Anafi is a small island located in the south of the Cyclades between Santorini and Astypalaia. It is a top destination for relaxing holidays, well-known for its wild landscape and amazing views of the Aegean Sea. Here you can find all the information you need about Anafi: its beautiful beaches, activities available on the island and ferry schedules. Book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper and begin your island hopping in the Cyclades!
A square in the picturesque Chora of Anafi.
Vacation in Anafi
Anafi is a true gem of the Aegean Sea. The small Greek island is famous for its untouched beaches, beautiful hiking trails and the picturesque village of Chora. While Anafi is an ideal destination for peaceful holidays, it also boasts a vivid nightlife during the summer.
Take a walk around Chora, marvel at the simplicity of the Cycladic architecture, taste delicious food at the restaurants, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean. When night falls, head to the bars and tavernas (traditional Greek restaurants), which stay open until late and often have live music or DJs. In the villages of Klisidi and Roukounas, you will also find great places to eat and drink surrounded by beautiful scenery. If you are looking for adventure, the island has many stunning hiking trails. The most popular leads to Kalamos, the top of the so-called vrachos ("rock"), which is the second highest monolith in Europe after Gibraltar!
Beaches in Anafi
What better way to spend your vacation in Anafi, than to swim in the turquoise waters and sunbathe on the island's golden beaches! Don't forget to bring water, snacks and an umbrella with you, as you will not find amenities on most beaches.
The best beaches in Anafi are:
- Roukounas: long and sandy with crystal-clear waters, Roukounas is a nude-friendly beach and a popular camping spot. The most famous beach in Anafi, it is usually quite busy in July and especially in August. After your swim, head to the nearby taverna for some good local food.
- Klisidi: this beautiful sandy beach has turquoise waters and tamarisks that offer plenty of shade. It is located close to the port of Agios Nikolaos and is easily accessible. Next to the beach, you will find 2 restaurants, Klisidi and Margarita; the former serves traditional Greek dishes, while the latter has more modern cuisine and a great view.
- Katsouni: you can reach this small, clothing-optional sandy beach with a 15-minute walk from Klisidi. The beautiful spot also attracts campers.
- Flamourou: this is an amazing beach with golden sand, turquoise waters and imposing rocks. It is located next to Katsouni beach and is ideal for relaxation and quiet moments.
- Megas Potamos ("great river"): it takes quite a long walk to reach this beach, so it is perfect for those seeking isolation and calmness. Megas Potamos has sand and white pebbles, as well as a beautiful view to Kalamos.
- Livoskopos: this a rather remote sandy beach that is located on the northern coast of the island and can be reached on foot. We recommend going when there is a south wind.
Swim and enjoy great food with a view at the beach of Klisidi.
Things to do in Anafi
Anafi has a rich history and is even mentioned in Greek mythology as the island responsible for saving the shipwrecked Argonauts. Anafi is also well-known for its natural sights and lively nightlife, which we urge you to explore.
Ferryhopper suggests the following sights and activities:
- Stroll in Chora, the beautiful capital of Anafi. Walk down the picturesque kalderimia (narrow alleys) and relax at the local bars and kafenia (traditional Greek cafés). The taverna Armenaki has great food, live Greek music and a beautiful view. You should definitely visit the ruins of the old Venetian castle to watch the sunset and marvel at the stunning view.
- Hike to Kalamos, the top of the second highest monolith in Europe. The huge rock located in the south-east of the island is a unique natural monument. There, you will also find the Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa. The trail is not too difficult and the hike takes approximately 1 hour. The magnificent wild landscape and the breathtaking view are definitely worth the trouble! As there is no shade, we recommend that you go early in the morning or in the evening. In the latter case, you can watch the glorious sunset and spend the night there. Remember to wear proper shoes and to bring water and snacks with you.
- Visit the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, see the ruins of the ancient Temple of Apollo Aiglitis and enjoy the beautiful landscape.
- Dance till dawn at the bar-club Madres, the place to go if you're looking for a wild night out in Anafi. Watching the sun rise over the Aegean as you step out of the bar, is a moment that you'll never forget. Madres is open in July and August.
- Go to the panigiria (traditional festivals) to dance to Greek music and try delicious local food. Don't miss the panigiri in Chora on the 15th of August and at the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi on the 7th and 8th of September.
- Discover Kasteli, the ancient city of Anafi, which probably dates as far back as the 8th century BCE. You can see parts of the fortification and the cemetery as well as ancient Roman finds.
- Go rock climbing on the island's monolith, preferably from April till June or from September till November.
Hiking in Anafi
If you feel like taking a break from sunbathing and swimming, Anafi has some spectacular trails that lead to magical beaches, spots with stunning view and picturesque villages!
Some popular hikes in Anafi are:
- Chora - Roukounas - Megas Potamos - Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (2.5 hours)
- Roukounas - Kasteli (ancient city of Anafi) - Agios Mamas - Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi - Kalamos (3 hours)
- Chora - Stavros - Rachidi - Lakkous (1.5 hours)
- Stavros - Vigla - Panagia ton Vouvon - Livoskopos (2 hours)
- Chora - Agios Georgios - Milies - Kallista - Kasteli (2 hours)
The crystal-clear waters of the Aegean and the impressive monolith of Anafi.
Useful info and travel tips for Anafi
Chora of Anafi is the capital of the island and is located close to the port of Agios Nikolaos. There, you will find a mini market, grocery store, bakery, post office, gas station and a medical center, as well as most of the island's bars, restaurants and tavernas. The only ATM machine on the island can be found at the port.
There is a local bus that connects Chora with the port and the main villages of Anafi in the summer, though services are infrequent. We, therefore, recommend that you bring your own vehicle by ferry, so that you can explore the island hassle-free. As for accommodation, you can find rooms to let in the capital. It is advisable that you book your accommodation in Anafi as early as possible, since availability can be very limited in the summer.
Important phone numbers for your holidays in Anafi
Here are some useful contacts to keep handy during your stay in Anafi:
- Anafi Port Authority: +302286061220
- Anafi Medical Center: +302286061215
- Municipality of Anafi: +302286061266
- Anafi Police Station: +302286061216
- local bus: +302286061266
- Anafi citizen service center (KEP): +302286061390
Ferry schedules and tickets to Anafi
Anafi is one of the southernmost islands of the Cyclades and is located close to Santorini. The port is on the south coast of the island, 4km from the capital. Anafi is connected to Athens with regular ferry crossings from the port of Piraeus and Lavrion.
More specifically, the ferry routes from mainland Greece to Anafi are the following:
- Athens - Anafi from the port of Piraeus: There are usually 4 weekly sailings, while more ferry journeys are added in the summer to satisfy the increased demand. The duration of the trip from Piraeus to Anafi is 10.5 hours on average.
- Athens - Anafi from the port of Lavrion: There is 1 weekly crossing and the ferry trip lasts approximately 10 hours.
Tip: Ferries that travel from Athens to Anafi usually have a garage, so that you can transfer your vehicle. We also suggest that you book a cabin for a more comfortable journey, since the ferry trip to Anafi can be long.
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Island hopping from Anafi
There are regular ferry crossings from Anafi to many other islands of the Cyclades as well as to some islands of the Dodecanese and to Crete. In just 1.5 hours, you can be in Santorini, one of the most popular destinations in Greece!
There are direct ferry routes from Anafi to the following ports:
- Santorini (or Thira)
- Heraklion (Crete)
- Sitia (Crete)
If you are overwhelmed by how many islands you can travel to from Anafi, don't worry! You can see all ferry routes from and to Anafi on Ferryhopper's Map of ferries. Organizing your island hopping in Greece is fast and easy!
View to the sea from Anafi.
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