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A Small Story

Tell people that you're off to Folegandros and you're likely to get one of two reactions: from many, quizzical expressions, but from those who know this island, envious glances. Folegandros has one of the most perfect capitals of the islands.

The small Island of Folegandros, has become fashionable, but it is still an untouched piece of true Greece. On account of the simple and relaxing atmosphere that reigns all around the island we like to distinguish it as the "island of Peace".

Chora

What catches the eye immediately is the endless series of "dry-placed" walls that have been erected over the centuries by the inhabitants to create terraces on the sunny slopes of the territory to be able to raise cereals. The Chora, 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 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 the Chora and of the west coast.

History

Based on various researchers, Folegandros got its name from Folegandros, son Minoas, king of Crete. The local administration of the island has the shape of Folegandros on its official municipality stamp. The island used to be a refuge area for those who were hunted down from Crete. There is of course another version about the name of the island. According to this version, the name was a result of the passing of the Phoenicians from it and the corruption of the Phoenician word "phelekgundari" which means rocky land and this attributes exactly the morphology of the island.

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  • Last visit to Folegandros Island: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated Jul 22, 2007
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  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    awesome page !! so great information.. will be so so useful on my visit !! you helped me so so much !!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2007 at 5:49 AM

    Wonderful impressions! Makes me want to go to Greece again!

  • Aug 9, 2007 at 5:30 AM

    kai auti i selida poly oraia :)

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    It's far too long since I was in Greecew and Folegandros looks just the place to begin to renew the acquaintance - and I love fig jam! leyle

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