The most desolate of the Cyclades and of all the Greek islands we ever sat foot on. We're still planning on going back to Anafi, because we really liked it, but it's a bit out of the route and there are not many ferries that make a stop there. Once you've found a boat that will take you there, plan ahead when there's also one that will take you back or take you somewhere else. I went there because a friend of mine (his name is Jan, but we call him Jannafi) went there for a couple of months every year. I wanted to see why. We arrived in the middle of the night on an escape from Santorini and with some help and luck we found a small room with a shower and a toilet, thanks to a girl that we had met on the ferry (with ten passengers on it!). We stayed at the village of Klissidi at Margeritas (0286-61237). We thought it was nice and nothing more, but we had jealous people over later that week, because Margeritas was the only place that also had real beds, and a shower and toilet in the room. This was unknown in the rest of the village. The first thing that struck us though on our arrival was the breathtaking star-filled sky. There was only one lightbulb in the whole village and that was it. You couldn't even see your own feet. The island is pretty barren, but beautful in its own way, with different shades of red, white, gray and green. The beach of Klissidi comes with some green and three big palmtrees. There are plenty of mountains on the island as well, so if you want to bring a visit to the Chora you must walk downstairs to the harbour and take a bus. You cannot rent a bike or a car, so there's no other option (yeah, you could take a donkey hostage :). Everywhere you go in Anafi it's quiet. The harbour is small, but we liked it. It has a nice small beach, and the people are friendly. Whenever we went to that beach we were alone. Klissidi, our base, has a nice large beach with good sand and a bit of waves. It's also very quiet: well, all the beaches that we visited were quiet and good. A little walk to the east will bring you to a couple of other large beaches (also for naturists), but you have to bring good shoes and not beach-slippers like we did. Dinner in Klissidi gives you two options. You either eat at Margeritas, who usually has two different main-dishes and two or three side-dishes on the menu (and she is a good cook!), or you walk downstairs and look into the pots and pans of her downstairs neighbour, and maybe peek into her oven to see if there is something there as well. We loved that. At Margeritas you can also have your breakfast and enjoy the great view. If you like it absolutely quiet than this is your island. There are hardly any cars, maybe just a couple, and at the beginning of Klissidi the road stops. In the evening there's not much to do, but we had a good time sitting on the terrace eating, drinking lots of ouzo, and talking to the other guests (a special kind of people come here and return every year). While you are in Anafi go and take a look at the Chora (village on the mountain). You can give it a try and make the walk, but I wouldn't advice that in the usual heat. It's possible to take a bus in the harbour and then walk back after you've taken a look around. It's like a true ghost-town, but a very pretty and unspoiled one. It's full of pretty, old bright-white houses, churches and little squares. The views over the island and the sea are spectaculair. We walked around for an hour and didn't see anybody untill the very last minute.
A little bit more about Anafi
Sights of Anafi
Beaches and naturist beaches
On Anafi you will mostly only find footpaths for you and for the mules. All life, and hence the beachfun takes place solely on the south coast, and the bays and beaches can only be reached by foot or by boat. Although the island is just a two hours sail away from Santorini, Anafi does not have many ferry connections, at least out of high season, one so it has remained one of the most serene and quiet islands of the Cyclades. Much accommodation is therefore not to be found on the island. In recent years the accessibility by ferry ro Anafi has improved a bit (or "worstened", depending on how you look at it, because there are also plenty of people who want to keep Anafi as inaccessible as possible). Just about every day there ist a ferry from Santorini heading to Anafi and there is also one back. Times of arrival / departure vary because there are several ferry companies sailing on Anafi. You can check with Danea, Saos Ferries and Nel Lines. The latter has (in 2008) deployed the small Panagia Tinou to sail to the island. Often these ferries call on every small islands on their journey, and therefore you will zigzag through the Cyclades and you may get a small delay here and there if you come from afar. Personally, I think it always actually fun to sit on a boat and see all the islands go by. If you check and cannot find any schedules on than you are probably too early and the timetables haven't been approved yet. Please try again later in the season. Sometimes the owner of the hotel you booked knows best and you can ask him / her.
Accommodations on the island Anafi
Villa Apollon in Klissidi|
Villa Apollon is located in the most beautiful place of Klisidi beach, with the deep blue water. It is built amphitheatrically with view southeastern and with traditional Cycladic architecture Villa Apollon consists of 2 full-equipped studios and 5 rooms. Every room and studio has its wonderful view to the sea. The traditional domes, stonewalls and the beautiful gardens create a unique Cycladic character to the complex.
Tel. Athens: 210-99 36 150 Klissidi Anafi, Tel.: 22860-61348 , Fax: 22860-61287
- Send an email to Villa Apollon
Apollon Village Hotel in Klissidi|
Apollon Village Hotel consist a complex of fully equipped and elegantly furnished, spacious and sunny apartments, studios and rooms which can accommodate two to six persons. Each accommodation has been designed with special taste, following the traditional architecture of Anafi and Cycladic Islands with view to the sea.
Phone: 00302108068824 -
Mobile: 00306977672130 / 00302286061348 -
Fax: 00302109936150 / 00302286061287
Faros Rooms in Agios Nikolaos Anafi (the harbor)|
Faros rooms are located near the seashore. It takes only 2 minutes walking to get to the first beach (Agios Nikolaos), 10 minutes walking to the second beach (Klisidi) and 20 minutes walking to the third beach (Katsouni). So, you don't need a car, bike or bus, to go for a swim. The rooms are built on the hill of the coast of Agios Nikolaos. Faros consists of 6 rooms, all of which are provided with a wc, refrigerator, boiler, ceiling fan, and a big balcony with a magnificent view to the Aegean sea. Five of them have two wooden single beds. The sixth has a wooden double bed, a small third bed and a kitchen sink. There's an engine running in the nearby region, so the place is not absolutely quiet, but the sound is not disturbing in the rooms (note by me: he means I think the sound of the power station at the other side of the bay. It wouldn't disturb me at all, and it is not that bad, can't hear it on the beach down below). Breakfast is not included in the price. The rooms are located close to the small port of the Island, as well as the road; so there is direct access to all kinds of transportation. The road distance to the Chora is about 4 kilometers. There is also a shorter footpath, which will take you there after 30 minutes of walking. People in Anafi are friendly (or become friendly). Tassos, the manager of Faros, will be glad to help you get around.
(+30).22860.61319 (only during the summer)
Ta Plagia Bed and Breakfast in Anafi Chora|
We offer bed and breakfast in our rooms “Ta Plagia” which are located in the village and have a breathtaking view of the aegean sea and all the modern facilities. We offer a friendly and relaxing atmosphere and reasonable prices (from €30-40 low season, €40-60 high season) In our cafeteria you can have a good breakfast with hand-made marmalade and sweets. In the evening we offer snacks with traditional ouzo and raki.
Tel (+30) 2286061308, Fax (+30) 2286061372
- Send an email to Ta Plagia in Anafi.