An island of Cycladic beauty and unique views of the Aegean Sea, Amorgos invites you to explore its special character. Infinite blue seascapes and whitewashed buildings, steep cliffs and a wonderful coastline, all create the amazing scenery of Amorgos. Romantic and sensational, authentic and friendly, Amorgos will earn a very special place in your heart from the very beginning.
Aegiali is a picturesque traditional bay and port, with friendly locals and natural beauty. There are also lovely churches for you to visit in the area, either to pray and light a candle or to admire the vivid, detailed frescoes. The Byzantine Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos, the Holy Trinity and Agii Anargyri churches are highlights of your local exploration.
Chora is the capital of the island and combines the classic Cycladic element with a rich historical tradition. A walk through the narrow streets will lead you to the Gavras manor that functions as a museum and houses the Archeological Collection of Amorgos. A tour of the narrow paved street, the white, Byzantine churches and houses as well as the windmills on the crest of the hill looking out to the Aegean Sea, is definitely worth your while. The rock of the Kastro stands out as a timeless witness to the Venetian presence on the island.
The monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, the protector of the island, is the landmark of Amorgos. It was built around 800-900 AD and was renovated by Alexios Komninos in 1080 AD. It is located northeast of Chora and is literally built on a rock 300 meters above sea level. The monastery’s museum contains ecclesiastical relics and manuscripts. Each year at the religious holiday of Virgin Mary, on the 21st of November, the monastery hosts a great festival, where traditional foods and sweets are offered.
Saint George Valsamitis Church, in Kato Meria, is built over the ruins of the ancient oracle of Apollo, with a fountain that is said to spout holy water and that was used for hydromancy in ancient times. At Arkesini, you will find the ruins of one of the island’s ancient cities, at Kastri location. The site includes wall segments, graves and house ruins. Ruins of a Hellenistic castle are preserved near the Trinity (Agia Triada) church. The medieval Aqueduct at Kato Lakos is also interesting. Near Katapola you will find the commanding hill of Ancient Minoa. It is one of the three ancient cities of Amorgos with remarkable historical findings that tell of a constant presence of civilization there from the 10th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D.
Amorgos has had several other names since ancient times, including Hyperia, Patagi or Platagi, Pagkali, Psychia and Karkissia. In antiquity, the island had three cities: Arkesini (Kastri), Minoa (at Mountoulia) and Aegiali (at Vigla-Tholaria).
The plant Amorgis is a type of flax that was used to make the Amorgean “scarlet tunics”. It is this plant that gave the island its current name!
Today, the island’s population numbers 1973 inhabitants (on the basis of the official 2011 census).
The footpaths of Amorgos
For seekers of adventure and for those who love the beauty of nature, the island of Amorgos has developed a network of well-preserved footpaths and cobbled roads that unite the villages or lead to beaches, solitary monasteries and archaeological sites. The routes offer spectacular views of the mountains, the villages, the sea and nearby islands, and often lead to amazing beaches with crystal-clear waters where hikers can rest and cool off with a swim. With lengths ranging from 45 minutes to 5 hours, the hiking routes are an initiation to Amorgean nature.
Route 1 – Palia Strata: Chora – Chozoviotissa Monastery – Kapsala – Asfontylitis – Aegiali
Route 2 – Fotodotis: Chora – Katapola
Route 3 – Itonia: Vroutsi – Katapola
Route 4 – Melania: Circuit of the villages of Aegiali
Route 5 – Pan: Langada – Epanochoriani Church – Theologos Monastery – Stavros – Abandoned Bauxite Mine
Route 6 – Valsamitis: Katapola – Agios Georgios Valsamitis Church – Agia Marina Church- Minoa
Route 7: Old windmills of Langada
Route 8 – Evaggelistria: Xylokeratidi – Nera – Peristeria – Evaggelistria
For further details, please visit http://go-amorgos.gr/hiking-on-amorgos/
All shades of blue blend wonderfully along the coastline of Amorgos and its fine beaches. Sandy or pebbled, they are equally breathtaking and celebrate wild beauty in the most spectacular manner. They are unspoiled, offering the ultimate setting for relaxation and invigoration, surrounded by nature’s masterpieces. The most popular beaches worth visiting in Amorgos include:
Levrosos and Psili Ammos
Agios Pavlos and Nikouria island
Kalotaritissa and Gramvousa island