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Folegandros - east & south of Chora

East & south of Chora

To the east of Chora the road leads down off the central plateau through an arid rocky ravine to the island’s only port, Karavostasis (3km), on the east coast. This natural harbour has always been the island’s only point of con tact with the outside world: invaders—be they Ottomans, or Russians in the 18th century, or Germans during the Second World War—have always landed here. Further more, surface finds of pottery just to the north in the area of Pountaki show that this area has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium bc. The shoreline road to the south of the harbour leads past several attractive beaches to the sheltered, rural settlement of Livadi which is set in a shallow rocky valley with wide views of Sikinos and Ios . ‘Livadi’ means a meadow: the area has good wells and constitutes one of the few low-lying fertile areas on the island, although it is now virtually abandoned. Of interest is the church of Aghios Modestos, to the right and above the road as it turns in from the shore. The dedication to Aghios Modestos—a 7th century saint who is the patron of domestic animals and stock-breeders (as can be clearly seen from the icons inside the church)—suggests that this was the principal agricultural area of the island. There are two parts of the church: an original chapel dating probably from the 13th century, with a subsequent church from a century later erected along its north side.
   Due south of Chora, at a distance of 3.5km (40 mins by foot), is the unassuming monastery-church of Aghios Nikolaos (1.5km west of Petousis) whose buildings date from the late 16th century. It appears to occupy the site of an earlier Palaeochristian or pagan structure, fragments of which have been incorporated into its entrance and walls. The two (formerly three) contiguous chapels constitute most of the rectangular complex, leaving just sufficient space for cells, some stalls for animals and a threshing-floor.


Folegandros Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.


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Folegandros Island, Greece.

To reach Folegandros, it is often necessary to change ferries at Ios or Santorini.
Direct connections to Athens are only twice weekly with G.A. Ferries (from Piraeus), and once a week with NEL Lines (from Lavrion). Throughout the summer however, there are frequent connections to Ios and Santorini, daily by fast Flying Dolphin or by regular ferry (SAOS Lines) five times weekly, which plies between Santorini and Ios , via Folegandros and Sikinos. This last is generally operated with the F/B Arsinoe—one of the museum-pieces of Greek ferry lines, with a small chapel dedicated to St Nicholas, patron of mariners, on its upper deck.

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beaches

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Vardia beach
Aggali beach
Livadaki beach
Ampeli beach

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eating

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Taverna Mimis in Ano Meriá, 4km from the chora, is a traditional taverna, with a number local dishes such as rabbit with matsata—a home made pasta. The tavernas in Chora aim more for tourists, though Spitikó serves good home-made dishes, as its name implies.

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lodging

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Small and characterful, the most pleasant hotel on Folégrandros is the * Kastro Hotel in the heart of the old Kastro, with raftered rooms, traditional furniture and beautiful views (open Apr–Oct, T./fax. 22860 41230, www.hotel castro.com).
Anemomilos Studios (T. 22860 41309) and Artemis Rooms (T. 22860 41313), both at the beginning of the road up to the church of the Panaghia, are simpler, but pleasant and panoramic.

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museums

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Folklore Museum

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practical info

Folegandros Island, Greece.

840 11 Folégandros: area 32 sq.km; perimeter 42km; resident population 676; max. altitude 416m. Port Authority: T. 22860 41249. Information: Maraki Travel, T. 22860 41273 & 41221, www.folegandros. com

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