Folegandros

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About Folegandros

Remote and rugged, Folegandros sits on the southern edge of the Cyclades group. This tiny 12km long island has an usual history, in that it was used as a site of exile from the Roman era until the 20th Century. It is now, however, a charming and relatively uncrowded destination, ideal for those seeking a quieter escape in the popular Greek Cyclades. A growing selection of accommodation options include superb seaside suites as well as some striking clifftop hotels, highlighted by our Gurus in their list of the best places to stay in Folegandros.

Most travellers will arrive in the charming harbour of Karavostasis, which has a lively buzz in the evenings, and offers some excellent tavernas specialising in fresh seafood. Head inland to Hora to amble along cobbled lanes lined with medieval buildings, admire the Venetian castle, or pick a perch in a taverna on one of the central squares. The Folklore Museum of Folegandros, on the outskirts of town, is well worth visiting. To the north, Ano Meria has a quieter feel, with farms and traditional homes surrounded by rocky landscapes.

Folegandros' beaches are the island's real draw. Top spots include Angali beach, a pale sandy scoop hugged by boulders, and Chochlidia beach, known for its deep blue waters, perfect for swimming and kayaking. Dramatic Katergo is another wonderful beach, reachable only by boat — what better reason to take a sailing trip? Recharge in style at the best places to stay in Folegandros, many of which are appealingly family-friendly.

The Best Places to Stay in Folegandros

For Seaside Style

  • Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites is a lovely seaside offering, overlooking the Aegean at Paralia Agkali. Modern rooms and suites have monochromatic interiors and private terraces. The Mediterranean restaurant is a big draw, and the sea is mere metres away. Lovely.

For Families or Groups

  • Themonies Luxury Suites offers a collection of self-catering apartments, with space for 2 to 4 guests. The larger suites are ideal for families, who will appreciate the flexibility of being able to cook, or to kick back at the coffee shop and bar. Restored agricultural buildings with a real sense of charm, these are a wonderful fusion of traditional island architecture and contemporary comfort.
  • Anemomilos Apartments boast dramatic ocean views from their hillside setting. Low blue and white buildings, centred around an original windmill, have crisp, clean interiors with blue-painted shutters and flexible options for families. The stone-cut swimming pool and snack bar are a convivial gathering place for friends and families.

For Boutique Luxury

  • Anemi Hotel, set just outside Karavostasi, feels more like a resort than a hotel. A whitewashed, indulgent escape, this hideaway boasts elegant suites with private pools. The team will happily arrange diving, snorkelling, tennis, fishing and other watersports for guests of all ages. This is a honeymoon favourite, but the children's pool, playground and cinema also make it enormously appealing to families. Five star style.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Athens International Airport, and hop aboard a ferry from Athens to Folegandros, or fly to Santorini's Thira International Airport and take a much shorter ferry from there.
  • There's plenty to see if you're keen to explore Folegandros independently! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 28°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For fewer crowds and cooler weather travel in April, May or late September, when you can also find great hotel deals.

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Best Hotels in Folegandros

  • Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites Folegandros 15 rooms from £130

    Beach Life  -  Tucked into a steep valley overlooking Agali Beach, tumbling down the craggy hillside and straight into crystal clear waters
    Romantic Break  -  With chic white-on-white decor, terraces with epic views and lovely Mediterranean cuisine, it's perfect for romantics
    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
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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! See More

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  • Anemomilos Apartments Folegandros 17 rooms from £134

    Hideaway  -  This island hideaway is a real find- stunning cliff views, crystal clear waters, charming local village and pretty studios.
    Views  -  The views from the cliffside position are breathtaking. On a good day you can spot at least ten other islands!
    Families  -  The suites and studios are perfect for families as most units can sleep up to four
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Hora's cobbled lanes filled with whitewashed flower-decked houses, chapels, charming Taverns and friendly locals
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers

    Spectacular cliff top views from this magical island hideaway. Clean cut cool studios with private balconies. Stone cut pool with snack bar, overlooking the sea. Enjoy the regional inspired restaurant or head down to the charming whitewashed tavernas in the village. Ideal for couples or families. See More

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  • Themonies Luxury Suites Folegandros from £167

    Hideaway  -  This off the beaten track property offers traditional accommodations accompanied by modern luxuries and wonderful service
    Families  -  The individual suites are ideal for families, with some easily sleeping four
    Self catering to rent  -  Suites have their own kitchenettes, dining rooms, and verandahs.
    Full of character  -  This group of traditional agricultural buildings have been given a make over to offer beautiful rustic-chic interiors
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    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. See More

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  • Anemi Hotel Karavostassis, Folegandros 28 rooms from £193

    Luxury  -  The only 5 star property on Folegandros offering a truly superior experience and top notch service
    Families  -  Despite its grown-up, opulent feel this place is completely geared up for family holidays
    Foodies  -  The Sea Sense Restaurant serves gastronomic Greek cuisine with a modern twist
    Beach Life  -  It's just a couple of minutes walk from one of the island's best beaches.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Gundari Resort Cyclades, Folegandros from £398

    Hotel Entertainment  -  Sip a sundowner at the jazz-kissed bar, where craft cocktails and vinyl beats make for memorable evenings
    Beach Life  -  Escape to an oasis where luxury meets the wild Aegean, perfect for a sun-kissed, beachside rejuvenation
    Romantic Break  -  Discover a secluded haven of romance, with intimate suites and azure views to kindle the flames of love
    Foodies  -  Feast under the stars where Michelin flair brings the bounty of the Aegean to life
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A chic 5-star sanctuary on Folegandros offering breathtaking Aegean views. The interiors echo the island's wild serenity - think raw beauty meets refined comforts. It's a haven of wellness and gourmet delights, with a spa, Michelin-star dining, and eco-conscious ethos. A soul-soothing retreat. See More

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