FOLEGANDROS

04-FOLEGANDROS

ISLAND INFO

Folegandros is a small island located next to Santorini and in the centre of the southerwestern Cyclades, near Ios, Milos, Sifnos and Mykonos. Its natural beauty is monumental, exactly as that of Santorini, thanks to its rocky coastline with its almost sheer cliffs with two dazzling white villages that look as if they are reposing on the edge of the precipice. However Folegandros has its own distinct characterwhich makes it unique and thus, unrivaled. It is a mountainous island, with peaks reaching over 200 metres, the tallest being 455 metres. They look even higher because of the steep inclines of the slopes. Plan & Book your vacations to Folegandros online at www.greektrip.gr or via phone at Sporades Shipping.

Mainly due to the morphology of the terrain, Folegandros has remained practically unspoiled; and not just by tourism. It has remained unspoiled by its own inhabitants, who have lived here since ancient times. It is them who, first and foremost, show love and respect for their island – two emotions that are passed down from generation to generation.

The island’s road network has only begun to develop in the last fifteen years and still remains fairly limited. However, it is sufficient for those who like hiking and are interested in discovering the island’s natural beauty, which is stunning because of its wild untamed character, but also on account of its incredible serenity and harmony. For these reasons, those who know the island are not surprised by the fact that Folegandros is listed among the 7 most beautiful villages in Europe!

Regarding nightlife, most places for drinks in Folegandros are found in Chora, the capital of the island. This is where one can choose among cozy cafés and lounge bars to spend a beautiful night out. Some restaurants and cafés are also found at few beaches around the island, such as Karavostasi and Agali. Bars in Folegandros are mostly lounge and create a romantic atmosphere. Most of them stay open until 1-2am.

GETTING HERE

By ferry: Piraeus is the port of departure to Folegandros. Book your tickets by contacting us at Sporades Shipping or online at greektrip.gr. The highspeed boat ride takes about 3.5hrs and the conventional ferry takes up to 6hrs. Folegandros is also connected to Mykonos and Santorini with regular scheduled itineraries.

Folegandros is connected to the islands of Milos, Sifnos, Serifos, Ios, Naxos, Koufonisia, Amorgos and Sikinos.

MUST-DO

  1. Hrisospilia cave:The cave is a remarkable cave found at an altitude of 10 meters above the sea. The cave is among the biggest in Greece and is considered to be an exceptional archaeological site. Access to the cave is only by boat
  2. The Castle of Chora: The castle of Folegandros is a medieval settlement built in order to protect the island’s population from enemies and pirate invasions. The castle is still inhabited and offers breathtaking views of the island and the Aegean Sea
  3. Ano Meria village: Only a few km away from Hora the picturesque village of AnoMeria is nuzzled amidst lush green fields. Visitors will be enchanted by its unraveling scenic beauty and its unspoiled character. It is worth while visiting the Laographic museum and tasting the local handmade pasta “matsata”.

FOLEGANDROS BEACH GUIDE

This small island in Cyclades is full of pebbly beaches covered with tamarisk trees. The scenic harbour of Karavostassis with its beautiful beach is the perfect starting point for an exploration of the glorious beaches of Hohlidia, Vitzetzo, Latinaki, Pountaki and Livadi, a village with a sandy beach, turquoise waters and a camping site. Those of you, who don’t feel like walking, can take a caique from Karavostassis to Katergo, the most beautiful beach on the island, with thin pebbles and crystal-clear waters. Sheer cliff drops and azure waters embrace Agali beach to the west of the island. A trail from here will take you to the clothing-optional beach of Agios Nikolaos, where a small taverna with delicious food and a marvelous view awaits you. In the northeastern part of the island lie the beaches of Vorina, with green stones peculiar-to-Folegandros, Agios Georgios and Serfiotiko, accessible only by caique or on foot.