- Unspoilt Aegean paradise
- Coast life:
- Laid-back island time
Over Santorini? Meet its sister island, the quiet and less touristy Folegandros, less than an hour away by catamaran.
The sun-baked, treeless isle – where goats are rife and traditional tavernas abundant – has all the stunning Aegean vistas and secluded sandy beaches you need for a Greek island getaway par excellence.
Visit the island’s mediaeval settlement, Kastro: it's an amazing clifftop spot with spectacular views. Or, get a glimpse of Chrysospilia, on the northeast side of Folegandros. The 300m cave, tucked in the edge of a cliff 30m above the Aegean, has ancient names (mostly male) scrawled into its walls, but currently it can only be viewed by boat.
- Do go/don't go
- Much of the island shuts up shop for winter. Summer is the busiest season, when island-hopping holidaymakers hotfoot it to the Cyclades… but Folegandros is one of the archipelago’s less visited destinations, so you shouldn’t find yourself surrounded by crowds.
Don't go home without...
…visiting a traditional taverna. The fresh fish on offer the 100-year-old Good Heart taverna (+30 22860 41212) is excellent. Tucked away in an alley behind the port, the Good Heart is run by four generations of one family, including the great grandmother.