Greek Islands

Folegandros

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Folegandros is a truly magical island, perfect for travelers who don’t mind going the extra mile for a genuine laid-back Greek island experience. There are only two ways to get there, via helicopter or boat, and it’s really reflected in the the mood and pace of the island.

I highly recommend a stop here for a few days to anyone island hopping around the Cyclades. Think of it as a vacation within your vacation. We visited Folegandos between Naxos and Sifnos, but this island makes a convenient stop to other nearby islands like Mykonos, Ios, Paros, Milos, etc.

where to stay // Getting around

Every hotel on the island was booked when we were there in August, and since there aren’t very many hotels to begin with, the island was at a very comfortable capacity. We stayed in the Port because it was all that was available when we booked a few months before we departed for our trip. Although the Port is lovely, I recommend staying in the Chora. You will be able to walk to most the island’s restaurants, shops, and its few bars each night. The Chora is also the central dispatch location for the island’s bus service. The buses, which are frequent and inexpensive, can take you to the Port and to a few of the island’s beaches. The bus system is a great alternative to renting a car, ATV or moped.

 
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One of my favorite things about Folegandros was the hand-painted signs. Every restaurant and shop seemed to have one.

One of my favorite things about Folegandros was the hand-painted signs. Every restaurant and shop seemed to have one.

 
 
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chora

 
Old doorway by O Kritikos Restaurant

Old doorway by O Kritikos Restaurant

Where to eat

When we asked the staff of our hotel where we should eat dinner each night, they asked, “what would you like? Seafood, meat? All of the restaurants in the Chora are good, it just depends on what you want.” It was nice to know that no matter where we ate on the island, we’d be having a delicious and thoughtfully prepared meal.


We dined at three restaurants in the Chora, and recommend all three:

Souvlaki Club - great sit down souvlaki restaurant

O Kritikos - An amazing meat restaurant

Chrysospelia - Although this restaurant specializes in seafood, I had the best moussaka I’ve quite possibly ever eaten here

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don’t miss…

A visit to the Church of Panagia, an iconic landmark of Folegandros, is a well worth the hike. The church is only open in the evenings, from 6 to 9pm.



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Coffee break


A stop at Thema Chronou (Matter of Time) is worth a moment of your time not only because of their great coffee, but also because of their famous view of the castro (castle).

 
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beaches

During our time in Folegandros we had one beach day and chose to spend it at Agios Nikolaos beach. It is only accessible by a small boat that will ferry you from Agali beach for the price of ten euros. There are two tavernas on Agios Nikolaos beach, however I highly recommend you bring your own water and snacks.

 
 
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One thing I couldn’t get over is how quiet this island is. I have been traveling throughout Greece since I was 6 years old but, for the first time in a very long time, I felt like time was standing still. I thought THIS is the laidback Greece people travel so far to experience. 

Mykonos 2017

Here is a compilation of some new and old favorites of ours in Mykonos. A place for celebrity sightings, luxurious accommodations and some of the hottest places to party in the entire world, it will always be a favorite island of ours.

 

STAY

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MyMykonos Hotel- Located directly above (and within walking distance to) Mykonos Town, this 3-star bohemian-style hotel is a fun choice for those who want to be closer to town.

San Giorgio Mykonos - This 4-star adults only hotel is located near Paradise Beach and is perfect for those looking to indulge in Mykonos' party scene.

Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort- Our 5-star choice is near the ever-crowded Ornos Beach, but it's careful layout feels like a secluded oasis. Santa Marina also is home to the famous Buddha Beach Bar, which is definitely worth the visit for lunch or dinner if you need a break from traditional Greek cuisine.

 

EAT

Nautilus- Mykonos Town- A favorite of ours for three years running for traditional Greek food. Skip the classic Greek village salad and opt for their Mykonos-grown tomatoes, ksinotiro cheese, fried capers and basil pesto salad.

Interni- Mykonos Town- Fun party atmosphere and great food. Reserve a few days in advance.

Scorpios- Agia Anna Beach- You may remember Scorpios from our post. Scorpios is also a great place for dinner, but be sure to make a reservation (reservations@scorpiosmykonos.com) prior to your arrival if you will be visiting during peak season. 

Marenga Milk Bar- MyMall Mykonos - For coffee and food on mornings if you need a break from your hotel breakfast, or for those of us can't go more than a week without avocado toast.

Marenga Milk Bar is a 20 minute drive from Mykonos Town

Marenga Milk Bar is a 20 minute drive from Mykonos Town

 

SHOP

 

Enny Monaco- Mykonos Town- Beautiful pop-up for the 2017 season selling high-end clothing and accessories. We hope to see them return in 2018.

Apriati- Mykonos Town- Beautiful Greek-made fine jewelry for both men and women. We can't resist picking up a piece each time we're in Mykonos. They also have boutiques in Athens, Spetses, London and Paris. Rumor has it they will be coming to NYC in the near future.

Dio Horia Art Gallery- Mykonos Town- Whether you're in the market for fine art or not, it's worth the stop to view their latest show. 

Nammos Village- Psarou Beach- the new multi-brand high-end shopping center is a great pit stop on your way in or out of Nammos Restaurant by the Sea.

 

 

SantAnna

Scorpios got a new neighbor this summer, and it is an absolute must-see. Situated on Agia Anna Beach, SantAnna is an all-around great place to spend the day. If the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea aren't your thing, this property boasts Europe's largest beachfront pool to cool off in. Have your hotel call ahead to reserve lounge chairs, cabanas, and/or a table for lunch. 

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Want more Mykonos? Check out our post on our favorite seaside hangouts here.