Austere beauty; rough and arid landscape; a small realm of stone surrounded by the sound of wind and sea. At the southeast corner of the Cyclades and in the shadow of the famous island of Santorini, Anafi offers the traveller a unique demonstration of the grandeur of simplicity… a praise to slowness. A true haven of serenity and tranquillity, in perfect harmony with its mythical past. According to the legend, Anafi is the rock that Apollo created so that the Argonauts of Jason would take refuge in their way back from Colchis after their quest for the Golden Fleece.
Bathed in the Mediterranean light, protected in its enchanting and mystic solitude, Anafi holds onto the memories of its long history through the centuries. From the Dorians, who were the first to set foot on the island in the 8th century BC, to its peak as a mighty city-state in the classical and Hellenistic times, to its sieze by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Turks. In the years of Greek liberation and during the interwar period Anafi was a place of exile for political prisoners. Traces of the past are found everywhere: the ancient acropolis and ancient temples, the Roman statues, the Byzantine churches, the medieval fortresses and the Venetian castles…paths carved on sacred alleys unveil a land of abundant history.
Anafi is in full balance with nature. The locals are warm-hearted people, happy and joyful, with a pure soul. They are also famous builders. In 1883, they were invited by King Otto to move to Athens so that they would contribute to the construction of the newly established capital. They chose the rocky and steep slopes of the southeast side of the Acropolis to settle. It was there where they created the famous neighbourhood of "Anafiotika", a real Cycladic village and one of the most beautiful quarters of Plaka.
Chora, the capital and the only village on the island with just 260 inhabitants, is a fine example of the locals’ skilful art. Built on a hill in the shadow of the Venetian castle, the village mesmerizes the visitor with its romantic atmosphere. Narrow cobbled alleys, white domed houses with whitewashed terraces and multi-coloured bougainvilleas, picturesque windmills and beautiful churches with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. A pure scenery of the Cyclades. This is where Anafi's heart beats since the medieval times. During the summer months, visitors and locals have their fiestas overlooking the Cretan Sea.