Vacations in Anafi (Cyclades - Greece)
Anafi: The island of the Argonauts and relaxation
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Vacations in Anafi island - Anafi, The island of the Argonauts and relaxation
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Information On Anafi
Anafi is located in the south-east part of Cyclades. It is generally a dry piece of land, like most islands in Cyclades, but there are small oasis here and there as a result of running water found on Anafi.
According to Greek Mythology, the argonauts were in danger due to a heavy storm while sailing and Jason prayed to god Apollo asking for help. At that moment the island of Anafi came out of the ocean, saving the Argonauts and their ship. The island was named after that legend, as Anafi means the island that appeared out of the see.
Anafi is almost untouched by tourism, so it offers visitors a taste of true Greece and Greek tradition on all levels. People of Anafi are famous for their building skills and architectural style, so you can expect to see beautiful traditional architecture.
There is almost no nightlife on Anafi, as it is an island for those who seek peaceful and relaxing vacations.
Since there is only one ATM on Anafi, it is wise to carry enough money with you.
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Beaches Of Anafi
Anafi has a some great sandy beaches. The most popular are the one at the south part of the island, as they have nice golden sand and they are protected from the wind. To reach most of the beaches you will have to walk from some point on, as very few have easy access. By the way, there is no organized beach on Anafi.
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Travel To Anafi
A trip by ship from Piraeus would take you around 10 hours. There is a slightly easier way to reach Anafi and that is through Santorini, which also has an airport, with the trip from Piraeus by boat being 5-8 hours (conventional vs high-speed ship). From Santorini to Anafi its is a short trip of 2 hours, but this trip is done 3 times a week and not daily, so make sure you double-check the schedule of the two ships.
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Transportation On Anafi (Car Rentals)
Having your own transportation, even a motorcycle, is advisable, as the the buses are not as frequent as you would like. You will find the bus route table at the mini-market in Chora. In any case you cannot completely avoid walking, as you can not reach most beaches by car only.
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Accommodation On Anafi (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Most rooms to let and hotels are in Chora and this is exactly where you should stay. This is because the village is built amphitheatrically on the mountain side and consequently almost all rooms have a breath-taking view of the sea and the harbor. Most rooms are basic and of the same level more or less, so do not expect to find anything fancy for your stay.
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Food & Drink On Anafi
There are several taverns on Anafi serving delicious traditional dishes and fresh fish. As always, when it is dinner time follow the Greeks. They know which are the best taverns.
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What To Buy On Anafi
Anafi is famous for its honey since the ancient times, when people of Anafi has coins with god Apollo on one side and a bee on the other. Get some honey for home and you will not regret it.
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Attractions On Anafi
Chora is the main attraction of Anafi due to its beauty.
At the highest point of Chora lie the ruins of the Venetian Castle of Anafi.
On Anafi, there is only a small archaeological collection in Chora, next to the community building.
The monastery was built during the 17th century at the point where Kalamos peninsula is connected to the rest of Anafi.
The Monastery is built on Kalamos rock and staying there overnight is considered a one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Here you will find engraved a Roman sarcophagus made of marble.
The monolith of Kalamos is the second largest in the Mediterranean, after that of Gibraltar.
A cave with an impressive 15 meter entrance, beautiful golden-green coloring of its walls, stalactites and stalagmites.
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Alternative Islands To Anafi
Anafi is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Santorini (21 klm from Anafi)
Amorgos (41 klm from Anafi)
Ios (44 klm from Anafi)
Iraklia (54 klm from Anafi)
Schinoussa (54 klm from Anafi)
Koufonisia (60 klm from Anafi)
Sikinos (61 klm from Anafi)
Naxos (64 klm from Anafi)
Folegandros (75 klm from Anafi)
Donoussa (77 klm from Anafi)
Paros (82 klm from Anafi)
Antiparos (86 klm from Anafi)
Sifnos (107 klm from Anafi)
Milos (110 klm from Anafi)
Kimolos (111 klm from Anafi)
Mykonos (131 klm from Anafi)
Syros (132 klm from Anafi)
Tinos (135 klm from Anafi)
Serifos (136 klm from Anafi)
Kythnos (157 klm from Anafi)
Andros (160 klm from Anafi)
Kea (Tzia) (180 klm from Anafi)
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