The Antiparos North Coast Hike
A circular, challenging 11km hike around the wild and beautiful northern coast of Antiparos, starting from the town and going by secluded beaches and rugged hillsides with magnificent N- W- NW sea views. Forgotten footpaths, dirt roads, sand… and sea! Great sunset views too!
Description After a 5-minute boat crossing from Pounta, we disembark in Antiparos town and start walking along the northern coast, enjoying beautiful views of Paros island and the islets between the two islands, as far as the twin Portes rocks in the entrance of the bay of Parikia. As we move along the coast on rocky footpaths through fragrant low bush (cistus, lentisk and thyme, right by the water!) and dwarf cedars, we admire the shallow turquoise blue waters between the island and the Fyra islets. Moving further north, the beautiful sandy coves get surrounded by dunes wooded with dwarf cedars. Past Antiparos camping, the coast starts to become craggy, lace-like and wild; a prelude of the way our trip will go on.
As we go past the wide sandy beach of Sifneikos Gialos, we find ourselves walking mildly uphill, scrambling on an old footpath among the low bushes and the wild flowers on the edge of the cliffs that now make up the shoreline. The footpath unwinds to the SW and as we go along the rugged coastline, we discover beautiful wild beaches beckoning from below. We go down on the prettiest of them (in fact, a series of interconnected beaches), where we stop for a sea-dip (weather permitting!) and a snack break on the golden sand, at the feet of cliffs and spectacular rocks. We continue on a steep uphill trail after the break, sometimes pausing to look down on the emerald waters as we climb uphill.
Sea views become more sweeping as we gain elevation and, beyond the blue sea, one can discern the silhouettes of surrounding islands (Syros, Sifnos, Serifos and, on a clear day, Kythnos and Polyegos). After a short stretch of dirt road, we start on the ‘adventure’ part of the hike, with some steep hill climbing (up and down), crossing a small creek, however passing over and by some really fantastic costal landscapes. As we finally reach a rocky terrace at a height of approx. 110m above the water, more of the island’s wild western shores seem to unfold in front of our eyes, all the way to Livadi bay and the wavy ridges of Koutsoulies hills.
We take in these beautiful views (and even more so on a late afternoon hike, as sunsets can be really amazing there!) and start on our way back on the hills. We soon leave the unmarked trail to start on a dirt road, shifting in perspective, with more views of Kambos plain and the gentle hills inland. After a last uphill part on concrete road, we find ourselves sat the ridge of Stavros hill overlooking the east side of Antiparos, all the way to the village, the Fyra islets off the north coast and Paros mountains across the channel. Then, it is all the way downhill, on to the village square. After an optional tour of the medieval Kastro neighborhood, we may either stop for coffee/refreshments or even a full meal at the village, or go directly to the port to catch the ferry back to Pounta and Paros.
In a nutshell [Antiparos raw coastal magic ] hiking/hillside climbing/sea views/ swimming, duration 4h (incl. stops & sea dip!), elevation ±140 m, moderate/challenging.