Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Folegandros. Folegandros is situated between Milos and Sikinos in the Cyclades island chain. A picturesque island with many hidden bays, coves and several beaches that are best accessed with a vessel or inflatable boat. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice from Karavostasi, the main port at the southeastern edge of the island. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Sikinos. You can also rent a motorboat and cruise the unique coastline of Folegandros or visit further-reaching destinations such as Santorini and Ios on a two-day or three-day cruise. With the option to book a catamaran you can throw a party, enjoy a sunset cruise or celebrate a wedding anniversary with your significant other. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat to go island-hopping in the Cyclades taking your time to visit Milos, Paros, Naxos and many more for an experience like no other.
Folegandros is part of the Cyclades complex, a beautiful gem right in the center of the Southern Aegean. Folegandros is surrounded by Milos, Sikinos, Sifnos and Santorini and occupies an area of 32 square km with almost 800 inhabitants. Often overlooked as a tourist spot, it is an ideal sailing destination in Greece thanks to its pleasurable climate and unspoiled natural setting. According to mythology, the island was inhabited by shepherds and was named ‘Polyandros’ at the time which translates to ‘many men’. In the following years Folegandros, the son of King Minos of Crete gave his name to the island, but there is also evidence that the word ‘Phelekgundari” (meaning rocky in Pheonician) was where it was derived from. Indeed, an island with rocky outcrops nicknamed by Greeks as the land of Iron (Sidira) for its impressive barren landscape and serene atmosphere. Besides the rugged sceneries, Folegandros has a special charm and this is definitely observed in the settlement of Hora, the capital of the island situated at the edge of a 200-meter cliff. The charming squares, whitewashed houses and bougainvilleas are a typical representation of the Cyclades, but many tourists admit that Folegandros has one of the most enjoyable strolls in the Aegean. The medieval settlement of Kastro and the Church of Panagia are some sites you will come across in Chora. In fact, the people of Folegandros bless all the houses of the island every Easter with the icon of the Virgin Mary, a celebration that reflects the special raw charm of the island. Finally, if you have had your fair share of fun in the hinterland of Folegandros, you have the opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind vacation in the tranquil waters of the Greek islands with the yacht of your choice.
A boat charter in Folegandros usually starts from the main harbor of Karavostasis. From here you can visit the famous beach of Katergo, accessible only by boat and only 10 min away from the port. Some other notable beaches in Folegandros you can tour with the catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat near Karavostasi include Agali, Pountaki and Latinaki beach. With a luxury yacht, you will have complete privacy with your group and be able to visit beaches further away including Serfiotiko and Agios Georgios. Passing by Ano Meria village on the northern side of the island you can stop and catch a wonderful sunset at the lighthouse of Aspropounta. Finally, Agali beach is a great choice for a family-friendly vibe and to reward yourself in any of the eateries by the sea. For the most seasoned sailor, there are swimming and sailing races taking place in the bays of Karavostasi and Agali by the Maritime Society every August. Renting a RIB boat or speedboat with a skipper will allow you to explore the spectacular cave of Chrisospilia with ease, rich with stalactite formations and a photogenic beauty that will take your breath away.
A boat trip from Folegandros to Santorini is also possible, with a distance of only 22 nautical miles from each other. You can also go for a two-day or three-day cruise to Ios or Milos, taking in an experience you never thought was possible. With a catamaran charter, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling in Sikinos in complete isolation. Sikinos is an island with limited vehicles and an ideal place to feel isolated from crowded places, the beach of Daskalaki is your best choice. Although Folegandros has gone through a period of long succession by the Romans, Venetians and Ottomans, it has managed to retain its authentic beauty. Finally, you can not miss the local products and specialties of the island including Kalasouna, a cheese-pie made with cheese and onions, souroto which is a white goat cheese and of course the local wines of Folegandros. Folegandros is a great addition to your bucket-list and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rental trip in Folegandros.
Located on the east side of the island with a 3 km distance from Chora. There is a direct ferry route with Piraeus, Sikinos, Paros, Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Heraklio.
The nearest Airport to Folegandros is in Santorini island which receives daily flights from Thessaloniki and Athens.
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