Folegandros... you tiny but oh so mighty island sitting in the south west area of the Cyclades. I knew we would be friends well before I arrived on the island.
The island is only 32 km2. At it's highest point it stands commandingly at 455 metres above the Aegean sea. It's long and thin in shape and has one road travelling along the ridge of the island.
We chose to visit Folegandros on our 2017 trip for the promise of a quite, authentic Greek island experience. The island did not disappoint.
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This hotel is built on the edge of the cliffs at Hora, literally... on the edge of the cliffs. From our room we had a panoramic view over the sea, along the island and to the Monestary which sits on top of the island.
The pool also has it's own impressive view, looking straight up to the cliff with the Monestary.
There was a terrace area where breakfast was served, again with that gorgeous view.
If you would like to have a room perched on the cliff, choose the Blue Studios (or the Blue Suites). Each studio is different with different sized balconies, but they all have the amazing view. There are also Green Studios on the property, but these are away from the cliff.
The hotel is next to (or part of) Hora. It's only a couple of minutes strolling to the town squares, where you can get lost wandering and searching for delicious good and drinks. The hotel does have it's own restaurant serving lunch and dinner, but we preferred to wander the town and dine at the locals tavernas, and sip ouzo while watching the people wander by.
For our last 2 nights on Folegandros we moved down to the water, and stayed at Blue Sands Boutique Hotel overlooking Agali Bay.
A lovely property built in the simple, stylish Cyclades way. We stayed in one of the Blue Sands Suites which are located across a laneway from the main hotel and the Blue Sands hotel rooms.
Agali Bay has a beach and the hotel has beach umbrellas which you use. There is also a small boat which you can catch round to XXXX beach for a few hours. There are a few restaurant around the bay serving fresh seafood.
The Chora, or the capital of Folegandros is a charming settlement, with several town squares interconnected with the cobble paved pathways. Each square was filled each evening with diners eating at the many tavernas in the town. If you wander along the pathways, you'll also discover many eateries and bars. There is no shortage of delicious food and drink on offer in Chora.
I actually rearranged our itinerary so I could stay a few nights at Anamemilos Apartments, in a room which, quite literally, was perched on the side of a shear cliff. These seaview rooms are certainly one of the main attractions of the hotel, as it the pool with it's view to the church and the cliff side dining area where we enjoyed our breakfast... with a view.