#know before you go
Being the 7th largest island of Cyclades that appears as an elongated, slanted shape on the map, Amorgos is characterized by long driving distances. Apart from a couple of taxis, the local bus service runs from and to the main port of the island, Katapola, Chora, Aegiali, and a handful of the island’s beaches. Also, during the high season there is a frequent night bus services running from Aegiali to Chora.
Bear in mind that the public transportation is customarily running smoothly throughout summer time, however the hairpinned roads make tripping around Amorgos a thrilled bumpy ride. The best way to explore the island is without doubt to rent a car or a motorbike. For the more trained cyclists out there, there is also the possibility of mountain bike, or biking around the island.
“With their country tied to their sails and their oars hung on
The shipwrecked slept tamely like dead beasts on a bedding
— Nikos Gatsos (Amorgos, 1943)
Being a large and indepedent island, Amorgos offers all kind of services for its habitants and visitors alike. Particularly, in Chora there is one small Medical Center, a Citizen Service Center, and a post office (there is one more post at the port of Aegiali), various courier services, a couple of pharmacies (there is also one apothecary in Aegiali), a police station (also in Aegiali), whereas there is only one bank located in Katapola (branch of the Piraeus Bank). The two Port authorities are situated respectively in Katapola and in Aegiali. Finally, there is a very good internet service all around Amorgos as well as in every hotel, coffee shop, restaurant, and free wireless connection for the visitors in few spots around Katapola, Chora and Aegiali.
The opening times of the shops change during high season (closing afterhours), however they normally operate during early morning and afternoon hours.
Nightlife in Amorgos is generally sophisticated, languid and low-key; with cool bohemian bars that serve delicious cocktails and local spirits. A couple of late-night spots can be found in Chora, Katapola, Xylokeratidi, Tholaria and Aegiali.
Love hiking? Before taking off, make sure you are well-informed about the trails’ degrees of difficulty (especially when the wind is blowing mercilessly), preferably begin early in the morning and wear a pair sneakers/hiking boots.