- Coastline: 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.
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.
Planes The most convenient airport is on Santorini, 45 minutes from Folegandros via boat and 18 minutes away by helicopter. Fly to Santorini National Airport (www.santorini-airport.com) from international destinations including London, Manchester, Rome, Paris and Barcelona.
Boats Boat journeys from the port of Piraeus in Athens take from four to six hours; the daily catamaran connection from Santorini takes less than an hour. There are also daily boat connections between Folegandros and neighbouring islands.
Automobiles Renting a car (or a scooter) is the ideal way to explore the island.