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If you're considering hiring a car during your visit to Folegandros, think again.because you can't! There are no car hire firms lining the waterfront and the streets of the main town here as there are in the more commercialised islands. You can bring your own car or a rental car in by ferry but it's really not worth it. There's only one asphalt road and the rest of the island's paths and tracks are best explored on foot. You'll find island hopping with a rental car an expensive past time so you'll be better off just hiring a car for a day or two on those islands that merit it.

Folegandros is a hikers' paradise with traffic free tracks leading through the terraced barley fields down to hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. The capital Hora is also mercifully a car free zone so you can roam the narrow, arched alleyways at leisure without the modern day menace of traffic hazards, noise and pollution.

Until a few years ago the only way to reach Hora from the port of Karavostassis was via a charming cobblestone path. Now there's an asphalt road that leads to the village of Ano Meria in the north of the island. The road is only about eight kilometres long and there's a good bus service connecting the three island settlements. The local bus meets all incoming ferries and transports new arrivals to Hora. And you can catch a bus back to the port from Hora an hour before your ferry departs, even late at night.

Buses run regularly to and from Ano Meria, stopping at the track down to popular Angali Beach. If you really feel you can't get by without a set of wheels, your only option will be to hire a moped available at either Jimmy's in the port or Moto Rent in Hora, near the Sottovento Tourism Office. But you might have to brave the obvious irritation of some of your fellow visitors because tourists who visit Folegandros are generally those who come here for the island's peace and tranquility.

Check that your travel insurance covers you for motorbike accidents before you take to the island's rough tracks because many policies don't. And remember that wearing a helmet is compulsory in Greece if you're riding anything over 49 cc although you wouldn't think so to look at many of the local motorcyclists. In any event, it's a sensible precaution because there have been numerous cases of inexperienced foreigners ending up in hospital after coming a cropper on the hazardous roads of the Greek islands.

Visitors from EC countries can rent a moped with a national or European licence that has been valid for at least one year. Due to the high number of accidents involving motorbikes the authorities have introduced a law whereby you need to have a special motorbike licence to hire a moped. The law is widely flouted throughout the islands but be aware that this could invalidate your insurance cover if you break the law and are involved in an accident.