Amorgos


Amorgos has an area of 128 kmē. Approximately 2000 people live there all year around. The island is situated east of Naxos and despite its rising popularity still considered off the beaten track. It has partly to do with the fact that Amorgos is not on any of the major ferry routes.

The island is well known for its mountains. It gets quite windy here. There are a number of pretty decent beaches but all in all it is more suitable for a hiking holiday.

Coast in Amorgos

Amorgos is a rather quiet place, perfect for people that want to chill out far away from civilization and appreciate a typical Greek island. Many regulars come here which speaks for itself. You'll find quite a few northern Europeans that came here to look for an alternative to the hectic live style in the city. Many of them stay for months if not years.

Amorgos has two ports; Katapola and Aigiali. Since it is almost impossible to go from one to the other it is important to make up your mind before going there. Katapola has more ferry connections and better beaches; Agiali is better as a starting point for hiking trips. Both places have rooms to rent and nice restaurants.

One of the most popular hikes leads from Agiali to the old capital Chora in the centre of the island. Chora is a picturesque and very traditional mountain village with very little tourism. A must see is the monastery Panagia Hozoviotissa near Chora.

Panagia Hozoviotissa on Amorgos


It is often compared with Meteora on the main island and a stunning beauty. To enter you need to wear long skirts or long trowsers. It is open daily from 9-13 and 17-19 o'clock. You get there by bus. At this stage only a few monks still live there.

Katapola and Aigiali are connected to Chora by bus. During summer there are daily ferries to Piraeus (Athens), Naxos and Santorini. During season there also is a daily ferry to the so called Small Cyclades; Iraklia, Schinoussa, Ano Koufounisi and (not every day) Donoussa. The latter is considered the most beautiful of these islands. Only about 100 people live there.
 

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