The island of Antiparos is surrounded by many small, uninhabited, islands with great historical and archaeological interest, such as Tsimintiri the Round, Revmatonisi, the Red and Black Tourlos. Particularly well known is Despotiko, west of Antiparos, where in recent years, excavations of great archaeological importance have been carried out.
The main settlement lies at the northeastern tip of the island, opposite Pounda on the island of Paros, from where a ferry sails regularly for Antiparos harbor.
A popular tourist resort in the summer, Antiparos is known for its distinctive Cycladic beauty with white houses with blue doors, cobbled streets and beautiful flowers mainly bougainvillea that adorn the gardens, houses and shops.
The historical center is located in the Venetian castle of Antiparos, built in 1440, which is connected through the shopping streets in the picturesque coastal street. Other settlements in the island are the resort of St. George in the southwest edge, Soros and Kampos. The most popular beaches are: Soros, Glyfa, Apantima, Monastiria.
In the center of the island is the famous cave of Antiparos, one of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the world. The cave has been used as a natural shelter from the Neolithic period onwards. The cave remained undiscovered until 1673, when the French ambassador to Constantinople, marquis de Nouadel, visited the island. The enormous stalagmite, which is in the entrance to the cave, is the oldest in Europe and is estimated to be 45 million years old. On descending the 411 steps towards the heart of the cave, more than a 100 metres deep, visitors face a truly breathtaking spectacle at each turn
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