Anafi is a small island located in the south of the Cyclades between Santorini and Astypalea. An island with a wild landscape, Anafi is a top destination for relaxing holidays with amazing views of the Aegean sea. On Ferryhopper you can book ferry tickets to Anafi and find useful information about the island, how to get there, what to do and island-hopping options in the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Crete.
How to get to Anafi
There is a ferry connection from the port of Piraeus in Athens to Anafi all-year-round. More specifically, there is a direct ferry that travels from Piraeus to Anafi twice a week in both winter and summer months.
During the summer, there are also indirect options to travel by ferry from the port of Rafina or the port of Piraeus to Santorini and then to Anafi.
The port of Anafi is located on the south side of the island, 4km south of its main settlement, Chora.
Ferry schedules and ferry tickets to Anafi
Anafi is one of the southernmost islands of the Cyclades along with Santorini, and it can be accessible by direct ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens as well as from nearby islands of the Cyclades.
The ferry crossing from Piraeus to Anafi operates around 2 days every week, during the whole year, and the ferry trip lasts from 8,5 to 11,5 hours. The ferries that travel from Athens to Anafi are usually conventional vessels with a garage so you could transfer your vehicle. We also recommend that you book a bed cabin for a more comfortable journey since the ferry trip to Anafi can be long.
Island hopping around Anafi
Anafi is a destination that will charm you with its relaxing vibe and minimal style. If you get enough of this or want a change of pace, you can easily organize an island-hopping experience from Anafi to some beautiful nearby islands! The port of Anafi is located 57km (30 nautical miles) from the port of Athinios in Santorini so the easiest way to begin your island-hopping is to travel from Anafi to Santorini! The Anafi-Santorini ferry trip duration is just 1,5 hours while from Santorini you can then easily travel to Mykonos, Paros, Milos, Sifnos or Amorgos amongst other destinations.
You can also usually get a direct ferry from Anafi to the port of Heraklion or the port of Sitia in Crete, as well as Ios and Naxos. There is also a ferry connecting Anafi with the islands of the Dodecanese such as Karpathos, Kasos, Rhodes or Chalki.
On the Ferryhopper Map of Ferries, you can check all the ferry connections from/to Anafi in order to organize the most convenient and fun island-hopping trip in the Greek Islands!
What to do in Anafi
The island of Anafi is a hidden gem amongst the Greek Islands! The beautiful simplicity of the main village of the island, Chora, will impress you as it is full of picturesque houses and impressive views of the Aegean sea. In Anafi's Chora you will find most of the island's restaurants, bars, and amenities such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and petrol station. There are also some nice places to eat, drink and enjoy the beautiful sceneries in the settlements of Kleisidi or Roukounas.
Anafi is a favorite destination for hiking lovers as the island has many paths that connect its beaches with the mainland, with the most famous being the hiking path to the top of the Kalamos monolith. Despite the small size of the island, the nightlife in Anafi is quite vivid in the summer months with bars or taverns in Chora stay open until late, often with DJs or live music events.
Beaches in Anafi
The beaches of Anafi are the best place to spend your time during the summer days, as most of them have golden sand and crystal clear waters. We recommend that you bring with you water, snacks or an umbrella, as most of the beaches are not organized or might be a bit far from supplies. Ferryhopper's favorite beaches in Anafi are:
- Megas Potamos
Hiking in Anafi
If you want to take a break from beach time, Anafi has some wonderful trails that lead you to magical beaches, hilly views and picturesque villages. Some suggestions for hiking in Anafi are:
- Chora - Roukounas - Megas Potamos - Zoodochos Pigi Monastery (2h30min)
- Roukounas - Kastelli (ancient town) - Agios Mamas - Zoodochos Pigi Monastery - Kalamos (3hrs)
- Chora - Stavros - Rachidi - Lakkous (1,5hrs)
- Stavros - Vigla - Panagia ton Vouvon - Livoskopos (2hrs)
- Chora - Agios Georgios - Milies - Kallista - Kasteli (2hrs)
Sightseeing in Anafi
Τhe island of Anafi has been referenced in Greek mythology as a shelter to the Argonauts. The long history of the island settlements' is evident across the landscape with small archaeological monuments scattered around Anafi. For example, you can discover:
- The Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa
- The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi
- The Ancient City of Anafi
- The Temple of Apollo
- Or stroll the streets of Chora
Tip: The top sightseeing of the island is the Kalamos Monolith, located in the south tip of Anafi. It's the second-highest monolith in Europe, after Gibraltar, and you can reach its top after about 1hour walking. The trail can be narrow at parts so make sure that you wear proper shoes and have with you any gears that you might need as well as water and any snacks. The view from the top of the mount Kalamos is absolutely breathtaking so we highly recommend that you devote an afternoon or early morning to this unique experience!
Useful tips for your trip to Anafi
- Anafi has a regular bus network traveling to the main settlements of the island during the summer months, and between the port and Chora. We recommend that you bring your own vehicle by ferry in order to explore the wild landscape of Anafi to the most. Since the island is small, the accommodation options might have limited availability in the summer months so we suggest that you book your ferry tickets and stay in Anafi as far in advance as possible. Here are some useful phone numbers for your holidays in Anafi:
- Port Authority Anafi: +30 2286061220
- Anafi Health Clinic: +30 2286061215
- Anafi Municipality: +30 2286061266
- Anafi Police Station: +30 2286061216
Where to book ferry tickets to Anafi?
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