Anafi, located near Santorini, is a tiny island with a slow-paced lifestyle and traditional vibe. Boasting a rugged yet serene landscape Anafi, untouched by mass tourism, is one of the most enchanting Greek islands that has kept its authentic character.
Remote beaches, hills, monasteries, and Cycladic architecture highlight the skills of local craftspeople and unique archaeological sites; wander around the Chora with its beautiful churches, crisp white homes, flower-filled courtyards and traditional windmills in the background. Also visit the Monastery Zoodchou Pigis a little monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Kastelli, an ancient settlement located on the way to the monastery.
Swim at the wonderful beaches including Agios Nikolaos, Mikros and Megalos Roukounas, Katsouni, Klisidi and the stunning coasts of Flamourou and Prasies. Anafi is known for its amazing trails and paths, and we suggest you climb the Monolith of Kalamos and enjoy the amazing view from the Monastery. Also, hike to the Cave of Drakontospilo (featuring stalactite and stalagmites), which can be reached only by footpath.
Anafi is known for its traditional taverns that serve fresh seafood and dishes made from locally sourced ingredients (the herbs and honey here are a standout). The specialties of the island include Ballothia (handmade pasta), saffron bread, Xerotigana are fine dough leaves drizzled with honey and sprinkled with sesame or coconut, as well as Melitera which are sweet cheese pies made with local egg and mizithra (ricotta cheese). For the freshest seafood head to Anemos, Astrachan, or Liotrivi tavern, and for meat, mezedes and amazing sweets add Margarita, Steki, Petrino and Tholos to your list.
For a cocktail or aperitif with a view head over to Apollon Blue Café, Argo Cafe Bar, or Madres Bar.
Ypseli Anafis Hive and Casa Di Namphio Villas and Suites are modern, and stylish and offer great views of the island; or if you prefer traditional apartment-style accommodation run by locals check out Dream Anafi, Ostria, Balcony in the Aegean, or Pelagos.
Take a private boat cruise around the island, which will allow you to swim at the most remote beaches that are completely secluded and offer the utmost privacy.
You can reach Anafi from Athens by ferry, which leaves from Piraeus port about 3 times a week, the trip is around 10 hours. The closest airport to Anafi is Santorini and from there can take the quick ferry to Anafi, which lasts about 1 hour and 10 minutes.