Antiparos (ancient name: Oliaros) is a small inhabited 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 Community of Antiparos was founded in 1914 and was promoted to a municipality in 2010 with the implementation of the Law "Kallikrates", under the principle of "each island a municipality". It occupies an area of 34.8 square kilometers, including the island of Antiparos and Despotiko. It has, according to census 2001, 1.037 permanentresidents and a density of 29 inhabitants per km². The island's economy is based on tourism, fishing, farming and less on agriculture in the plains. It is known for its distinctive Cycladic beauty with white houses, cobbled streets and beautiful flowers that thrive in the yards of the houses. It is a popular tourist resort in the summer for Greeks and European visitors, as well as land investors from the U.S.A.
The main settlement lies at the northeastern tip of the island with Pounda on the other side of the channel on Paros, where a ferry sails for Antiparos harbour. The historical center is located in the Venetian castle of Antiparos, which is connected through the shopping streets in the picturesque coastal street. Other settlements are the famous resort of St. George in the southwest edge, Soros and Kampos and popular beaches in the wider area of the center are Psaralyki, the Sifneiko, Ag Spiridon and the camping beach.The most popular beaches are: Soros, Glyfa, Apantima, Monastiria
On the local open-air cinema, the best of the season's films will escort you under the stars, the moon and the floral scent of jasmin.Organizing your wedding/baptism in Antiparos? Coming for Honeymoon? Coming for Fun?
Here's what you MUST DO to get the real feeling of Antiparos:
...although a small island, offers a wide range of choices to meet everyone's needs!
- Accompany your morning coffe with omellettes and rich home made breakfast, at "Margarita" and "Nisilios" while watching people passing by at the main street of Antiparos town.
- Swim in the waters of Ag. Georgios and then spoil yourself while tasting fresh fish and delicious greek "mezes"
at Captain Pipinos tavern!
- Do not miss the sandy beach of Sostis...
- Enjoy the most amazing susnset in Ag. Georgios...
- Try the original Italian Pizza made by Stefanos in the Italian restaurant Lollo's while enjoying Italian wine fromFrascatti...
- Enjoy Gourmet french cuisine at the new restaurant "la louche"...
- Taste a home made by Vicky, ice cream at Vicky's
- Enjoy a movie under the stars and the moon in the, full of jasmins, open air cinema, "Oliaros"
- Have orginal cocktails and party till the morning at Boogaloo cocktail bar!
- "Remember" the rock side of yourself at the oldest bar of Antiparos...
- Dance util the morning at the most famous Disco "La Luna"
Last but not least...
Do not miss the boat cruise to Despotiko... it will be an experience to remember!
Antiparos honours the saints of the island with many festivals every year. The visitors of the island can enjoy traditional music and the resurgence of the island’s culture.
One of the most traditional festivals is the celebration of Ai Yiannis Spiliotis which take place in the entry of the cavern with traditional dances and local dishes.
In June the traditional custom of Klidonas revives in the island. The cultural association of Antiparos performs dancing groups in the harbour of the island.
One big three-day festival in the harbour of island is organised in July to the honour of Agia Marina. The residents perform traditional dances and offer treats to all visitors.
On the 7th of September in the small church of Panagia Faneromeni a festival is organized for her celebration. Only small fish boats can transfer you to the back side of the island to attend to the celebration. The location is one of the most graphic parts of the island.
Travelling by Boat:
Blue Star Ferries
Travelling by Plane:
Municipality of Antiparos:
Police department of Antiparos: +30 (22840) 61202
Port authority of Antiparos: +30 (22840) 61485
Port authority of Paros: +30 (22840) 21240
Paros taxi service : +30 (22840) 21500
....about Antiparos and getting married here!
Who needs the Cafe Del Mar when you have Greece? I have spent many years travelling the Greek islands but I hadforgotten just how beautiful this one is. It’s not just the clichéd mounds of bougainvillea that tumble over tiny balconies and frame windows painted classic Cycladic blue and white; it’s the discovery of a 15th century castle, right next to the bar where I was absorbed with matters far too pressing to realise that I was seated next to a 500-year-old wall.
Surrounding this castle is a collection of dolls house style dwellings that make you want to leave your London life on a permanent basis and set up home on a tiny Greek island.
What could be more romantic than a Greek island wedding? If you are looking for a small traditional island, for your romantic wedding - or to renew your marriage vows - Antiparos is the place for you. Hotel Dolphin looks forward to assisting you in planning, coordinating and arranging your wedding ceremony. We can help you to select the services of your preference, to organize the accommodation for you and for your wedding party, and handle all the legal and paperwork requirements.
“Great setting for a wedding.”
We had our wedding reception at Kastro this year. It's a beautiful setting, very peaceful and quiet with a great pool area - ideal for families or couples. This is not 'boutique' accommodation - there isn't any that I know of on the island but it is the best place to stay if you want a pool and easy access to the beach with clean, comfortable rooms. We were served a delicious breakfast of fruit salad and Greek yoghurt which was included in our room rate. The sun beds by the pool do not have mattresses on which makes lounging by the pool uncomfortable and Magda gets annoyed if you take the cushions from the bar area and wet them, understandably, but surely mattresses on sun beds could be provided...
If you are thinking of having your wedding here, Magda has all the contacts to make it happen - the flowers, DJ, catering and styling were all fantastic but it is very much you get what you're given. Magda is happy to work with you to help you achieve the look of what you want yet she has a set agenda which most of the weddings follow. Having said that, it really was a beautiful setting, beautiful flowers and great catering. Magda ensured all the little details were in place on the wedding day. My only word of advice if you're thinking of having the actual legal ceremony on the island is to get your paperwork checked with your consulates in Athens before you get there. We found out we should have had all our papers stamped in Athens upon arrival which we were not informed about, even though we checked with our consulates in this country before we left. Magda and Markos were very helpful though and went out of their way to help us resolve these issues for the marriage to take place. Not the kind of stress you want days before your wedding and something I feel a wedding planner ought to have been aware of once we'd submitted our papaerwork. Feel free to message me if you want any more info re. weddings.
Overall, Kastro is a great place to stay if you're hoping for a chilled out and relaxed holiday on Antiparos
Charlotte C London, Reviewed on: 27 September, 2011
|The small island of Antiparos Greece belongs to the Cycladic Island Cluster and is southwest of Paros. It is a picturesque island that is embraced by beautiful sandy beaches, secluded coves and crystal waters. Its whitewashed houses, narrow cobble-stone alleyways, tiny churches and bougainvillea flowers compose a genuine Cycladic image. Antiparos is a favorite destination of families, romantics and people looking for a unique holiday getaway. Antiparos can satisfy those who desire an unusual kind of vacation, offering activities such as trekking and cycling to isolated beaches and hills, photography of the exquisite landscape, the Cave, the Castle, and other attractions, the sunset and the flora, celebrating with the locals during Agia Marina day, cruising with a fishing boat, discovering the quiet virgin sands of Despotiko Isle, going sightseeing to its ancient ruins and spear fishing in its waters.|
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There is more to Antiparos than the village and the cave. Unfortunately, most tourists never discover this, and so miss out on a great experience. In my opinion no stay in Antiparos is complete without a visit to St Georgios, 12 km from the port, lunch at Captain
Captain SARGOS with his fast-going boat SARGOS I can offer you an unforgettable trip, taking in a visit to the archeological site on Despotico, the cave of the Epitaphios ,which is such a tight fit for the boat you are sure it cannot possibly get through ,where you can swim from the boat, and then the Captain will leave you on a beautiful sandy beach on the deserted island of Despotico and return to get you at an agreed time. The boat trip takes around 2 hours, not counting time spent on the beach. You can call the Captain on +30 9673 79 48 76 or just turn up at St Georgios. You will find him on the boat or in the taverna. You cannot miss him, he is the one with the bandana round his head, looking like a pirate!
During High Season, the boat departs at 11 am and then every 2 hours until quite late. During Low Season, ie April, May, September and October, trips run on demand.
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The Service of the Crowning
The Service of the Crowning is the wedding proper. It is highlighted by seven significant acts:
The Exchange of Rings
The exchange of rings symbolizes the unbreakable bond of Christian Marriage. During the Betrothal, the rings are blessed over the heads of the bride and groom three times and then are places on the fourth finger of the right hand. The Betrothal ends with a prayer that the Lord might make strong their betrothal in faith, truth and love, and make them of one mind; and that He might grant the betrothal His heavenly blessings.
The bride and groom are given lighted candles to hold, symbolizing the purity of their lives, which should shine with the light of virtue.
During the Service of the Crowning, three long prayers are read asking God to grant the bride and groom a long and peaceful mutual love and understanding, happiness and health. The couple's right hands are then joined by the priest, who calls upon God to join them into one.
The priest raises the crown and makes the sign of the cross three times over the heads of the bride and groom, after which the crowns are placed on their heads. The crowning signifies that the newly married couple receives the grace of the Holy Spirit to be the founders of a new generation and are crowned with virtue and holiness to live their lives to the glory of almighty God.
Following the crowning, St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians (5:20-33) concerning the mystery and holiness ofChristian Marriage and the duties and the responsibilities of the husband and wife to each other, chanted by thecanter; and St. John's gospel on Christ's miracle at the Marriage at Cana (2:1-12) is chanted by the priest to show that our Lord Jesus Christ blessed the sacred institution of marriage.
The drinking from "The Common Cup" symbolizes that the couple must share every joy and sorrow. The priest gives to the husband and wife a cup of wine from which each must drink 3 times.
While three beautiful and joyous hymns are chanted, the priest takes the bride and groom by the hand and leads them around a small table three times. By circling the table, the couple signifies their oath to preserve their marriage bond forever. The circle symbolizes eternity; the triple circling honors the Holy Spirit
Finally, amid special words of blessing, the priest lifts the crowns from the heads of the newlyweds, thus endingthe marriage ceremony