Overview of Folegandros
Romantic and sophisticated, Folegandros reflects a special raw charm, hard to resist. The past few years Folegandros has emerged as one of the most popular new entries among Greek island destinations. It became somewhat of a trend, providing even more organized tourist services, but at the same time managed to preserve its boheme, alternative character.
Compact size, photogenic rocky morphology, serene atmosphere, traditional inland and pristine beaches (mostly accessible by boat or on foot) offer an unforgettable experience in Folegandros. A sense of intimacy is spread throughout the island that welcomes you at the port of Karavostasis. This settlement disposes of many amenities and a few family orientated and secluded beaches nearby. On your way up, at the edge of a vertical cliff, you meet the capital Chora, admittedly one of the prettiest in the Greek islands. Vehicle-free, it encourages an enjoyable stroll among narrow alleys, cube houses, courtyards, bougainvilleas and plane trees.
The main highlight in Chora is the fascinating medieval settlement of Kastro (Castle), a definite must-see. Last but not least, the Chora is well-known for its three lively squares: Pounta for nice views, Ntounavides for a midday rest and Piazza for nightlife fun. Indeed, for some Folegandros is turning to a lighter version of Mykonos, due to its growing bar and club scene. For others, the island is untamed and pure. The truth lies somewhere in between: Folegandros stays faithful to its new and older fans, emitting the authenticity of another era that fascinates both of them.
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: Emerald waters, small pebbles, not easily accessible but surely beloved - maybe the island’s best beach. It’s isolated, so make sure you take supplies. : Sandy and family friendly, with easy access and tavernas to enjoy a meal by the sea. : Long, sandy beach with tamarisk trees and a camping site that offers many amenities. Young crowd’s favorite. : Tiny secluded cove, the second of three to be found after the port of Karavostassis. Relax in its clear blue waters and remember to carry with you anything you may need. : Small and remote lovely cove with crystalline waters. It’s wind-protected and requires supplies. Access is by boat or a 40 minute walk.
: Agios Nikolaos, Greek cuisine
: This picturesque rural settlement of the 19th century is dominated by houses/“themonies”, small agricultural and animal-breeding units. These are scattered around, co-existing with new residencies and tourist lodgings. Also worth seeing is the Folk Museum of the village. : The best way to learn Folegandros by heart and also a practical means of transport to reach some of its most beautiful beaches. : Set on a steep high rock, it features stalactites, stalagmites and numerous male names of ancient teenage Greeks carved on the walls (believed to be personal signatures in coming of age ceremonies). Walking the so-called “Hellenic steps” (a trail of ancient stairs) to reach the cave is rather dangerous, so it’s better to go by boat. : From Pounta square in Chora you can walk a cobblestone path for 15 minutes towards the impressive Church of Panagia. : Folegandros is bound to keep your feet in motion, whether you want to reach a beach / a settlement or just wander about its countryside via a selected network of footpaths. : Enjoy the island’s romantic atmosphere and simply relax with your sweetheart. : Try matsata (handmade noodles with rooster or rabbit), kalassouna (cheese pie with local souroto goat cheese and onions), karpouzenia (sweet made of fried watermelon), cooked caper, rakomelo (drink made with raki and honey) and of course the local delicious wines. : They take place every July in Kastro, Karavostassis and Ano Meria, featuring theatre, cinema and music events.
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