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Remote and Beautiful Folegandros Island

Folegandros, named after the son of King Minos, has only about 765 inhabitants and three villages. It is a Cycladic Island. A paved road connects Chora, Karavostasis, and Ano Meria.

You will immediately notice the endless series of white walls. These were built over the centuries by locals to establish terraces on the sunny slopes. Cruising to Folegandros or from the island, you will pass Sikinos before arriving at Ios. Include Folegandros on a Rhodes to Rhodes Itinerary.

Folegandros view
Folegandros, Greece. Photo by Fred3737 on Pixabay.


The island has a Mediterranean climate. The summers are warm and dry, and the temperature is cold in the winter. The average annual temperature for Folegandros is 21° C, with about 297 mm of rain in a year.

Places to see

  • The impressive Kastro, the Venetian quarter, is the oldest spot in Chora, the island’s capital.
  • Karavostasis, a harbor village. Here you will find good-quality bakeries and tavernas and small shops and restaurants.
  • Ano Mera is a picturesque village surrounded by lush green fields. This village has only about 350 inhabitants, who are proud to preserve their age-old traditions and heritage.
  • Ecological and Folk-Art Museum in Ano Mera.
  • Chrysospilia is a unique natural monument. However, Chrysospilia is unique because of the number of ancient names covering its walls and ceilings. This 4th century BC graffiti belongs to teenagers who came here from all parts of Greece and left traces of their visit.
  • Panagia Church. This church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, was constructed on the ruins of an ancient temple. Marble parts of this temple were used as a building material for the church.

Things to do

  • Swim. Most beaches on Folegandros are calm and uncrowded. Swimming is a favorite pastime on this island.
  • Scuba dive. Some favorite dive sites include the Georgitsis cave, the Agios Ioannis and Serfiotiko reefs, and the Agios Georgios, Livadi, and Vorina ocean floor. There is a dive center in Chora.
  • Hike. One popular route starts around Kastro in Chora and passes by the Chapel of Pantanassa, the chapel of Agios Savvas. It then continues to the churches of Stavros and Christos. From there, the path descends to the bay of Fira and Agali.
  • Go to one of Folegandros’ Beaches. Katergo, Agali, clothing-optional Agios Nikolaos, Livadi, family-friendly Karavostasis beach, and Agios Georgios beach. Although many sandy beaches are difficult to reach, it’s worth the effort once you reach the sand.
  • Watch the sunset. Sunsets in Greece are spectacular.


Seaside taverns serve fish dishes that include oysters, mussels, octopuses, and squids. Moreover, you can buy fish and ask the restaurant’s chef to cook it.

Try local foods such as souroto (white goat cheese), rakomelo (raki with honey), kalasouna (souroto cheese pie with onions), and matsata (homemade pasta with rabbit or rooster). You’ll find most restaurants, cozy cafes, and taverns in Chora. Check out local favorites such as Chrysospēliá, Zefiros Anemos, and To Goupi.

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