Tourist Guide of Anafi
Greek Mythology has it that Anáfi, a paradise of pristine beauty and “exotic” beaches washed by crystal clear waters, had emerged from the bottom of the Aegean sea to give shelter to the Argonauts.
Upon entering the bay of Ayios Nikolaos, you can see a marvellous Hóra unfolding as in an amphitheatre. Built on the ruins of a Venetian castle, Hóra is a picturesque image of whitewashed dome-roofed houses and narrow stone-paved alleys. It is this image that had once inspired the craftsmen who left their home island in the Cyclades to build the scenic settlement of “Anafiótika” at the base of the Acropolis Rock in Athens, back in 1860-1870.
Walk, cycle or go donkey-riding all around the island through the 18 km long trails and see the old farmhouses with the extremely large oven, called “oven houses”, and the “mnemoria”, the charnel houses.
Explore the ancient town of Anáfi on Kasteli hill and visit the remarkable necropolis with the monumental tombs and their sculptures. Keep on until you get to Vríssi and rest under the plane trees and by the brooks.
In the east part of the island visit the rock of Kálamos that is the second highest monolithic limestone after Gibraltar; a must-see for climbers who will enjoy a great challenge here. Furthermore, the ancient temple of Apollo the Anafian and the Monastery of Zoodóchos Piyi lie on the foot of the rock. For fitter climbers, there is another monastery on the top of Kálamos, where a breathtaking view of the sea and the nearby islands will compensate their effort.
Activities in the island of Anafi
- Hiking (it is the best way to discover the island) on the pathways of overall 18 km in length covering the biggest part of Anafi.
For your stay in Anafi, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Anafi (Chora), as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You can find a list of hotels and rooms to let, as well as special offers for low cost holidays, in the list of lodgings in the area and the accommodation offers and deals.
Anafi - Piraeus: 3 times a week (through Paros, Naxos, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Santorini, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos).
Anafi - Santorini: almost every day. 2 hours duration. Anafi also connects with Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Siros, Kithnos and Kea.
Whenever a ship arrives in Anafi there is a bus that takes you from the port to Chora and vice versa. Also the bus takes you to all areas of Anafi.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.