Anafi is an island in the Cyclades group. The capital of the island is Chora, which is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill that face the sea. Agios Nikolaos is the main port of the island. The most developed part of the island of Anafi is the southern part where most beaches are. The beaches are sandy with crystal clear water. Many offer good privacy as well. The highest point of the island is Agios Elios (or Vigla) at 582 meters. The island of Anafi is said to have approximately 181 species of rare flora. Eleonora’s Flacon can be seen on this island as well. It preys on birds that are migrating during the late summer and autumn.
According to Greek mythology, Anafi emerged from the Aegean sea after the Argonauts prayed to Apollo to save them from the angry sea. The island’s name may be derived from this event and the ancient Greek word meaning “to reveal.” The argonauts built a temple dedicated to Apollo to worship him. And he was worshipped all around the island. Remains of the temple can still be found close to the Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa.
The island of Anafi was first inhabited by the Phoenicians and then by the Dorians. During the 5th century, the island was conquered by Athens. After the Fourth Crusade in 2014, the Cyclades were taken over by the Venetians. Anafi was granted to Leonardo Foscolo. In the late 1270s, the island of Anafi was recovered by Licario and another Italian renegade for the Byzantine Empire. In 1307, Anafi was captured by Januli Gozzadini who would establish himself as the independent lord of the island.
During the Greek Revolution, the Anafiots sent two fishing boats (Caiques) of men to join the struggle.
From the 1920s, the island of Anafi was used as a place of internal exile for criminals and political dissidents.
Administrative Region for Anafi Island, Greece
Area of Anafi Island, Greece
40.370 km2 (15.587 sq mi)
Population of Anafi Island, Greece
Top Attractions in Anafi Island, Greece
Church of Agios Spyridon – Located at the entrance of Chora. This church features interesting and unique characteristics from the Cycladic style.
Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi – Located 6 km east of Chora in Monastiri. This monastery was constructed with stones and materials from the nearby ancient temple of Apollo. The location is on a hiking path and offers a lovely view of the sea.
Monastery of Kalamiotissa – This monastery is located in Monastiri and can be accessed via the hiking path from the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. This is a small church located on Kalamos Rock. No monks live at this monastery.
Kleisidi Beach – 2 km south of Chora. This is a nudist friendly beach that is secluded and surrounded by huge rocks. Kleisidi Beach is large and sandy with crystal clear water.
Agios Nikolaos Beach – Located 2 km south of Chora. This beach is not organized, but it is close to the harbour, rooms to rent, and a few taverns. Agios Nikolaos Beach is the closest beach to the port of Anafi.
Flamourou Beach – 3 km from Chora. Flamourou is a small cove that is surrounded by a large, barren mountain. It’s secluded location makes it perfect for relaxing.