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Livestock & Beekeeping

People here raise small herds, mainly goats, while there are plenty of hens. Folegandros goats are known in the whole South Aegean for their delicious meat because of the salt left by the winds in grasslands. The xeric flora of the island, rich in endemic herbs, is responsible for the high nutritional value of the local honey. Except for thyme, savory and sage (alisfakia in local dialect) there thrive anemones, cyclamen and several species of amaranth which enhance its flavor and quality. Apart from the known wooden cells there are also stone beehives preserved in the countryside in fixed order, excellent samples of traditional stonework.    

People and stone

The people of Folegandros will fascinate you. Until 1980 the island was in the margin, lost in the barren line of the Aegean, while until 1969 it was a place of exile for political prisoners. When in the mid 20th century Zisimos Lorentzatos visited the island, he called it “virgin”. Commercial trade was rare with the outer world and inexistent inside the island. There was no surplus for trading and every family strove to cover their basic needs every single day. For centuries the people of Folegandros made their living by digging terraces in the rocks. They were literally born on the rocks, grew up on the rocks, worked on the works and when they passed away, they would rest in peace under those rocks. Gentle, peaceful and proud, Folegandros people protect their island from the bad side effects of tourist development.    
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