For an authentic Aegean experience, the tiny island of Anafi is a relaxing and clam paradise still untouched by the throng of tourists flocking to the Cyclades each year. Located just off world famous Santorini, the island is an iconic shelter from the dizzying outside world.
For those who are not familiar, legend has it that the god Apollo led Jason and his Argonauts to Anafi to shelter them from a horrendous storm by shining light on the island by reflecting rays from his hunting bow. The name Anafi actually means “revelation” – which is as applicable today as in ancient times. The island burned into history by Greek
On your approach to the
Once you settle in Hóra, you’ll want to explore the southern side of Anafi and Roukounas, Agios Nikolaos and Klissidi beaches. There’s also the beautiful Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, the Church of Saint (Agios) Spyridon at the entrance of Chora, and the Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa on the southeast side of the island. Here are some suggested activities and attractions you’ll enjoy during your respite on Anafi.
- Walk, cycle or go donkey-ride Anafi’s 18 kilometers of trails. Take in rural life culture on the island, and visit old farms with their extra large oven houses.
- Explore the ancient town of Anáfi on Kasteli hill and its amazing necropolis with the monumental tombs containing wonderful sculptures.
- Visit the eastern part of the island and the Rock of Kálamos, the second highest monolithic limestone geological feature after Gibraltar.
At the monastery of Panagia
Visitors to Anafi arrive by the daily ferry from Piraeus (3x wk) Santorini, and a few other islands on the ferry routes. While you are on the island, there is a municipal bus that carries locals and visitors to many of the sites listed here. You can also rent cars and bikes through several local vendors including
Rooms & More Information
Argophilia recommends Margarita’s Restaurant overlooking
beautiful Klisidi Beach, and the Golden Beach Resort or Panorama Rooms for your stay. To learn more about Anafi you can contact the island’s officials directly via phone at +30 22860 61266, or using email firstname.lastname@example.org