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Folegandros

Folegandros is located between Milos and Sikinos, bathed in the bright light of the Aegean. It offers many surprises for the traveller such as intact architecture of its communities, paths that run to different corners of nature, beautiful secluded sandy beaches with crystal waters, cobblestone streets and the castle of the main town. Folegandros is spread over 32 square kilometres only, although its population reaches 600 residents in busy periods. The main town is closed off to cars and motorcycles, helping to preserve the serene, traditional atmosphere.

The capital of Folegandros is Hora, built in and round of the 13th century Castle or Kastro at the top of an abrupt cliff, rising 200 metres above the sea. The main town is stunning, with houses of genuine Cycladic architecture and paved streets boasting many central squares and picturesque churches.

In the central street of the settlement (Kato Roua), white two-storey houses with colourful doors, windows, stone staircases and small verandas are built side by side. They constitute the exterior wall of a Castle that was built on the 13th century above the cliff. An outstanding view of the Aegean Sea from the steep side of the Castle in the square of Pounta should not be missed!

With respect to Natura 2000, the small islet of Agios Ioannis on the other side of the island’s main harbour has been declared a ‘Region of Particular Natural Beauty’, while to the east the island of Adelfia represents a shelter for migrating birds.

 

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A stunning sandy beach with turquoise waters and organised camping lies a short distance away from Livadi.

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Agkali boasts most beautiful sandy beach of the island, located in an amazing landscape with vertical rocks found close to Hora. The harbour of the island is Karavostasis, located 3 kilometres south-east of Hora, in a bay where entry is restricted by two rocky islands. This is a picturesque Cycladic community with whitewashed houses for quiet vacations and good swimming. The street on the south of Karavostasi leads to Livadi, a small village found in one of the most fertile areas of the island.

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Hora features many churches such as Agia Ekaterini, Theoskepasti, Agios Antonios, Agios Nikolaos (metropolis), Pantanassa, and Agia Eleousa, with its beautifully iconostasis and its marvellous post Byzantine icons of the Cretan School of painting.

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