Holidays in Amorgos island
The beautiful island of Amorgos is lazily perched on the eastern part of the Cyclades complex. Mystical landscapes, "bold" mountains, cliffs, springs, fierce streams and endless blue compose a place deeply erotic, which has a strange but yet passionate appeal to its visitors!
Capital of Amorgos is the noble Chora, which unfolds in the center of the island, around the tiny Venetian Castle. The rare Cycladic architecture, the narrow, cobbled streets, the shady squares, the Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches and the picturesque windmills compose a place so charming; rightly one of the most beautiful capitals of Cyclades! Landmark of Chora is the three towers: the Tower of the Hellenistic period, the Venetian Tower and the Tower of Gavras. Today, the Tower of Gavras hosts the interesting Archaeological Museum of the island. Major attractions in the capital are the historical Gymnasium of Amorgos and the impressive Roman aqueduct. In Chora, you will find picturesque ouzo taverns and stylishly bars, serving baked raki.
On the west side of Amorgos, the village of Katapola; one of the two natural harbors on the island, unfolds. It is worth walking up the hill, where the ruins of Ancient Minoa dominate. Of great interest is also the church of Panagia Katapoliani.
The second natural port of Amorgos, Aegiali, is located in the northern part of the island and was built as a seaport of three villages; Tholaria, Lagada and Potamos, which used to be ancient Aegiali. You can go up to these beautiful villages and enjoy a view which is breathtaking! In all three villages, you will find picturesque taverns and stylishly bars. Within walking distance from Tholaria, you will see the ruins of the citadel of Aegiali. Worth visiting the historic church of Agia Triada (the Holy Trinity) which stands perched on a cliff, offering disarming views of the bay. In the area of Aegiali, there is the impressive Araklos gorge. It is worth crossing, following the path that starts from Lagada. Above the canyon, the church of the Prophet Elijah stands.
At the southwestern part of Amorgos, the landscape changes. The villages are less tourist and rhythms are more relaxed. If you love hiking, you should visit Ancient Arkesini. Interesting are also Kamari and Vroutsi villages, with springs and many Byzantine monuments. In idyllic Kato Meria, you will be impressed by the sense of peace and tranquility this virgin landscape inspires. There, you will find the church of Agia Paraskevi, where during summer a big festival is held. From this point, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Finish your trip to Amorgos by visiting the white Monastery of Hozoviotissa, which nests on rocky cliffs, overlooking the sea. Photograph this astounding image! If you are adventurous, you can follow the hiking trail which connects Hozoviotissa with Aegiali. Across this trail, you will have the chance to admire old hermits’ caves, picturesque churches and deserted villages.
In Amorgos, the eerie beauty of the wild mountain landscape and the deep blue compose a place so special which captivates you with its special aura...
Amorgos has beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and striking sea bottom! In the bay of Aegiali, you will find the homonymous, extensive sandy beach, as well as the smaller beaches of Fokiotrypa, Levrosos, Psili Ammos and Chochlakas.
On the north side of Amorgos, there are the beaches Mikri (Small) and Megali (Big) Vlihada, which are ideal for trekking lovers. If you love solitary dives, choose the deserted Hàlara beach which unfolds in the eastern coast of the island. Access to the beach is relatively difficult. Under the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, the famous bay of Agia Anna, with the homonymous chapel, which has become world famous by the movie "The Big Blue" unfolds.
On the west side of Amorgos you will find the beach of Maltezi, with its turquoise waters. Further below there is Plakes beach, with rocks and deep waters. On the same side of the island, lies the beach of Agios Panteleimon, which unfolds around the homonymous church, as well as the sandy beaches of Foinikies and Agioi Saranda.
In southern Amorgos, you will find the popular beach of Mouros, with impressive rocks which spring from the deep blue water; the quiet sandy beach of Paradeisia and the sheltered bay of Kalotaritissa. Alternatively, you can visit by boat the beautiful beach of Gramvousa and Nikouria island.
- The ruins of ancient Minoa in Katapola
- Agias Triadas Tower in Kato Meria - Arkesini
- The monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa in Chora
- The Archaeological Museum of Amorgos in Chora
- Kastri in Kato Meria - Vroutsi
- The mills in Lagkada
- Stavros church in Lagkada
- The villages Tholaria, Lagkada and River
- The Acropolis in Aegiali
- The islet of Gramvoussa
- The islet of Nikouria
- Agia Anna beach
- Aigiali beach
- Levrossos beach
- Mouros beach
- Paradeisia beach
- Agios Pavlos beach
- Patatato: goat meat with potatoes
- Ntomatokeftedes (metaballs with tomatos)
- Kolokythokeftedes (zucchini balls)
- Xinomyzithra (sour cream cheese)
- Amorgian cheese pie
Travelling by boat
You can reach Amorgos by boat from either Piraeus or Rafina ports with the ships of Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic Seaways. From Piraeus, with normal boats it usually takes 7 to 9 hours, while with high speed boats 4 to 5 hours.
For more information on the ferry routes to Amorgos visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
Amorgos is linked with boat via the ports of Syros, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi, Donousa, Astypalea, Leros, Kos and Rhodes
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Amorgos) as well as taxies.
During your stay in Amorgos, you can be served for health issues:
Regional Clinic of Amorgos, Tel: (+30) 22850 71207
Community Clinic of Katapola, Tel: (+30) 22850 71805
Community Clinic of Aigiali, Tel: (+30) 22850 73222
Community Clinic of Arkesini Tel: (+30) 22850 72250
Community Clinic of Vroutsi, Tel: (+30) 22850 74070
Community Clinic of Tholaria, Tel: (+30) 22850 73170
Katapola Port Station: (+30) 22850 71259
Aigiali Port Station: (+30) 22850 73620
Police Station of Amorgos: (+30) 22850 71210
Police Station of Aigiali: (+30) 22850 73320
Regional Clinic of Amorgos: (+30) 22850 71207
Community Clinic of Katapola: (+30) 22850 71805
Community Clinic of Aigiali: (+30) 22850 73222
Community Clinic of Arkesini: (+30) 22850 72250
Community Clinic of Vroutsi: (+30) 22850 74070
Community Clinic of Tholaria: (+30) 22850 73170
TAXI (Katapola): (+30) 22850 71255
TAXI (Aigiali): (+30) 22850 73570