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Folegandros Holidays

Folegandros holidays

Something of a hidden gem, Folegandros remains true to the austere beauty of its rugged landscape, with its sunbleached, woodless terrain leading to precipitous cliffs that seem to fall directly into a dazzling ocean. Consequently there is a sense of privacy and seclusion that is quite unlike other islands, and lives up to Folegandros' soubriquet of 'the island of peace'. Hiking trails lead you – especially in spring – along paths of caper flowers, oregano and thyme, and you are quite likely to encounter a working donkey or two along the way.


Holidays In Folegandros

The island’s 650 inhabitants live in three small villages, but its Chora is the perfect Cycladic capital brought to life. Perched on an almost vertical cliff, its sugar-cubed houses with whitewashed walls and blue doors are crammed together in narrow alleys. In the evenings, there seems to be a taverna on every corner, tables spilling onto the streets and squares.

The landmark church of Panagia on the hillside above - a half hour walk - affords a spectacular view of the entire west coast, stunning in conjunction with the setting of the sun.

Folegandros has some excellent beaches but some effort is usually required to reach them, although distances are not great. A bus runs to Agali beach up to 10 times daily, and also to the port from where you can walk to a choice of 7 beaches.Alternatively hop on a small boat for those further afield, such as lovely Katergo, sheltered by its towering cliffs. Boat excursions also run to neighbouring Sikinos.

Folegandros has strong traditions - there is an interesting folklore museum in Chora - and hosts many festivals throughout the year to which all are invited.

Flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester to Athens.

Transfer to Piraeus port for afternoon ferry to the island (4 hrs or 1 hr from Santorini) where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. On the return the reverse applies for an evening flight back to London or an overnight hotel in Athens or Rafina for the Manchester flight the next day. In early and late season (May and after mid-Sept) an overnight in Athens may be required on arrival and/or departure.

Folegandros, Sifnos and Milos are the easiest to combine – the minimum stay on each is 3 nights. There are also ferry links with Santorini.

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