This island has been ignored by most holiday makers for a very long time,
but has become quite popular the last years. It is very small, harsh island
with steep cliffs offering spectacular views of the sea and unforgettable
Anafi is a great place for recreation and relaxation. Here, time stands
still, and you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere and little taverns without
the pressure of doing and seeing lots of things.
If you do want some sightseeing, there are options though, as well as little
bars and cafes. Greek islands always have some kind of nightlife, and this
is no exception.
History:We don't know much about the ancient history
of Anafi because of lack of archaeological
findings.It is likely, though, that the island was
under Minoan, Cretan, rule in the 2nd Millennium BC, and that it had connec-tions
with the Phoenicians. The Dorians lived here in the 9th century BC.
According to mythology, the island was created by the god Apollo
and he was probably worshipped here. There are also connections with Jason
and the Argonauts,
since Anafi was said to be a gift to Jason from
Apollo In classical years, Anafi belonged to the
Athenian league, but the contacts were scarce and the island was left alone
as long as it paid its tribute.
The island was often tormented by pirates through history and there are
stories about hidden treasures here and there.
The Romans came in the 2nd century BC, and then used Anafi as a place for
In the 13th century the Venetians arrived, and they were to rule the island
and its surroundings until the 16th century when the Turks invaded. Not that
there was much to rule: most of the people had left the island because of
the harsh living conditions.
Anafi was liberated in 1832, eleven years after the War of Independence had
What to See Anafi is first and
foremost an island for walking around on, since the roads are very bad and there
are no opportunities to rent a car.
The capital is the village Chora, which is a small, idyllic place with little
cafes and tiny chapels.
Kastelli is an ancient settlement from the 9th century BC. In the 15th century
the Venetians built a citadel on top of it, and the ruins you see today are
mainly from then.
The monastery Zoodochou Pigis (Life-giving Source) is a monastery dedicated to
the Virgin Mary which is worth a visit. It is often closed though, and make sure
you are wearing a long skirt and covering your shoulders if you are woman, and
wearing long trousers if you are a man.
What to Do
: Anafi is foremost an island to relax on, so a bit of snorkelling or
going on walks are your basic options. You can also go on daytrips to
The beach in the little harbour Ag Nikolaos is a nice, sandy
one. You can also go to various idyllic beaches with a
small boat starting from there.
Nighttlife:If you are looking for
a wild nightlife, don't go to Anafi. If you prefer quieter places, where
you can sit and relax in good company, then you're in the right place.
You'll find some nice cafes in Chora and during high season there is
even a disco.
Food Most restaurants are traditional
Greek taverns. If you have children with you or simply get tired of the
Greek food, you can usually get a pizza or some pasta.
Shopping:Basically, the only
shops are in Chora, and the variety is limited.
Getting Around There is a bus
going between Ag Nikolaos and Chora, and a boats can take you to
surrounding beaches. Because the island is so small and the roads bad,
you can not rent a car.
Getting There:There is no
airport to Anafi so you'll have to fly to one of the neighbouring
islands, like Santorini or Naxos, or to Athens. There are boat
connections with Pireus on the mainland, as well as the islands
Santorini, Syros, Paros, Ios, Naxos, Folegandros and Sikinos. Make sure
you know when the ferryboats leave the island so you don't end up
missing your flight home.
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| Size: 40km2
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 500
||Local code: 22860
|Cash machine: Yes
||Health centre: 61215
|Highest Mountain:Vigla. 582 m
||Port Police: 61216
||Telephone company (OTE):
|Price rate: Average
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