The country of Anafi
Densely built the settlement dates back to the Medieval Ages. It spreads amphitheatrically over the port, at an altitude of 260 meters.
With 270 inhabitants today, Chora differs from those of the other Cyclades by its numerous vaulted single-room houses, which occupy a significant area of the settlement. Narrow alleys traverse every corner of the island reaching to the Venetian Castle, the original core and heart of the village. In the center of Chora lie the churches of Agios Nikolaos, Koimisi, Agios Charalambos, Christos Stavros, Agioi Anargyroi and Agios Georgios at the top of the Castle, with Byzantine or post-Byzantine icons. Finds from ancient Anafi are exhibited in the Archaeological Collection.
Pedestrians move freely, since as a traditional settlement Chora is not accessible by wheeled vehicles. Taverns, barbecue, bakery, grocery store and bar, meet the needs of the locals and visitors. As for the accommodation of the second there are several rooms to rent.
Apart from the housing in Chora in the countryside there were houses called “compounds” such as in Kammeni, Vagia, Roukouna, Mega Potamos. A “compound” consisted of a house, yards and a threshing floor. There was also a structure used as an oven with all the necessary tools such as boats, rolling pins. Today many maintain fields in the countryside where they grow their vegetables depending on the season.
Seaside settlement, built on a slope near the port of the island (Ormos Agios Nikolaos), overlooking the sea and the islands of Makra, Ftena and Pachia.
Kleisidi is 2.5 km SE of Chora and you can visit it either by car, if you have, or by bus, starting from the port and Chora.
The settlement of Agios Nikolaos or Gialos as the locals call it is the Port of the island, where you will moor, if you go with your own boat, and it is inhabited only during the summer months.
It is built at the foot of a steep cliff, namesake to the church of the same name. It is three km from Chora and you can visit it either by car or bus, starting from Chora and Klesidi.