The 742 inhabitants live in three small villages (Hora, the timeless Ano Meria and Karavostasis). The main village (Hora) surrounds the Castro, which dates from at least the 12th century, and clings to the edge of a 200 metre cliff falling to the Aegean Sea. |
It is famous for being one of the most beautiful and unspoilt Horas in all the Greek islands, as well as being one of the best kept secrets. A walk through the winding lanes among the whitewashed houses takes you on a trip through time as you become pleasantly lost among the five charming village squares.
Social life concentrates in the squares where tavernas offer local food against a backdrop of red geraniums and under purple bougainvilleas. If you stay after the restaurants have closed you'll get a glimpse of the local people transforming a square into a venue for impromptu Greek dancing and songs into the small hours.
High above the Hora a flagstone path zigzags up to the Panaghia Monastery which overlooks the Hora from an even higher clifftop. After climbing the winding path to Panaghia, you'll turn to take in the breath-taking view of the island landscape and other islands beyond.
On your way down from the Panaghia, you may call in at the Folegandros Cultural Centre, which you can find beside the Pounta taverna, by the bus stop.
Hora Karavostasi Ano Meria