$Situated a mere 12 nautical miles east of Santorini, Anafi is a picture-perfect paradise of white and blue houses, turquoise waters and blue skies. To this day, the island is proudly attached to its rural and authentic roots and gives visitors the impression of having traveled back in time, with its silence and calm remoteness. A vacation on Anafi means rest and relaxation, being surrounded by nature and feeling one with the Mediterranean. Even during high season ferries don’t reach the island every day, which can be a true blessing for those in search of a complete break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Anafi’s beaches, located for the most part in the south of the island, are protected from the “meltemi”, the Cyclades northern wind, and are a delight for fans of long stretches of sand and calm waters. The north of the island is more rugged and isolated, ideal for visitors who seek even more solitude. All around the island free camping and nudism are still fairly common, yet another sign that time seems to have stopped on Anafi. Keep in mind that the beaches are not organized or patrolled, so don’t choose this island if tourist beach facilities are important to you.