Destination Folegandros

Prepare to become a devotee of this spellbinding island. Small in size, large in beauty, it is destined to make you want more. Folegandros has three main villages:

Chora / Main Land

Chora, the main land of Folegandros, is built at an altitude of around 200 metres from sea level, sitting high on the cliff side pending above the Aegean. The main features of the Chora include streets paved in slate, whitewashed buildings decorated with colorful flowers, the occasional Greek Orthodox churches with a bright blue or white dome, a hidden Castle (Kastro) within the city, shops, bars, tavernas, all these intertwined by many consecutive squares. It’s a joy to walk the pathways of Chora as access is prohibited to all motor vehicles.

Ano Meria:

The picturesque village of Ano Meria is ideally located to the northwestern part of Folegandros Island. The village is within close proximity to Chora which is only 5 km away. Visitors to the village are spellbound by the scenic beauty of the village that is scarcely populated which means there is plenty of breathing space.

A leisure stroll through any of the village’s well defined walking paths can be a refreshing experience. The village, which has just 350 residents, has still preserved their old traditions and heritage.

The village has a Laographic museum. The museum symbolizes the quintessential cottage house, consisting of the principal house, the oven, cellar as well as the winepress and a miniature vineyard.

There are a few cozy taverns and you should not miss trying the local delicacy, “matsata”. It is basically a handmade pasta served with rooster, rabbit or “sutzukakia” (local meatballs) in red sauce.

Karavostasis / Port:

The port of the island, Karavostasis, is small and it harbours mainly yachts and fishing boats.


ATTRACTIONS

Kastro / Castle

The Castle/ Kastro, is a small fortress made by the Venetians in 1210, a small village within the Chora village. Once you actually find out how to enter it, you are bound become part of the most famous landmark souvenir picture of the Island!

 

Panagia Church

At the top of the hill were Chora lays you can see the Church of Panagia (Holy Mary). Walking up the white zigzag path to the church is exhilarating and not as tiring as it might seem. The view along the way is wonderful, overlooking all the way from Chora to Ano Meria and the Aegean Archipelago. A wonderful spot from which to watch the magnificent sunset and its orange glow over the town of Chora. The interior of the chapel itself, the paintings are also really captivating.


BEACHES

Tips before you head to any beach:

1. Flick on your room’s own incorporated tablet and check the current weather report for Folegandros. Find out which direction the wind is blowing, and which way it's forecasted to blow later in the day.

2. Have a look at a map of the Island. Find a beach that faces such that the wind will be "offshore" (i.e., blowing from the land out towards the water).

3. Go there!

 

Ampeli

It is a beautiful beach in the northwestern part of the island, which is accessible by dirt road. The stretch of beach is very small which makes it a private cove to be enjoyed only by the few that make it there first!

 

Lygaria

This is another a small beach, located on the northern coast of the island, near the northernmost point, deep in a cove, west of St. George. It's ideal to visit during South wind. The area around is uninhabited that makes this beach is very low key. Sandy with pebbles and crystal clear water, it’s a pure delight for all enthusiastic swimmers.

 

Agios Georgios

Agios Georgios/ Saint George is a secluded beach located in the northeastern part of Folegandros. You can reach the beach road, following a dirt road lasting about 10 minutes starting from Ano Meria. Alternatively, you can follow one of the walking trails that start from Ano Meria and can be covered in about 1 hour. The trees located on the beach provide shade to visitors. On the beach of St. George you will find pebbles and crystal clear waters, and a quiet atmosphere ideal for rest and relaxation.


Agali

Only 5 minutes away from our facility, Agali beach is easiest accessible beach of Folegandros. Agali beach is the most popular beach of the Island and a starting point for boat trips to the nearby beaches of Agios Nikolaos and Livadaki. Ideal during strong North Wind.


Agios Nikolaos

A picturesque beautiful beach, sheltered from the north wind with many trees for shade and friendly to nudists.


Livadaki

Livadaki is more of a cove than a beach and is located in the southwest coast of Folegandros. It can be compared to a natural swimming pool. The wild rocky scenery is combined with crystal clear emerald waters, that are really protected from the weather. Livadaki is perfect for swimming even when strong north winds are blowing.


Katergo

For a secluded swim, you can either board the boat or trek to Katergo, a sheltered stretch of beach where gentle, emerald-blue waves lap the pebbly shore. Ideal during North Wind.