Sailing today among the islands of the Cyclades, we travel back to the places where one of the oldest civilizations in Europe developed during the Bronze Age. In central Aegean sea, the Cycladic islands took their name from ancient Greek writers, because they looked like forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos.
In these small islands with a limited natural environment, the strategic geographical location and significant mineral wealth for the time, flourished the Cycladic civilization, of the daring seafarers and merchants who came in contact with other cultures on both sides of the Aegean, exchanging raw materials, products, but also knowledge, ideas and know-how.
Aegean islands, Cyclades
- In the heart of Cycladic civilization
Our program includes:
Cosmopolitan atmosphere with both modern Greek cuisine and traditional restaurants, white washed houses, blue domed churches, a byzantine cobblestone trail, Cycladic blue waters, a paradise for wind and kite-surfers, the rocks of Kolibithres, the ‘valley of butterflies’, Panagia Ekatontapyliani church, wineries, ancient marble quarries: All this and more, is Paros.
Here are three good reasons why mooring in Antiparos -besides of course the emerald waters, sandy beaches and local recipe ‘gouna’ fish- will be most memorable: a descent into the cave of Antiparos one of the oldest of Europe, the impressive archaeological remains of Despotiko island, and the archaeological site of Saliagos, the oldest known settlement in the Cyclades dating back to the Neolithic period.
What can a traveler do on this island of just 18 square kilometers? Meet some the 150 friendly inhabitants, see a Hellenistic period citadel, the Aghios Ioannis cave, a shipwreck, a place for orchid lovers, bird watch, snorkel in crystalline waters, eat seafood and listen to lots of pirate stories!
A panoramic view of the Aegean from the castle of Schinoussa, a visit to the archaeological site near the beach of Tsigouri, a visit to Maniatis cave, the windmills, a dive in the crystal clear waters, spear fishing, bird watching of migratory species, are some of the things that you can enjoy.
Undoubtedly the two minuscule islands, inhabited since the Prehistoric period, are a paradise of natural beauty: golden sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rocky caves, windmills, small churches, a traditional shipyard, tasty fresh fish, all contribute to peacefulness.
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