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Visitors Flock to Folegandros Island

9a.galifos_folegandrosFolegandros is one of the many undiscovered islands in Greece located in the southern Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. Its nature can offer visitors tranquility and solitude.
Stories with pirates, legends and enemy raids set the scene and the wild beauty of this island. For decades ago, there was no electricity, a single telephone, no tourists and hotels. Now, things have changed. Many visitors flock to Folegandros during summer, but the island manages to maintain its authenticity and its unique identity.
From the end of May, Greeks and foreigners stroll along the cobblestone of the Chora and the narrow streets of the Castle, enjoy the panoramic view from the Church of Panagia, swim in both isolated and crowded beaches and explore nature through paths on each corner of the island.
The island can host up to 4,500 people in about 2,000 rooms it offers, as well as camping sites. Folegandros’ Mayor, Lefteris Venios, said that only in Folegandros and Sicily in Italy, one can find lemon houses, which are stone fortresses that protect the lemon trees from strong winds.
Unspoiled by organized tourism, the island may be a bit hard to reach, but it is sure worth visiting. The original cuisine, the three medieval villages and the quiet beaches are a must to those seeking a relaxing holiday away from stress and noise.
Folegandros has changed a lot compared to how it was in the past. The permanent residents, who are about 700, lived a lonely life and waited impatiently for visitors to come. They warmly welcomed those exiled on the island.
Over the years, Folegandros has changed. Now during the summer, it is full of people and tourists, who are willing to walk on the island, explore it, take photographs, and in the end have Folegandros imprinted in their minds forever.

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