Lying in the southern Cyclades and approximately 32 km2 in size Folegandros is one of the smallest inhabited Cycladean islands. With beautiful beaches (some best accessed by boat) and a stunning Hora
The remoteness of Folegandros led in times gone by to it being used a place of exile. It was also raided in 1715 and most of its inhabitants were taken in to captivity, it was not until 1780 when the Aegean was cleared of pirates that the island was repopulated.
Folegandros has three main villages Hora, Karavostasis and Ano Meria. Connected by paved roads and by an island bus service. Some of the best beaches are only accessible by foot and boats which run from the port during the season.
Folegandros Town (Hora) lies on the east of the island and the are of Kastro is one of the oldest medieval towns in the Cyclades, with the traditional whitewashed houses, trailing bougainvillea and labyrinthine alleyways. Perched on the side of a 200-meter cliff to originally protect it from pirate raids it affords wonderful views which some argue can only be matched by Santorini and Plaka in Milos. Closed to traffic Hora is a wonderful place to eat a meal or sip a cocktail under the shade of the trees in one of the three squares in a row.
Church of Panagia
On a rocky hill above Hora sits the Church of Panagia the largest church on the island it is thought to be built on the remains of ancient temple. Completed in 1821 you can walk up to it from a pathway from Pounda Square in Hora – it has magnificent view at sunset.
Karavostasis is the main port area, from here you can take boats to the more inaccessible beaches, there are also two lovely beaches within walking distance of the port.
Located in the northwest of the island Ano Meria is an authentic agricultural village and is a great area for hiking. Ano Meria also has a folk museum which is well worth a visit.
Agali beach is the most popular on the island and has a few tavernas open seasonally.
Folegrandros is a real get away from it all island perfect for couples, island hoppers, beach lovers, hikers, and in the spring and autumn for bird watchers.