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36°37.808'N, 024°54.257'E Chart icon.png
lat=36.63013 | lon=24.90429 | zoom=12 | y
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Satellite view of Folegandros

Folegandros (Φολέγανδρος) is a small barren rocky island with an area of surface area is about 32 km2 E of Milos and S of Serifos. The used to be one of the most isolated islands in Greece where political exiles were sent, as recently as during the Junta of the Colonels (1967-72). Also, its town Chora has some of the best examples of Cycladic architecture. Unfortunately, the island has been "discovered" and its 600 hundred inhabitants multiply many times over every summer with tourists, complete with bars, discos etc. Still, it does have wonderful architecture and one can take many nice walks in its stark terrain.

Folegandros gets its name either from the son of King Minos of Crete or from the Phoenician word Phelekguduri meaning rock-built.


1037 Nisís Falkonera to Nísos iOS
G33 Southern Cyclades (West)
NIMA 54320
Kiklades Nisoi to Kriti
415 Ydra to Sikinos


See Aegean Sea.





  • Goast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF channels 26 & 87

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Danger: The approach to Karavostasi, the only harbor in the island, can be dangerous because there are several reefs and strong gusts during a meltemi. Night approaches are not recommended.



Chart of Karavostasi


Harbour icon Karavostasi [[Folegandros#Karavostasi|Karavostasi]] 36°36.8′N, 24°57.1′E

Karavostasi (Καραβοστάσι - ship port) is the port of the island and its only a somewhat secure anchorage.

While you can anchor off, it is not safe with a strong meltemi. It is best to go stern-to the quay, where there is space for around eight yachts on the outside. The bottom is sand and rock and does not always hold. Make sure that your anchor is secure before leaving your boat to go to Chora.

With Southerlies, it is best to anchor off or go stern-to inside the mole.

Warning: Watch out for the Dhio Adelphia rocks and for a rock just above the water about 50 m E of the mole.

Caution: With a strong meltemi there is a very uncomfortable swell.
he Harbor of Karavostasi

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Chart of Port Vathi

Port Vathi

Port Vathi/wiki/Folegandros#Port_Vathi
Anchorage icon Port Vathi [[Folegandros#Port Vathi|Port Vathi]] (Angali) 36°37.8′N, 24°53.6′E

Port Vathi or Angali is a large bay on the S side of the island, E of Cape Aspropounda. This bay receives very strong gusts and with the meltemi an appreciable swell. It is not very secure when the meltemi blows.

Anchor off the hamlet in 4-5 m. The bottom is sand and weed; good holding.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage There are bins around the harbor
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Karavostasi/wiki/Folegandros#.5B.5B.23Karavostasi.7CKaravostasi.5D.5DProvisions icon Karavostasi [[Folegandros#Karavostasi|Karavostasi]] There are a couple of food stores and one good bakery.

Chora/wiki/Folegandros#ChoraProvisions icon Chora [[Folegandros#Chora|Chora]] 36°37.651'N, 024°54.473'E At least one store.

Eating out

  • Chora
Folegandros/wiki/Folegandros#FolegandrosEatingout icon Folegandros [[Folegandros#Folegandros|Folegandros]] Is recommended.
O Kritikos/wiki/Folegandros#O_KritikosEatingout icon O Kritikos [[Folegandros#O Kritikos|O Kritikos]] Also is recommended.


There are ferries 4-5 times a week to Piraeus.


The main point of interest is Chora with its fantastic architecture. In Chora there is a small Folkloric Museum. Near Chora there is the church of Panayia which is built over a sheer cliff right over the ancient temple to Artemis. Legend has it that the church was looted by pirates who stole the icon of the Virgin. As the were getting away their boat capsized and they were drowned. The icon returned to the foot of the cliff. Every year the islander take the icon for a tour of the island to commemorate the miracle. Under the church there is a large grotto Chrissospilia (Golden cave) with stalactites and ancient inscriptions. Again legend has it that Barbarossa's treasure is buried within the grotto but no one has ever found it.

Street in Chora
A Balcony
An Outhouse
Another street
A House
A Courtyard


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Greece.


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  • Folegandros is one of the most beautiful small islands --Istioploos

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