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Folegandros Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

The beaches of Folegandros are among the best in the Aegean. Many can only be reached by boat or on foot and only a few have a local taverna so make sure you take food and water with you. You'd be well advised to pack a good book and your snorkelling gear in your ruck sack before heading off to the beach because you won't find jet skis, banana rides and pedaloes along any of the island's unspoilt coastline.

There are several beaches near the port of Karavostassis including Vardia, a small sand and pebble beach a short walk north around the headland. The port beach itself is nothing special but there are a series of better beaches a short walk south along the coast including Pountaki (the third beach along from the port) where clothes are optional. About a kilometre south of the port there's Livadi Beach which has a well equipped camp site with a bar, restaurant and minimarket.

One of the island's busiest beaches is Angali, on the west coast, about an hour's walk from Hora. If you don't fancy the hike, take the bus towards Ano Meria and ask the driver to drop you off at the dirt track which leads down to the beach. Angali is well served with tavernas and domatia during the summer months.

Walk about 15 minutes north west of Angali and you'll come to one of the island's most beautiful beaches, Agios Nikolaos, where the coarse sand is flanked by tamarisk trees and a lone taverna serves excellent local fare. The beach has beautiful views of the island and is popular with nudists. There's another more secluded nudist beach at Fira, about 15 minutes walk to the south west of Angali.

Katergo, in the south east corner of the island, is one of the most beautiful beaches of all only accessible on foot (about two kilometres from Livadi Beach) or by water taxi from Karavostassis. It's a secluded stretch of pebble beach at the base of a low cliff, protected from the winds by the rocky headlands on either side of it.

The wind can be a problem at Agios Georgios Beach at the northern tip of the island but it's a lovely walk down to it about an hour from Ano Meria. It's usually too windy for swimming here but there are some tamarisk trees for shade and it's a restful rocky cove where you can normally be sure of escaping your fellow tourists.

From Ano Meria you can reach two other beaches on the north west coastline Ampelli, the northernmost of the two, is a small pebble beach and Livadaki, half way between Ampelli and Agios Nikolaos, is a mixture of sand pebbles. Both can be reached by water taxi from Angali in high season.

Ask about water taxi timetables at the Sottovento Tourism Office in Hora. There are regular day tours round the island during high season when you can visit several beaches, visit the Golden cave of Chrissospilia and stop at a beachside taverna for lunch.