FOLEGANDROS



redline

Folegandros - Palaiokastro & Chrysospilia

Palaiokastro  &  Chrysospilia The summit above the church of the Panaghia, known as Palaiokastro, functioned successively as the acropolis of Ancient Pholegandros and as a fortress in Byzantine and Venetian times. Only the amorphous ruins of mostly later mediaeval walls, some ancient foundations and a scatter of pottery remain to be seen on the site: the view over the island and towards Milos and Siphnos is particularly fine, however. To both west and east the mountain drops almost sheer into the sea 350m below. Far down the east slope, at a height of only 20m above the water is the deep * cave of Chrysospilia, which is accessible only from the water—and then only in exceptionally calm weather. At times, it is also closed because of excavations in progress. (The cave is of particular interest and any opportunity when it is possible to visit it should not be missed: this is most easily done as part of a ‘round-island’ boat-tour in the summer. Call ‘Diaplous’ tours, T. 22860 41158 for information.) Improvised concrete steps lead from the rocks at the foot of the cliff up to the cave entrance, where three cisterns of different shapes from the Roman period are visible. Pottery finds suggest that the cave was a place of cult in Hellenistic and Roman times. At several points in side, the walls are covered with clearly readable ancient names and inscriptions which date predominantly from the 4th century bc, some written in a natural iron-oxide pigment and others etched into an applied ‘plaster’. The inscriptions are often of an erotic nature; some have interpreted this as relating to a phallic cult of initiation into manhood, which was practised in the cave by the ephebes of the island, and which may have been prompted by the phallic forms of stalactites within the chambers of the interior.


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


access

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.

Folegandros Travel Guide

beaches

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Vardia beach
Aggali beach
Livadaki beach
Ampeli beach

Folegandros Travel Guide

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.

Folegandros Travel Guide

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.

Folegandros Travel Guide

museums

Folegandros Island, Greece.

Folklore Museum

Folegandros Travel Guide

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

Folegandros Travel Guide

Book your Trip to Greece

ferry

advertisements