The island has three small villages, Chora, Karavostasi (the port), and Ano Meria, which are connected by a paved road.
Chora, built on the edge of a 200-metre high cliff is closed to car and motorcycle traffic. Its center is unique consisting of three squares in a row, with trees under which to enjoy a drink or food. Bougainvillea and hibiscus color the small wooden balconies around the Kastro a small fortress made by the Venetians in 1210, that will take you back to the Middle Ages.
The Ano Meria village is spread over cultivated fields and "dry-placed" walls. It has typical "kafeneio" taverns and an interesting small Ecological and Folklore Museum.
Karavostasi, the island’s port, has a few shops, restaurants and hotels. Fishing boats depart daily form the port of Karavostasi to reach the various beaches such as Vardia, Latinaki, Katergo, Vitzenzou, Pountaki, Livadi. .
Two beaches can be reached by car: Karavostasi and Angali.
The church of Panaghia, on the top of a hill, offers a nice walk and a magnificent view of the Chora, the west coast and the close islands of Cyclades, like Santorini and Ios.
Although close to popular tourist islands, Folegandros keeps its authentic character away from mass tourism. Uncompromising horizons, landscapes sculpted by the wind and by solitude, rocky beaches you can only walk or sail to, but also “glamorous rituals” like fish and ouzo evenings in the small squares of Chora, a tangle of white houses built around the old Kastro and the church of Aghios Nikolaos. On Folegandros island, despite its latest success as a tourist destination, very little has changed.
With traditional Cycladic architecture, breathtaking views and secluded beaches, this island is ideal for families and romantic couples. By bus or boat from the port, you will reach amazing beaches with private atmosphere and crystal water. Walking this island is a joy as the nature and its perfumes are unique. In spring and early summer the island is rich with caper flowers, thyme and oregano. Very characteristic of the landscape are the "dry-placed" stone walls, erected over the centuries to create terraces on the sunny slopes for agriculture.
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