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.
Lemon Tree Houses
Folegandros is the island of good measure.
Folegandros is a sunlit welcome. The people who have been returning here year after year, who have established bonds with the island and its inhabitants, come together between a warm welcome and the sweet “au revoir” of goodbye.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Travel to your
During the summer, Folegandros is linked to Piraeus with fast ferries on a daily basis. The trip lasts about 4 hours. The ferries also call at: Sifnos, Milos, Santorini, Amorgos, Naxos, Paros and Syros. With conventional ferries, the trip lasts for around 6 to 8 hours, depending on the route. Conventional ferries also call at: Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos, Milos, Sikinos, Ios, Santorini, Paros and Naxos. Local boats connect Folegandros throughout the year to: Santorini, Anafi, Thirassia, Ios, Sikinos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Kythnos and Kea.