The Cyclade Island of Folegandros is a beautiful place to genuinely, get away. The term is overused in brochures everywhere, but a Folegandros villa is the real thing. Folegandros is a small island between Santorini and Milos, quiet and unspoilt.
Folegandros is a very rural island. There are only three villages on the island, so if you are looking for real peace, here it is! There is still a huge mount to do though. The nine beaches are beautifully secluded, so much so, that you must be prepared for a bit of a walk, or even row to reach them. However, the effort is truly worth it. The most accessible is Livadi beach, which has a campsite, and there is a pebble beach at Karavostasi. Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios are also worth finding.
The rocky, mountainous countryside, split into fields with ancient dry stone walls and charming, traditional villages makes Folegandros a beautiful place. Artists and photographers are not the only ones to fall in love with the scenery though. Hikers are also drawn.
There is even some great history on the island too. The Venetian castle in Chora is a work of art, with the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town inside a treat to wander.
Although you will find it hard to leave Folegandros, the island of Santorini makes a great day trip. There is a huge amount to do, including many water sports. Many people travelling to a self catering Folegandros villa travel through Santorini on their way in or out, so making sure you have a few extra hours before your flight is never a bad idea.
During the summer months, a Folegandros holiday is a time for long lazy days on the beach and long lazy lunches in timeless Greek tavernas, as daily temperatures routinely reach 30dC. The spring and autumn times are more a time for exploration and nature, with daily peak temperatures dropping, yet still being warm.
Of course, there is no airport on Folegandros, but reaching a Folegandros villa from the UK is still not a problem. Athens and Santorini airports both receive daily direct flights from across the UK, and both are connected to Folegandros by ferry.