Anafi seems to have remained unchanged over the years, which makes it special as well as an ideal holiday destination in Cyclades. There are rooms to let, restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars while the locals are friendly and hospitable. Moreover, in Anafi, you will find beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and amazing sand beaches. It is not a particularly big island and you can even explore it on foot, if you prefer. It is worth visiting the Ancient City of Anafi, the Venetian castle, the Dragon cave, with the beautiful stalactites as well as the Zoodochos Pigi monastery. According to the mythology, god Apollo orders that Anafi emerges from the sea to offer refuge to Jason and the Argonauts who were fighting with the waves and nowadays it offers refuge, as it did back then, to those who seek a few peaceful days in the sun and by the sea. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Anafi, all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
You can easily and comfortably travel by ship from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Anafi. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr and you will enjoy an even more comfortable and carefree journey. It takes about 6-7 hours for a conventional ferry to reach Anafi while the speedboat will reach the island in about 4-5 hours and the Agios Nikolaos port is not too far away from Hora.
Connection With Other Islands
Anafi has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Halki, Folegandros, Ios, Karpathos, Kasos, Kos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, Sitia (Crete).
You can now book ferry tickets online for Anafi via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
There are about 7-8 bus itineraries connecting Hora with the Anafi harbor during the day and until late at night. There is also a bus connecting Hora with the Monastiri, with less itineraries of course, with bus stops at several beaches of the island. There are no taxis on the island but there are some boats that can take you to the beaches although you can also visit of them on foot. You can also rent motorbikes, four-wheeled vehicles and small cars as well that will make your transportation much easier.
Anafi definitely hasn't the crowd or traffic most Aegean islands have, there are very few vehicles, even during summer, and for your transportation you can use the bus, that connects Hora with the Port, plus a second one, which will take you to Monastiri. You can buy your ticket inside the bus. A second option is to rent a bicycle in Hora, for a more romantic and easy movement, while you won't face any difficulties finding a small boat, which will take you to the island's most isolated and desert beaches.
Breath of change!
The emerging from the Aegean seabed, according to mythology, Anafi, is the ... blessed land for travelers over the centuries. The extremity of the Aegean Sea, as it is called , is even today the ' shelter 'island and the ideal place for all those travelers that are tired or bored, looking for something special. Something that will change their life and that will put it on a new basis. For those who are looking for something special, there are beaches, sandy and pebbled, narrow alleys, beautiful courtyards hidden among the flowers and colors, whitewashed and stylish houses. In front of them, will be ' unfolded ' the harmoniously developed country, surrounded by the ruins of the Venetian castle.
The olive trees, the vineyards and the fig trees, are the basic elements of its flora. The plants, with the small white flowers, that are painting the island are called saffron or zafora. Also, here you can see donkeys, which are still used by the locals to transfer things.
Anyone visiting Anafi, must walk! Only in this way, one can feel the magic of this place, its beauty, its uniqueness! In short distance from Klisidi, on foot, there is the Monastery. A walk to remember! It's unforgettable and worthwhile! The Southern beaches of the island, like klisidi, katsouni, Roukounas, Katalimatsa, the sandy beaches will surge immediately in front of you! The monastery of Zoodochos or Kalamiotissa, is standing there that starts the peninsula of kalamos. The ancient temple of Apollo Aigliti was built here.
At the eastern edge of Anafi, there is the second largest monolith in the Mediterranean, after the one of Gibraltar and it is an ideal climbing field for 'advanced ' and skilled climbing fans.
- This is something you probably know, but we can't skip it: Rukounas beach is the perfect place to relax and swim.
- Have a walk to the island's southeast edge. You'll find Vrahos (Rock), Europe's second highest monolith after Gibraltar's. Standing on the top offers a great view.
- On Klamaos you'll have the chance to see the Drakontospilo Cave's stalactites and stalagmites and you may meet a group of seals.
- "Armenaki tavern" in Hora, except its perfect view, has delicious meals, a party mood and a music band.
- One of Cyclades' most beautiful places to eat, is "Ktima Roukounas" on the homonym beach. It's a beautiful scenery, the appetizers are delicious and its yard is full of flowers.
Anafi has many secret beaches, non-accessible from the land. If you want to visit them, the only way to do it is rent a small boat in Hora.
The island has very few rooms for rent. In case you decide to stay here, you must book one as soon as possible.
Wherever you go for a swim, remember to bring with you all the necessary stuff, as the island's beaches are not organized.