Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Lesser Known Greek Island

Mention the Greek Islands to anyone and the names Santorini or Rhodes will inevitably crop up at some point. These are the most popular islands and there are very good reasons for that too. The dramatic landscapes and sunsets in Santorini need no introduction while the Old Town of Rhodes simply oozes medieval charm. But like most trips, I like a change of pace as I travel so I would, where possible, include some less-trodden or low-key places and that was why I did a side trip to Folegandros in between my visits to the two famous but very busy islands.

t-shirt outside a grocery store

Folegandros with less than 700 inhabitants, sits on the southern edge of the cycladics a rocky ridge, about 12km in length and just under 4km at its widest point. The capital is the concealed, cliff-top Hora (chora), one of the most appealing villages - as acknowledged by fellow traveler and long-time resident of Kalymnos - in the Cyclades. The main street flanked by traditional houses, winds happily from leafy square to leafy square. It is a delight to spend an afternoon just wandering around this lovely place.

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