What sets the Greek Islands apart from other destinations around the world is their long history. Home to ancient gods and goddesses, the Greek islands are home an to ancient world, still alive thanks to the myths and legends which have existed for thousands of years. Come with us on an adventure as we review one of these myths and information about the area it is from.
Those of us who enjoy history and mythology are most likely familiar with Jason and the Argonauts. The island of Anafi, just east of Santorini, is a must see island. Part of the Cyclades, Anafi is most well known as the island where the Argonauts were directed to during their time of need by Apollo, the god of light. It is said that during their voyage, the Argonauts encountered a terrible storm. In an attempt to survive, they called on the god Apollo to save them. Apollo, god of Light, lit a nearby island for them to see and thus, the Argonauts were saved. This island is said to be the island of Anafi in fact, Anafi means lit island. In honor of Apollo, the Argonauts built a temple, the temple of Apollo Aiglitou. The island is also known as the birthplace of Aeolus, the god of the winds, who was made famous thanks to Odysseus who called upon him to help him sail.
The island of Anafi may be less known than other Greek Islands however, its myths are no less alive than others and its sites are no less historically significant or beautiful. Those who choose to take a day to explore Anafi are privy to a variety of interesting sites and experiences ranging from the natural beauty of the island to the long history including Kastelli, an impressive site which dates back to Roman times.
Still quiet enough to enjoy the peace found in only some islands of the Cyclades, the island of Anafi is quickly gaining notoriety in the tourism sect making now an ideal time to visit. From its beautiful countryside to its lovely port city of Chora and stunning beaches, this island is rich in activities and attractions. Top sites on the island today include Kleisidi beach, Kastelli and its ancient ruins, the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi and its many footpaths including Agios Mamas and Agios Antonios, to name a few.
Each of the islands of Greece offers some sort of tie to not only history by mythology which dates back thousands of years. Roads named in myths still exist while structures dedicated to gods through the ages still stand in tribute of these powerful parts of the culture of Greece.