is situated at the southern coast of the island, some 1200 meters southern to Karavostassi(s) and very close to the tourist settlement of Livadi with sparse population.
It is a beach with sand and fine pebbles and the tamarisk trees along it offer some shade. It is the favorite beach of young people, who enjoy sports on the sand as beach volley, bat and ball and other, as well as sea sports. The sea is crystal clear and very clean. The restaurant of the nearby camping offers refreshments, snacks and meals. And, if you stay late at the seaside, you may enjoy music and a drink at the bar of the same camping.
During summer, several music events take place at the beach.
On Easter the process of the icon of Virgin Mary passes also from Livadi, on its way from Chora to Karavostassi(s).
According to the Archives of the Community of Folegandros (a really nice edition), during the dictatorship of 1936 in Greece, some farmers exiled in Folegandros had farmed out a small estate at Livadi, where they cultivated several products, many of them unknown to the locals.
For any problem, you may address to the services available at the town of Folegandros (Chora), some 6 kilometers to the Northwest.
Access from Karavostassi(s) is very easy and short (some 5 minutes drive), by car and motorbike, via a good dirt road. If you like walking, you can also reach the beach on foot; or you may take the taxi, if available.
The beach of Katergo is considered, and not without reason, as the best beach of Folegandros. It is situated at the southeastern endof the island, in an area with not inhabited at all, with the small islet of Pelagia across. In the past, the locals came to this beach to extract the ferreous ore known as haematite, from which they made a reddish dye for their boats and for some parts of their houses. As the whole process was very hard and the conditions of extracting the haematite quite unhealthy, the locals gave to the beach this name (“katergo” in Greek means “galley”).
It is a long beach with nice fine white pebble and crystal clear turquoise sea. Although not easily accessible, it attracts many visitors. A big rock, just a few meters far from the beach attracts many swimmers, who swim there to dive from the rock.
As it is a totally secluded beach, you have to be careful enough: firstly, no shade is available at the beach, unless you arrive there in late afternoon. Secondly, don’t forget to take provisions with you, at least a bottle of water, as the closest place where you can find something is far away (at least one hour on foot).
The beach is accessible by the excursion boats departing from Karavostassi(s) (the easy way). If you wish to follow the difficult way, you should drive on the dirt road leading from Livadi to Petoussis. When arriving at the area of the settlement of Livadi, you have to leave the car and follow the path. You have to walk some one hour until reaching the beach. Be sure that you follow this path and not the one departing from the camping at the beach of Livadi, as this latter is much more difficult and longer.