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Folegandros Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
The climate of Folegandros is warm and pleasurable despite the humidity levels, which are balanced by the northern winds who keep the atmosphere pretty dry. On the island of Folegandros the highest temperatures are usually measured during the months of May and June while the northeastern winds help the atmosphere cool a little during summer months.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Folegandros is: +30 22860 xxxxx. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes

 


Getting There

BY AIR
Folegandros Island doesn’t have an airport and the closest airport to Folegandros is on the island of Santorini, which is approximately two and a half hours from the port of Folegandros by boat.


BY BOAT
The island of Folegandros can be reached by a conventional ship from Piraeus with a journey lasting approximately 6 hours or by High-Speed catamaran during the summer months with a journey lasting almost 4 hours. The island is also connected with most of the Cycladic islands by frequent ferry services and hydrofoils.

Aegean Speed Lines (fast ferry). For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Aegean Speed Lines website www.aegeanspeedlines.gr

Sea Jets (fast ferry). For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Sea Jets website www.seajets.gr

Zante Ferries (normal ferry).   For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Sea Jets website www.zanteferries.gr
 
Lane Sea Lines (normal ferry). For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Lane Sea Lines website www.lane.gr

Nel Lines (normal ferry). For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Nel Lines website www.nel.gr

Ventouris Sea Lines (normal ferry). For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Ventouris Sea Lines website www.ventourissealines.gr
 


Local Transportation

Folegandros is a small island and so the distances one needs to cover are also relatively small, making it possible for visitors to move around the island without necessarily bringing or renting a car. A scooter or a 4wd vehicle though could come in handy due to the island’s rocky formation and the difficult access to most of its beaches. Considering the island’s size, Folegandros’ transportation infrastructure is pretty adequate. Local buses and excursion boats are the best way to get around the island.

LOCAL BUSES
The local buses of Folegandros connect the Hora of Folegandros with the picturesque harbor of Karavostassi and the scenic village of Ano Meria in the northern side of the island.
Tel.: +30 22860 41043, +30 22860 41238

TAXI SERVICE
There is only one taxi service in the island of Folegandros which it would be wise to book in advance.                                                                                                                                                                  Tel.: +30 22860 41048, +30 69446 93957

WATER TAXI
Visitors can also pick up a water taxi from Karavostassi harbor to visit all secluded stunningly beautiful beaches of the island of Folegandros.   

BOAT
Excursion boats leave from the harbor of Karavostassi and cruise around the island. It is a good way to see the beauties of the island and visit some of the most private and tranquil beaches.

FERRY BOAT
Visitors can use the inter-Cycladic line from Syros and other Cycladic islands to connect to the island of Folegandros.

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
Cars and motorbikes are also available for rent for those wishing to explore the island on their own pace.  

 


Local Services

BANKS & ATMs
There is no bank in the island of Folegandros therefore all transactions are processed through an ATM, travel agents and hotels.
Maraki Travel Agency. Tel.: +30 22860 41273
Sottovento Travel. Tel.:+30 22860 41444

MONEY EXCHANGE
Visitors should make sure when arriving on the island to have the necessary cash with them for the entire stay because exchange rates at travel agents and hotels can be much higher than they officially rates and the one and only ATM may run out of cash during high peak season.               

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the post office savings bank of Folegandros by the central square of Hora. The post office performs money transactions and cash currency exchange. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. +30 Post office no:  +30 22860 41299

POLICE STATION
The police station of Folegandros is right behind the post office and OTE in Hora.              
Tel.: +30 22860 41249

MUNICIPALITY OF FOLEGANDROS
The Municipality of Folegandros is situated in Folegandros Hora. Tel.: +30 22860 41285

 


Useful Numbers

• Radio Taxi: +30 6944-693957, 22860-41048
• Tourist Police: +30 22860 41249
• Port Authority: +30 2286041530
• Hellenic National Meteoroligcal Service: +30 210 9699101-3
• Elpa ( Car breakdown tourist information service): 174

INTERNATIONAL PRESS
In Folegandros there are a few stores selling magazines and international press but for those who enjoy reading through a variety of international press, it would be a wise choice to bring their own books or magazines because there is not a great variety on the island.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
• Police: 100
• Fire Department: 199
• Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
There is a rural health center in Folegandros for health emergencies at Pounta square.
Health center - Regional surgeries. Tel: +30 22860-41222

PHARMACY
If visitors are in need of medication or pharmaceutical cosmetics there is a pharmacy right in the heart of Hora within the high school building.
Tel.: +30 22860 41540

TRAVEL AGENTS
There are a few travel agents in the Hora of Folegandros that can arrange all kinds of travel arrangements, exchange cash and offer island information and maps.
• Diaplous, Hora, Tel.: +30 22860 41158
• Maraki Travel, Hora, Tel.: +30 22860 41273
• Sottovento Travel, Hora, Tel.: +30 22860 41444, +30 6939 498972

 



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