The beauty of Anafi island

Anafi Island
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Visit Anafi (Ανάφη) at least once in your lifetime and you will want to come back again and again. A cycladic island with virgin landscape and simple lifestyle that offers vacation away from the crowds and the busy Greek islands.  Anafi has got just one village, the capital named Chora and about 11 sandy and crystal clear beaches (some ideal for nudists and free campers). All beaches are non-organised (no sunbeds or umbrellas, and definitely no beach bars). 
Aghiee Anargiree  Beach – Photo By greektravel

Anafi is also an island of mythological and archaeological interest. Travelers can visit the Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa and the Archaeological Museum in Chora. 

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Panoramic views at the Ionian Sea from Skopiotissa Church in Zante

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The road up to Skopos hill and its Skopiotissa church in the Ionian island of  Zante (Zakynthos) is not an easy one. But once you get at the top you will appreciate that it was worth the effort. The views from there are astonishing. 
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The church was built in 1624. It is the oldest on the island and the only one with a white stone dome. When the sunlight hits the dome its white colour magnetically turns into warm gold.
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The church is surrounded by the ruins of an older monastery set at that location in the past. Walk inside and admire the art of some very old Greek orthodox icons. The icon of Virgin Mary was brought to the monastery from Istanbul. 
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Tip: Walk on the east side of the church and climb up even further at the top of the rocky hill. Wait for the sunset to admire the impressive colours it brings on the skyline. 

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Elatia forest, Greece’s natural monument

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With over 1.700 different plants, 38 pieces of mammals and 100 species of birds, Elatia forest near Drama city, is the largest forest complex in Greece. It  is also known as Karadere. The green and dense tall trees landscape reminds the visitor forests that are usually seen in Northern Europe.   
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This beautiful forest is located in the central and northern part of Greece and extends along the Greek-Bulgarian border. It is a unique spot for those who seek close contact with nature. Admire the colours of the plants, the wild flowers and calm your soul as you hear the sounds of the nature.
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UNESCO has categorized the forest as a natural monument. Needless to say this is an ideal place for hiking, trekking and bird-watching. One can find beautiful hotels near this natural place to enjoy a relaxing stay and an unforgettable alternative vacation.

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If you seek unique natural beauty, Aoos river is your destination

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Located near KonitsaAoos river is a must-visit place in a beautiful area rich in trees, flowers and birds. If you walk the paths along the river you will be amazed by the stunning nature’s colours. 
 
 
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Hiking is the visitors’ favorite sport, but you can also do water sports such as rafting and canoe kayaking. There is a 7 hour hiking path to Zagorohoria for the  adventurous. If you are not used in walking that long, a beautiful route by the river -starting from Konitsa‘ s bridge and ending at the Monastery of Stomio- is only 1.5 hours long. It accommodates just one monk who would be delighted to start a conversation with visitors as he is alone most of the time. 

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