Anafi in Greece
Anafi is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and is located just east of Santorini. It is one of the Cyclades least populated islands. It has approximately 370 inhabitants and the island's surface is 32 km2. Almost every one lives in Chora, which is the only village on Anafi. Highest mountain is Vigla, measuring 582 meters above sea level.
The view from Chora on Anafi is magnificent.
Anafi is one of the least visited islands in the Cyclades. It has nothing to do with the island; it's because of the bad boat connections. Despite the tricky boat connections, Anafi has some fans, some returns year after year and the last thing they want to see is more tourists. Those who like Anafi, do it partially because its seclusion. Many like to be at the end of the world.
Of course there are other things that attract visitors to go to Anafi: partly because of the peaceful atmosphere, partly because of the lovely village of Chora, partly because of the beautiful beaches. The island has about 240 inhabitants; some make their living from agriculture and fishing. But in recent years, many have changed profession and focused on tourism instead. This is particularly noticeable when you see all new pensions in Chora.
Alleys in Chora.
Many years ago, I met a Danish couple who were sold on Anafi, which then was a totally unknown island for me. They talked enthusiastically about an island that had stopped in time. There were no roads, there was only one taverna, one cafe, one pension and one telephone. Tourists were an unknown phenomenon. Since I was a young man in those days, I thought it sounded as dull as dishwater. Now I regret that I did not visit Anafi at that time, it would have been exciting.
I've been to Anafi twice. The first time I was in the room with a high fever during the entire stay. My wife Camilla made a short boat trip to the beaches, sadly without camera. We went unhappily to Santorini again without having seen, or experienced the island.
The second time we went to Anafi in middle of August, and every room on the island was booked. So neither this time we got to experience Anafi. Therefore, I have pictures of Anafi. We had planned to sleep outside the port of Anafi that night, but luckily we got a rescuing angel and rescued us.
Paris from Santorini came with his boat and picked us up when we couldn't find a room on Anafi.
TRAVEL TO ANAFI
BEACHES ON ANAFI
Several of nice beaches along the southeast coast. The most popular one is Klisidi beach approximately ten minutes walk from the port. Here are a number of pensions and tavernas.
The beach in the port.
After Klisidi beach ones can continue to Katsouni, Roukounas, Katalimatsa and Mega Potamos. All beaches are reached by bathing boats from the port. Nudism and wild camping is common. There is also a pretty nice beach in the port.
Klisidi beach seen from Chora.
SIGHTS ON ANAFI
No particular sights apart from the beautiful Chora. Do you like to hike, you can walk to the monastery of Moni Kalamiotissa which is situated high on a cliff (470 m) on the eastside of Anafi. Go by bathing boat to Kalamos beach and then follow the path upwards the mountain to the monastery. You will be rewarded for your pain when you gaze over the sea. The view is simple delightful. If you do not want to, or can, go to the monastery, you can take the bus.
The monastery Moni Kalamiotissa is below the arrow.
ACCOMMODATION ON ANAFI