The nightlife of Antiparos is shaped by a blending of the young population attracted to its campsite and the celebrities that visit the island. This is also responsible for its special character, which is difficult to describe and can only be experienced.
Couples in love are the protagonists of the tens of weddings performed on Antiparos every year. Love is one of life’s mysteries, marriage an ecclesiastical sacrament [‘mystery’, in Greek], and our charmingly mysterious island offers the perfect setting for the start of a new family.
Hunting is a means of outdoor recreation preferred by many locals, as well as by residents of neighbouring islands. Hunters flock to Antiparos, which is famed for its wild rabbits. The hunting season runs from 20 August through 20 January, and hunting is permitted at a minimum distance of 200 metres from the outskirts of inhabited areas and 100 metres from isolated residences.
Fishing accounts for a portion of the economic activity of the island. Compared to times past, this percentage is minimal today. However, there are still some professional fishermen around, even though fishing is showing a tendency towards becoming an exclusive privilege of hobbyists. Be that as it may, the visitor immediately gains a sense of the fishing tradition of Antiparos with one stroll in the Port. ‘Trehantiria’ [small dromons / ‘runners’], ‘Hydriot’ boats and ‘kountoula’ [double-bowed boats] live together in harmony with the inflatable vessels and sailboats that moor in the Port.
The restless visitor knows that he or she can enjoy something much more than the sun and a swim in the azure waters of Antiparos. Water sports are widespread, and the island affords the infrastructure not only for amateurs in the field but also for the initiated. You can enjoy pedalos, canoes, kayaks, scuba diving, windsurfing and water games from the beginning of May through the end of September.
The first Saturday in July marks the day a great sporting event takes place—the Paros-Antiparos Channel Crossing—a race that both celebrates swimming and challenges young and old, athletes and non-athletes. It is an aquatic channel crossing from Pounta in Paros to the Port of Antiparos, covering a distance of 1,453 metres. Every year, Greek and non-Greek swimmers, kids and grown-ups with an appetite for the event and with astounding vivacity, swim across the channel, their reward being either a distinction or the warm applause of the crowd waiting to welcome them on the opposite shore.
In recent years, cycling has been burgeoning on Antiparos and this development has brought great joy to lovers of this activity and sport. Antipariots of all ages are using, more and more, this means of transport, recreation and exercise. The roads are in very good condition and this, in tandem with the calm surroundings, makes the bicycle the safest and most ‘effortless’ way to get some air, make one’s daily rounds and also get in some exercise.
In order to discovery all of the secrets of an island, you must become acquainted with its waters. A multitude of visitors espouse this theory, making their approach towards Antiparos aboard leisure craft. Antiparos is located in the heart of the Aegean and is easy to reach from other popular Cycladic isles, a fact that makes the island an irresistible temptation and, ultimately, a ‘standard’ destination for marine tourism.
Cruises are a splendid way to enjoy the sea. Many businesses on Antiparos offer excursions lasting from a few hours to the whole day, whether to the ‘hidden’ and unexplored beaches and caves of the island, to other islets in the cluster, or even to neighbouring Cycladic isles, such as Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini and others...