Holidays in Folegandros island
The "sophisticated" island of Folegadros, this lilliputian Cycladic island with its breathtaking charm, is lazily perched between Sikinos and Milos islands. The wild beauty of the rocky and breezy landscape gives the island a unique aura!
The atmospheric Chora of Folegandros is so beautiful, that seems to be unreal! The cobbled streets, the picturesque squares and the imposing Castle compose a place which seems to have sprung from a children's fairy tale! This captivating village is perched on a cliff, offering amazing views. It is worth strolling around the streets and enjoying the unique tranquility, guaranteed by the absence of cars. It is also worth visiting the square of Punda and enjoying the stunning view of the open horizon and the steep side of the Castle. Pursuing a cobbled street which starts from the square of Punda you can reach Kimisi tis Theotokou Church (Church of the Assumption), which stands on the rock above Chora. Do not forget to stroll through Castle’s medieval settlement, a side of which is hooked to a cliff. In Chora, you will find nice restaurants, stylishly bars, café and shops. Folegandros nightlife "heart" beats at Piazza or Kontarini square.
On the northwestern side of the island, Ano Meria; the second biggest settlement of Folegandros, which maintains its traditional character intact, unfolds. There, you will find traditional farmhouses, known as themoniés, one of which, indeed, houses the Folklore Museum. If you visit the island on August when the moon is full, you will have the chance to enjoy a musical evening which is organized every summer by "Folegandros" Cultural Association at the Folk Museum. From Ano Meria or Livadaki, you can visit Aspropounta’s lighthouse, following a relatively short hiking trail.
On the southeastern coast, the Port of Folegandros; the quiet Karavostasis, unfolds. From there, during summer months, the boats carrying tourists to the beaches start. Some days of the week, you will find boats which make the tour of Folegandros island. It is worth making this sea-ride, during which you will have the chance to see the legendary Chrysospilià, a cave of great archaeological interest, which unfortunately is not open to the public. In Karavostasis you will find café/bars, restaurants and taverns.
If you love exploring, Folegandros is the destination that suits you best, as it has a good network of paths, crossing the whole island, passing dilapidated farmhouses, windmills and isolated chapels.
A unique experience is Easter holidays in Folegandros, due to the special local custom of the procession of the icon of Our Lady, which is kept in the church of the Assumption, through every house on the island.
At the enchanting island of Folegandros; at this wonderful island with native charm, the wild beauty of the cliffs marries perfectly with the serene image of the aquamarine sea, creating a place which reveals an indefinable allure!
The island has many beautiful, small beaches, some of which, however, are inaccessible by road.
In Karavostasis, you will find the beach of Chochlidia; ideal for families with children, Vardia as well as sheltered Agali. From Agali and Karavostasis, boat for several beaches, like Livadaki and Agios Nikolaos start, while hikers can follow the trails. You can visit the beautiful Katergo beach; rightly one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, by boat from Karavostasis.
By car, you can visit the quiet beach of Agios Georgios. If you love isolation, it is worth visiting the deserted beach of Vorinà; a beach with transparent waters which unfolds in an uninhabited location in northern Folegandros. This beach is only accessible via a pathway.
- The traditional village of Chora
- The Castle in Chora
- The Church of Panagia in Chora
- The folklore museum in Ano Meria or Ano Mera village
- The Golden Cave
- Agali beach
- Katergo beach
- Agios Nikolaos beach
- Livadaki beach
- Vorina beach
- Matsata: handmade spaghetti with rabbit or young goat
- Traditional cheese pie
- Kaltsouna: type of onion pie
- Souroto: a spicy soft cheese
- Melopites (honey pies)
- Sundried capers
- Karpouzokeftedes (meatballs with watermellon) with honey
How to get there
Travelling by boat
Folegandros can be reached by boat from Piraeus port with the ships of Hellenic Seaways, NEL Lines and SeaJet.
For more information on the ferry routes to Folegandros visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
The island is connected by Boat to the islands of Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Naxos, Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, Thirasia Syros Anafi, Sikinos.
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Folegandros) which run to Karavostasi, Chora and Ano Meria as well as taxies.
During your stay in Folegandro, you can be served for health issues:
Regional Clinic of Folegandros which is located in Ano Meria, Tel: (+30) 22860 41222
Useful phone numbers
Port Station of Folegandros: (+30) 22860 41530
Police Station of Folegandros: (+30) 22860 41249
Regional Clinic of Folegandros: (+30) 22860 41222
Local Bus of Folegandros: 6944906158