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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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"...more
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.
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,...more
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.more
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