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Anafi is a small island, located to the east of Santorini. Largely triangular in shape, the rugged terrain is mostly rocky. The island, because of its size and location, hasn't been developed as a tourist destination, so it is the perfect place for those seeking peace and quiet. According to Greek mythology, Anafi rose from the sea to provide shelter for the Argonauts from the wild sea. Anafi consists of a semi-mountainous structure with Vigla, Kalamos and Agios Ioannis Theologos being the highest peaks.
Anafi is also blessed by a number of lovely beaches, some carpeted with fine soft sand, some pebbled. The port of Agios Nikolaos, where we drop anchor, is the busiest part of Anafi. It provides the basic facilities a tourist would need, such as tavernas and rooms to rent. From there, you can take a small boat around the island and visit secluded beaches. Otherwise, the island can be crossed on foot or via mule. There is one local bus available but the itineraries are rather limited. The village of Chora, capital of Anafi, is built on a natural amphitheatrical site in the center of the island. It is located 2 km from the port.
Chora is characterized by a number of small churches, its white houses and paved roads. The 18th century Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa is an important religious center for the island. Anafi is a great for sightseeing and getting a taste of unspoiled Greek culture.