I found myself in Folegandros around 10 years ago whilst I was traveling with a bunch of friends -all male- trying to find some bars to party at. That never really happened! Instead we settled for crystal clear waters in remote beaches, picturesque whitewashed alleys in the main town and lots of great food in local traditional joints. And that was great!
Located around 4 hours away south of Athens, Folegandros is a very small island with only three villages and 650 inhabitants. The main village is full of nice local cafés and tavernas, a handful of bars and lots of B&Bs, all of them nicely tucked around the three squares. White and fuchsia bougainvilleas color this scenery that could be well be taken from a movie set.
You’re most likely to get into the island around noon, which makes perfect timing for a late brunch at Magos (Magician in English) or Nicolas which is actually the owner’s real name! This guy serves meals all-day long and sitting underneath the trees’ shade, reading one his books or trying to solve one of his handmade riddles can be quite relaxing and fun.
When you’re ready to hit the beach, you can make your way towards Agkali beach, the most easy-to-get beach of the island that gets though really crowded after lunchtime. If you’re in a hiking mood, you can walk up the hill on a footpath of around 20 minutes that will get you to Agios Nikolaos beach. Alternatively you can get there by boat. Very quiet remote beach with a cute taverna sitting on top, particularly nice for a glass of ouzo just before sunset.
Other nice beaches are Katergo (again, have to go there by boat), Ambeli (in the north 15 min away from Chora) and Livadi (sandy beach near Karavostasis port). Whatever you do though, check the wind beforehand cause it can get really tricky… especially during August.