Antiparos, Greece stairs illustration

Mykonos is over. It’s as much an authentic Greek island as Disney World is an American city. If you don’t feel like being heckled by Italian tourists or paying thousands of euros at restaurants (where 100 per cent of the proceeds probably go towards tax evasion) then you should try somewhere else to fulfill your summer island dreams.

This is where Antiparos comes in. A Cycladic island in the Aegean Sea opposite the larger island of Paros, it used to be a quiet place for nudists, with just over 1,000 residents and tonnes of bougainvillea flowers. But over the past few years its main town has been filled with excellent restaurants and even cooler bars – note, NO CLUBS. (No one ‘pops bottles’ in Antiparos. They open them.)

The beaches are nice, but not the most beautiful in the Aegean – likewise the island is pretty, but not stunning. Instead, Antiparos is a place you visit to find beauty in human variety. As a refuge for low-key cosmopolites it has a cultivated but quaint charm. Oh, and Tom Hanks has a house on the island too.

The Perfect Day

A day starts with breakfast at the villa you’ve rented with your best friends – there are hardly any hotels worth staying at, with the exception of Beach House, Antiparos’ answer to Soho House. Head to Soros beach, or if you’re looking for something more secluded try Agios Sostis or Faneromeni.

After a few hours of swimming go for lunch at Captain Pipinos, a secluded tavern serving fresh fish with views of the uninhabited island of Despotiko. Following lunch, knock back a couple of casual cocktails at Beach House and spend the last few hours of the day dipping in and out of the sea. Then head back to your villa for a nap.

When you wake up, head to the central town, which lies among the remains of a 15th-century castle built by the Venetians when they occupied the island. Greeks don’t really do pre-dinner drinks so head straight to Sapou’s, a Mediterranean fusion restaurant run by an underwater archaeologist-cum-motorcycle- enthusiast-cum-chef (he’s basically Indiana Jones.) Drinks at Boogaloo afterwards. Stay out until dawn if you want.

To Stay

Beach House, there are no other hotels worth mentioning. Or rent a villa, we recommend Elite.

To Eat

Sapou’s for Mediterranean fusion, Lollo’s for delicious pizzas, Klimataria for traditional Greek food, Pipinos for a fish lunch.

To Drink

Most of the bars are in the main square of town. Try Boogaloo or Tabula Rasa.

Best Beaches

Soros for socialising, Agios Sostis or Faneromeni for seclusion. Livadia for surfing.

Alternative Activity

The cave of Antiparos, which has huge stalactites and stalagmites as well as inscriptions on the walls by famous visitors.

Great Escape

A boat to the nearby island of Despotiko, which has ruins of an Apollo sanctuary and a huge sandy beach. Gets very crowded in August.

How to Get There

There is no airport here. Fly to Paros through Athens with Olympic then take the half-hour ferry to Antiparos.

How to Get Around

Rent a car or a motorcycle.

Useful Information

There are no taxis on the island, only a bus that runs from the main town down to Agios Georgios during the day.

What to Pack

Isabel Marant jean shorts, a Haute Hippie blouse.

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Samothraki

Antiparos

 

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