Folegandros small island, 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”.
According to mythology, the island was originally colonized by Cretans led by Folegandros son of Minos, to whom it owes its name. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Folegandros, as well as the neighboring Thera (Santorini), colonized in the Early Iron Age by Dorians. During the Roman and Byzantine times, the island was a place of exile. In Modern Times Folegandros experienced a period in the 18th and 19th century.
Folegandros island, it has many attractions to visit. Some of them are Panayia, the island’s most important church. Kastro, hora’s old town comprises a medieval fortified settlement. The island’s Ethnographic Museum is housed in a 19th-century farmhouse, or themonia, in Ano Meria. Chrysospilia, an unexplored cave, is an impressive natural monument located on the island’s northeastern coast, about 10 meters over the sea. Also an important sightseeing is Aspropounta Lighthouse.
Many are the restaurants where you can enjoy local plates. There is one word that you will come across many times in Folegandros: “matsata”. “Matsata” is a type of fresh pasta produced on the island. And it’s absolutely delicious; especially when accompanied by the also locally produced cheese “souroto”. You can have it with all kinds of meat and it is 100% worth the try.