Folegandros, an ideal destination for hiking! The foot paths between the dry stone walls pass through threshing floors, abandoned “thimonies”, orchards with lemon trees, cross the whole island, creating a unique hiking trails network.
Decades ago, the foot paths were the only access to move around within the island. With the help of mules and donkeys, the “heavy duty” means of transport of all times of the time, the farmers were able to reach their land.
Despite its limited size and thanks to volunteers and the Region of South Aegean, Folegandros has now a marked network of old cobblestone roads and paths, with an approximate length of about 25 km, forming the Routes of Cultural Interest, which cross or end up to destinations of historical, cultural or environmental importance. Footpaths and roots next to chapels, dry stone walls that lead to “secret beaches” and bays with the amazing view of the Aegean blue Sea!
The mission of this campaign is to design a new Rural & Hiking Trails Network (which can be considered as an extension of the existing network) and to promote the dual identity of Folegandros, as a Landscape of Particular Natural Beauty and as a Cultural Landscape, highlighting this way the Cycladic landscape, the art of dry stone walls and the general natural and cultural assets of the island.
At the same time, Interpretive Walking & Hiking Tours will be featured, which will integrate the ecological and cultural elements of Folegandros by providing an educational activity and offering the hiker unique experiences through a journey in space and time. Hiking routes will be implemented for both young and adult guests and depending on the quality of the route, will offer accessibility to persons with reduced mobility.
Always with respect to the rural landscape, the organization and promotion of Folegandros Routes, will attract special interests tourism, creating unique experiences and highlighting the “sun & sea” model.