Discover the island of Folegandros on a Greek holiday.
Part of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, the small island of Folegandros has a beautiful natural landscape, making it an ideal getaway for those who enjoy hiking and swimming. Both scuba diving and snorkelling are a large draw to the island, which is known for its clear water. The first step to a great holiday on the island is finding a suitable holiday rentals on Folegandros, and HomeAway has a great selection of accommodations.
Whether one is looking for a villa, apartment, or farmhouse, HomeAway has the ideal property. Many of the holiday apartments and villas on Folegandros come with amenities such as private pools, wireless internet access, and gardens. There are also several options spacious enough to fit larger groups, and those who prefer peace can choose from a range of secluded farmhouses.Of course, many visitors to Folegandros also travel to other nearby islands. HomeAway also has comfortable accommodations in Mykonos, and those who head to Santorini will also find holiday homes to suit their needs.
Things to do
Beach at Katergo:
The beach at Katergo is a fairly well-known beach. The pristine waters and remote location make it an ideal island getaway. A former hematite extraction site, the locals gave this beach the name 'Katergo', meaning ‘galley’. Katergo Beach is public land. Travellers should bring their own food and water, as none is available.
SEA U Dive Center:
SEA U Dive Center is located at the Hora of Folegandros. Its goal is to introduce travellers to the magnificent sea life below. Beginners and experts alike are able to participate, and specialized courses in underwater photography and open-water diving are available. SEA U Dive Center is certified by PADI.
Ecological and Folklore Museum:
The Ecological and Folklore Museum of Folegandros shows visitors how the residents of Folegandros lived hundreds of years ago. Guided tours are available and extremely informative. See workshops, places of work, and recreated domestic rooms. The museum is best reached by car or via a hiking path.
Located on the southern tip of the island, Livadi Beach is a secluded spot. Though there are no cafés or bars, though a tiny place called Loustria has food and water and is open daily during the high tourist season. One should also bring protection from the sun, as Livadi does not have any trees to provide shade.
Visit the nearby island of Ios. Located northeast of Folegandros, this hill island is home to roughly 2,000 people. The Skarkos Hill prehistoric site is particularly stunning, as is Mylopotas Beach. Formerly the site of hippie tourist encampments, this space is now a tourist resort.
The island of Paros (and its sister island, Antiparos) lies north of Folegandros. Paros is historically known as a source of fine white marble, and this influence can be seen in the town of Chora (the capital town). Paros is mostly known as a tourist island.
Weather on Folegandros
Greek weather is consistent with the typical Mediterranean climate. Winters are fairly rainy, with the coldest temperatures in the low-10s. Summers are hot but not humid, reaching up to the mid-30s. The Etesian winds have a large effect on the Greek islands during the summer, reaching dangerous speeds during the late afternoon and early evening.
Travel to: Folegandros
After arriving to Athens Airport (ATH), head to either the Piraeus or Rafina port. From there take a ferry to Folegandros. Depending on the speed of the boat, the trip should take six hours, though faster boats are available at about twice the price. Alternatively, travellers can fly into Santorini Airport (JTR) and take a three-hour ferry ride from Santorini to Folegandros.