Antiparos Island


Antiparos (Modern Greek: Αντίπαρος; Ancient Greek: Ὠλίαρος Oliaros) is a small island in the southern Aegean, at the heart of the Cyclades, which is less than one nautical mile (1.9 km) from Paros, the port to which it is connected with a local ferry. Saliagos island is the most ancient settlement in the Cyclades, and Despotiko, an uninhabited island in the southwest of Antiparos, is a place of great archaeological importance.

The Community of Antiparos was founded in 1914 and it occupies an area of 45.182 square km,[2] including the island of Antiparos and Despotiko. It is known for its distinctive Cycladic beauty with white houses, cobbled streets and beautiful flowers that thrive in the yards of the houses. The historical town center is located in the Venetian castle of Antiparos, which is connected through the shopping streets in the picturesque coastal street.

The ancient name of the island was “Oliaros”, a word probably of Phoenician origin meaning “wooded mountain.” Later the island was named “Antiparos” Situated within walking distance from Paros.

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