As the blurb on the best map says, “Antiparos is a picturesque island with beautiful beaches, many ciders, solitary whitewashed chapels….” 

 

Don’t bet on the cider though: just sip an ouzo under a cedar.

Antiparos is 30 minutes by small ferry from Paroikia or eight minutes by car ferry from Pounta (between the town and airport) which runs every half hour from dawn to after midnight. 

 

With frequent ferries (including the late ones via Pounta) you can even eat out in Paros and return to Antiparos for the night; or you can cross to Paros after breakfast, spend a whole day exploring (perhaps by car or scooter) and regain the friendly peace and pace of Antiparos the same evening.

 

If you insist on spoiling yourself, you can hire a car on Paros and drive back to Antiparos every night! The water-sports facilities at Pounta on Paros are actually closer to Antiparos, being eight minutes away by ferry. 

 

Life revolves round the harbour-front and the main street leading from there to the square, taking you past dozens of tavernas and restaurants and many of the island’s shops. There is real atmosphere here in a very laid-back way and people return again and again. There are plenty of beaches to choose from: several are within easy walking distance of the village, others are a few km south on the east coast – use the bus or hire a bike. On some it doesn’t matter if you forgot your swimsuit.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

"Antiparos' magic is subtle – a special energy that sings from its wild meadows, rocky crags and pebbly beaches. Homer might have called it Circean; I'd suggest that it offers an uncorrupted "Greekness" that many of us pine for. Head down its main street and you'll see that the shops are not the average sort: no alabaster gods, fluorescent bucket-and-spades combos or cheap bikinis. Running from the wharf to the heart of the old fort – where locals used to hide from pirates in the 15th century – this walkway is a magical trail of tavernas, coffee houses and homemade ice-cream parlours." 

Richard Waters, The Independent

More about Antiparos:

Antiparos in The Independent UK

Antiparos in Conde Naste Traveller

Antiparos in Lonely Planet

Antiparos in Wikipedia