Folegandros is a small Greek island in the Aegean. It has three small villages, Chora, Karavostasis, and Ano Meria, which are connected by a paved road.
Folegandros small island (32 km2, 650 inhabitants), has become fashionable, but it is still an untouched piece of true Greece. On account of the simple and relaxing atmosphere that reigns all around the island we like to distinguish it as the "island of Peace".
Folegandros has three small villages, Karavostasi (the port), the Chora, Ano Meria and Agali Beach that are connected by paved roads.What catches the eye immediately is the endless series of "dry-placed" walls that have been erected over the centuries by the inhabitants to create terraces on the sunny slopes of the territory to be able to raise cereals.
Folegandros Chora, closed to car and motorcycle traffic, has a unique "center" of three squares in a row, with trees under which to enjoy a drink or food in a quiet,romantic atmosphere. In the gentle breeze passing through the small streets you may feel the perfume of lime trees or of the local (exceptional) bread. Bougainvillea and hibiscus color the small wooden balconies around the Kastro (XIII century).
At Folegandros the church of Panaghia , on the top of a hill, offers a nice walk and a magnificent view of the Chora and of the west coast. Also, the area of the Kastro, a small fortress made by the Venetians in 1210, a small village into the Chora village, will take you back to the Middle Ages.The village of Ano Merią is spread over cultivated fields and "dry-placed" walls and has typical "kafeneio" and taverns. It has also a Folkloristic Museum, open from 10 to 18.
Folegandros island harbor's, Karavostasi, also with a few shops and restaurants hosts today several hotels and some of the best of them.
Folegandros has nice beaches, but uneasy to reach: you need to walk a bit, or rent a boat. Two beaches can be reached by car: Karavostasi and Angali, one of the nicest beach.
Our suggestion: get a map, then memorize the bus schedule from and to the Chora, and always take along water and food! From Karavostasi you may reach Vardia Beach, Latinaki, Vitzenzou, Pountaki and the beach of Livadi, where there is a camping, and that of Agios Nikolaos.
In Karavostasi you find a fairly long stoney beach , one beach East of the port and small beaches towards Livadi. From Ano Meria you may walk from 40 to 90 minutes to reach other beaches, among which Agios Georgios, on the North/East.
Walking this island is a joy as the nature and its perfumes, and its silence are really unique. In springtime and early summer the island is rich with caper flowers, thyme and oregano.