Folegandros is one of the less known islands of the Cyclades, with beautiful Chora, fantastic sea views and authentic local cuisine. It has gained popularity in the last few years as a fresh destination for couples and honeymooners.
The island is barren and rocky but the magical views it offers successfully conquer those of celebrated Santorini.
Where to stay in Folegandros?
The island is small and has only a few villages - Folegandros Chora (the main village), Karavostasis (the island`s port), the old village of Ano Meria and the beach resort of Agkali. There is regular bus service from the port to the other settlements of the island, as well as cars and bikes to rent. Wherever you stay on the island, you will be within short drive from any beach.
Which are the best beaches of Folegandros?
The beaches of Folegandros are small and predominantly pebbled or rocky. The most sandy beach is Agkali, with soft sand and tiny pebbles around the shore. The beaches of Livadi, Vardia and the exotic Katergo are partially covered with coarse sand as well but they have large pebbles on the seafloor.
Other popular beaches of the island are Vintzentzo, Latinaki and Pountaki - three neighbor small rocky coves near Karavostasis. In Folegandros there are no beaches with amenities like sunbeds and parasols, but at Karavostasis and Agkali you can find tavernas.
What to do in Folegandros?
The list of interesting places and things to on the island includes:
- Kastro, the old fortified settlement in Folegandros Chora
- The Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) on a hilltop above Chora
- The chapel of Agios Elefterios
- Katergo beach, accessible on foor via short path
- The chapel of Agios Panteleimonas near Ano Meria
- Latinaki beach
What to eat in Folegandros?
The most famous meal you can taste in almost any taverna of Folegandros is matsata - local tagliatelli-like homemade pasta served as main dish or as meat garnish. Cheese pies are another thing you should try because they are made with the local cheese types souroto, myzithra and manouri. You will find variety of cheese pies in the bakeries under the names kalasouna, manouropita and sourotenia.
How to get to Folegandros?
Folegandros has no airport but in the summer there are regular ferry connections with the nearby Santorini, Milos and Ios, as well as with some other islands of the group. Sikinos is the closest island to Folegandros and in certain days you can go there for a day trip with speed passenger ferries.