Welcome to Amorgos Island
The unspoiled island
Amorgos is a remarkably unspoiled island at the south-eastern edge of the Cyclades group, where traditional customs are still inextricably interwoven into a landscape as rich in beauty as in its history and culture. Locals enjoy a lifestyle that has been shaped by a varied and dramatic past. This is a place that appears untouched by time but where the inhabitants quietly preserve one of the best kept secrets of the Aegean.
On the one hand the wild beauty of the mountains and on the other the green valleys , give the island a unique beauty .
The beaches of Amorgos are known for their cleanliness but not only. Their natural beauty combined with the endless blue of the Aegean sea, the hot sand and the rugged rocks create the perfect setting to escape from the routine of everyday life.
HOW TO GET THERE
The island is connected with Athens, port of Piraeus and has ferry connections with different islands.
Transfer from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos to the port of Piraeus can be done by:
– Bus : express bus X96 (every 20mn – 40mn at night).
– Metro: Take the metro (blue line n.3) and change in Monastiraki station. There take line 1 (green line) and stop at the end of the line to Piraeus station. View Metro Map.
– Taxi: It takes you 45 to 60 minutes.Amorgos has two ports: Katapola and Aegiali (changes on even and odd days depending the boats).
Banking & Money
There is only one Bank in Katapola, opposite to the ferry pier. Teller Machines can be found at : Chora, Katapola and Aegiali
Be aware of possibly problems with the teller machines. Credit cards will not be accepted in all the taverns and shops!
Discovering Amorgos means to be mobile.
The local Bus service covers the main routes and mostly works from May-June to September-October.
Timetable (on the right) seasonally changes and can be found in main bus stations and supermarkets.
A number of Rental Services provide small cars, scooters and squads, this seems to be an appropriate way to reach most places of the island.
You can find Taxis in the main villages and ports or call them to pick you up.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Settlement began on Amorgos in the late 5th millennium BC at the hill-top of Minoa. The 3rd millennium BC marks the island’s first apogee, when it was an important centre of the Cydadic culture. With the arrival of Ionian settlers the 3 cities of historic times emerged Aegiali, Minoa and Arkesini.
The arrival of refugee monks with the icon from Khoziba in Palestine in the 9th century, followed by the subsequent founding of the Chozoviotissa Monastery allegedly in 1088, was of considerable importance for the history of the island. In the medieval time it passed in the sovereignty of Francs and finally in the Venice Domination. But Amorgos had to face the pirates’ raids and in 1540 it became formally a Turkish possession.
In 1835, the island was include in the new Kingdom of Greece. In the same year a devastating fire spread from Aigiali and burned the oak forests of Mount Kroukelos, radically altering the landscape and ecology of the northern end of the island.
MUST BE SEEN
Mostly with pebbles they are all around the island: wild and quiet with incredible crystal waters. For sandy beaches you’ll mostly go to Aegiali bay. If you want to be really on your own, walk to the ones only accessible on foot such as Chalara, Mikri Vlychada, Chochlaka or even Ammoudi.
Recommended beach: Mouros, Agia Anna, Nikouria, Plakes, Psili Ammos, Levrosos
Amorgos is a place for hiking lovers. It is covered of historical paths passing by villages, monasteries, chapels and abandonned settlement. The landscape with its close-to-the-sea mountains offers phantastic views on nearly every corner.
Best paths: Potamos-Chozoviotissa Monastery, Stavros, Valsamitis-Katapola, Tholaria-Lagada, Profitis Ilias….
Covered of churchs, monasteries, archaeological sites and traditional villages, Amorgos offers a large choice of places to visit.
Recommended: Chozoviotissa Monastery, Agios Valsamitis, Agia Triada in Arkessini, Chora’s Museum
EVENTS & TRADITIONS :
Celebration are happening all year long and are really worth participating. Traditional music, dances, food and very warm atmosphere! Local products are also a very important aspect of the island & delicious.
To taste: Psimeni raki, Myzithra cheese, Patatato, Pasteli, Honey…
Summer most important celebrations: 14 & 15 of August, 26 July, Pasteli celebration