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.