According to the legend, when the Argonauts were returning from Colchis they were threatened by severe weather conditions and God Apollo led them to this small island to find refuge. There, the Argonauts built an altar in honor of God.
In Anafi, they impress the typical houses of the island which are low houses with domes in the ceiling to isolate them of the sun and the wind. Another attraction of the island is Mount Kalamos, an immense compact rock that rises to 461 meters above sea level – is the highest in the Mediterranean after Gibraltar. The sea views from there will leave you breathless.
It was believed that the builders of Anafi were the best in the country, so when Athens was named the capital of Greece, during the reign of Otto, many moved to the continent. When in Athens, they lived at the foot of the Acropolis and, feeling nostalgic for their homeland, built their neighborhood in the traditional style. For this reason, the well-known neighborhood of Athens is called “Anafiotika”.
Anafi is located at the southeastern end of the Cyclades and east of Santorini. Its port is Agios Nikolaos and one kilometer away is its capital Chora built in a panoramic way on the top of a hill.
Anafi is the ideal island for those looking for quiet holidays, enjoy the beach and hiking. The 500 inhabitants of Anafi are very friendly and hospitable people who welcome the traveler and make him feel at home.
Well-known are the traditional fairs of Anafi as Argonaftika and Yakinthea where all the inhabitants and visitors of the island come together and a great outdoor party is organized with live music, food, wine, and dancing.
In Anafi the houses typical of the island are impressive, they are low houses with domes on the roof to isolate them from the sun and the wind. Another attraction of the island is Mount Kalamos, an immense compact rock that rises to 461 meters above sea level – it is the highest in the Mediterranean after Gibraltar. The views of the sea from there will leave you breathless.