Sightseeing & Activities:

what to see and what to do in Amorgos

 
 
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Treat your palate to an authentic local taste, as the local rakomelo (homemade liquor) and the herbaceous psimeni raki (baked raki), the official treat of Amorgos, both to be served in every single bar, tavern, traditional kafeneio and restaurant of the island.

Pay a visit to the ecclesiastical museum, where the collection contains heirlooms and examples of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art from all the ancient monasteries around the island. The ecclesiastical collection also includes icons, vestments, carved crosses, Gospels, communion cups, and ancient books, such a Lectionary (Evaggelistario) which dates back to the 11th century and a wonderful collection of old manuscripts from the Monastery of Hozoviotissa (10th - 18th century).
Take a stroll through Chora, aka the delightful cliff-edged capital of Amorgos. This predominantly pedestrian village, itself considered to be one of the most beautiful settlements in the Cyclades, has the island’s most concentrated selection of shopping places (retail shops with arty window displays, and markets of local products, traditional objects and souvenirs) and thus, is well worth an explore.

Hike up to the highest point of Chora, where the castle of Amorgos (known also as Kastro) is perched on a cliff. Built by the Venetian Jeremiah Gizi back in the 13th century, the castle is a rather veritable balcony over the district of Vorina, which also boasts a unique vantage point to admire the scenic half-ruined windmills setting on top of Troulos, the coffee shops at Platysteno and the Monk’s Mill square (Kalogerikos Mylos).

Drop by the historical Gymnasium of Amorgos, which served as one of the very first schools after the Greek revolution (1821). The building itself was funded at the expenses of the Monastery of Hozoviotissa.

You ought to make a short visit to the Tower of Gavras , an impressive restored building of Venetian architecture that dates to the 16th century and stands right at the heart of Chora, which also houses the regional Archaeological Museum. There, you can explore several findings from the three ancient towns of the island, (Arkesini, Minoa and Aegiali), such as sculptures, statues, reliefs as well as relics from the Archaic period to the 3rd century AC.
 
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Hang-out at Aegiali, one of the two marinas in the island of Amorgos. There, you can lay on a sandy beach, satisfy your fish cravings or party till dawn at one of the beach bars.

Head to the quaint village of Lagada to have the opportunity to experience the works of the local botanical distillery . There is also a possibility to schedule a walk-tour around the company’s premises to touch, smell and taste Amorgos’ genuine plants or even give yourself a wild herb treatment. Also, the company owns an aromatherapy shop, from which you can buy high-quality facial creams, plant-based oils (laurel, lavender) and pouches of detoxifying dry wilds (nettle mix, St. John’s wort, basil, marjoram, verbena).

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, and 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 .

A breath away from the village of Vroutsi, lays Kastri, where the ancient town of Arkesini was built during the 4th BC century. Ancient Arkesini,dating back to the Cycladic era, was inhabited by Ionians and was under the leadership of Naxos. Nowadays, the archaeological site is accessible only through a hiking trail.

Stop over the ancient tower Ancient Tower of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) situated nearby the archaeological site of Arkesini – considered as the best preserved of all the Cycladic monuments of the 4th century BC . Atop the hill of Kastella, you will also encounter the Protocycladic citadel of Arkesini.

Sprearfishing at Mouros beach and/or Agia Anna beach as well as in the islets of Nikouria and Gramvousa.

Avoid the crowds and rent a ferry to explore Amorgos treasure coast. Discover the stunning natural beauties of Amorgos and dive in coves that lay between the steep and abrupt cliffs of the island.
Go for a drink with a spectacular view and enjoy a cocktail with a Greek twist (mastic/honey/ginger-flavored) at one of the little stylish terraces in Amorgo’s town (Chora) .

Take a trip to Katapola, the main port of Amorgos, where a series of seafront coffee shops, traditional fish-taverns and bars sit amid crashing waves and whirling seagulls. There you can explore the ancient rusty water tap of Katapola (Vrysi Katapoliani), the church of Virgin Mary (Panagia Katapoliani), which was built above the temple of Pythian Apollo, the chapel of St. George in Rahidi and the memorial dedicated to those who died between 1912-22. Lastly, it’s worth to make a brief visit to the bay of Xylokeratidi where you will also encounter the church of Virgin Mary.

Crawl yourself to the hidden mountain Byzantine church of Agios Theologos (John the Evangelist), situated about an hour away from the village of Lagada. Also, the area is a part of Natura 2000 .

Spend some time at the archaeological site of Minoa, one of the very first settlements in Amorgos founded by the mighty Minoans . Nestled on the side of Moundoulia hill ascending 255 meters over the port of Katapola with some very interesting ruins from the Post-classical, the Classical and the Roman period.

Spot the wreck of the boat Olympia in the village of Kato Meria (closeby Kalotaritissa), which was breached on the small golf of Liveros, back in February 1980. The site is also familiar from the scenes of the Big Blue movie that made Amorgos famous worldwide.

Notice the rock carvings that have been interpreted as being the artwork of a disable local child back in 1888. These can be found in the uninhibited stone settlement of Asfontilitis, which has entailed its Cycladic architecture . There, you can also visit a chapel devoted to Saint Nicholas (Agios Nickolaos) or even take a Greek coffee at the one and only traditional kafeneio of the hamlet.

Walk the trail from the quaint village of Lagada to the abandoned hamlet of Stroumbos .
Consider walking the 65 steps that lead to the tiny chapel of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) , perched on a rock and to be found few meters away from the village of Lagada.

Take time to visit the mysterious Monastery of St. George Varsamitis, a name that derives from a Greek healing herb, varsamo (a type of wild mint), growing in abundance around the area. This historical place is located about 5 kilometers away from Amorgo’s town (Chora), following the road to Kato Meria. Inside the rooms of the monastery, you can see an ancient sacred spring (agiasma) dedicated to Apollo from which locals used to ask for advices – a tradition dating thousands of years back .

Take a road trip to the off-the-beaten tourist path of the southwestern strip of the island, heading towards the pristine village of Kato Meria to enjoy an intact agricultural landscape. Also, there are plenty of quaint hamlets to visit along the way: Kamari, Vroutsi, Arkesini, Rahoula, Kolofana, Kalotaritissa and Mavri Miti.

Go for a swim in one of the island’s beaches : Agia Anna, Agioi Saranta, Agios Panteleimonas, Agios Pavlos, Aegiali, Ammoudi, Megali Vlychada, Mikri Vlychada, Kalotaritissa, Kambi, Katapola, Kato Akrotiri, Kato Kambos, Levrosos, Liveros bay, Maltezi, Mersini, Mouros, Paradeisia, Plakes, Sparti, Syrma, Tris Ierarches, Tyrokomos, Finikies, Chalara, Hochlakas, Psili Ammos. Some of them are accessible on foot and others only by boat.

Hop on a boat from Agios Pavlos beach to explore the deserted island of Nikouria and its 3 unspoiled sandy beaches with the amazing crystal-clear waters . Also, you will have the chance to see the chapel of Virgin Mary (Panagia Nikouriani) as well as an ancient settlement place.

Ride a boat from Kalotaritissa bay to the islet of Gramvousa, known for its 2 soft golden coves with the sparkling clean water that are protected from the wind . And don’t forget to also pay a visit to the church of Virgin Mary.
 
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  • Chora – Monastery of Hozoviotissa - Xenodohio - Argilas - Asfontilitis - Oxo Meria - Potamos (4/5 hours)

  • Katapola (Pera Rahidi) - (Milies) - Chora (1 hour uphill, 40 minutes walk down)

  • Katapola - (ancient Minoa) - Agia Thekli - Domokathismata - Kamari – Panagia Kastriani - Vroutsi - Rahoula - Arkesini (4-5 hours)

  • Aegiali - Lagada - Stroumbos - Tholaria - Fokiotripa (2-3 hours)

  • Lagada - Agios Theologos - Stavros (2 hours)

 


Follow some of the numerous paths and well-marked routes of Amorgos:

 
  • Agios Georgios Varsamitis – ancient Minoa-Katapola (45 minutes)

  • Katapola - Chora (an hour 15 minutes uphill, 50 minutes downhill hike)

  • Katapola - Nera – Lighthouse aka Faros (1 hour 30 minutes)

  • Chora - Agia Anna beach (1 hour uphill, 30 minutes downhill)

  • Country - Terlakia - Xylokeratidi (2 hours)


 
  • (Chora) – Profitis Ilias (1 hour 15 minutes)

  • Arkesini - Ammoudi beach (45 minutes uphill, 30 minutes downhill)

  • Arkesini – Mavri Miti - Porto Akrotiri (45 minutes)

  • Tholaria - Mikri Vlyhada beach (45 minutes uphill, 30 minutes downhill)

  • Lagada - Machos (1 hour)

  • Lagada – Geros Stavros (30 minutes climb)

  • Tholaria - Chrysostomos - Lighthouse - Hochlakas - Fokiotripa (2 hours)

 
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