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Amorgos, your next summer stop during Greek Island Hopping

Amorgos ● Cyclades ● 02 July 2018
 
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Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades, near the sub-complex of Small Cyclades. It is an island with rich cultural heritage and wild beauty that impresses the visitors the moment they arrive. Undoubtedly, Amorgos is the island of contrasts. Dry, steep cliffs and imposing rocks combined with exotic golden beaches with emerald waters. The various landscapes create the travellers pleasant and intense emotions. In Amorgos you will get familiar to the hospitality of the Greek people in an authentic destination, which however has all the touristic facilities you may need.

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Villages

Amorgos is characterised by wonderful seaside and mainland villages that are typically Cycladic: white-washed houses, bougainvilleas hanging from the windows, small chapels with blue rooftop and narrow paved streets leading to traditional shops and cozy squares.

Chora, the capital of Amorogs, is located at the center of the island at the top of a cliff. The residents of Amorgos had built Chora there because it was hidden and the pirates could not see it. The architecture of Chora is unique, love at first sight. Windmills, cobblestone streets, white houses, churches and yards with flowers create the ultimate summer scenery. Most shops of Chora are on the main old paved street. All taverns, bars and gift shops are located in traditional buildings and decorated with passion and love.


Katapola is the main port of the island with significant many interesting sites and things to do. Close to Katapola Amorgos, there are plenty of beaches to choose according to your taste. With pebbles, sand or rocks, each beach has something unique to offer. Katapola is also the center of nightlife in Amorgos in addition to the Chora. Full of life and young people, it is the most crowded place on the island during the summer months.

Kato Meria is one of the most beautiful villages in Amorgos and especially for those who love privacy and natural life. The main activities of the inhabitants are fishing and agriculture. There are many shops in the village that can meet the demands of tourists. Kalotaritissa, the sheltered harbor with the gorgeous sandy beach, is the hidden gem of Kato Meria.

Aegiali is situated in the northern part of the island and is one of the two ports of Amorgos. As the ships approach it, you can see the four villages that constitute Aegiali: Tholaria, Lagada, Potamos and  Ormos. Ormos is the seaside settlement of Aegiali. Fishing boats, tamarisk trees, a sandy beach and turquoise waters form the scenery of Ormos.

Beaches

The beaches of Amorgos combine the authenticity with the vivid energy and the beauty. Most of them are not organised, so keep in mind to have plenty of water with you.

Just 20 minutes walk from the famous Monastery of Hozoviotissa, the stunning beach of Agia Anna is located very close to Amorgos Chora. It is a small rocky beach of impressive beauty. The international film "The Big Blue" has been shot on this beach.

Agios Pavlos is a wonderful, exquisite sandy beach that can offer you calmness because it doesn't get too crowded in the summer. Although it is a cove of extreme beauty with white sand and a shape that makes it look like a boat ready to depart. It is accessible by car and has a tavern in a close distance.


Katapola is one of the most popular beaches in Amorgos. It is a long sandy beach, which is a developed tourist resort, with taverns and hotels at the coastline. It is partly organised, family-friendly and has a diving club.

Another popular, exotic golden sandy beach, organised and with a diving club is Aegiali. Behind Aegiali, is located the famous camping of the island, full of young people and friendly atmosphere.

In a short distance to Aegiali Beach, is located Levrοsos, a secluded sandy beach with crystal waters. Due to its peace and privacy, it is the ultimate spot for nudists. Don't miss it!


A sandy, non organised and secluded beach is Fokiotrypa, the ideal place to relax and admire the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Although the beach is small, without umbrellas and sunbeds, there are above it cafés and taverns.

Mouros is a small pebbled beach with lovely landscape. Emerald waters, rocky formations and two small caves make this unorganised beach a place of astonishing natural beauty.


Sites

Amorgos is an island not only for strolling around its wonderful villages or swimming and sunbathing on its stunning beaches. It has also a long and rich culture, which is waiting for you to discover it.

The impressive Monastery of Hozoviotissa in the Chora was built in the 11th century, and it is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is the trademark of the island, and it offers a breathtaking view of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea from the top of the cliff.. Remember that there is a dress code, which requires men to wear trousers and women long skirts. A trekking path from the monastery leads to the beautiful beach of Agia Anna.


The most wonderful part of the Chora is the Venetian Castle on the rock above it. The castle was built in the Medieval Times (1290) for the protection of the island, and within its walls a few old and significant Medieval churches are well preserved. The castle offers a magnificent view of the sea and the entire Chora.

Gavras Tower is an important Venetian remnant also in the Chora of Amorgos, close to the Venetian Castle. It was built in the 16th century, and today it hosts the archaeological collection of the island. The exhibits are sculptures, statues, ceramics, weaponry, jewellery and relics from the Archaic Period till the Roman Times. These items are findings of the three ancient towns excavated on the island, Aegialis, Minoa and Arkesini.

At the hill above Katapola, you should definitely visit the most significant ancient site of Amorgos, Arkesini. Excavations have found ruins of the Minoan civilisation that dates back to the 10th century B.C. The ancient site dominates a building that was dedicated to gymnasium type activities, but you can also admire other findings, such as the ruins of a Hellenistic temple, a sanctuary from the Geometric period, a lavatory and a statue.

Diving in Amorgos

As mentioned above, the film "Big Blue" was filmed at the beach of Agia Anna, from where you can admire the Monastery of Hozoviotissa hidden into the steep cliffs. It is not a coincidence that such a film was shot in Amorgos. The island is a top diving destination all over the world, welcoming athletes and divers that want to do this passionate activity in the deep blue and crystal waters of the island.

The epitome of diving in Amorgos is the Big Blue event. The world's leading free divers dive in the interesting seabed of the island, every year in September. The Authentic Big Blue is an international free-diving race with the biggest names in free-diving. The competitions take place at the beach of Agia Anna, under the historic monastery. This spot means a lot to free divers since there, were filmed the last shots of the movie.


Local products

In Amorgos, you will taste a delicious cuisine consisted of local dishes and products. Some of them, like psimeni raki, you can take back home in order to remember your summer in Amorgos.

What makes the Amorgian cuisine unique is that this mountainous island is home to rare flora, like the endemic rokella or the origanum calcaratum, which is a particularly flavourful species of oregano. These herbs are used in almost all dishes and create an amazing taste you probably have not tasted before. Vacation in Amorgos is an unforgettable culinary experience.

The pod fruit of the native species of pisum sativum is the pea, which is boiled and pureed for the fava, which is cooked with fennel and spring onions, when the local chefs create favokeftedes (fava balls), fried in virgin olive oil until they get slightly gold. The agricultural production and the stock-raising are significant activities of the economy of the island. Wheat, barley, apples, citrus and vines are cultivated in the plains of this fertile yet rocky island. Locally raised goats and sheep provide the taverns with high quality meat. The most famous local dish from meat is patatado, which is slowly baked goat with potatoes, tomatoes, onion, spices, garlic, onion, olive oil and wine in the pot. Hortopitakia are individual small pies with greens, made from the local greens called sefkoula together with spring onions, wild fennels and mint in hand-kneaded dough. Tsimiskadia are slices of mizithra cheese, which is made from sheep or goat milk and whey in molds woven from reeds.

In Amorgos, you can also enjoy alcohol beverages that have the aroma of Greece. Rakomelo is warmed raki with honey and herbs, while psimeni raki (=baked raki) is alcohol distilled from grape pomace flavoured also with honey and herbs. Psimeni raki is the traditional drink of the island, which is being produced from the monks in the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. In all the feast (panigiria) of Amorgos, psimeni raki is always the drink that creates a perfect atmosphere.


How to get to Amorgos

All boats and ferries to Amorgos depart from Piraeus Port, the largest port of Athens that is located 15 km from Athens centre and 50 km from Athens airport. Because all boats to the Greek islands and especially to Amorgos depart early in the morning, be sure you have plenty of time in order to catch the boat and avoid the traffic jam. The boat from Piraeus to Amorgos needs about 7 hours. The journey by ferry is faster (3 hours) and more comfortable than the boat, offering you the possibility to arrive early in the noon on Amorgos and have the whole day to enjoy this beautiful island.

Another option, which is considered to be cult because the past years it was the only way to go to Amorgos, is the legendary boat with the name Skopelitis. Skopelitis connects Naxos with the Small Cyclades and Amorgos making the route everyday even during the winter. You can go to Naxos by boat or ferry, but then you have to wait for a few hours on the island before Skopelitis arrives. This is a nice solution if you want to relax, eat something in Naxos, wander around its wonderful harbour and then begin your trip to Amorgos, which lasts less than 2 hours, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an unusual trip through the Small Cyclades (Koufonissia, Donoussa, Schinoussa and Irakleia).


Greek Island Hopping & Hostelbay Island Pass

We recommend you to visit Amorgos during the Greek Island Hopping in the Cyclades. All the Cycladic islands are located very close to each other, and thus you have the option to visit several islands going from one island to another in less than 1-2 hours. In the Cyclades, are located some of the most famous Greek islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini and Paros. The ideal schedule is to visit some (or all) of these islands, and then relax in other Cycladic islands, such as Koufonissia and Amorgos that are ideal to find the peace and calmness you are looking for.

This is why we created the super cool Greek Island Pass. We gathered for you the top islands inside the most popular island group in Greece, Cyclades, which are also located close to Athens, if you want to combine your visit in the Greek capital with island hopping. Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Koufonissia, Amorgos and Santorini are the perfect stops to understand clearly what island hopping is about. You pay the price of only one ferry ticket, but you have the flexibility to travel anytime you want, even by the most expensive boats (ferries) from/to these islands. This is not a joke! Click here and learn more!

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Where to Stay

Hotel & Studio in Amorgos, Greece Pelagos Hotel
9.2 10
Pelagos Hotel
Aegiali, 84008 Amorgos, Greece

Pelagos Hotel is located in Aegiali, just a 5-minute walk from Aegiali long sandy beach and Aegiali Port. The Port of Katapola is 21.1 km away. The picturesque village of Chora is 15.6 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Amorgos, Greece Evi's Studios
7.5 10
Evi's Studios
Tholaria, Aegiali, 84008 Amorgos, Greece

Situated in the scenic village of Tholaria, Evi's Studios are within 2 km from Aegiali Beach and a 7- minute drive from Aegiali Port, while Katapola port is 19 km from the property.#

Hotel & Appartment in Amorgos, Greece Lakki Village
Lakki Village
Aegiali, 84008 Amorgos, Greece

Lakki Village is located in Aegiali, Amorgos, just a few steps from the sandy beach of Aegiali and just 400 meters from the center and the port of Aegiali.


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