Folegandros Island Travel Guide

  • view from the boat platform
    view from the boat platform
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  • from the trail to Agios Nikolaos
    from the trail to Agios Nikolaos
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  • trail to Livadaki, from Ano Meria
    trail to Livadaki, from Ano Meria
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Folegandros Island Things to Do

  • Livadaki

    We all know this "favorite place" thing varies a lot according to each person´s tastes etc....I was told Katergo and Agios Nikolaos to be the most beautiful of all, however for me Livadaki was the best surprise ever....it´s the kind of place I keep remembering every now and then....and imagining myself there once more...Livadaki is a small bay,...

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  • Ano Meria

    Ano Meria is where the bus take the turn back...what could be more "off the beatten track" for a village?The village itself is small, very quiet, and there isn´t much except for the lovely country side view. But from Ano Meria leaves trails to thousand secluded beaches in the island, like Agios Georgios and Livadaki, all to be reached only by foot...

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  • Angali

    Angali is a gorgeous bay, with some local restaurants and lodging sites and a small pier nearby..... there are trails to lead you to other secluded beaches like Agios Nikolaos. There are buses leaving from Chora and also Karavostasi going to Angali.There is a small restaurant by the pier, I don´t remember their name, but many locals go there to...

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  • Chora: The Virgin Mary Church

    This is something you must do when coming to Chora: watch the sunset from the Church of Panaghia, or Chruch of Virgin Mary. The church itself is simple, built in the cycladic style, about 200 years old...the interesting thing about it is the location of the church, some meters away from the town over a higher plain, so that you can see the village...

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  • Chora: the Kastro (castle)

    Chora is known to be very old....one of its major attractions is the so called Kastro, meaning castle, built by the Venetians around 1212. It does not even remind of a castle, since it is now composed by a conglomerate of houses inside it, painted in the cycladic style.....but when you walk on the surroundings of the Kastro you´ll be able to see...

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  • Chora (Hora): not for the faint-hearted!

    Those who travel along Greece realize something very interesting: it doesn´t matter where you go to, if it is in the countryside or the sea cost, you´ll see greeks love to live the highest above the sea level they can. Look for the highest point, the edgiest cliff, there will certainly be a bunch of local houses on the top! HeheheheAnd if you think...

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  • Karavostasi

    There are four main villages in the island, each reachable on public transportation: Karavostasi, Chora (the main village), Angali and Ano Meria.Karavostasi is the village where the main ferries and boats arrive. It doens´t look like a pier at all! The beach is incredibly calm, and the village is less crowded....there are some hotels and...

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  • The best time to go

    Although Folegandros is in such a strategical location, between Santorini and Milos, there aren´t many ferry connections available, if you compare it to other popular islands like Paros, Mikonos. Folegandros is small, and also little populated (less than 800 hab). It seams like it was "forgotten" by turists.The easiest time to get to Folegandros is...

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  • Enjoy the beaches of the island!

    Certainly, one of the major pleasures one visitor of the island of Folegandros can have, are the beaches: not very spacious (with the exception of Angali), but with deep-blue, crystal and inspiring waters!Should I mention some of them:Vardia, Karavostassi, Latinaki, Vitsentsou, Livadi, Katergo, Angali, Aghios Ghiorghis.My favourite one is: Angali...

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  • Folegandros Festivities

    The "Folegandros Festivities" summer festival started in 2003. Since then it has been organized around the middle of July every year The festival includes exhibitions, music concerts, performances, projections and workshops. During the festival Folegandros becomes a meeting point for people who share a common interest in art, film making,...

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  • Beach: Livadaki

    Livadaki is a small white beach famous for the unique undersea life. Don’t forget to take your diving equipment and your camera. There are to ways to access the beach, or by boat from Angali or by Car from Ano Meria but you have to go on foot after one point.

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  • Beach: Katergo Beach

    Katergo is one of the most famous beaches of the island and you should visit it. The best way to go to Katergo is by boat from the main harbour of Karavostasi. Be careful you need to be foul equipped because there are no services at the beach. The most important is to take water with you.

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  • The Aspropounta Lighthouse

    The lighthouse was built in 1919, 58m. above the sea with an 11 metre-tall light. It is visible from a distance of 17 nautical miles. When it began operating in 1921 the lighthouse was lit by a wick. Later on a petroleum gas mechanism was installed, but since 1986 it has been running on solar power. You can reach the lighthouse by footpath either...

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  • Church of Virgin Mary

    This is one of the most outstanding historical monuments of Folegandros and its most important church, dedicated to the Assumption -or Dormition- of Virgin Mary.Perched on the cliff-top above Hora and it lies, in all likelihood, on the site of an ancient temple, building materials from which have been used in its construction. One can see ancient...

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  • Chryssospilia Cave

    Chryssospilia is an impressive natural monument, associated with several local legends. Situated on the north-eastern side of the island, it lies ten metres above the sea and remains, as yet, unexplored.Remnants of human sceletons, broken vases and a Roman cistern have been found in the numerous chambers of the cave which is considered to have...

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Folegandros Island Restaurants

  • Ankali Tavern

    It is situated next to the beach, so it was easy for us to visit this nice tavern after the bath. It serves good traditional food, relish special varieties and have exquisite drinks at a clean and friendly environment with excellent service!

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  • Kritikos Restaurant

    This restaurant is situated at one of the squares of Chora for over 40 years. It is specialized at cooked food. Spaggeti and pizza can also been served but i think that it is a pitty to go there and not to taste the famous lamp or pork “Kontosouvli” escorted by local wine.

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  • For the Pizza Lovers

    If you can not leave away your favourite habit of "pizza eating", then your "restaurant" would be:"Pizza Pazza", at the Hora (the capital) of Folegandros!Dario or Dariusz, a Polish citizen, who has been living for many years in Folegandros with his family, it seems that he knows the "Italian culinary secrets" very well!The ambience is quite simple,...

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  • Eva’s Garden Restaurant

    It is a bar-restaurant with a very nice design. I suggest you to choose one of the tables situated at its garden and taste the creative Mediterannean cuisine dishes, all created with local fresh products. At the bar you can enjoy your drink while listening lounge music.

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  • Restaurants in Chora

    Chora has a number of tavernas, whose tables spill onto and partially fill the central squares. At the bus-stop square, Pounda Tel. 22860 41063) serves a delicious breakfast of crepes, omelets, yogurt or coffeecake, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian dishes, are also available. Silk (Tel. 22860 41515), on the piatsa (third) square, offers...

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  • Restaurants in Ano Meria

    The local specialty, matsata, is made with fresh pasta and rabbit or chicken. The best place to sample it is Mimi's, in Ano Meria (Tel. 22860 41377), where the pasta is made on the premises. Look for two other restaurants in Ano Meria: Sinandisi (Tel. 22860 41208), also known as Maria's, which has good matsata and swordfish and Barbakosta (Tel....

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Folegandros Island Nightlife

  • Folegandros Nights

    You can find aforementioned bars on the capital of Folegandros, named Chora, side by side, on the main square, characterized by a church.After midnight, when the neighbouring tavernas close, the young people of the island-local and visitors-gather on these two bars by the main square.There is music, everybody drinks "rakomelo", have fun, get to...

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  • Baraki

    It is situated at Piatsa square at Chora. Either you order rakomelo or “baked” raki the result will be the same. You will not want to leave. The fantastic music and the cosy atmosphere will make you want to stay there all night long.

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  • Astarti

    It is situated at Piatsa square at Chora. Good Greek music and enough rakomelo will make you very, very happy and they also will make you stay alerted all night long. If you wish you can take a seat at the road and mix up with the locals and the tourists that are enjoying its music.

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Folegandros Island Transportation

  • Going to Folegandros

    Folegandros is a main stop on the ferry line Santorini - Milos - Piraeus (4 weekly stopovers), but it also has frequent ferries or hydrofoils to Paros, Mykonos, Ios and the near Sikinos. There are daily services from Piraeus to Folegandros. The distance is 102 nautical miles and the trip takes 9 hours.You can also fly to one of the other Cycladic...

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  • Moving Around

    The bus is the main transportation means of Folegandros, to take you either to the port or to the various unpaved roads that lead to the beaches. When a boat arrives, the bus also goes back and forth to the harbour.

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  • Flying Cat to Folegandros Direct!

    Commencing on June 15, the Hellenic Seaways "Flying Cat 3" goes on service on the Piraeus to Folegandros route. This fast catamaran carries no vehicles, just passengers, and makes the trip in just over 3 hours direct. The Flying Cat 3 departs Piraeus at 4:00PM and arrives in Folegandros at 7:05PM, 5 times a week. Unlike her larger "High Speed"...

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Folegandros Island Shopping

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    by luthientl Updated Jul 23, 2007

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    What to buy: You have to buy the local honey which is delicious and natural made without preservatives. Also it is a natural antibiotic.
    Have in mind that the natural made honey coagulates if you keep it on the shelf for a long time due to the lack of preservatives.

    What to pay: The price must be from 9,oo - 15,00 € per kilo. Don't buy otherwise.

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Folegandros Island Local Customs

  • White and Blue - the cycladic favorite...

    In and island like Folegandros, where tourism is not so present like Mikonos or Santorini, you will have the oportunity of watching the original cycladic lifestyle. You will notice that the locals live in modest, small houses, but they tend to decorate it so well that it turns out as a paradise to live in! Jasmin vases, hand made curtains,...

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  • Drink "RAKOMELO"

    Rakomelo (from the Greek words: raki, a strong drink that is produced from fermentation of grapes and meli, honey), is the favourite local drink that you can find it or better, you will be offered everywhere on the island.Do not Leave without taste it!You may also hear the expression "psimeni" (raki) that means: roasted.

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  • People of Folegandros

    The inhabitants of Folegandros are simple, pure and warm-hearted people who keep their traditions alive. They never miss the opportunity to live it up at the local fes- tivals where they dance the "ballos" to the sound of folk instruments.

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Folegandros Island Favorites

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    by luthientl Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Folegandros Isl. is a place where you can taste what Greek summer feels like.
    There is a varation of beaches -sandy or rocky-, restaurants where you can enjoy the local dishes and the means of transportation are -in general- adequate.
    Regarding accommodation, rooms with view and private bathroom are expensive but they reach top quality.
    An important tip is that you must make a reservation, especially in peek-season, at leat 15 days before, check the ship's schedule and book your ticket on time.

    Fondest memory: I miss the clear sea water and the starry nights

    the port Vardia Beach windmills view from Panagia

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