Folegandros is an island of the south Cyclades. In the last few years Folegandros has become a preferred destination for tourists seeking quiet and alternative vacations. Many young people visit the island every summer, since it offers the natural beauty of a Cycladic island, along with the marvellous views, beautiful beaches and the fun atmosphere in squares of Hora.
It took its name from the mythical hero Folegandrus, son of King Minos of Crete or it is a paraphrasing of Polyandros (poly+andras=many men) which is one of its old naval names (Polykandro). It has a long history starting from the ancient times, through the venetian rule and up to recent times, along with the rest of the Cyclades.
Currently, Folegandros is one of the most interesting vacation spots and has many hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, campings, etc. to choose from.
What do I need to see in Folegandros
Hora – The capital of the island, almost 3.5 km from the port, built on top of a cliff and offering a breathtaking view of the Aegean. Hora is one of the prettiest and best-preserved little towns of the Cyclades, thanks to the care and the attention of its people.
You will be astonished by the view from the upper square of the town, where the buses and cars end their way to Hora. It is a unique characteristic of this little town, the numerous little squares one will find while strolling around. The Castle is one of the nicest areas of Hora with houses hanging from the cliff and offering a magnificent view of the sea.
Hora has many hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, etc. to choose from.
Karavostassis – It is the main port of Folegandros and a modern resort village, with a few fish taverns and cafes. There is also a small beach (Chochlidakia), easily accessible and ideal for families. Taking the coastal road to the right side of the port, one can reach the camping and its beach.
This area has a few hotels, apartments, rooms, studios and a camping to choose from.
Agali – A small village by the sea, with a nice sandy beach and a few places to eat fresh fish. You can reach it by car or by the local bus, but mind the long way walking up the hill in the return. There used to be also donkeys for rent, but I do not know if they still offer this service.
Little boats can take you from Agali to other beaches, less crowded and even more beautiful, such as Agios Nicolas (St. Nicolas).
This area has a few hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, etc. to choose from.
Beaches – Vardia is a narrow sandy beach, with great cliffs all over, close to Karavostassis.
Katergo is beautiful, rocky beach, secluded from other beaches. You can go there by boat from Karavostassis or you can walk by the mountain footpath which starts from the camping, for around an hour.
Livadi is the beach in front of the camping area, easy to reach, not so private though.
Agali is a natural gulf protected by the winds. It is a popular sandy beach offering sea sports, umbrellas and sun-beds for rent, easily accessed by boat.
Agios Nikolaos is a beach with clear green waters, little pebbles and a few trees. You can reach there by boat from Agali. Many free-campers choose this beach for their vacation and nudists as well.
live the fun atmosphere in Hora’s squares day and night
More information on Folegandros from wikipedia, here.
hints & tips about Folegandros
- Do not miss sunset from Hora. It is very close to the Santorini sunset experience.
- Visit the Monastery of Panagia. It is built on a rock and offers magnificent view and brings out strong feelings.
- It is highly advisable to walk around the alleys in the Castle neighbourhood of Hora to get a feeling of the way people used to live in the small houses and the narrow alleys, protected by the pirate attacks.
- People are very hospitable, feel free to talk to them and accept their treats.
- Try local cheese (souroto) and meat (usually goat), home made pies (e.g. cheese pie with the local cheese souroto), honey, pasta, and sweets.
- A local dish that you need to try is matsata, local pasta with rooster or rabbit in red sauce. It is a local delicacy and the best place to try it is at Ano Meria.
- You also need to try the local pasteli (honey+sesame sweet), which is typically prepared with local honey and it is cut in a rhombus (diamond) shape, as they do in other Cyclades islands.
- At the bars/cafes in the various squares of Hora they serve an excellent drink called rakomelo (raki+honey+spices). It is a strong drink and you will feel it quickly.
- The camping at Livadi offers the basic facilities and it is a very quiet place within walking distance from Karavostassis.
- From Karavostassis you can take the boat to the cave of Chryssospilia.
- Folegandros has many hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, campings, etc. to choose from.