Greece: Folegandros Yacht Charters

Folegandros is small and rocky island between Sikinos and Milos, visitors will be struck by the wild beauty of the barren landscape, where huge rocks alternative with sandy beaches. On a flat expanse above the pretty harbour of Karavostassis is Hora or Folegandros, which consists of two sections. In the old settlement in the Kastro area, the outer walls of the houses form the sort of defensive precinct to be found elswhere in teh Cyclades. The new quarter is just as pretty, with narrow alleys, stepped walls, courtyards, wooden balconies and typically Aegean churches. The finest church on the island, that of Our Lady, stands above a section of the ancient wall.

Chrissopilia, nearby to the norht, with stalactites, stalagmites an traces of ancient occupation, and the small settlements in the AnoMeria district are the sights to be seen around the island's main village.

Ano Meria also has the Ecological and Folklore Museum, with exhibits which reconstruct the farmin practices of the islanders. Among the best beaches for swimming are Karavostassis, Livadi and Agios Georgios bay. Although Folegandros has little in the way of toursit amenities or roads, it attracts more and more visitors each year - chiefly those in search of solitude close to nature. There are a few rooms to rent.

Sikinos has retained all of its island character, and this adds to its attractions for those in search of peace and an authentic atmospehere. The island has been inhabited since ancient times, as has been proved by the finds made in the Episkopi district. The only road on Sikinos links Alopronia, the island's harbour, with Hora or Kastro, one of the most beautiful villages anywhere in the Cyclades. There are fine stone mansions to admire, and a church of Our Lady 'Pantanassa'.


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