is a small island with a population slightly over 280 inhabitants, located southeastern edge of the Cyclades islands group. The nearest islands is Santorini. Anafi slow-paced traditional lifestyle and the striking Cycladic landscape is appealing for you who seek the tranquility. For the more energetic Anafi is a good destination for walkers-explorer-travellers, seeking to discover the more unknown areas of the Anafian countryside, helped by an extensive network of footpaths.
The settlement of Ayios Nikolaos (the locals call it Yalos) is named after a nearby chapel and its the island’s port where you can moor your boat. It is only inhabited during the summer months and built on the foothills of a steep rock. Located 3 km away from Chora and can be reached either by car, if available or by bus from Chora and Kleisidi. There are several good beaches nearby. Kleisidi (Klissidi) village built on a slope overlook the sea and the islets. For both of them the distance to Hora (Chora) main village is between 2.5 – 3 kilometres. There is a bus service from the port Ayios Nikolaos of about 10 minutes up a winding road to Hora.
At the top of Kalamos you can reach the Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotisa (Ano Panagia) after a one-hour hike through an impressive mountainous landscape.
Anafi offers archaeological as well as mythological interest. At the monastery of Panagia Kalamiotisa, there are ruins of a temple built as an offering to the god Apollo Aegletus.
Anafi Island at the edge
Hora (Chora) village is densely populated and originates from medieval times. It is built amphitheatrically above the port, at an altitude of 260 meters. Chora is distinguished from the capital of other Cycladic islands due to is numerous arched single-room homes, which occupy a large area of the settlement. Narrow cobbled streets criss-cross the village, leading to the Venetian Kastro (fortress), and heart of the village. Several churches are scattered throughout Chora, including those of Agios Nikolaos, Aghioi Anargyroi and Agios Georgios at the top of the Kastro, all with Byzantine or post-Byzantine icons. Findings from ancient Anafi can be viewed in the Archaeological Collection. Accommodation is sparsely but many of the rooms have good views across the countryside to the sea. Various Tavernas, a bakery, grocery, bars, minimarket. No banks, ATM machine, and a postal agency.
The most frequented Anafi beaches are found on the southern side of the island, as they are easier to be reached either on foot or by boat. The common feature of all Anafi beaches is their tranquility because the island is not developed in tourism at all. Most beaches are long and sandy, with crystal water and only a few trees for protection. Visitors will find no organized beaches in Anafi, just long beaches with no facilities at all.
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