Although I am the kind of traveler who loves exploring different places each time, I did visit Anafi for the second time, in the last five years, and many will follow.
Traveling in Greece
There are about 6000 islands on the Greek archipelago, about 200 of them being inhabited, each boasting its way of life; the blue-and-white houses on the Cyclades, to the green, lush Ionian islands. This is a character that people who visit Grece for the first time don’t grapple with; they make a monolithic description of the whole experience. It is only by intimate familiarity with the country that one gets dumbfounded by the diversity and magnitude of the archipelagos.
Most Greek islands have airports, not all international, leaving domestic carriers like Aegean Airlines as the main service providers from Athens or neighboring islands. However, the popular ones, like Santorini and Crete, have international airports, making them accessible from the Middle East and European cities. When staying within a single archipelago, ferry travel is the best way. If in search of nice weather and fewer crowds, May, June and September are the best months.
The Cycladic islands include Naxos, Mykonos, and Santorini islands, three of the islands that are most visited, and other smaller ones like Milos, Folegandros, and Ios. The Cyclades has a total of 220 isles, with 24 of those being inhabited. The peak of the visits is in June, July, and August.
Among these, Anafi is a great stop, and it is close to Santorini Island. It is yet to be corrupted by the influence of tourism, meaning its tradition is still intact. It has scenic volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and cliffs. It is accessed by ferries from Athens and nearby islands, with its closest airport at Santorini Island.
Summer at Anafi
Vising Anafi is a great way to spend your summer in Greece. In Anafi, you can get a taste of the resident’s hospitality and unique landscapes. It is taking its place in the tourist scene gradually. Today, Anafi can provide all the services that travelers need, as long as they do not visit it as ordinary tourists but as old excursionists who constantly discover the island by inspecting it from the sea and land.
Even though Anafi is very close to the Santorini, it does not have anything to do with Santorini’s cosmopolitan ambiance. Unlike this world-famous island, Anafi remains untouched by mass tourism, and, therefore, retains its traditional charm.
Anafi has volcanic origins and, therefore, boasts a unique volcanic landscape. Raw sandy beaches and imposing cliffs produce wild natural scenery, suitable for people who love taking holidays away from the cities.
The island has a relaxing atmosphere and an appealing natural setting. Therefore, it is an excellent location for camping too. Since tourists can easily access Anafi beaches on foot, and there is only one village in it, getting around the island is easy. Its scenic beaches reward visitors with restful moments by the sea.
Places to visit
The most appealing Anafi beaches like Klisidi and Agios Nikolaos are situated around Anafi port. Many hotels are also present around the port. One of the most attractive things about Anafi is that everything lies within walking distance of Chora, the main town on the island.
The village of Chora is the capital of Anafi. Chora, is a sparsely populated hill-top settlement, built amphitheatrically at a height of about 200 meters above sea level, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, with natural trails, caverns, wild rocks, and stunning views of the island and the sea. This picturesque village is made up of charming whitewashed buildings, arched single-room dwellings, stunning churches, little squares, and windmills erected on the remnants of an ancient Venetian castle. Its relative solitude has recently attracted many tourists. You can stay at a resort in Chora, enjoy local bakery and food, have drinks in the night bars, and easily visit many Anafi beaches and explore the island gradually.
Anafi is one of my favorite destinations and will always be.
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