Because it doesn’t have as many ferry connections as Mykonos or other islands, scenic Folegandros remains off the beaten path and one of the most relaxing islands in the Cyclades. Still quite rural, it has several quiet beaches and a picturesque main town (Chora) that maintains the traditional Cycladic atmosphere. There is a small beach by the port (Karavostasis), but most explore those closer to the center of the island, some of which can be accessed by infrequent buses or boat. Most are pebbly beaches between cliffs and aren’t yet filled with sunbeds like those in the more popular islands.
The port is in the settlement of Karavostasis. There are several places to stay within walking distance, and a bus stop for buses that take you to Chora, around 3-4km away. From there, there are buses to the most popular beach, Agali (see below).
The Best Beaches in Folegandros
This small beach (also spelled “Angali” and sometimes called “Vathi”) is found on a bay between rocky cliffs. It can be windy, but is quite popular, as it’s faced by taverns for meals with sea views. It can be reached by bus from Chora during the summer season.
A trail from Agali takes you to this beach, about 15 to 20 minutes away. It’s a pleasant scenic walk that leads to a taverna before the final descent to the sand. The beach is only accessible on foot, although some boats also stop by. It’s named after the small church on top of a hill, and its secluded location makes it a clothing-optional beach.
Close to the port of Karavostasis and the settlement of Livadi, this long sandy beach is popular with the younger crowds. It’s also close to the camping site, and offers shade from tamarisk trees.
Recommended Hotels in Folegandros
Less than a 10-minute walk from the beach, this hotel is for those who want to splurge on some luxury. It’s close to the port and offers a huge swimming pool looking out to the sea.
Aria Boutique Hotel
Located on top of a cliff in the island’s main town, this is a romantic 4-star hotel, perfect for couples. It has a pool and rooms with views over the island.
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel
Located right on the beach, here you can wake up with sea views. The rooms have a modern minimalist design, and open to private balconies or terraces.
Chora Resort Hotel and Spa
Traditional Cycladic architecture surrounds a large pool at this resort hotel in Chora. The pool bar, spa, and balconies in each room guarantee that you’ll have the most relaxing, lazy days in the sun, while enjoying some beautiful views of the island.
If you like to prepare your own meals, but still want the service of a hotel, consider these apartments in the main town. Some face the pool, others the island, but all feature a classic Greek island décor.
Here you’re welcomed like family, and staff will make sure your every need is met. It's within walking distance of the port, but you may be picked up for free. Each suite has either a terrace or a balcony with sea views. A generous breakfast is served in the room, and buses stop nearby to take you to Chora for a variety of traditional restaurants.
Featuring a beautiful pool area, this 3-star hotel in the center of Chora is an excellent value and perfect for families. Many rooms have a terrace or balcony.
Vrahos Boutique hotel
Looking over the port and the beach, this hotel places you at just a 1-minute walk from the sand. There are rooms with hot tubs facing the sea, and a restaurant with views.