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Paros and Antiparos – 2 Amazing Islands

Paros and Antiparos Greek Islands

Last updated on December 19th, 2022 at 10:53 pm

Paros quickly become one of my favorite islands of the Cyclades. It is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and has many traditional villages showing off the unique Cycladic architecture.  The little towns are  adorned with cobblestone streets, whitewashed sugar houses and blue-domed churches.

And of course Antiparos – Paros’ smaller sidekick island is even more pristine and secluded. The beaches on both islands are famous for their exotic turquoise  crystal clear water and the warm golden sand. 

Read on to find out why both Paros and Antiparos quickly became some of our favorite Greek Islands.

Getting Around in Paros and Antiparos

 It is very easy to get around the islands on an ATV and they are readily available at the port for about $25/day.   Given that we only have a small roller and a backpack to house all of our possessions, it makes traveling on an ATV very easy and allows us to see areas that a regular vehicle would have trouble accessing.


Naousa Paros Greek Island

We first stayed near Naoussa, one of the prettiest and most cosmopolitan  yet  authentically charming villages in the Cyclades.  It’s labyrinth stone paths open to cute boutiques filled with original artisan souvenirs and wares intermingled with white washed churches, cafe’s and tiny flower covered houses.  The village was built around a tiny picturesque port where little colourful fishing boats called caiques moor and remains of a Venetian castle can still be seen, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere.

Monastiri Beach Paros Greek Island

Monastiri Beach Park is absolutely stunning.  There are many single track paths that circle high above some of the most inviting beaches on the island.  The shallow warm water beckons sun lovers to leave the golden sun and dip in.  There are strips of beach that are abandoned and other parts that are surrounded by cafe’s and bars – something for everyone.


Lefkes was the first capital of Paros and is the best example of traditional villages there.  Located on a mountaintop under a pinewood forest where we heard the sounds of cicadas, crickets and screech owls.  The village’s boutique’s, chapels, cafe’s and restaurants are dotted along it’s mostly white washed hill covered with grape vines and colorful bougainvilleas.

Piso Livadi Greek Islands

Piso Livadi is a fishing port on the east coast of the island.  It has a small sandy beach and many cafes.

Aliki Greek Islands

Traveling clockwise we reached Aliki, a picturesque fishing village with a well used sandy beach.  This is a very popular tourist destination for many Europeans as the town has much to offer.


Fira Antiparos Greek Islands

From the port of Pounta on the west coast of Paros, we took our ATV on a 7 minute ferry ride to the island of Antiparos.  Fira is the capital of this pristine island which is where the ferry dropped us off. Filled with sun drenched cafe’s, boutiques and a number of beaches, Fira is a lovely place to spend a day.  Riding our ATV south (the only way you can go from the ferry) we headed towards the islands ancient cave.

Antiparos Greek Islands

Antiparos’ Cave is the number one attraction for visitors and is the only vertical cave in all of Europe with a depth of approximately 85 meters. The cave showcases stalactites and stalagmites with one stalactite being the oldest in Europe; estimated to be 45 million years old.   Definitely worth the 6 euro entry fee.  As we rode further south we continued to see some of the least populated and pristine beaches of the islands.  I wished we had more time to spend on this island.


Wrap Up – Paros and Antiparos

Paros and Antiparos are two smaller islands in the Cyclades.  The biggest one is of course Naxos (which we also really enjoyed).   One of the main reasons to come to these islands is of course the crystal clear water, the amazing fresh air, history and the mountains.

Have you been to any of these Greek Islands?  Which one did you like the most?  Are you planning on going?  We would love to hear from you!


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