Amorgo’s international reputation is linked to the Luc’s Besson film, The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu, 1988) with Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno, which was shot in the cobalt waters off Amorgos. The movie won the César Award for Best Original Music (1989) and was screened (out of competition) at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Amorgos around the world. In 2017 (29 years after the movie was shot in the island), the film was revived through a fabulous project, aka "The Authentic Big Blue". Learn more.
The crystal-clear turquoise water crashing against the rugged shores of Amorgos, is probably the reason why every beach in this island feels so unique. Mostly offering shingle beaches with no infrastructure, apart from few sunbeds, umbrellas and a handful of modest beach bars – the island stands as a good base for all kind of travelers (from families and couples to friends or even nudists). Discover Amorgos beaches.
Amorgos is the origin of many famous Cycladic figurines as well asfor its ancient sacred spring dedicated to Apollo in the Monastery of Saint George of Varsamitis. Read more about the history of Amorgos →
Sightseeing & Activities
Climb up to the photogenic Monastery of Hozoviotissa (a daunting hike of 300 steps), which is located a bit further from Chora, following the road to the popular beach of Agia Anna. A Byzantine monastery of an extraordinary architecture that is clinging on a sheer cliff atop the mountain of Prophet Elias, ascending approximately 300 meters over Aegean Sea, that offers dramatic coastline views. There you will also get to see a beautiful collection of Byzantine painted icons as well as the aged icon of Virgin Mary, a work of St. Luke the Evangelist. Read the list.
There is daily ferry direct ride from Athens heading to the two ports of Amorgos (Katapola and Aegiali) running throughout the year. You can either take the boat from Piraeus port (the trip with a conventional boat lasts about 9 hours/6 hours with high speed ferries during high season), or from the port of Rafina (11 hours/5 hours in summer). See more.