Anafi, the little paradise of the Aegean
Beautiful and isolated from the noisy Cyclades, Anafi follows its own rhythms and gives visitors relaxation and peace. Shelter of the Argonauts and beloved by the god Apollo, Anafi bathed in the dazzling light of the Aegean, with its hospitable inhabitants and the beautiful centre is an ideal holiday destination.
The centre (known in every island as ‘chora’) will steal your heart, built on the ruins of a Venetian castle, follows the simple Cycladic architecture while the picturesque narrow alleys with the whitewashed walls of the houses and the flowered courtyards will enchant you with their beauty.
Enjoy the cuisine of Anafiotika
We suggest you try the local delicacies and delicious appetizers with the characteristic aroma of saffron that is abundant on the island. Try pork flavors such as lagaro and tsichladia, pitaria (square pieces of pie, boiled with lard), buns (pellets of dough boiled in goat's milk served in the form of soup), garlic balls (rolled pieces of dough with tomato sauce, garlic and cheese).The traditional sweets of Anafi are based on dough and are mainly pies, pancakes Melitera and, at Christmas, the scepter is taken by the local "koufeto" (sweet from roasted almonds and honey).
Best time to visit Anafi
An island like Anafi remains beautiful all year round, however summer is the season when most of tourists will choose to visit it for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.
How to use transportation in Anafi
Port transfer options
There is no airport in Anafi, so to get to the island you have to travel by airplane to Santorini and then take the boat or the flying dolphin to the island.
You can easily and comfortably travel by boat from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Anafi. The journey from Piraeus to Anafi by conventional ferry takes about 6-7 hours, while by speedboat takes about 4-5 hours and the port of Agios Nikolaos is not far from Chora.
Chora and the port of Anafi are connected by the local bus that runs about 7-8 routes during the day and until late at night. There is another bus from Chora to Monastiri, with fewer routes, which makes stops at several beaches of the island. You will not find a taxi on the island but there are boats that take you to the beaches although you can visit several of them on foot.