Hereby, with a stretch of steep coastline in the eastern part and a more accessible western seashore, Amorgo’s beaches are examined below (from southeast to northwest):
Facing Kalotaritissa bay, Gramvousa hides two secluded tiny stretches of golden sand among big rock formations that offer natural shades and a scenic chapel of Virgin Mary. To get to these beaches you need to hop on a boat from Kalotaritissa bay or Katapola.
Lying in the southernmost point of the island, the bay Kalotaritissa is located about 40 kilometers away from Aegiali, around 27 kilometers from Katapola and approximately 21 kilometers from Chora. Protected from the winds, being one of the island’s longest beaches, offers golden sand, crisp blue water and a handful of umbrellas next to a summer canteen. From Kalotaritissa’s pier you can also hop on a boat for a daily excursion to the islet of Gramvousa and its stunning coastal choices.
A semi-hidden small pebbly light blue cove, Liveros is lying in the homonymous inlet, approximately 24 kilometers from Katapola, about 19 kilometers from Chora and around 40 kilometers from Aegiali. Once popular - it was used as the main filming location for Luc Besson’s movie, now it is not possible to swim in it due to litter coming from the otherwise scenic wreck of Olympia that lies just offshore. It is advisable not to swim into this bay due to litter issues. It best accessed by car and then, following the path starting from the main road (a-15 minutes walk). It is also advisable not to wear flip-flops.
Paradeisia is a beach located about 20 kilometers from Chora, approximately 25 kilometers from Katapola and around 38 kilometers from the port of Aegiali. Usually calm (against the wind-blown beaches in the south) this is a tiny pebbly stretch of beach with crystal waters. The beach is lying 2 kilometers after the settlement of Kolofana, at the site of the church of Agia Paraskevi. With a canteen on the background, Paradeisia can be also accessed via buses (stopping next to the little chapel).
Kato Kambos beach is nestled inside a scenic bay nearby Kolofana. A calm coast protected by the winds, it has fine sand and gravel, A stretch of crunchy sand the beach of an always calm coast recognized from the little chapel of Virgin Mary (Panagia tou Politi), from where the photo ops are magnificent. Best visited by car through a 2km drive on a gravel road.
Ammoudi is a small beach very close to Mouros beach. It has white sand, blue waters and is not close to a shop, tavern or café. The coast is accessible only on foot after walking about half an hour, following the path.
Mouros (one of the best beaches in Amorgos) is an electric-blue water beach about 15 kilometers from Chora, 18 kilometers from Katapola and 32 kilometers from the port of Aegiali. The relatively small pebbly beach area is surrounded by two caves, rippling clear waters and outcropping rocks for diving. Best visited by car through a 2km drive on a gravel road that starts at the settlement. Upon arrival you can park your car and walk down the stairs to the beach (400 meters downhill hike) leaving the car in the parking area, walking on a relatively steep downhill trail with steps of about 400 meters. The café-bar above the beach offers some of the best views on Aegean Sea, and there is also a traditional tavern.
Approximately 3 kilometers away from Katapola, Agioi Saranta beach took its name from the homonymous chapel in the area. A tiny isolated pebbly cove with clear waters, a lively magnet for alternative summer breakers. It is best accessible by car following the road that leads to the ancient town of Minoa over the hill of Moutoula and then walking down a trail crossing Lefkes at the settlement of Agia Thekla (about 15 minutes).
Tyrokomos is to be found nearby the beach of Agioi Sarantaabout and is located approximately 3 kilometers away from Katapola. Its pebbly bank is encircled by a crystal waters providing a great venue for snorkeling. It is best accessible by car following the road that leads to the ancient town of Minoa over the hill of Moutoula and then walking down a trail crossing Lefkes at the settlement of Agios Ioannis (about 20 minutes).
Finikies beach is situated approximately 3 kilometers from Katapola. A grandiose sweep of pebble and sand stretch right with crystal-clear waters right before the archaeological site of Minoa (and prior to the beaches of Tyrokomos and Agioi Saranta). Finikies beach tends to be less touristy than nearby shores. It is best accessible by car following the road that leads to the ancient town of Minoa over the hill of Moutoula and then walking down a trail crossing Lefkes (about 20 minutes).
Kato Akrotiri is lying next to the port of Katapola, almost at the point where the boat is moored. Facing the settlement of Xylokeratidi village, it is a sandy stretch of shoreline with swallow waters. It is easily accessible on foot from the port as well as by car or via the local buses that run frequently during summer to and from Chora/Aegiali.
Katapola is found at the heart of the island and in front of the homonymous village, about 6 kilometers away from Chora and around 22 kilometers from the other port of Amorgos, Aegiali. With a series of trees providing natural shade and just a few powdery footsteps away a plethora of laid-back cafes and restaurants, this beach is easily accessible by car or via the local buses that are running on a daily basis from Chora and Aegiali.
Laying nearby the port of Katapola, Plakes got its name from the plethora of stony slabs embedded into the sea floor. For gloriously unspoiled wilderness, nude bathing and deep diving, Plakes rank among the finest beaches in the island. It is accessible either by boat (running regularly in the summer from the port of Katapola), or on foot walk (from Katapola as well as from Maltezi beach).
Maltezi is located very close to the port of Katapola and nearby Agios Panteleimonas. It has sandy pebble beaches, turquoise waters and is an organized beach with umbrellas, sun loungers and beach bar with loud music. The sprawling pebbly beach of Maltezi is like a chill-out lounge for the sunbathers of Amorgos bearing them sunbeds, umbrellas and a loud dancing beach bar. It is accessible either on foot following the well-marked hiking path through Xylokeratididi (approximately 40 minutes) or by boat (departing from Katapola and running every half an hour during high season).
The pebbly beach of Agios Panteleimonas that is sheltered under the homonymous chapel is located just a breath away from Katapola. A tiny stretch of fine pebbles with seductive crystal-clear waters amidst reefs capturing the attention of those who love diving. and close to it and just below the chapel there is a point suitable for diving from the rocks. It is accessible on foot straight from Katapola (half an hour hike) or by boat (from Maltezi) and then walking about 5 minutes.
Tris Ierarches is a crescent inside the bay of Katapola at the settlement of Xylokeratidi and is sheltered under the homonymous chapel, nearby a cemetery. Devoid of people this pebbly beach offers great views. It is easily accessible by car or via the local buses that run from and to Chora frequently during high season. Alternatively, you can get the bus from Aegiali and walk towards Xylokeratidi.
On the eastern side of the island, the beach of Mersini is lying in the homonymous bay. It is a tiny shoreline with crystal clear turquoise waters marked by pebbles and a languid pace, although is only accessible by boat.
Nikouria is a small uninhabited island with 3 remote and underdeveloped sandy shores located approximately 5 kilometers away from Aegiali facing Agios Pavlos beach. Getting here, in order to explore the crystal-clear blue waters, involves a 10 minute trip by boat (departing every half hour from Agios Pavlos - itineraries usually start after June 15 and cost 4 euros). During the peak of summer, on one of these beaches, you can even enjoy cocktails from a random beach bar.
The beach is located about 11 kilometers from Chora, approximately 9 kilometers from Aegiali and around 17 kilometers from the main port of Amorgos, Katapola. Clumsily put together with a sugary line of sand and a rocky seabed with transparent emerald waters, Agios Pavlos is divided into two different beaches. There is only one tavern nearby, however you will head to this beach anyway to hop on ferry to get to the unspoiled sands of Nikouria. Agios Pavlos is easily accessible via local buses, running frequently during summer. Lastly, you can take a short walk to reach another powdery strip of sand, lying next to Agios Pavlos.
Kambi is a beach neighboring Agia Anna Beach and Syrma. Enclosed by high cliffs, making it an almost undiscovered from the crowds, Kampi is a skinny-dipping pebbly shoreline of crystal-clear waters overlooking the rocky islet of Megalo Viokastro. There's not much else to do here, except enjoy the superb view at the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. Finally, Kampi is accessible via a hiking path (15min walk) crossing Syrma and following the rocks along the beach (hiking footwear highly recommended).
Syrma is located next to the famous beach of Agia Anna. Syrma is accessible via a hiking path that begins on the right side of the parking lot following the canteen. Once you get there, you will be greeted by a beautiful scenery of crystal-clear waters, including two big rock formations that separate the pebble beach in two sections.
The most emblematic beach of Amorgos, Agia Anna, it’s sheltered under the homonymous scenic chapel and though it bears a tiny slice of coast (there's no little chance of playing beach-mat overlap with strangers), there’s no denying about its reputation. Located about 3 kilometers from Chora and approximately 1,5 kilometers from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, Agia Anna beach is a perfect crescent of fine pebble sand backed by small rugged caves protecting a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea, ideal for snorkeling around and exploring. Celebrated worldwide by a memorable scene on Luc Besson’s cult movie The Big Blue, people flock there to marvel at the raw beauty of the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, whereas solitary sun lovers relax and dive from the rocks around the beach. It can be reached on foot from Chora (30min/walk along the path from Kalogeriko), or via car until the parking lot and from there walking down the stairs to the shore. Also, there is a bus service running regularly during summer period.
Chalara, set next to Sparti, is a quite inaccessible beach to visit. With its white pebbled sand and a series of plates under its dramatic waters, is one of the most scenic beaches in Amorgos. It might be difficult to reach, but upon arrival, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning beach and may even have it all to yourself. You should not forget to pack at least a bottle of water and wear sneakers or athletic shoes. The beach is accessible via boat, either hiking from Potamos (for about an hour) or following the well-marked path that begins from Asfontilitis and drives towards the Aegean Sea.
Sparti beach is in the eastern part of the island, tucked inside the homonymous bay and a steep-sided ravine of 500 meters high. In other words, this is a tiny stretch of bone-white sand and emerald-blue water in which the sun sets over the striking mountains. The beach is only accessible via the ferry that cruises around the island of Amorgos during high season (summer).
Hochlakas is an isolated pebble beach stretched on the northwest side of Aegiali, next to Psili Ammos. With crystal-clear waters and no infrastructure this shoreline is accessible on foot, a-45-minute hike from Aegiali or a-25-minute walk from the parking lot at Levrosos, either by boat from Aegiali to Psili Ammos and then a short 10-minute walk.
Psili Ammos is a secluded, free of sunbeds powdery beach with crystal-clear waters, located northwest of Aegiali.
Levrosos is nearby Aegiali beach facing the homonymous port of Amorgos. A traditionally nudist place, the beach offers a string of sand, crystal waters, and plentiful trees for shade.
Aegiali beach is situated in front of the homonymous seaside settlement, about 15 kilometers from Chora and approximately 22 kilometers from Katapola. With the longest coastline in the whole island (one km), some part of the beach is semi-organized offering sun umbrellas and lounge chairs on a fine white sand, calm and swallow waters for novice swimmers. The beach is also a magnet for families with toddlers, and there’s even a handful of cafes, restaurants and beach bars to explore.
Mikri Vlychada (also known as Mikri Glyfada) is a pebbly unspoiled beach with crystal-clear waters located on the northwest side of Tholaria. This secluded shoreline can be reached on foot in about 40 minutes through a rocky path that begins from the village of Tholaria.
Megali Vlychada (also known as Megali Glyfada) is a pebble beach located in the northern part of island, near the picturesque village of Tholaria. Armored with pebbles and relatively faraway (approx. 1,5 hours from Tholaria) its pitch-perfect for secluded dives without even coming across a soul.