Settlements

Chora

 

The village is densely populated and originates from medieval times. It is built amphitheatrically above the port, at an altitude of 260 metres.

 

With 270  inhabitants today, Chora is distinguished from the capital of other Cycladic islands due to is numerous arched single-room homes, which occupy a large area of the settlement. Narrow cobbled streets criss-cross the village, leading to the Venetian Kastro (fortress),the initial nucleus and heart of the village. Several churches are scattered throughout Chora, including those of Agios Nikolaos ,the Kimissi (Assumption), Agios Charalambos ,Christos tou Stavrou(Christ of the Cross), Aghioi Anargyroi and Agios Georgios at the top of the Kastro, all with Byzantine or post-Byzantine icons. Findings from ancient Anafi can be viewed in the Archaeological Collection.

 

Pedestrians are free to wander around ,as Chora ,being at traditional settlement ,is off-limits to vehicles. Various taverns, a rotisserie ,a bakery ,a grocery store and a bar are available to the local population and visitor. Accommodation is provided  by several rooms to let.

 


KLEISIDI

 

A coastal settlement, built on a slope close to the island’s port (Aghios Nikolaos Bay), with an overlook to the sea and the islets Makra, Ftena and Pachia. Kleisidi is 2,5 km to the southeast from Chora. It can be reached either by car, if available, or by bus from the port and Chora.


YALOS

Aghios Nikolaos settlement, named after the nearby chapel, or “Yalos”, as locals call it, is the island’s port where you can moor your boat. It is only inhabited during summer months and built on the foothills of a steep rock. It is 3 km away from Chora and can be reached either by car, if available or by bus from Chora and Kleisidi.