Amorgos

Island in South Aegean

A place for travelers rather than tourists, this island combines a wild and mountainous landscape with Aegean's endless blue. Sunsets are otherwordly.

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

Amorgos Attractions

Amorgos Shipwreck of Olympia

A tragedy in sea occurred in 1980 that inspired director Luc Besson to shoot the film The Big Blue (1988) here on Amorgos.

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

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.

Agia Paraskevi Church, Kato Meria

The church is famous for organizing the biggest traditional festival in Cyclades. It takes 100 volunteers 10 days to prepare for its 4000 guests.

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

Ancient Minoa, Katapola Amorgos

Settlers from Samos founded a colony here in the 7th century BC. You can stroll around the ruins and enjoy the panoramic view.

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

Ancient Arcesine

Remains belonging to a major ancient settlement with an impressive rocky acropolis that allows an bird's-eye view over the whole area.

Amorgos Things to Do

An image of the exterior of the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa built on the cliff.
photo: Paul Arps / CC BY 2.0
hidden gem

Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery

On the steep southern coast, 300 meters above the sea, there is an impressive monastery that seemingly is hanging from the rocks.

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

Hiking on Amorgos

Amorgos has a lengthy trails network that will spoil you with breath-taking views from vertiginous cliffs, and also legions of free-grazing goats.

Pasteli Feast

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 showing sailing boats floating off the small island of Schinoussa.
distant ≈ 42.8km

Schinoussa Island

The central island of the Lesser Cyclades bears a resemblance to what Greek islands looked like in the 60s. Ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

An overview of the uninhabited island of Keros - a huge rock shining in a setting sun.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0
distant ≈ 28.9km

Keros Island

Mysterious and uninhabited island where the most ancient sanctuary of the Aegean is located. It is the subject of the documentary "The Enigma of Keros".

Amorgos Museums

Amorgos Beaches

A panoramic picture showing the beach of Agia Anna on Amorgos island.
photo: Julien Maury

Agia Anna Beach

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.

Agios Pavlos Beach

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

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.

Levrossos Beach

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 picture of the bay that hosts the beach of Maltezi at Katapola of Amorgos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Maltezi Beach, Katapola

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

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 panoramic photo of the Egiali bay including the homonymous beach on Amorgos island.
photo: Dcarters at en.wikipedia

Egiali (Aegiali) Beach

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

Amorgos Settlements

An overview of a part of the settlement of Chora of Amorgos with the windmills in the background.
photo: Stathis24

Chora of Amorgos

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

Amorgos Island Hopping

Donousa

Find yourself in this tiny islet. With only 160 inhabitants, it's ideal for relaxation, yoga, and mindfulness. Beachlife is most there is here.

Koufonisia

Backpackers' favorites, out of these four islets, only Ano Koufonisi is permanently inhabited. Find lots of time for yourself with friends on the beach.

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.

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