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Antiparos trivia: 75 amazing facts about this Greek island!

Antiparos is a Greek island that is known for its nightlife and beautiful landscapes. You can visit it from Paros with a ferry!

So let’s dive into some trivia and facts about this greek island!

  1. Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean
  2. At the heart of the Cyclades
  3. Which is less than one nautical mile (1.9 km) from Paros
  4. The port to which it is connected with a local ferry
  5. Saliagos island is the most ancient settlement in the Cyclades
  6. And Despotiko, an uninhabited island in the southwest of Antiparos, is a place of great archaeological importance
  7. The Community of Antiparos was founded in 1914
  8. It was promoted to a municipality in 2010 with the implementation of the Law “Kallikrates”
  9. Under the principle of “each island a municipality”
  10. It occupies an area of 45.182 square km
  11. Including the island of Antiparos and Despotiko
  12. It has, according to the 2011 census, 1,211 permanent residents and a density of 27 inhabitants per km²
  13. The island’s economy is based on tourism, fishing, farming and less on agriculture in the plains
  14. It is known for its white houses, cobbled streets and the flowers that thrive in the yards of the houses
  15. It is a tourist resort in the summer for Greeks and European visitors
  16. As well as land investors from the United States
  17. The main settlement lies at the northeastern tip of the island
  18. Opposite Pounda on the main island of Paros
  19. Whence a ferry sails for Antiparos harbour
  20. The historical center is located in the Venetian castle of Antiparos
  21. Which is connected through the shopping streets in the picturesque coastal street
  22. Other settlements are the resort of St. George in the southwest edge, Soros and Kampos
  23. Beaches in the wider area of the center are Psaralyki, the Sifneiko, Ag Spiridon and the camping beach
  24. Other beaches include: Soros, Glyfa, Apantima, Monastiria
  25. The ancient name of the island was “Oliaros”
  26. A word probably of Phoenician origin meaning “wooded mountain”
  27. Later the island was named “Antiparos” Situated within walking distance from Paros
  28. The island economy is based largely on tourism
  29. The income from visits to the Cave of Antiparos form a very big part of the budget of the municipality
  30. Most people work in the shops, restaurants and accommodation on the island during the tourist season from Easter to October
  31. With the remainder funded by the Employment Service, or undertaking technical and manual jobs
  32. The island’s economy is also helped by agriculture and animal husbandry, and fisheries
  33. Since the 1970s and 1980s, Antiparos has become a popular holiday destination, particularly for nudists, attracted by the remote and sandy beaches
  34. The best known is the Camping, or Theologians beach, at the north of the island, opposite the uninhabited island of Diplo
  35. The far end of the town beach is also nudist, as is the Perigiali beach
  36. However most of the other beaches on Antiparos are textile
  37. Since the 1990s there has been a steady development due to its proximity to Paros
  38. And the infrastructure has been improved to accommodate the growing influx of tourists
  39. In the center of the island is the cave of Antiparos
  40. One of the most beautiful and mysterious caves in the world
  41. The cave has been used as a natural shelter from the Neolithic period onwards
  42. The area was also used for pottery, and for the worship of the goddess Artemis
  43. While at the entrance to the site is the church of Agios Ioannis Spiliotis
  44. Signs and scratches on the stalactites and stalagmites attest to the passers
  45. As the inscription on the altar of the generals of Alexander the Great and King Otto
  46. The cave is very extensive, and extends at several levels
  47. The lyric poet Archilochus of Paros is said to have left an inscription in the cave
  48. In 1673, marquis de Nointel, French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, visited the cave for three days with numerous companions and celebrated mass on Christmas Day in it
  49. Later visitors who carved their names include Lord Byron and the first modern King of Greece, Otto
  50. During the German occupation, part of the cave was destroyed
  51. The cave was renovated extensively in the second half of the 20th century, using funds from the EU by erecting barriers, building adequate steps, installing lighting, security cameras and loudspeakers to inform visitors
  52. The Venetian Castle of Antiparos is a typical example of the fortified settlements established in the Cyclades during the period of the Latins in 13th-16th century
  53. Its construction dates to the mid-15th century when the Venetian Giovanni Loredano decided to marry Mary Sommaripa of Antiparos
  54. The original version had a ‘motte’ (mound) at the centre and houses round the perimeter
  55. The houses were built as one continuous block construction, the outer walls providing both the defensive wall of the fortified settlement
  56. The only entrance was at the south wing
  57. Inside the main settlement the houses developed as three-storey structures
  58. Each having a separate entrance which leads to an external staircase
  59. In the course of the settlement was extended outside the south wing to form a rectangular ring called “Xopyrga”
  60. And within the original enclosure around the base of the circular tower
  61. In modern times, the original architectural style of the castle has altered
  62. With the church of Christ being inserted as a religious element
  63. While the central mound was used as a water tank tower
  64. Today, the homes retain a satisfactory level of their original features, despite the collapse of the upper floors
  65. And any intervention required permission from the archaeological department
  66. Today most homes are developed in one with two floors and have a maximum ground-like trapdoor
  67. Many now face outwards and have become shops facing onto the main street
  68. An integral part of the castle of Antiparos are the small bats that come with dusk and fly around the tower to the east
  69. The town hall of Antiparos lies with the Multi-alley clinic in a commercial road just before the castle, near the Plaza Roussos
  70. And which took its name from the writer of her film “Madeleine”
  71. Any waste transported to the island a special place in Paros and sewerage and biological treatment
  72. It have been included in the NSRF to sponsor the Egnatia Odos
  73. The island has a modern road construction and rehabilitation of the coastal road
  74. The focus of artistic and political events is the stone square of Agia Marina
  75. The elementary school has a youth club for young people

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