Folegandros can be found in the Southwestern part of the Cyclades island complex. It has an area of 32km2 (12mi2) and 650 inhabitants. The island has 3 major villages, Chora, Karavostassis and Ano Meria. Chora, which is also the capital and is built on the breathtaking edge of a cliff 200m above sea level. Perched above chora is the church of the Virgin Mary, the biggest on the island. Karavostassis is the port of Folegandros and from there you will find roads leading to the rest of the island. Ano Meria is the second largest settlement and it is an agricultural community. Folegandros has a variety of beaches mostly accesible by foot or boat only and some by car or bus like, Aggali and Livadi.
The island has one port:
- Karavostassis, which is situated on the southern side of the island.
There are busses that connect the port with the largest villages of the island.
Useful info: Folegandros port authority tel.: +30 22860 41530, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22890 22482 (in Mykonos)
A. Ferry from Piraeus to Folegandros
- Conventional ferries: approxiamtely 9 hours
- Hydrofoils approximately 4 hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31 st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Ferry connections and schedules for domestic routes, like Ios, are usually announced by most shipping companies, a couple of weeks before the beginning of each season. There are some exceptions though, like Blue Star ferries, which announces schedules in the beginning of the year.
- Morning: Daily 1 Hydrofoil and once a week 1 conventional ferry
- Afternoon: 2 times a week 1 conventional ferry
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Folegandros can be found further down.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
- Piraeus (Athens main port) – click here for port information
- Lavrio (Athens secondary port - East Attica coast) - click here for port information
- Cyclades – Amorgos, Anafi, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonissi, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros
Prices quoted below concern 2017, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Folegandros ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Folegandros ferry||Approx. 40€/adult||Approx. 70€/adult|
|Cyclades - Folegandros ferries|
|Santorini - Folegandros ferry||between 8 and 25€/adult||Approx. 45€/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.