Folegandros

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About Folegandros

Remote and rugged Folegandros is on the southern, sunniest edge of the Cyclades, and while many of this island group have a wealth of acommodation, our selection of the best places to stay in Folegandros may not have the quantity, but certainly still offers the quality you're looking for.

As well as dramatic beauty, this island has a dark past. Just twelve kilometres long and four kilometres wide, Folegandros has been used as a place of exile since Roman times up until the 20th Century.

These days there's the hardship of not being able to reach the island by air, you have to come into the charming little harbour of Karavostasis, which is probably where you should base yourself if you like a bit of buzz in the evening. Apart from Hora, one of the most alluring villages in the Cyclades, the other main town is Ano Meria, which is a quieter scattering of farms and traditional homes with a very rural feel.

Hora's medieval heart is a great destination for history buffs and couples who appreciate a romantic Old Town atmosphere. There's plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a taverna, especially in the centre of town where there are three squares all lined up in a row.

What not to miss

  • Hora's Venetian castle, built 200metres above sea level, really adds to the town's charm, and is one of the island's main sights. Within the castle walls is medieval Hora, but almost the whole town is a pedestrianised warren of cobbled streets opening onto wonderful views between the whitewashed sugar cubes of Cycladic architecture.
  • Angali Beach - Angali meaning hug - is a pale sandy scoop hugged by boulders on both sides, with flat, mostly lagoon-like water.
  • Chochlidia Beach, near Karavostasi, is less sandy, but has lovely deep blue water, and a fringe of trees providing shade.
  • Katergo, with its pale sand, steep cliffs and rocky islet, is probably one of the island's most famous beaches, but it can only be reached by boat, and there's no infrastructure there when you arrive.
  • Or, culture-vultures can instead spend an afternoon at the Ecological and Folklore Museum.

Don't forget to book well ahead if you want to guarantee a bed in one of the best places to stay in Folegandros during July and August. This is peak season and the best hotels get booked up fast.

The best places to stay in Folegandros

For a complete getaway

  • Just outside of Hora, the elegant studio rooms of Anemomilos are one of the best options on Folegandros if you're here to get away from everything. Converted from a windmill, this is a breezy spot with some of the best views on the island. The rooms are decorated in Cycladic style, with tiled floors, white walls and blue or green details.

For family-friendly luxury

  • Anemi Hotel is more a resort than a hotel, with a huge pool and terrace, lovely sea views and all the mod. cons. you could need. Just outside Karavostasi, this is a private and luxurious complex in bright whites. Some of the suites have private pools. But it's still very family friendly, with a kid's only pool, playground and cinema. And there's plenty to do on site, including diving, snorkelling, tennis, fishing and other watersports.
  • Themonies Luxury Suites boast a collection of self-catering apartments housing 2-4 people. Their contemporary chic accommodation is bound to please, whilst there's also a cocktail bar and it's only a stone's throw away from the beach. Ideal!

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer the flexibility of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fy into Santorini's Thira Airport before catching the ferry across to Folegandros.
  • Best time to visit for weather is during the summer months - with the average daily temperature rising to 28°C in August.
  • However, this is peak season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider visiting during spring or autumn.
  • If you'd like the privacy afforded to you by having a car then check out the selection available with Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Folegandros

  • Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites Folegandros 15 rooms from £125

    Beachside hotel by the beautiful Aegean Sea in a secluded area, so expect lots of exploring by foot! With bright, elegant yet laid-back rooms and pretty terraces offering great sea-views. Relaxed in-house dining available, with lots of traditional tavernas to explore on the local coastline as well!

    Beach Life  -  Tucked into a steep valley overlooking Agali Beach, tumbling down the craggy hillside and straight into crystal clear waters
    Sights nearby  -  Historic Chora is one of the prettiest towns in Greece, with bougainvillea-filled squares and welcoming restaurants
    Great walks  -  Lots of beaches are only accessible by foot giving a wonderfully authentic, off-the-beaten-track feel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Themonies Luxury Suites Folegandros from £127

    A delightful collection of luxury suite-apartments sleeping 2-4 people. Contemporary chic rooms blend traditional materials to create modern space. Each has its own kitchenette, dining room, and verandah. Cocktail bar, stunning views, and a short walk from the beach. Great for couples or families.

    Family Suites  -  Some of the suites have two double bedrooms.
    Beach Life
    Families
    Traditional  -  The suites blend traditional elements with modern presentation.
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  • Anemomilos Apartments Folegandros 3 rooms from £132

    Spectacular cliff top views from this magical island hideaway. Clean cut cool studios, with self catering abilities and private balconies. Stone cut pool with snack bar, overlooking the sea. Enjoy the regional inspired restaurant or head down to the charming whitewashed Taverns in the village.

    Hideaway  -  This island hideaway is a real find- stunning cliff views, crystal clear waters, charming local village and pretty studios.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Hora's cobbled lanes filled with whitewashed flower-decked houses, chapels, charming Taverns and friendly locals.
    Great walks  -  Trek along walled mulepaths to find your own cliff-ringed bay for private swims.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
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  • Anemi Hotel Karavostassis, Folegandros 28 rooms from £167

    Gorgeous minimalist seaside resort. All white rooms have verandahs, sea views, all the mod cons, honeymoon suites have private pools. Beautiful pool area and restaurant. Romantic, but still very family friendly.

    Luxury
    Honeymoons
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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