Two Greek islands off the beaten path that are worth discovering on your next venture towards the Mediterranean, are definitely Folegandros and Thassos islands. They are two places so refreshing that you will want to return again and again. Forget about cosmopolitan crowds, high profile nightlife and crowded club venues, glamorously organised beaches and michelin star restaurants. Instead trade these for local people going about their daily lives, quaint bars and squares where people mingle, pristine beaches with few but sufficient amenities, and traditional tavernas that will serve you the best meals of your life. If this is something you are interested in experiencing then by all means, read on.
Located in the ever popular island cluster of the Cyclades, Folegandros is often considered the sister island of Santorini. It boasts similar characteristics in that the island is elevated, high above sea level and thus allows the visitor to have striking panoramic views from the top. If the Caldera is the most stunning vantage point of Santorini, then the Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) in Chora definitely boasts the best view in Folegandros island. The view of the church from below is also captivating as it is built onto a peak with an impressive white zig zag pathway of stairs. It is a relatively small island and you can easily explore it all in a short period of time. Due to its morphology it is perfect for those who love trails, running and hiking combined with enchanting, breath-taking vistas. Folegandros island is untouched by mass tourism so expect to see many locals going about their daily routines; they will usually say “Kalimera”, meaning ‘good morning’ to passersby, so be polite and reciprocate the greeting. Similarly, its beaches are practically pristine that even the main port of the island, Karavostasis, boasts crystal clear waters that are hard to resist. A boat trip around the island is recommended so that you can visit the majority of the island's beaches, combining a wonderful sea journey that will fill your lungs with a rejuvenating air of euphoria. And if you still wish to be surrounded by a little bit of luxury that perfectly blends with the traditional element that characterises Folegandros, consider a , and get the best of both worlds.