Arokaria Notebook

Sea kayaking around Antiparos

Around the Island

On our way to Antiparos

The weather seemed to be changing after a couple of days with southern wind. We had an early start, in order to take advantage of the sunny day with no wind. We met up with Alexandros from Sea Kayak Paros around 9:00 in Naousa and we left immediately.

After a while we were in Pounda where we got the boat to Antiparos. It only takes about 10 minutes to cross from Paros to Antiparos, so very soon we were on the road again heading south. After a short drive we arrived at Agios Georgios, where we got ready and got in the sea.

Getting ready
In the waters or Antiparos
In the waters of Antiparos

The sea was calm, so paddling was easy and relaxing, while the proximity to the surface of the sea gave us a unique perspective of the wonderfully blue waters of the Aegean.

We paddled around for a while off the southern coast of Antiparos and we got to discover littles caves and an astonishing landscape.

Discovering the southern coast of Antiparos
Discovering the southern coast of Antiparos
Discovering the southern coast of Antiparos
Having a short break in a remote beach

After a short break, a swim in the crystal clear waters and a snack we got in our kayaks again and crossed from Antiparos to Despotiko. Despotiko is a small island south west of Antiparos which is not inhabited, however it has an archaeological interest beacause of the sanctuary of Apollo and Artemis.

The waters around Despotiko are pretty impressive as well. Light turquoise and transparent.

 

Paddling bewteen Antiparos & Despotiko
Paddling bewteen Antiparos & Despotiko
Despotiko and Antiparos in the background
One of Despotiko's few inhabitants

At Despotiko we briefly visited the archaeological site and the had a picnic on the beach. We enjoyed the tranquillity of the uninhabited paradise before heading back where it all started!

What a great day!

NOTES

Seat Kayak Paros offers a range of itineraries for day excursions around Paros or even multi-day expeditions.

Climbing up to Agios Antonios

On such a clear day, the views are stunning!

Autumn Sailing

The wind is perfect and the last bit of sunlight for the day makes the bay and Naoussa at the background look even more magical!

A Relaxing Day at Glyfa

After a couple of hours under the sun and a bit of swimming, we moved to the restaurant of the area, only meters away from the beach.

Swimming from Paros to Antiparos

After about half an hour the swimmers started arriving at Antiparos, where they were cheered by the crowd

Day cruise to Koufonisia

The flirt between the yellowy rocks of the islands and the clear waters of the Aegean sea results to various turquoise hidden paradises.

Greek Design on the Island – Clothing

Today we are going shopping in Naoussa. We are after some contemporary greek creations.

Paros on a motorbike

Getting around Paros by bike is easy, since its morphology and roads make it one of the most accesible and bike friendly islands.

Walking around Ampelas

… a little fishermen village, on the eastern coast of Paros.

Pruning vines

February is the month of pruning the vines, so even though the landscape seems a little bit dry, there is a lot of activity going on at Moraitico winery.

Hiking around the lighthouse

The monumental rock formations together with the low vegetation of wildflowers, herbs and bushes form a magical setting for an afternoon walk.