Folegandros is one of the less known Cyclades islands which has gained popularity in the last few years but yet it is not a touristic place. It lies between Milos, Sikinos and Santorini and can be reached only by ferry.
The island is small and has only a few villages - Folegandros or Chora (the main village), Karavostasis (the island`s port), the old village of Ano Meria and the beach resort of Angali. There is regular bus service from the port to the other settlements on the island, as well as cars and bikes to rent. Chora center is closed for cars and it is a nice place for a walk. The hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are concentrated in Karavostasis but in Chora there are very authentic small cafes and taverns.
The island is barren and rocky but from Chora and its vicinity you can enjoy some spectacular sea views. An interesting place to see is the chapel of Panagia (Virgin Mary) which is built on a hilltop above Chora and said to be the highest point of the island.
Most of Folegandros beaches are reachable only by sea or on foot. Here is a list of the most famous of them:
- Karavostasis - a sandy beach with shallow water next to the port
- Vardia - a rocky bay next to Karavostasis, the sand is mixed with pebbles
- Livadi - the most famous beach of the island, sandy and reachable by car
- Angali - known as the most beautiful beach of Folegandros, a fine sandy strip among high cliffs (reachable by car)
- Agios Nikolaos - secluded and calm cove, reachable by boat or on foot from Angali (about 30 minutes walk)
- Katergo - a very exotic beach with pieces of rocks in the water (reachable by boat)
- Vintzentzo/Latinaki/Pountaki - three neighbor small rocky coves near Karavostasis, the road goes just above them but in order to reach the beaches you should go down on small steep paths
highlights: small island with authentic villages, island in Cyclades Islands, Greece