Anafi Tourguide

Anafi, situated to the east of Santorini, is a tranquil haven boasting pristine countryside and all the hallmarks of a quintessential Cycladic island. Mount Kalamos, towering at 460 meters, graces the island’s eastern side, adding to its natural allure.According to Greek mythology, Anafi emerged from the depths of the Aegean Sea under the command of Apollo to provide refuge for the Argonauts. Another tale attributes the island’s name to the absence of snakes, with “An-ofis” meaning “absence of” and “ofis” meaning snake.The ancient town of Anafi traces its origins back to the 8th century BC when it was founded by Dorians. Throughout history, Anafi endured pirate raids during the Byzantine era and Ottoman occupation following an invasion by Hayreddin Barbarossa in 1537.

Anafi’s Chora, nestled atop the ruins of a Venetian castle, enchants visitors with its whitewashed domed houses, narrow stone-paved alleys, and a captivating mix of churches and squares. Key attractions include the churches of Agios Spyridonas, Stavros, Koimisi tis Theotokou, and Agios Nikolaos, each boasting unique architectural features and historical significance. The town’s windmills add to its charm, while the Archaeological Collection offers insight into Anafi’s Roman past. Exploring the island further unveils a wealth of historical sites and natural wonders. Trips to Kastelli hilltop reveal the remains of the ancient town, while visits to the seaport in Katelimatsa bay and the sanctuary of Aiglitis Apollo offer glimpses into Anafi’s rich heritage. The island also boasts picturesque coastal villages, scenic hiking trails, and idyllic beaches ideal for swimming and fishing.