Folegandros is a lesser-known island in the south-western part of the Cyclades archipelago. It offers relatively few tourist attractions for the 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!
Sailing in Folegandros

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The weather of Folegandros

Like the other Cyclades islands, Folegandros has a Mediterranean climate. The winters are mildly rainy, the summers are dry. There is no rainfall between June and August. July is the hottest month. The average temperature is above 24 degrees. The temperature of the sea is 24 degrees, perfect for swimming and diving. In summer, the meltemi blowing from the north reaches the island with full force. Therefore, it is advised to check the weather forecast before you go swimming. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Folegandros.

Ports and islands around Folegandros

Karavotasi 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 area 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
Port in Folegandros

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.

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, the 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
Marinas in Folegandros

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.

Adamas 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.

Athinios Port

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.

Skala Port

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 a water taxi. You can reach the town 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.

Ammoudi Port

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.

Vlychada Port

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

Sail in Folegandros!Folegandros sailing itineraries

Sailing in Folegandros: 1-week sailing plan

We recommend a 1-week round trip during which you will sail around the south-western part of the Cyclades starting from Folegandros. You will visit the islands of Ios, Antiparos, Sifnos and Milos. All of them offer great entertainment activities and beaches.
Folegandros sailing itinerary

Day 1: Folegandros – Sikinos

19,19 km (11,93 mi)

On the first afternoon, sail east to the island of Sikinos! It is not a popular tourist destination which makes it a peaceful little island. Sikinos is ideal for your first night on the boat. On this small, mostly stony island you can visit the capital and the ancient ruins of Episkopi.

Day 2: Sikinos – Ios

12,95 km (8,05 mi)
Our next stop could be the island of Ios. It is a bustling island full of life. In summer, there are parties and festivals in the capital. If you want to get away from the city, discover the Tomb of Homer! If you want to see an archaeological excavation, visit the ruins of Skarkos!

Day 3: Ios – Antiparos

41,64 km (25,87 mi)

On the third day, visit the island of Antiparos to the north! It is located almost exactly in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago. You can visit great sandy beaches here. Also, you can go diving, and there are several shipwrecks and sea caves around the island for you to discover. If you like partying, you will love the nightlife. There are many bars and discos in the capital. The most popular is Luna, playing 80s music. Read more about what to do in Antiparos or Antiparos sailing. Check our boats: Antiparos boat rental
Coasts and islands in Folegandros

Day 4: Antiparos – Serifos

53,86 km (33,46 mi)

Turn west and sail to the island of Serifos! Like Sikinos, you have visited earlier, it is not too crowded. The island has sandy and pebble beaches as well. They do not offer many services, but there are sun loungers you can use. In return, you can go swimming in a really peaceful environment.

Day 5: Serifos – Sifnos

21,90 km (13,61 mi)
Drop anchor at the nearby island of Sifnos. Here you can admire beautiful olive trees and almond fields. The symbol of the island is the Church of the Seven Martyrs, seen on a tiny peninsula-like extension of the east coast. Its beautiful whitewashed walls, sky-blue dome, and Cycladic architectural style are worth a look. In addition to the iconic church, the island hides many monasteries and museums. The most significant of these is the monastery of Chrissopighi.

Day 6: Sifnos – Milos

42,57 km (26,45 mi)
Your next stop should be Milos, known for its beaches and beautiful historic monuments. On this beautiful volcanic island, you can enjoy nature and the atmosphere of ancient monuments, away from the crowds. In Adamas, the Agia Triada Church has a museum. The Mining Museum showcases minerals and the mining past of the island. The most important landmarks are the early Christian catacombs from the time of the Roman Empire. There is an ancient theatre nearby, where locals still hold events and theatre performances to this day. Read more about what to do in Milos or Milos sailing. Check our boats: Milos boat rentalFolegandros sailing

Day 7: Milos – Kimolos – Folegandros

64,19 km (39,89 mi)

On the last day, head back to Folegandros! On the way, drop anchor at the island of Kimolos, located right next to Milos. You can discover authentic Cycladic buildings in the capital. You should also visit the museum, which is home to folklore and nautical memorabilia from the 18th-19th centuries.
Your final destination is the port of Folegandros from where you departed a week earlier. Sail around the island and visit all five beaches! On the way, visit Chryssospilia Cave where you can see the remains of an ancient Roman cistern.

7 Days Folegandros sailing tour

During your trip, you will sail to the island of Santorini from Folegandros. You will visit the smaller southern islands of the Small Cyclades. Then, you will sail to Naxos and Paros as well. Finally, you will return your boat at the island of Antiparos.
Sailing itinerary in Folegandros
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)

Marine gas near Folegandros

  • Riva Tirasia, Santorini: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.452705, 25.344247
  • Thira New Port, Santorini: , Depth: 4.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.386354, 25.428268
  • Adamantas Milos, Milos: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.721797, 24.444774
  • Riva Tirasia, Santorini: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.452705, 25.344247
  • Thira New Port, Santorini: , Depth: 4.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.386354, 25.428268

Folegandros has some great beaches, and starting from here, you can discover the south-western part of the Cyclades! If you are craving some peace and quiet, and you are not particularly interested in visiting tourist attractions, come to Folegandros! Find more Cyclades sailing routes.

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