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Folegandros

Folegandros is a charter location in Cyclades, a yacht charter area in Greece.

The anchorages on Folegandros:

Ormos Vathi
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Karavostasi
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Island Overview 

Folegandros is a Greek island located on the southern part of the Cyclades complex in between the islands of Milos and Sikinos. This tiny spot on the Aegean is only 13km long and 4km wide or a mere 12sq miles in total. The three settlements on the island host about 700 permanent residents while in the winter the population does not exceed 300. The appeal of Folegandros lies in its remoteness and quiet setting. While a much smaller and less accessible island than others nearby, visitors chose to visit for its laid back style and unpretentious vibe. A barren island, Folengadros is characterized by its rocky coastline and sheer cliffs with its most spectacular beaches only reachable by sea. Naturally, this makes it an excellent option for yacht charters and sailing holidays for those keen to avoid the crowds.

Folegandros
Picturesque Chora Folegandros | credit: Canva Library

Navigation

There are only two places to anchor in Folegandros that provide some shelter from the Meltemi: Karavostasi and Ormos Vathi. When arriving in the charming port of Karavostasi, yachts can go stern or bows-to the mole, especially during southerlies. Poor holding in certain areas due to sand and rock bottom and when the Meltemi is strong the swell can be uncomfortable and dangerous. Several reefs around the bay. Night approaches are not recommended for Karavostasi. The anchorage of Ormos Vathi is on the SW, opposite side of the island. In calm weather, it is possible to anchor off here in 4-5m. 

General Information 

Folegandros is one of the lesser-known islands in the Cyclades and a place of peace, solitude and relaxation. There is no airport on the island but in recent years ferry connections between other islands are steadily increasing during the busy summer months. The two anchorages are also the only beaches on the island reachable by car. One of the most popular dishes to try on the island is Matsata; fresh homemade pasta accompanied with meat, especially goat, rabbit or rooster, and a rich tomato sauce. 

History of Folegandros

According to one account, Folegandros was named after the son of Minos, a king of Crete. It could also derive from the Phoenician word for rocky land which perfectly captures the essence of the landscape. The ancient history of the island is relatively unknown but after the 2nd millennium BC, we know it came under Athenian rule before it was conquered by the Macedonians. The castle in Chora was built under the Venetian ruler Marco Sanudo around 1215. In modern years, population decline on the island was a major concern until tourism helped to revive the local economy.

Places of Interest 

Chora

The main village of Chora has enough tavernas and bars to keep visitors occupied but it is the architecture that sticks with you the most. Cobblestone alleyways, white cube-shaped houses and beautiful squares. There are no cars allowed in the village of Chora. 

Folegandros Greek Island
Strolling around Folegandros | credit: Dimitra Galani via Unsplash
Folegandros
credit: Canva Library

Kastro

Domestic and international visitors will love the medieval castle in Chora, one of the most picturesque and impressive villages in the Greek islands offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and a flawless Cycladic aesthetic. Kastro forms the highest and oldest part of the main village of Chora. No shops or cars can be found around this area. 

    Yachts available in Folegandros

    LADY L

    From €21,000/week
    4 cabins
    63 ft
    .
    8 guests
    Refit: 2022
    280 Litres/Hr

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    Jetski

    PAREAKKI

    From €55,000/week
    5 cabins
    97 ft
    Ferretti
    12 guests
    Refit: 2020
    650 Litres/Hr

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    Mojito

    From €12,390/week
    4 cabins
    48 ft
    Dufour
    8 guests
    Built: 2019
    15 Litres/Hr

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    OBSESION 120

    From €42,000/week
    5 cabins
    120 ft
    .
    10 guests
    Refit: 2012
    650 Litres/Hr

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    Jetski

    KORAY EGE

    From €16,000/week
    6 cabins
    95 ft
    Bozburun
    12 guests
    Refit: NEW IN TURKEY !

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    Jetski

    ALEXIA AV

    From €58,000/week
    4 cabins
    110 ft
    Cantieri di Pisa, Italy
    10 guests
    Refit: 2017
    700 Litres/Hr

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    Jacuzzi

    VETRO

    From €100,000/week
    5 cabins
    158 ft
    Custom
    10 guests
    Refit: 2020

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    SOFIA

    From €16,800/week
    3 cabins
    68 ft
    Posillipo
    7 guests
    Refit: 2017,2018
    280 Litres/Hr

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    ATRATO

    From €32,500/week
    4 cabins
    88 ft
    Leopard
    10 guests
    Refit: 2015
    750 Litres/Hr

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    3 reviews

    ESTIA ZEUS

    From €25,000/week
    4 cabins
    74 ft
    Azimut
    8 guests
    Refit: 2021
    370 Litres/Hr

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    NOMAD IV

    From €56,000/week
    5 cabins
    99 ft
    .
    12 guests
    Refit: 2021
    30 US Gall/Hr

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    Jacuzzi

    PANFELISS

    From €95,000/week
    5 cabins
    129 ft
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    12 guests
    Refit: 2015
    600 Litres/Hr

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    4 reviews
    Jetski

    MIREN

    From €21,500/week
    4 cabins
    69 ft
    Ferretti
    8 guests
    Refit: 2021
    350 Litres/Hr

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    Jetski
    Jacuzzi

    STARFIRE

    From €248,000/week
    6 cabins
    178 ft
    Benetti
    12 guests
    Refit: 2012
    105 US Gall/Hr

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    Jetski
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    VERA

    From €210,000/week
    6 cabins
    170 ft
    Abeking & Rasmussen
    12 guests
    Refit: 2009
    750 Litres/Hr

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