I’ve been struggling with how to neatly divide two weeks traveling around Greece into posts, because we experienced so much. Putting Paros and Antiparos together made sense because they are geographically close, but we had such different experiences on the sister islands.
Paros is definitely a travelers’ favorite. I had so many friends gush over its beauty and they were absolutely right. It’s beauty feels surreally stereotypical: whitewashed buildings, turquoise doors and climbing bougainvillea that could be right off a “Travel to Greece!” poster. The symphony of church bells and colorful harbor traffic only makes the island more picturesque.
We spent three days on Paros–shopping through its maze of streets, sunning on Martselo Beach and eating at its fantastic restaurants. The B&B where we stayed was a favorite. The host met us at the harbor, led us to this quiet haven (pictured below) and fed us homemade treats.
Paros was the most serene place we had visited in Greece… until we got to Antiparos.
Why did we go to Antiparos? Because we read an article that said Tom Hanks’ vacation home is there! I promise we weren’t movie star stalking, but we were curious why this remote island draws in so many famous, fashionable people. And now I get it. Antiparos has a lot of the same architectural beauty that Paros has, but is much less-populated. I saw maybe 100 other people.
But no Tom Hanks.
Antiparos may be small, but we found it had the best shopping and dining of all the islands we visited. Clearly the “chic factor” of this lesser-known island keeps bringing back travelers who like to live well. We would spend mornings swimming on a local beach with just a handful of other travelers then head into town for a leisurely lunch looking out over the quiet, lapping ocean. Antiparos was so peaceful, we wished we had booked more time there.
As far as lodging on Antiparos…I can’t speak to it, since we camped!
I’ll save my insights on camping in Greece for another post. I hope you are finding some serenity this week…but for now, a few links:
- The 15 Best Islands You’ve Never Heard Of (CNN Travel)
- Shipwreck Sheds Light on Ancient Greece’s 1% (NBC News)
- The biggest mistake we made in Greece (Bakersfield Blonde)
- My favorite souvenir from Greece (Bakersfield Blonde)