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

 

Tip: If you like hiking, trekking or walking, Anafi is the perfect destination. There are about 18 Km of walking routes and limitless opportunities to discover the unknown side of the island. 

 

 

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. 

Photo By Natassa Klavdianou


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.

Photo By Natassa Klavdianou


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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Photo By Natassa Klavdianou


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.