With wild landscape and relaxing atmosphere, Folegandros Island, in Greece, is among the most impressive islands of Cyclades. Lesser known than some of its sister islands, tiny Folegandros offered us a welcome, refreshing change of pace from Mykonos and Santorini. From the port of Karavostasis, we went up to the island’s main town, Chora (one of only 3 towns on the island). There are no motor vehicles in Chora’s center, making it the perfect area for strolling, shopping and dining in a café off one of the three squares. The locals describe the island: “Folegandros is an untouched piece of true Greece with a relaxing atmosphere, hospitality and nice beaches, close to Santorini and Milos.”
About 2 miles (3 km) north of the port of Karavostasis, the small town of “Chora, Folegandros, closed to car and motorcycle traffic, has a unique ‘center’ of three squares in a row, with trees under which to enjoy a drink or food in a quiet, romantic atmosphere. In the gentle breeze passing through the small streets you may feel the perfume of lime trees or of the local (exceptional) bread. Bougainvillea and hibiscus color the small wooden balconies around the Kastro (XIII century)… the church of Panaghia, on the top of a hill, offers a nice walk and a magnificent view of Chora and of the west coast. Also, the area of the Kastro, a small fortress made by the Venetians in 1210, a small village into the Chora village, will take you back to the Middle Ages.” – www.folegandros.com
The oldest part of Chora, the Kastro fortress is a medieval settlement of homes built around a square. It was established by the Duxe of Naxos in 1212 to protect the island’s inhabitants from enemy invasion. The majority of the unique homes within the Kastro have been continually occupied since their creation.