Attractions to Visit in Folegandros, Greece
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Folegandros is a Greek island with so much to offer anyone who visits. The towering cliffs, beautiful beaches, and caves come together to make the island a natural beauty that will take your breath away. The charming villages, historical sites, and other important monuments are thing you won’t want to miss. Here are some of the attractions you can visit when in Folegandros, Greece.
Church of Panagia
The Church of Panagia is the largest church on the island of Folegandros. The church is built on a rocky hill located above Chora. The Church of Panagia was built on the foundations of an ancient temple. The whitewashed church features statue and sculpture bases in the lovely courtyard that is found in the interior of the church.There is an ancient inscription displayed on the church as well as a marble epigraph inside that lists the renovation of the temple that took place in 1821. This is the form of the church you see today. You will find the Church of Panagia by following a cobblestone street from the Square of Pounda in Chora.
Kastro is the oldest part of the village. It is a medieval fortified settlement that was built at the edge of a cliff. Kastro was built in order to protect the residents of the island from possible pirate invasions. The outer walls of Kastro were built right on the cliff. Kastro is an amazing place to visit as some of the houses are one thousand years old and in good condition. Many are still inhabited today. The alleys are equally interesting and charming. Kastro is a site of historical preservation.
Settlement of Chora
The capital of Folegandros is a must-see when you’re visiting the island. Chora is located on the eastern side of the island. It features traditional architecture of the Cyclades including whitewashed houses and their colorful windows, flowers hanging throughout the squares, and labyrinth alleys. If you want to experience Folegandros and the Cyclades, Chora should be on your list of places to visit. The food won’t disappoint either. You will find delicious Greek cuisine and seafood throughout Chora.
Mount of Agios Eleftherios
The Mount of Agios Eleftherios is the highest mountain on the island of Folegandros at 455 meters high. If you enjoy hiking, there is a hiking trail that goes to the Mount of Agios Eleftherios. You will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the island and surrounding area. If you’re lucky enough to be on the Mount of Agios Eleftherios during sunset, this is a breathtaking sight to see.
Ancient Town of Paleokastro
On the mountain slopes above the churchyard of Panagia is the Ancient Town of Paleokastro. In 1840, remnants of a medieval tower and ancient wall were discovered. Close to the church there is a narrow street that will lead you up to the ancient town. The panoramic view from the Ancient Town of Paleokastro is worth the trip up.
Don’t miss seeing these attractions when in Folegandros, Greece.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com