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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.

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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. 

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Strolling around Folegandros | credit: Dimitra Galani via Unsplash
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The church at the top of the hill in Chora, Folegandros

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

    TIGRA

    From €35,000/week
    5 cabins
    124 ft
    Mastori Yachts, Bodrum
    10 guests
    Refit: 2020

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    Aquarella

    From €9,900/week
    6 cabins
    45 ft
    Fountaine Pajot
    5 guests
    Built: 2023

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    12 reviews

    ANDARE AVANTI

    From €14,500/week
    6 cabins
    50 ft
    Lagoon
    10 guests
    Refit: 2023
    20 Litres/Hr

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    TAMIRO

    From €14,200/week
    4 cabins
    52 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Refit: 2022

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    Jetski
    Scuba Onboard

    SUNRISE

    From €220,000/week
    5 cabins
    141 ft
    Custom
    12 guests
    Built: 2020
    380 Litres/Hr

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    SIMAY M

    From €21,000/week
    5 cabins
    85 ft
    Custom
    10 guests
    Built: 2022

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    Tamarita

    From €90,000/week
    4 cabins
    152 ft
    Perini Navi
    10 guests
    Refit: 2022
    200 Litres/Hr

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    Polpo

    From €19,000/week
    4 cabins
    69 ft
    Sunseeker
    8 guests
    Refit: 2024
    370 Litres/Hr

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    TAKA

    From €28,500/week
    4 cabins
    92 ft
    Stephens
    7 guests
    Refit: 2022
    300 Litres/Hr

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    ARKTOS

    From €37,000/week
    5 cabins
    113 ft
    Basimakopoulos Shipyard, Koilada-Greece
    11 guests
    Refit: 2018
    160 Litres/Hr

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    APOLLO 99

    From €85,000/week
    4 cabins
    78 ft
    Sunreef Yachts
    8 guests
    Built: 2023
    TBA Litres/Hr

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    26 reviews
    Jetskis: 2
    Jacuzzi

    LADY RINA

    From €43,335/week
    6 cabins
    120 ft
    Baglietto
    12 guests
    Refit: 2022
    650 Litres/Hr

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    Jetskis: 2

    GLAROS

    From €95,000/week
    6 cabins
    132 ft
    Maiora
    12 guests
    Refit: 2019
    660 Litres/Hr

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    Jetski

    GRACE

    From €49,000/week
    5 cabins
    98 ft
    San Lorenzo
    12 guests
    Refit: 2019
    650 Litres/Hr

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    C & A

    From €10,720/week
    3 cabins
    54 ft
    Uniesse
    6 guests
    Refit: 2020

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