Holidays in Amorgos

 
 
 
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Amorgos is where the discerning traveler goes to taste a laid-back atmosphere and a sense of being miles from anywhere, that can't be beaten. Most importantly, the island has managed to remain unspoilt by the passage of time.

Luc’s Besson film, The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu, 1988) with Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno, was definitely not shot by chance in the cobalt waters of Amorgos.

With a striking diversity of wild culinary herbs and medicinal plants (about 50 plant species some of them are also endemic) Amorgos has nowadays become more famous than in the exquisite long-ago filming sequences.

 
A melting pot of intellectuality, incorporating a rich heritage of food and natural beauties: jaw-dropping beaches, rugged landscape and great elevation differences, due to which the high mountain summits often wreathed in purple clouds, Amorgos is an untamed Greek paradise in Cyclades.

A melting pot of intellectuality, incorporating a rich heritage of food and natural beauties: jaw-dropping beaches, rugged landscape and great elevation differences, due to which the high mountain summits often wreathed in purple clouds, Amorgos is an untamed Greek paradise in Cyclades.

A gorgeous hideaway from the heat among the white-washed alleys of Chora. (Jazzmin cafe/bar)

A gorgeous hideaway from the heat among the white-washed alleys of Chora. (Jazzmin cafe/bar)

 

The best time to visit Amorgos , 

is the beginning of summer when the island doesn’t bask in scorching hot temperatures and you have the chance to admire its ravishing coastlines, walk the trekking trails and rock-climbing on the long ridge of its mountains, while smeling the blooming wild oregano without the throngs of tourists in August.

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Undeniably, taking a stroll through Chora, aka the delightful cliff-edged capital of Amorgos, also considered to be one of the most beautiful settlements in the Cyclades, is a must-do upon your list. 

Nestled in-between its scenic alleys of Chora, you will find the Tower of Gavras, an impressive restored building of Venetian architecture, which houses the regional Archaeological Museum. The Lyceum of Amorgos, which served as one of the very first schools after the Greek revolution (1821), as well innumerous chapels, sophisticated shops, chill-out cafes and traditional taverns are also located in Chora. At the same time, perched on a cliff, at the highest point of Chora, is lying the castle of Amorgos (13th century). To add to the above, you can enjoy spectacular views, while having breakfast or even cocktails with a Greek twist (mastic/honey/ginger-flavored drips) at one of the little stylish terraces also to be found at the heart of Amorgos's Chora.

Clinging on a sheer cliff the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, is a pitch-perfect balcony to the Aegean Sea.

Clinging on a sheer cliff the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, is a pitch-perfect balcony to the Aegean Sea.

 
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Clinging on a sheer cliff the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, a balcony to the Aegean Sea, that offers dramatic coastline views, as well as the Monastery of St. George Varsamitis - with an ancient sacred spring dedicated to Apollo, a road trip to the off-the-beaten tourist path southwest strip of the island, heading towards the pristine village of Kato Meria to enjoy an intact agricultural landscape, where also the movie-famous wreck of Olympia lays offshore, are just the tip of the iceberg amongst the many things to do in Amorgos.

 

Swimming in the island's isolated beaches compensates any sea lovers and sun bathers. 

From the tiny pebbly cove of Agia Anna, to the cult pier of Kalotaritissa to hop on a boat in order to visit the islet of Gramvousa, and the sugary-line of sand, the so-called Agios Pavlos beach, facing the island of Nikouria with the golden-sand remote shorelines, are just a few of the choices to pick up and shuffle.

 
 
 

Amorgos is also a trekking paradise, offering a plethora of well-marked trails that normally cross through a village and/or a point of interest (archaeological sites, churches, etc.), always melting into the landscape. 

At the traditional taverns and kafeneia, you will hear Amorgian mantinades (folk songs) to the sound of violin or lute, and also get the chance to taste “patatato (honey-baked goat meat cooked in tomato sauce served with potatoes), “xidato” (a type of tripe soup with plenty vinegar), handmade pies and jams, local cheeses and the emblematic nougat of the island, “pasteli”, served on lemon-grass leaves. Baked raki, also an edible souvenir, undoubtedly the culinary symbol of Amorgos, will accompany your meze or help you digest after a long summer dinner.
 
Παραδοσιακό μεζεδοπωλείο-καφενείο στην Κάτω Μεριά.

Παραδοσιακό μεζεδοπωλείο-καφενείο στην Κάτω Μεριά.

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TRANSPORT

No matter if the public transit system is good enough, it would be good to rent a car/motorbike as the local buses don’t run to all the secluded beaches that Amorgos has to offer (or even the buses operate sparsely). Regarding bus routes from and to Aegiali and Katapola, aka the two main ports of Amorgos, there are buses that operate perfectly on time.

accommodation

In Amorgos accommodation options are for all tastes and sizes of wallets, as there is a abundance of lodging in almost every single hamlet of the island, eg. in Lagada, Tholaria, Aegiali, Potamos, Chora and Katapola. Also, there are few rooms-to-let in Kato Meria. Thus, you can choose between studios and rooms to let, five-star hotels, sophisticated stone guest-houses or simply sleep under the open sky at one of the 3 camping sites on the island.

 
 
 

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A fusion of majestic simplicity and unaffected grandeur harmonically combined with a unique Cycladic aura, authentic beauty and tranquility, rugged rocky outcrops lapped by the bluest sea and dotted by a cluster of chalk-white houses, make holidays in Amorgos, the perfect Aegean idyll.

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