The Folegandros Port
You can easily travel to Folegandros by ship from Piraeus and the surrounding islands. You can also book your ferry tickets online via Greeceport.com for an even more comfortable and carefree journey. Travelling from Piraeus to Folegandros by a conventional ferry takes about 11 hours while it’s 4 hours by a speedboat. Karavostasis, the port of Folegandros, offers an amazing beach, the Hohlidia, with crystal waters, shades, sea sports, restaurants and cafes.
Connection With Other Islands
You can now book ferry tickets online for Folegandros via Greeceport.com. If you plan to travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Right out of the port you will find the terminal of the buses that will transport you to the various settlements and beaches of the island. The itineraries are frequent enough especially during summer. You can also travel by taxi, although it certainly costs more compared to the bus. If you prefer more flexible transportation, all you have to do is rent a car or a motorbike. Still, Folegandros is not big and if you like walking, you can explore it on foot and use boats to travel to the beach of your choice.
Folegandros, or else Polikandros, was inhabited by the prehistoric era and took its name from the son of Minos, Folegandros. With the arrival of the visitor in Karavostassis port, the beauties are being slowly unfold. Chora is the capital of Folegandros, built in and around the castle, on the top of a steep cliff, 200 meter above the sea. Picturesque cobbled streets, beautiful squares, white houses with floral courtyards, countless churches, hospitable people. The summer nights come alive with local wine and music from violin, lute, tubi and bagpipe.
One of the biggest caves in Greece and a spectacular monument of nature is the cavern Chrissospilia, full of stalagmites and stalactites, which lies on the eastern side of the island. The access to the cave is made after permission of the archaeological service and only by sea (when it’s not windy), followed by an extremely dangerous climbing recommended only to experienced climbers. In the ancient times, the area was used as a place of worship and ceremonies. On the walls and on the roof of the cave are inscribed the names of those who took part in them.
A tour in Ano Meria, the second largest settlement of the island, it’s like time travel. Images untouched by the development ease the glance of the traveler.
The Monastery of Virgin Mary with the white church of the Assumption of the 19th century, Basilica with many domes with a very tall steeple, has stunning views. The church is built on the site of an ancient temple, a building material which was used for the erection.
Folegandros smells thyme and bees exploit it to prepare the special honey of the island. The August watermelons are combined with honey and sesame seeds and create the ”karpuzenia”, an amazing watermelon pie. Taste also the kalasuna, the patties, the cooked caper, the matsata, the local pasta, the ”souroto” cheese and the spicy cheese, aged in the barrel of wine dregs, ‘lees, ‘yili’ for the locals.
Happy Holidays in Folegandros!!!
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