent schedule between Paros and Antiparos from around 7.15am to 8.15pm (later on weekends).
  • Automobiles

    This is a drop-and-flop kinda place and hotels can arrange excursions, so you’re unlikely to use a car much. If you want a bit more independence, you can hire wheels at Paros Airport or Antiparos port.