Folegandros

Clifftop charm and beaches where beauty is your reward
Panagia of Folegandros Church
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Folegandros is an island in the Cyclades that will sweep you off your feet with its beauty, charm and relaxing rhythm

There was a time when Folegandros was a well-kept secret in the heart of the Aegean, known to a discerning few. Now, more and more people are discovering this gem in the Cyclades with its rugged beauty and easy pace.

Folegandros’ main town, Hora, teeters precariously on the edge of a high cliff, with its many squares framed by graceful, typically Cycladic churches and old-fashioned tavernas with views of the Aegean.

In the evenings, taverna tables fill up and the main town of Folegandros becomes even more welcoming. Honeyed raki flows, music starts, people sing and friends are made. By day, you’ll meet them again on beaches lapped by emerald waters or in the colourful alleyways of the oldest part of town. 

 

What to do on Folegandros island

Let the clifftop Hora take your breath away

Probably one of the most spectacularly situated of all island villages, the Hora of Folegandros adds new meaning to the word breathtaking. Its oldest part, the walled medieval Kastro, is beautifully preserved. Will you dare stand on the parapet at Pounta Square and admire the view? From there, you can stroll to Hora’s other squares. Each has its own character, with an exquisite church and small houses glistening under layers of whitewash. You understand the truth of the saying “small is beautiful”.
 

Step into the Middle Ages in timeless Kastro

In the roofed passage to the walled district of Kastro once hung a bell that would ring out every evening to announce the closing of an iron gate. You wouldn’t want to be left outside in those days! As though moulded from white clay, the little houses of Folegandros’ Kato Rouga neighbourhood are like sculptures embellished with lively colours. Rest for a longer look and then walk to the Church of Pantanassa. From there you can see the islands Milos, Sifnos and Kimolos.
 

Climb to one of the most iconic views in the Cyclades

Above Hora, a striking white path zigzags across the face of the mountain, heading up to a special Folegandros landmark, the Church of the Panagia. Don’t hesitate, the walk is surprisingly gentle and short. And the rewards are great. The church is a rare example of Aegean ecclesiastical architecture, with three domes. Inside there is a portable icon of the Virgin, which on her feast days is carried in procession around all the houses of the island – a moving and impressive spectacle. The view is perhaps the best on Folegandros and one of the most iconic in the Cyclades.
 

Prepare for pristine beaches in spectacular settings

Whether you walk, take the bus or jump into a caique, you will find the beaches of Folegandros as photogenic as any other island in the Cyclades. Whatever your choice, fine pebbles or golden sand, you’ll find the water inviting and clear. Angali, Agios Georgios, Vardia, Livadaki, Hochlidia, Katergo will become familiar names. But remember to take a picnic with you. Sun loungers, umbrellas or iced coffees are rarer on Folegandros than elsewhere in the Aegean. Their beauty alone is reward enough. 

 

Hidden gems of Folegandros island

The hiking paths

If you were to measure them, Folegandros’ pathways would be far, far longer than its asphalted roads. Generations of farmers and shepherds carved out dozens of routes to their pastures and crops, which any self-respecting hiker would want to try. Most of them are paved with flagstones. Hike as many as you can. They’ll lead you to some of the most beautiful secrets of the Aegean.

Discover the hiking paths of Folegandros


The Folk Museum 

Ano Meria, Folegandros’ only other village besides Hora, has kept its strictly agricultural character. Here, in an old farmhouse, you can see what a traditional farmstead was really like, with its storage cellar, outdoor oven, olive press and – a Folegandros phenomenon – walled-in lemon trees. The winter wind blows so fiercely that the locals erect high stone walls around each one to protect them. 
 

The view from Cape Mihelo lighthouse

Eleven metres tall, the lighthouse at Cape Mihelo has been operating since 1912. Put the hike that leads here on your list of interesting walks and take in the extraordinary view as the entire Aegean unfolds before you.

Traditional houses at castle of Folegandros district

Experience the best of Folegandros

Many of the tightly packed houses are beautifully maintained with colourful balconies, doors and window frames

Folegandros’un basit ama sofistike ana kentinde yürüyüş turu

Basit, şık ve hala uluslararası ziyaretçiler tarafından keşfedilmemiş olan Folegandros'un Hora hem özgünlük hem de kozmopolit metrede yüksek puan alıyor.
With clifftop views to the sea, the hiking paths of Folegandros are the ideal way to discover a deeply authentic island in the Cyclades-Folegandros

Folegandros'un yürüyüş yollarını keşfedin

Tepelerin ve tarım alanlarının vahşi ve güzel manzarasının geçtiği, uçurumlarıyla deniz manzaralı Folegandros'un yürüyüş yolları, Kiklad Adaları'nda derin otantik bir adayı keşfetmenin ideal yoludur.
  • The lighthouse
  • Hora: A real cliffhanger
  • Above Hora, you’ll think Zorro left his mark
  • The Folk Museum

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Shining the light on stories
View of Santorini island from Thirassia

Komşu Santorini'den geçerek Kikladlar ile tanışın

Santorini'yi ziyaret etmek ve Kiklad mükemmelliğini bulduğunuzu düşünmek çok kolay olabilir. O mimariyle, o manzaralarla ve o gün batımıyla ne yarışabilir?

Accommodation

Anemi Hotel Folegandros

Folegandros
Comprised of 12 Cycladic-style buildings, this upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from Karavostasi beach and 3 km from Ikologiko Laografiko Mousio Folegandrou,...