Amorgos

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Island in South Aegean

A picture showing a part of the Chora of Amorgos.
photo: Paul Arps / CC BY 2.0

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Amorgos

A ferry approaches the Port of Katapola on Amorgos island.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
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Port of Katapola, Amorgos

Central island port that offers routes with the Greek capital & Aegean islands, while it welcomes large cruise & has summer day-trip tours.

A photo that shows the interior of the Amorgos Botanical Park including the facilities of the small cafeteria.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↘ SE   < 1km

Amorgos Botanical Park

Since its inauguration in 2016, it informs about the diverse flora of the island that includes over 500 species 45 of which are endemic.

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A picture of the remains of the fortifications of Minoa city in Katapola on Amorgos island.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0
↓ S   < 1km

Ancient Minoa, Katapola Amorgos

Founded in the 7th century BC by settlers from Samos, it was located close to Katapola one of the best protected natural ports of Cyclades.

A wooden sign showing the distance in kilometers within the hiking trail network of Amorgos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   < 1km

Hiking on Amorgos

An advanced network of hiking trails that compose the ideal way to become familiar with the nature and the rural perspective of the island.

A panoramic picture of the bay that hosts the beach of Maltezi at Katapola of Amorgos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↖ NW   ≈ 1.8km

Maltezi Beach, Katapola Amorgos

The fact that it cannot be reached very easily offers a notion of remoteness to this sandy beach which hosts a nice beach bar.

An overview of a part of the settlement of Chora of Amorgos with the windmills in the background.
photo: Stathis24
→ E   ≈ 4.4km

Chora of Amorgos

Built on a spot that was invisible from the sea and was providing shelter from the pirates, is one of the most picturesque Cycladic settlements.

Two older men during the preparation of pasteli and plenty of people in the audience in the background.
→ E   ≈ 4.5km

Pasteli Feast in Amorgos

It takes place annually in August and it's a unique opportunity to taste but also learn about the production of the local sesame seed candy.

A picture from the outside and the outer yard of the Archaeological Museum of Amorgos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   ≈ 4.5km

Archaeological Museum of Amorgos

Founded in 1963 it deals with the island's historical evolution from the Prehistoric to the Roman era. It is unfortunately temporarily closed.

A panoramic picture showing the beach of Agia Anna on Amorgos island.
photo: Julien Maury
→ E   ≈ 5.4km

Agia Anna Beach, Amorgos

World-famous beach that consists of rocks and pebbles mixed with sand and is the location where the movie "Big Blue" by Luc Besson was filmed.

An image of the exterior of the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa as it is built on the cliff.
photo: Paul Arps / CC BY 2.0
→ E   ≈ 5.9km

Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery

On the steep southern coast, 300 meters above the sea level is located the impressive monastery that seems like hanging from the cliff.

A picture showing the hill of the acropolis of the Ancient Arcesine on the island of Amorgos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↙ SW   ≈ 9.4km

Ancient Arcesine, Amorgos

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Remains belonging to a major ancient settlement with an impressive rocky and high acropolis that provides supervision of the whole area.

A picture showing the Agios Pavlos beach on the island of Amorgos.
↗ NE   ≈ 11.7km

Agios Pavlos Beach, Amorgos

A pebble beach that stands for the narrow strip that enters the crystal clear waters. Protected from the north winds and ideal for snorkeling.

Guests and faithful at the yard of Agia Paraskevi Church in Kato Meria and the sunset in the background.
↙ SW   ≈ 12.6km

Agia Paraskevi Church, Kato Meria

Famous for the biggest "panigyri" (festival) of Cyclades islands that demands 10 days of preparations, 100 volunteers, and attracts 4000 guests.

A panoramic photo of the bay that includes the beach of Paradisia at South Amorgos.
↙ SW   ≈ 13km

Paradisia Beach, South Amorgos

Small pebble & sand beach, just one tree in the middle, and sunbeds & umbrellas of the canteen that provides coffee, refreshments, and snacks.

A picture of the Shipwreck of Olympia at Amorgos island.
↙ SW   ≈ 14.5km

Amorgos Shipwreck of Olympia

A sea tragedy occurred in February 1980 that became an attraction and inspired the director Luc Besson to shoot the film "The Big Blue 1988".

Numerous fishing boats anchored in the windless bay of Kalotaritissa.
photo: prilfish / CC BY 2.0
← W   ≈ 15.8km

Kalotaritissa Beach, South Amorgos

Windless bay that hosts a sandy beach with crystal clear waters. A small boat departs hourly to the small island of Gramvousa.

A panoramic photo of the Port and the settlement of Aegiali on Amorgos island.
photo: Vagk at Greek Wikipedia
↗ NE   ≈ 18.2km

Port of Aegiali, Amorgos

Second island port that connects Aegiali (complex of villages) with numerous Aegean islands & the Greek capital through the ferry boat route.

An overview of the Levrossos Beach on the island of Amorgos.
↗ NE   ≈ 18.5km

Levrossos Beach, Amorgos

Sandy beach with natural shadow, reached through a 300 m path from the parking area and with a beach bar some meters over the shore.

A panoramic photo of the Egiali bay including the homonymous beach on Amorgos island.
photo: Dcarters at en.wikipedia
↗ NE   ≈ 18.7km

Egiali (Aegiali) Beach, Amorgos

Popular beach located by the bay of the port and settlement of Ormos Egialis. Easy access and plenty of nice cafés and restaurants around.

An overview of the uninhabited island of Keros.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0
← W   ≈ 28.9km

Keros Island

Mysterious island and probably the most ancient sanctuary of the Aegean that is described through the Documentary "The Enigma of Keros".

A small boat and the rocky coast at the area of Pori on Ano Koufonisi islet.
↖ NW   ≈ 36.4km

Koufonisia

4-small islets Complex (Ano, Kato Koufonisi, Keros, Glaronisi), where Ano Koufonisi is permanently inhabited offering genuine travel experiences.

The small port of Stavros settlement on the island of Donousa.
↑ N   ≈ 41.5km

Donousa

With a total area of 13 km² and a diameter of only 5.5 km, it's a tiny islet with nearly 160 inhabitants & ideal for relaxation & mindfulness.

A picture showing the small island of Schinoussa.
← W   ≈ 42.8km

Schinoussa Island

The cental of the "Lesser Cyclades" complex, stands for a genuine friendly notion and is an ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

Questions & Answers about Amorgos

Why Visit Amorgos?
  • The English-language film "The Big Blue" (1988) was filmed on the island.
  • Agia Paraskevi festival (panigyri) on 26th of July is the biggest in the Aegean.
  • Exploring the island through its paths & experiencing local hospitality in each step.
What is Amorgos, Greece?

In the heart of the Aegean Sea, is located the "Deep Blue", of the Greek island of Amorgos. It is the easternmost island of the Cyclades, in the northeast of Naxos. Today Amorgos is one of the less busy destinations of the Cyclades, offering an intense traditional color that is reflected both in the settlements of the island and the way of life. Picturesque villages and beaches with crystal clear water are what a guest will meet here and it is no coincidence that most return. Most beaches are located in the northern part of the island as the southern part is dominated by the steep cliffs. The transport to one of its two ports (Katápola and Egiali) can be done by ferry from Piraeus, or from the nearby islands.

What is the origin of the name Amorgos?

Already by the end of the 4th millennium BC there are traces of human presence on the island, while in antiquity Amorgos was one of the major centers of the Cycladic civilization. The island's name allegedly derived from the word Amorgis, commonly flax or linseed, a rare plant, which in antiquity were used in for sewing the Amorgians tunics, who mentioned in Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Following common history of the Cyclades, Amorgos joined the fledgling Greek state after the Revolution of 1821.