kc goes to folegandros
When Mr. KC and I were planning our trip to Greece, we saw an article in Travel and Leiuse naming Folegandros as one of Europe’s undiscovered villages. Somehow the idea of an “undiscovered” village on an island in the Cyclades seemed unrealistic. After all, this is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Santorini. Surely, it’s just Santorini Jr., right?
Wrong. While only 45 minutes by ferry (and when I say ferry, I actually mean boat ride from hell that involved the evil woman next to us getting well acquainted with the garbage can for about half of that ride), it’s a world away from what Santorini has to offer. While Santorini boasts glitzy restaurants, clubs and designer labels as far as the eye can see, Folegandros is beautifully rugged, laid-back and the type of place where by day 3 you start to recognize people eating dinner in the main square. The few short days we spent on this island were unforgettable and while we were nervous that Santorini would set the bar too high for any other Greek island, we were unnecessarily worried. This island not only beat expectations, it broke the mold.
Some things you need to know (but I promise you’ll love) about Folegandros before you go:
Skip the flip-flops. There are lovely hotels (there’s a reason Anemomilos Apartments are rated number 1 on Tripadvisor–book there if you can) and the island itself is a natural wonder, but there’s no easy stroll to the beach. One beach we were attempting to reach almost was the end of me. You know what happens when you try to climb down a cliff in Tevas? You almost die, that’s what happens. Bring some real shoes, be prepared for some exercise, but also be prepared for beaches that are unspoilt with water clear enough pass as a pool.
Come hungry! Whereas, we wouldn’t really consider dinner without a reservation, dining out was easily one of our favorite activities on Folegandros. The food was consistently amazing and dinner was both eating and entertainment. The island is small enough that there aren’t many restaurants and you recognize people, children and even the cats and dogs that make the rounds at night. We ate and drank like kings every night and rarely cracked the 25 euro mark for two. Heaven.
Rent a buggy. This isn’t an island to be discovered just on foot. Driving around was half the fun, but these aren’t roads made from small scooters. Go ATV or buggy to make sure that you can reach all of the beaches and hikes that you want to reach.
Just make sure you’re home in time for sunset. Santorini might still have the leg up on Folegandros in this department, but it sure gave it a run for its money.