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. 

Monastery of Panagia Kalamiotissa – Photo By wondergreece

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The holy Monastery Iveron in Mount Athos

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Mount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain (Hagion Oros) is Greece’ s Orthodox spiritual centre, a self-governed beautiful region located in the eastern part of Chalkidiki‘ s peninsula. In Athos, the UNESCO World Heritage site, there are 20 monasteries of great spiritual and architectural interest and about 700 houses and cells that accommodate approximately 1,000 monks. The doors of the monasteries open at sunrise and close at sunset. Women and children are not allowed in the entire area, about 335 Km². There is also a limit to the number of visitors per day. 
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The Iveron Monastery is located by the sea, in the northeast side of the peninsula. It was built at the end of the 10th century, in four aisles forming a rectangular shape, thus creating a yard in the middle. Its main church (katholicon) consists of magnificent frescoes of the 16th century. The library contains 2,000 manuscripts and 20,000 books.   
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The most popular treasure in the monastery is the Byzantine icon of Panagia Portaitissa. This icon is considered to be the most miraculous icon in Mount Athos. Its main characteristic is a scar appearing on Virgin Mary’s chin. Apart from the faces of Jesus and Virgin Mary’s, the entire icon in covered by a gold and silver layer. Other treasures of the monastery are the architectural style of the columns in the main church, the wood-carved iconstasis and the silver lamp stand, shaped as a lemon tree. So if our male readers wish to visit and have a free of charge  stay at the monasteries of Mount Athos, make a request at athosreservation@gmail.com. For further information visit their official website agioritikiestia.gr   

Discovering Symi’s scenic port

 
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  Symi is a mountainous island, part of the Dodecanese Islands. It is known for the finest Neo-classical architecture, its picturesque alleys and the magnificent harbour. An authentic Greek destination where old tradition meets modern travellers.  
Monastery of Michael Panormitis Photo By kathimerini
  Examples of the beautiful architecture are the Clock Tower situated at Symi’s port, the Castle at the village’s hill and the peaceful Monastery of Michael Panormitis. 
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Kali Strata is one of the most beautiful alleys of the village. This old pathway starts at Yialos (harbour) and leads up to Chorio (village). As you walk up the 300 plus stairs, you have the chance to admire panoramic views at the sea. Tip: For beach lovers there several quiet bays and beaches to chose from. Some beaches are accessible only by boat. Daily boat trips depart from the harbour.   Find accommodation in Symi with Booking.com