The Antiparos North Coast Hike
A circular, easy to moderate difficulty 5/9km hike around the scenic northern coast of Antiparos, following the waterline on rugged trails & golden-sanded beaches. Can include aqua hike to islets of Diplo & Kavouras off the coast for magnificent ocean & cliffside views! Single-footpaths, sand, rock… and the sea – also great in sunset time!
[5-km easy version] 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. We move along the coast sometimes along sand beaches, other times on rocky footpaths through fragrant low bush (cistus, lentisk and thyme, right by the water!) and dwarf cedars, as we reach a series of beaches opposites the Fyra islets (Diplo & Kavours) on the northernmost part of Antiparos admiring the shallow turquoise blue waters between the main island and them. Moving further north, past Antiparos camping, the beautiful sandy beach is replaced by craggy, rocky shores, and the dirt track becomes a narrow footpath that winds slightly uphill along the edge of cliffs that now make up the shoreline. As we carefully walk around the rugged coastline, we catch a glimpse of a string of beautiful rocky coves below and spectacular views to the open sea & the silhouettes of the surrounding islands. We take in these beautiful ocean views (more so in a late-afternoon hike, as sunsets can be really amazing!) and start descending. Now it is all the way back to the village, where we walk in the old market street to the port, after paying a visit to the 13th century Venetian fort. The hike can end with a swim at the shallow sandy beaches bordered with sea pines known as Psaraliki (a 5-minute walk by the water from the port, where the loop is usually closed). We can also decide to finish our walk with a well-deserved coffee/refreshments break (or even a full taverna meal) at the waterfront, or to directly catch the ferry back to Pounta.
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In a nutshell [Antiparos north by & in the water] Coastal walking/aqua hiking/swimming/landscapes, duration 3h-4h (incl. stops & sea dip!), elevation ±30 m, easy/moderate.