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Guide to Folegandros

Home to one of the most beautiful towns in the Greek islands

Secluded, rocky and with no airport, the pretty Mediterreanean island of Folegandros in the southern Cyclades is a perfect escape for the superyacht traveller looking to enjoy the real Greece.

With just 31 square km and 40 miles circumference to its name, Folegandros may lack the variation of scenery and quantity of villages of other islands but it is proud home of one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. Set within a Venetian walled fortress and closed off to vehicles, Hora epitomises the beauty of authentic Cyclades. Its medieval streets offer three main squares next to each other and are dotted with trees providing shade to the traditional cafes that lie beneath. The Kastro fortress sits atop the town and the road heading north out of the town offers views said to be second only to Santorini.

While the island’s amenities may not have been gentrified - only adding to its charm - there are a number of good restaurants and bars to enjoy on an evening ashore. The main town Hora is home to most of these but in the smaller rural villages of Karavostassis and Ano Merià you’ll also find small traditional taverns with fantastic local dishes on offer.

The island’s setting is wild and mountainous, with bulks of rocky outcrops forming secret coves and pretty beaches, the main one of which can be found at the only port of Karavostasi. There are also some good hiking trails worth exploring into the hills, where you can enjoy the scents of thyme and oregano in the spring before heading back to your luxury charter yacht to relax with some sundowners to experience one of the famous Greek island sunsets.

Folegandros is the kind of place you go to experience the simple pleasures of life. It’s close proximity to lively Santorini means you can hop off to enjoy some hedonistic pursuits when the feeling takes you and nearby Sikinos, Ios, Anafi offer additional options for beaches and activities.

Overall, its quiet charm and self-assured, unspoilt offerings create an atmosphere that you’ll want to visit over and again. If you are interested in a luxury private yachting vacation in the tranquil waters of the Greek Islands, view all Greece Yacht Charters which are available to rent.

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Reasons to Visit

Spectacular views from the clifftops
Famously beautiful town of Hora
Traditional tavernas and cuisine
Authentic Cyclades atmosphere
Pretty Karavostasi port and beach

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