Folegandros is the southest of western Cyclades. Lies in Aegean Sea, next to Milos and Sikinos. Its history gets lost along the centuries and Folegandros followed during different eras the fate of the rest cycladic islands. It's name was given after Folegandros, Minos son. Ancients used to call it "Sidira" (irony) due to its hard ground. Walking from Karavostasi, the harbour, to Hora, Folegandros unfolds its charm. Hora, the capital of the island, is a small jewel of Aegean Sea, tied up with beautiful churches, wide paved paths, white houses and friendly people.
Naxos was one of the major centres of the Cycladic culture. Around 3000BC, the main settlements appear to have been near Hora, on the hill of Kastro and at Grotta. The island was later colonised by a party from Karia, led by a son of Apollo named Naxos. Naxos was one of the first islands to work in marble and in the Archaic period produced the lions of Delos and Kouroi statues of increadible size. Indeed, for a period, huge was beautiful on Naxos; in 523BC the tyrant Lygdamis declared he would make Naxos' buildings the highest and most glorious in all Greece, although only the massive lintel from the gate of the Temple of Apollo remains on the islet of Palatia (in Naxos Town).
A town bursting with life, lights, colour and the Cretan heartbeat, welcome its visitors throughout the year in a cosy warm atmosphere. Build on the ruins of the ancient city "Lato pros Kamara" and through the centuries it developed from an independent trade center in the 3rd AD century, into today's town, a place full of interest, throbbing with motion and life. Agios Nikolaos changes its faces according to your mood. Since it is loaded with memories and customs from the past, it is a traditional place for those who have a longing for the good old days, at the same time it is a cosmopolitan meeting point for those who love fun, a paradise of peace and quiet for those who want to relax, a center of European standards for the demanding, and an ideal summer resort to spend your holidays.
When you are planning your sailing trip in Cyclades, make sure that you enjoy all that it can offer you. Typically, the place is easy to manage. When in Cyclades, most travellers visit the islands of Little Cyclades, Santorini, Folegandros, Sifnos, and Amorgos.
Among the several ports in Cyclades, the harbours of Lavrion, Santorini, Milos, Alimos, and Mykonos are considered by most people as better as compared to others. From these, the harbor of Lavrion (also known as Lavriou and Laurion) is top-notch and well situated because of its convenient location. It is situated in Atttica's southeast region. Because of Lavrion's very suitable position, it has been dubbed as the "Gate of Cyclades". Other harbors that can be used when you are starting your Cyclades sailing vacation include the ports of Athens, Paros, and Syros.
Finding an appropriate yacht charter in Greece is easy when you are in Cyclades. However, if you do not like crowded ports, stay away from the islands of Serifos and Ios.
Cyclades is renowed for its unspoiled sceneries, sacred, green, volcanic, & party islands, rambled hills, golden and white sand beaches, and exotic mountains. There are only 2 cities in the area - Oia and Thira. Both of them are located in Santorini Island.
If you want the best retreat; come, visit, and experience the Cyclades Group of Islands. It can give you a once in a lifetime escapade.