Folegandros (fo-leh-gan-dross, Φολέγανδρος) lies on the southern edge of the Cyclades with the Sea of Crete sweeping away to its south. The island has an ethereal beauty, enhanced by its main settlement, the cliff-top Hora, one of the most appealing villages in the Cyclades. Folegandros is barely 12km in length and just under 4km at its widest. Agios Eleftherios (414m) is the highest point of the island. Cruel history lies beneath the skin on Folegandros, however. The remoteness and ruggedness of the island made it a place of exile for political prisoners from Roman times to the 20th century and as late as the military dictatorship of 1967–74. Today, the seductive charm of Folegandros transcends this sometimes dark past.
Boats dock at the little harbour of Karavostasis, on the east coast. The only other settlement of any size is Ano Meria, 4km northwest of Hora. There are several good beaches, but be prepared for strenuous walking to reach some of them.
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