|Visited in 2006, 2011, 2013
Walking, hiking and trekking on ANAFI
(last update on the 24th of July 2017)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
Anáfi is a small island (38 km²), and also the most
southeastern island of the Cyclades. Because of this isolated location it has not yet been affected by
tourism, which contrasts sharply with the nearby island of Santoríni.
mythology, the island "Anaphè" appeared from the sea by order
of the god Apollo, and this to offer a shelter to Iasoon and the Argonauts
after a heavy storm.
The small island is
very mountainous with a relatively high summit: the Vìgla is
585m high. The interior is very dry, but still there are a couple
of deep and narrow valleys, remarkable because of the dense vegetation
consisting of all kinds of large cacti.
The harbour of Agios
Nikólaos is very small and it is connected with the main town of Chóra
by means of the only asphalt road. Because of its amphitheatre-shaped
location and also because of the wind mills on the slope of the hill,
Chora is really very picturesque and attractive. Striking is that most of
the houses, also the newer ones, are built with a vaulted roof – which
offers better resistance against earthquakes. Also remarkable are the
baking ovens, although these days they are only used sporadically. All
together there are only about 300 people living in these two villages.
The island also
offers a number of interesting archaeological sites. On the slope of the
Kastélli (325m) you can find the remains of the ancient Anaphè; a little
downwards there is the chapel of Panagía tou Dókari with a very nice
Roman sarcophagus in front of it.
possesses a couple of beautiful beaches on the south coast, with amongst
others the beach of Roúkounas (which is the longest one), the beach of
Klisídi (which is closest and which can be reached on foot) and the small
beaches underneath Agii Anárgyri (also to be reached on foot from the
monastery of Zoödóchos Pigí).
Anáfi offers some interesting hikes: the hike to Panagía i Kalamiótissa is really quite exceptional, but also the two hikes from Roúkounas to the monastery of Zoödochos Pigí are really very nice.
There is a good website for Anafi, with a page about
the six signposted "Footpaths of historical and cultural
interest" - with a nice little map and a pdf of the booklet "Walking Anafi" -
There were basically
no maps of Anáfi - the Road-map no. 116 is nowhere to be found and seems
to be out of stock – and the simple map you can get for free on the
island itself is very rudimentary.
Since January the 1st 2004
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Anáfi from the sea, the typical profile of the island
Panoramic view on Chóra
from the sea)
The beautiful situation of the monastery Zoödóchos Pigí
The Panagía i Kalamiótissa on Mount Kálamos
Panoramic view from the Panagía i Kalamiótissa
The Roman sarcophagus near the Panagía tou Dókari
The nice beach of Roúkounas
One of the few green spots on Anáfi