As Greece is known for being a holiday classic, travellers are increasingly seeking less beaten track destinations in search of more genuine Greek island experiences. Places that still retain their traditional character despite the number of visitors they welcome each year, and places where locals and tourists mingle and at perfect ease. Where the luxurious accommodation pays tribute to the local qualities and is more humbling rather than overtly ostentatious. Two such destinations within Greece are Folegandros and Corfu Town.
If you have not visited Folegandros, be sure to put it on your bucket list and go there the soonest possible. A place like no other, in the Southwest Cyclades, offers its visitors an unprecedented holiday experience. The locals are so incredibly warm, treating their guests like part of their extended family. You will see the older generation often riding their donkeys to go about their usual day. Be sure to say ‘kalimera’ to them and wave as you pass them by as it is customary in Folegandros to greet everyone you meet.
The landscape of the island is phenomenal. Being like a sister to Santorini, Folegandros shares striking landscape features that make it as unique as Santorini. Dramatic cliffs are present here too, but what makes Folegandros even more enchanting is that it is a relatively small island, allowing for hiking and walking from one end to the other, with staggering views to accompany your promenade. Spectacular beaches to discover all around the island, it is recommended you take a day to sail around it to reveal all its hidden coves.
The Chora of Kastro will win you over whether you visit during the night or in the day and be sure to taste as much of the local food as possible. From the local bakeries to the tavernas, you will get an honest service with high quality, delicious comfort food. Luxury is not missing from the island and you can find it in the gorgeous Anemi Hotel in Karavostassis, Folegandros that is perfect for those who appreciate a design environment during their holiday.
Although Corfu is a large island in the Ionian sea able of offering the traveller with many different kinds of experiences, staying in Corfu Town allows the visitor to fully immerse into the local culture and vibe. The coastal, old town of Corfu is a wonderful place to stay not only visit for a day. Perfect for non peak summer periods when it most likely that travellers would prefer a more beach side destination, Corfu town is simply enchanting.