Folegandros is a lesser-known island in the south-western part of the Cyclades archipelago. It offers relatively few tourist attractions for lovers of sightseeing and historic monuments. Although, in return, it has great beaches that are perfect for swimming! It is not too crowded in the high season, so you can spend your holiday in a peaceful environment in Folegandros! The island is a perfect starting point for a boat trip. From here, you can easily visit the south-western and central parts of the Cyclades!
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Location of Folegandros
Folegandros is located in the southern part of the Cyclades archipelago, between the islands of Milos and Sikinos.
History of Folegandros
Like many other Cyclades islands, Folegandros has been inhabited since ancient times. First, settlers came here from the province of Caria in Asia Minor. After them, the Cretans and Doric people settled here. In Roman times, many criminals were exiled to Folegandros.
We know almost nothing about the roughly 800-year Byzantine rule. In the Middle Ages, the French, then after an agreement, the Turkish ruled Folegandros. The inhabitants of the island revolted against the Turks in 1828 and joined Greece. Between 1900 and 1970, the island was used to detain political prisoners. Today, tourists looking for some peace and quiet and the enthusiasts of the Cyclades visit this island.
Weather in Folegandros
The Mediterranean Folegandros has similar weather conditions as the other Cyclades islands. Only autumn and winter see some rain, but just a small amount. July and August are the hottest months. The average temperature is 24 degrees. The temperature of the sea is 24 degrees, perfect for swimming and diving. The Meltemi in summer and the sirocco in autumn and winter reach the island with full force.
Highlights of the island of Folegandros
There are relatively few tourist attractions on Folegandros. This island is known for its peaceful beaches and great diving spots. If you want to go sightseeing, visit the capital, built-in Cycladic style. In addition to the usual shops and taverns, you can find the starting point for several hiking trails here. These mostly lead to the beaches.
Head to the Church of Panagia. It is only a 10-minute walk from here. The church offers a great view over the island! Since you come to Folegandros by boat, visit the Chryssospilia sea cave! It is located on the north-eastern part of the island.
Gastronomy of Folegandros
You must try two local specialities on this island. One of them is Souroto, a delicious white cheese. It is made with fresh goat’s or sheep’s milk, or a mixture of the two. The texture of the cheese is creamy, the taste is salty or peppery.
Another delicacy is the matsata. It is homemade pasta made with flour, olive oil, salt and water. Typically, it is cut into strips and then topped with meat and grated cheese.
Beaches in Folegandros
One of the most popular beaches on the island is Agali. It is embraced by rocks on the two sides, so you can clearly see both ends of the beach. In summer, there are some taverns on the beach offering delicious dishes and drinks. This slowly deepening, sandy beach is perfect for swimming.
This beach is located near the port of the island. You can go swimming in crystal clear water. If you want to get out of the sun, the trees surrounding the beach provide cooling shade. Close to the slowly deepening, family-friendly beach, there are several beautiful Cycladic buildings, apartments and taverns.
Agios Georgios beach
This peaceful, secluded beach is in the northern part of Folegandros. It is ideal if you want to swim in a tranquil environment. There are some trees on this sandy beach providing cooling shade. The only downside is that due to its location, the Meltemi wind is very strong in summer. You should check the weather forecast before visiting.
You can get to this small beach from the Church of Agios Panteleiomonas in just a half-hour following the hiking trail, or you can moor here with your boat. If you love beautiful sunsets, visit this beach! There are no services, so you have to take care of the food and drinks for yourself.
Rent a boat in Folegandros
Starting from Folegandros, you can easily reach most of the Cyclades islands. Milos, Paros and Naxos are not far from here, but you can even get to Santorini quickly.
Karavotsai Marina, Folegandros
The only major marina of Folegandros is quite small. It can accommodate boats with a draft of 4 m and a length of 60 m. Embraced by beautiful natural surroundings, the marina offers water tank refill, bars, restaurants and a market. Read more about what to do in Folegrandros or Folegandros sailing. Check our boats: Folegrandros boat rental
Ayios Nikólaos Marina, Kea
It is an important port on the island of Kea, close to beautiful golden beaches and excellent fishing spots. It can accommodate 255 yachts at the same time, with a maximum length of 50 metres. The water depth of the port is up to 8 metres.
Mérikha Marina, Kithnos
This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife areas are in the immediate vicinity.
Ermoupolis Marina, Siros
Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Information about sailing in Naxos, or rent a boat in Naxos
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Tinos Marina, Tinos
This medium-sized marina locates in Tinos, a city of the same name as the island. The marina, which is 5.5 metres deep, can be moored by yachts up to 60 metres long, for which it offers many services. From here you can easily reach all the sights and beaches of the island.
Mykonos Marina, Mykonos
On the island of Mykonos, in the marina of the city with the same name as the island yachts up to 40 metres long can berth. 30 ships can anchor at the same time. The water depth is 4.5 metres. In addition to restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and other services, there is also a boat service. Information about sailing in Mykonos, or Mykonos yacht rental
Apollonia Marina, Naxos
It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars.
Karavostasi Marina, Ios
It is a medium-sized marina on the island of Ios. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are many services available such as a water tank refill, and you can find restaurants nearby.
Adhamas Marina, Milos
The Adamas Marina can accommodate 50 boats up to 50 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres. The offered services include bars, restaurants, boat maintenance service, and water tank refills. Information about sailing in Milos, or Milos boat rental.
Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.
This is the old port, located near the town of Fira, the tourist centre of Santorini. It is small in size, so larger boats cannot berth here. The passengers of such boats are transported to the mainland by water taxi. You can reach the town by climbing 600 steps of stairs. You can go on foot, with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. If you get hungry, there are restaurants and taverns in the port. You can buy souvenirs and local delicacies in the smaller shops.
The picturesque Ammoudi is on the north-western coast of Santorini, next to Oia. It is only 13 km from Firas. The small port can accommodate yachts up to 20 metres in length. There are traditional fish taverns on the beach where you can try fresh seafood dishes and local delicacies as well.
The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Information about sailing in Santorini, or yacht charter in Santorini
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The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Folegandros. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Folegandros shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Folegandros shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Folegandros – Sikinos 19, 19 km (11, 93 mi), Day 2. Sikinos – Ios 12, 95 km (8, 05 mi), Day 3. Ios – Antiparos 41, 64 km (25, 87 mi), Day 4. Antiparos – Serifos 53, 86 km (33, 46 mi), Day 5. Serifos – Sifnos 21, 90 km (13, 61 mi), Day 6. Sifnos – Milos 42, 57 km (26, 45 mi), Day 7. Milos – Kimolos – Folegandros 68, 56 km 64, 19 km (39, 89 mi)
Day 1. Folegandros – Sikinos 19, 19 km (11, 93 mi), Day 2. Sikinos – Ios 12, 95 km (8, 05 mi), Day 3. Ios – Thira (Santorini) 40, 96 km (25, 45 mi), Day 4. Thira (Santorini) – Kamari (Santorini) 23, 65 km (14, 70 mi), Day 5. Kamari (Santorini) – Iraklia 55, 91 km (34, 74 mi), Day 6. Iraklia – Naxos 32, 75 km (20, 35 mi), Day 7. Naxos – Paros – Antiparos 38, 08 km (23, 66 mi)
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