Shaped like a swimming seahorse Amorgos has a dramatic landscape with its long mountain ridge like a seahorse spine. A single road winding its way from head to tail is one of the most amazing drives in the Cyclades. Find all the information you need for your travel to Amorgos here!
Amorgos is lying on the southern side of the Cyclades archipelagos, near Naxos and Ios. It is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. This is also why film director Luc Besson in 1987 chose the island for the primary scenes in his famous 1988 movie “The Big Blue”, starring Jean Reno, Jean-Mac Barr, and Rosanna Arquette!
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Amorgos is still today a quiet island, off the beaten track, probably because of its remote position in the Aegean Sea – even the high-speed ferry from Athens takes seven hours to reach the island! Free-divers and fans of the cult classic The Big Blue go there to explore the crystal-clear blue waters below the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Hikers love to spend their holidays wandering the numerous trails zigzagging the rugged island of Amorgos, discovering secluded beaches, ruins of ancient settlements and old windmills.
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Chora Amorgos, the capital of the island
Beautiful Chora Amorgos is situated in the centre of the island, on a rocky hill in a picturesque setting – traditional whitewashed houses, narrow alleys decorated with bougainvillea and other flowers, an imposing Venetian castle and cosy little taverns. Enjoy strolling the streets of Chora and stop to taste the local delicacies and homemade raki at one of the taverns.
Monastery of Hozoviotissa
Panagia Hozoviotissa is an impressive monastery clinging to a cliff wall above the sea. It is the most popular site in the island of Amorgos with its wonderful view of the endless Aegean Sea. The 10th-century monastery a traditional minimalistic architecture. It is a perfect spot to watch the sun setting into the sea. Opening time for visitors every day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitors must be dressed decently to enter (no shorts, small skirts etc.)
Where is Amorgos Greece?Read more
Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades islands, and the nearest island to the neighbouring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighbouring islets it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a population of nearly 2,000 in 2011. It covers around 126.000 km2 with a total length of 25 km.
Map of Amorgos
What does Amorgos mean?
The name “Amorgos” is derived from a plant called Amorgi. The plant was used by ancient Greeks to make flax, a transparent linen. Garments from Amorgos were most popular in ancient Greece.
How big is Amorgos?
Amorgos is around 33 km long with a width ranging between 1.5 km to 6 km. It is located on the southeastern edge of the Cyclades. The highest elevation is 823 m (2,700 ft). Amorgos covers a total area of 126,3 km2 and has a population of 1,973 (2011 census).
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Hiking in Amorgos
The beautiful, rocky landscape of Amorgos with its sea-view mountains invites you to walk and hike and enjoy both the rich flora and fantastic views at every turn of your trail. You do not need to be a mountaineer to experience the islands secrets and to discover the rich world of the herbs on Amorgos island.
Trail from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa to Aegiali port: This nearly 12km long trail is one of the most impressive walks on Amorgos with beautiful views. It will take you around four hours of time and you can combine your walk with visiting the Monastery of Hozoviotissa (go there by bus from Katapola) and finish your day with a swim on Aegiali Beach and an evening dinner in one of the taverns at the harbour and return to Katapola with the evening bus (about 45 minutes) or with the Express Skopelítis boat (about 1 hour).
Diving in Amorgos
Located on the easternmost island of the Cyclades, Amorgos, you will find the dive centre which offers you the possibility to explore the crystal-clear wonders of the “Big blue”.
Amorgos scuba diving centre was established in 2007, offering you fresh new dive equipment and state – of- the air fill station ensuring the highest quality breathing air. It is both a PADI and ANDI dive centre, and as such bringing you all levels or recognized dive education from novice to professional. They also offer several activities such as underwater photography, peak performance buoyancy, night diving and more.
How to reach Amorgos island?
You can reach Amorgos by ferry from Athens, there is a regular ferry line from Piraeus port to Amorgos. The ferry goes 3-4 times per week and the trip lasts from 6 to 8 hours depending whether you are travelling by the ordinary or the high-speed ferry. Amorgos is also interconnected with other of the Cyclades islands, like Naxos and Santorini, making it a perfect choice for island hopping in the Aegean Sea. Remember that there are two ports in Amorgos, Katapola and Aegiali.Read more
Airports near Amorgos
There is no airport in the island of Amorgos. You can go by plane to Naxos or Santorini and reach Amorgos by ferry from there. From Naxos there is the (almost) daily ferry connection by the express ferry “Skopelitis”.
How to get around in Amorgos?
Summer buses go regularly from Katapola Harbour to Chora, Monastery Hozoviotissa and Agia Anna Beach, and less often to Aegiali Harbour. You will also find buses from Aegiali Habour up to Langada and Tholaria. In every village a schedule is posted at the main stop. You will find timetables and ticket prices at Amorgos Bus Company.
The most convenient way to get around the island of Amorgos is by renting your own vehicle. Cars, ATVs, and scooters are available for hire from Thomas Rental (in Katapola, Aegiali and Chora) and Evis Cars (Chora). There are only two petrol stations in Amorgos, one 1.5 km inland from Katapola and the other in Aegiali.
What is Amorgos famous for?
Amorgos was featured in Luc Besson’s film The Big Blue. The Big Blue (in French Le Grand Bleu) is a 1988 English-language film made by French director Luc Besson. The film stars Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno and depicts a fictionalized account of the sporting rivalry between two famed free divers.
The island was also featured in Giorgos Kordelas’ film Ariadni of 2002.
Weather and climate in Amorgos
Amorgos has like the rest of the Cyclades a temperate Mediterranean climate with mild winters and really strong winds. The summer is hot, being cooled down by the “Meltemia” (north winds) during the month of August. If you prefer tranquillity the best time to visit Amorgos is during Easter (April, May) where the temperatures are still not too high. At this occasion you will enjoy the local festivities without too many other tourists. The weather in September and October is still perfect, not too hot, and with only a few tourists.
Amorgos Beach Guide
The beaches in Amorgos are beautiful in wild, natural settings boasting crystal-clear waters. And it was because of these waters that Amorgos in 1987 was chosen by film director Luc Besson as scenery for his movie, The Big Blue. Some of the beaches are only accessible if you walk long paths or go by boat. The most popular one is Aegiali Beach.
Partly organized beaches
- Aegiali Beach – Sandy, harbour, diving club, family friendly – located 15 km north east of Chora
- Kalotaritisa Beach – Sandy, secluded, family friendly, water sports – 20 km southeast of Chora
- Katapola Beach – Sandy, harbour, diving club, family friendly – 6 km west of Amorgos
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- Mouros Beach – Pebbled, secluded, accessible from foot path, nudism friendly – located 12 km south west of Chora
- Agios Pavlos Beach – Pebbled, secluded – located 10 km northeast of Chora
- Nikouria Beach – Pebbled, secluded, nudism friendly islet – located opposite Agios Pavlos Beach
- Maltezi Beach – Pebbled, secluded, nudism friendly, close to Katapola – located 9 km west of Chora
- Agia Anna Beach – Pebbled, nudism friendly, near the Monastery of Hozoviotissa – located 3 km from Chora
- Levressos Beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly – located 16 km north of Chora
- Agioi Saranta Beach – Pebbled, secluded, near Katapola – located 10 km southwest of Chora
- Agios Panteleimon Beach – Pebbled, secluded – located 8 km west of Chora
- Finikes Beach – Pebbled, secluded, near Katapola – 7 km west of Chora
- Hohlakas Beach – Pebbled, secluded – located 18 km northeast of Chora
- Kambi Beach – Pebbled, small, secluded – located 4 km from Chora
- Kato Kambos Beach – Pebbled, secluded, nudism friendly – located 18 km south of Chora
- Paradisia Beach – Sandy, secluded, near Kalotaritissa – 20 km south of Chora
- Psili Ammos Beach – Pebbled, secluded – located 18 km north of Chora
- Fokiotrypa Beach – Sandy, small, secluded – located 15 km northeast of Chora
- Plakes Beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly – located 9 km west of Chora
Amorgos has 11 picturesque villages. Find them all listed here:
- Chora – traditional architecture, beautiful windmills – located in the centre of the island
- Tholaria – astonishing view, close to Aegiali – located 18 km northeast of Chora
- Lagada – traditional, mountainous village – located 20 km north of Chora
- Aegiali – one of the two ports in Amorgos, picturesque tourist village – located 15 km northeast of Chora
- Katapola – one of the two ports in Amorgos, popular tourist resort – located 6 km west of Chora
- Arkesini – rural life, traditional village – located 15 km southwest of Chora
- Kalofana – agricultural village – located 18 km south of Chora
- Kalotaritissa Village – partly abandoned – located 18 km southeast of Chora
- Kamari – mountainous, with stone houses – located 10 km from Chora
- Potamos – small, traditional, overlooking the bay of Aegialis – located 18 km from Chora
- Vroutsis – small fishing village at the southeast coast – located 11 km from Chora
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Due to the location of Amorgos opposite the ancient beaches of the Ionian towns of Militos, Alikarnassos and Ephesus, it became one of the first places from which the Ionians passed through to the Cyclades Islands and onto the Greek mainland. The existence of three independent cities, preserved to this day, with autonomous constitution and the same currency, the size and artistic works of the walls surrounding the city of Arkesini, the ancient towers whose remains are scattered all over the island, the ancient tombs, the stone tools, the inscriptions, the vases and other antiquities are all evidence of the size of the ancient civilization on Amorgos.
Katapola, one of Amorgos’ two harbours, is a small, vibrant community, drenched in the Cycladic sun. Its waterfront is lined with cafes, tavernas and moorings for fishing boats and visiting sailing boats. On the hill above Katapola, the excavations of the ancient city of Minoa are of great interest to the visitor as they provide the thread to a continuous 3000-year existence. Next to Katapola, you find the small hamlet of Rahidi, dominated by the large church of Agios Georgios. The most picturesque part of the bay is the hamlet of Ksilokeratidi, opposite Katapola, with its pretty narrow streets and its traditional tavernas.
Ormos Egialis is also called Aegiali and is the second port of Amorgos. It is set in a large sweeping bay, providing a view from Tholaria and the Aegialis Hotel above. There are frequent ferries to and from Piraeus, as well as a daily ferry to Naxos.
Chora of Amorgos
This is the medieval capital of Amorgos, situated 400m above sea level. It is an amazing village hidden behind the mountains, dominated by a 13th century Venetian castle, as usual in Greek called “Kastro”.
Surrounded by picturesque windmills and beautiful Byzantine and early Christian churches, whitewashed houses and rough stone paved little streets, this setting has a wonderful and special atmosphere.
The main square, Plateia Loza, is quite charming, with its little cafes lying under the shadow of the huge eucalyptus trees located in the middle of the square. Chora has the only post office on the island, an OTE building (Greek telephone company), a police- and medical center.
There are no hotels in Chora, so the only way to spend the night is to look for one of the many rooms to let. Chora also has some nice places to eat, with authentic Greek tastes, but also to drink and to enjoy a superb night. From Chora, buses depart for Hozoviotissa Monastery.
Why to visit Amorgos?
Amorgos island is one of the hidden gems in the Aegean Sea, boasting an astonishing natural landscape, gorgeous beaches, picturesque Cycladic architecture and mysterious caves. Amorgos Greece is perfect if you seek privacy and tranquillity and love nature.