Villages in Antiparos
Antiparos, or Chora as many say, is the only village on the island and it extends all the way from the port to Sunset beach. The village is flat and is dominated by the port and the Main Street.
Yiannis Place on Main Street in Chora.
The narrow pedestrian main street leads from the port through the village. Along the pedestrian street there are boutiques, souvenir shops, tavernas, fast food restaurants, cafes, bars and travel agencies. Main Street is the lifeblood of Antiparos, basically everyone on the island pass by the street sometime during the day, usually several times and during high season it can be quite crowded.
The cozy tavernas on Main Street are popular in the evenings.
Chora's chief attraction is Kastro at the main square that you will reach if you follow the main street. Kastro means fortress or castle, and is common in Greece, they were used as protection against pirates who terrorized most of the islands in Greece.
Kastro in Chora.
Most Kastros are in ruins nowadays, the best preserved in the Cyclades can be found on Kimolos, Folegandros and here on Antiparos. Antiparos' Kastro is in good condition and is still full of life, people still live in the beautiful houses. Narrow wooden steps leads to the houses from the courtyard, the outer walls of the houses served as protection and were part of the fortress.
The square in Chora.
There is only one entrance to the Kastro, follow the signs at the square and you will find it. There is an information board at the entrance where you can read about the history of the Kastro. In the main square outside Kastro, there are several cafes and bars and it is a nice place to sit down and people watch.
The port in Antiparos early in the morning.
The port is small but bustling: ferries to and from Paros arrives and leaves, sailboats and fishing boats are crowding together, tourists and villagers mingles at the strategically situated tavernas with great views of Paros.
Many of Antiparos' beaches are located near Chora. Read about the beaches here »
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