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Folegandros

Folegandros is on of the smallest islands in the Cyclades , Tourism is mainly from those wanting a quieter holiday. The island is only 12 km in length, and 4 km at it’s widest and with its rocky terrain, is ideal for walking and exploring. Folegandros has several decent beaches, though they require a bit of effort to reach them, due to the terrain.

Folegandros Town (Chora) divided into two parts is spectacular, with its charming churches and whitewashed houses. The town built upon the high cliffs to prevent pirate attacks. Strolling around the town is very pleasant, the Kastro area dating from the 13th century is amaze of lanes lined with utterly charming houses, which back onto the sheer cliff forming a defensive wall against attack. The Chora area with its squares, are surrounded by shops and tavernas where one can sit and relax in sun and watch life go by. The church of Koimisis tis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin Mary), built after a silver icon was saved, after it was stolen by pirates, who drowned in a fierce storm. The restaurants in the town offer exceedingly good food and wines and excellent service. In addition, the nightlife is good with bars playing music, ranging from rock and pop to Greek music.

Karavostasis is the port of the island, and therefore is busy with the comings and goings of the ferries. The town is charming with its tavernas, hotels and beaches in the vicinity. Boat trips take you to good beaches at Agkalis, Agios Nikolaos and Latinaki along the coast. Boat trips will also take you to the islands most popular sight, the Chrysopilia Cave with is shimmering stalactites and stalagmites, in the grotto set in the cliffs.

Ano Meria is a cluster of farming hamlets set among terraced fields, and the area offers wonderful views over to Crete in the distance.

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