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The "Folegandros Festivities" summer festival started in 2003. Since then it has been organized around the middle of July every year The festival includes exhibitions, music concerts, performances, projections and workshops. During the festival Folegandros becomes a meeting point for people who share a common interest in art, film making, photography, music, history and so on, depending on the presented subjects.
Livadaki is a small white beach famous for the unique undersea life. Don’t forget to take your diving equipment and your camera. There are to ways to access the beach, or by boat from Angali or by Car from Ano Meria but you have to go on foot after one point.
Katergo is one of the most famous beaches of the island and you should visit it. The best way to go to Katergo is by boat from the main harbour of Karavostasi. Be careful you need to be foul equipped because there are no services at the beach. The most important is to take water with you.
The lighthouse was built in 1919, 58m. above the sea with an 11 metre-tall light. It is visible from a distance of 17 nautical miles. When it began operating in 1921 the lighthouse was lit by a wick. Later on a petroleum gas mechanism was installed, but since 1986 it has been running on solar power. You can reach the lighthouse by footpath either from Livadaki (15'), or from Ano Meria.
This is one of the most outstanding historical monuments of Folegandros and its most important church, dedicated to the Assumption -or Dormition- of Virgin Mary.
Perched on the cliff-top above Hora and it lies, in all likelihood, on the site of an ancient temple, building materials from which have been used in its construction. One can see ancient inscriptions and statue fragments incorporated in the masonry of the interior and the courtyard walls.
This single-aisled, multi-domed basilica used to be a katholikon of a nunnery. Here lies the only marble templon of the island, made by Kaparias, a sculptor from Tinos, in 1896. The same atist has made the archibishop's throne and the pulpit.
The episcopal icon of The Virgin that is kept in the church is associated with many stories and legends of Folegandros. According to the old Folegandriot custom, during Easter time the silver-ornamented icon of the Virgin is carried in procession to all the houses of the island.
To get to Panaghia pass through Pounta square and go up the zig-zag paved road which leads to the church courtyard(15').
Chryssospilia is an impressive natural monument, associated with several local legends. Situated on the north-eastern side of the island, it lies ten metres above the sea and remains, as yet, unexplored.
Remnants of human sceletons, broken vases and a Roman cistern have been found in the numerous chambers of the cave which is considered to have possibly been a place of worship where coming-of-age rituals took place around the 4th century BC
Hundreds of ancient names and surnames were discoverd by archeologists a few years ago. This makes Chryssospilia a unique specimen of its kind in Greece.
The cave can only be approached by sea in conditions of complete calm. It must be noted that it is not open to the public: in order to visit it you will need a special permit from the Community, as excavations are still in progress.
The medieval settlement of Kastro is the old part of Hora, built on the verge of a steep cliff, 210 m. above the sea. "Kastro" in Greek means "fortress". However, this is not a fortress as such, but a defensive configuration of houses that used to protect the inhabitants from enemy raids. As years went by and the threat of raids wore off, the settlement started to develop outside the enclosed area of Kastro, which has been inhabited without interruption since its establishment.
Today, the medieval settlement of Kastro is protected by the Ministry of Culture and the Greek Archaeological Society.
Visitors to Folegandros feel taken inby the strange attraction of this barren rock. The amphitheatrically built Cycladic town of Chora has preserved its medieval character till today. Its houses were built one next to the other, creating an external wall for fear of pirates. On the mainland, the more modern houses are snow-white and have wooden coloured balconies which look out to the sea.
The charming and car-free Chora is the cream of the many nice villages in the Greek island world. It is like a model for how a Greek village should look like, like the ones we see on postcards and in travel magazines: narrow alleys where sugar white limewashed houses with blue doors and shutters crowd with cosy squares and pleasant tavernas, marble stairs where cats lie half asleep, cafés where old men sit and discuss – and on top of it all: flourishing bougainvilleas hanging over the houses and alleys.
Housed in a typical 19th century farmhouse ("Themonia") of Ano Meria with an exquisite view, the Folklore Museum was established in 1988 by the Folegandros Cultural Society. Here, one can get an idea of how a rural household functioned until the middle of the 20th century, as the museum is a reconstruction of this special type of dwelling. Apart from the interior of the main residence one can visit the surrounding buildings (cellar, oven, store-room, stable etc.) or take a look at the small library (complete with accomodation and study facilities).
During the summer season it is open from 17:00 to 29:00.
Ano Meria is located 6 kilometres from Chora. To get here you drive a narrow road. Near the centre of the island, it is so narrow that you see the sea on both sides and there is always a howling wind just there. The village itself is curious. It almost seems like a giant picked up a bunch of houses and threw them there at random. The houses are build accross the road and as a result the length of the village is approx. one km. There are a couple of tavernas and just a few rooms to rent. Do not miss the nice folk museum right ahead of the village and to taste the local pasta called Matsata in one of the two tavernas.
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