Only 12 miles east of Santorini, and yet a world away, 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.

Hora is the only village on the island, with white houses with blue doors, an explosion of large bougainvillea in bloom and a maze of alleys, making it the perfect place to take a stroll and unwind at the end of the day or to dine in one of the many typical restaurants and bars.

The Venetian Castle in the Hora is built on the slopes of a hill overlooking the village, with a small church on its side. Although mostly in ruins, the view from there is stunning.

Across the island you will find plenty of typical tavernas with truly traditional Cycladic atmosphere and stunning views. Anafi also produces a rare variety of white wine called strofyliatiko and a delicious thyme honey.