Amorgos | A Cycladic Island Gem
One of the most impressive Cycladic islands, Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades Islands group. It is also the closest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group — however, it is far from Athens. Thus, it isn’t overrun by tourists and cruise ships. Since parts of the island reach considerable heights above sea level, you’ll have superb views over the Archipelago of Lil Cyclades.
Amorgos | Places to see
There is a distinct Cycladic character to Amorgos. It is a beautiful village at an elevation of 400 m in the island’s center.
- A 13th-century Venetian castle dominates this medieval mountain village. The castle is on a rock that stands above the village of Chora like a protecting structure. The massive rock is almost 100 m high, making the castle a well-worth visit but a hard climb up.
- Langada (Lagada) is one of three scenic hillside villages located 20 km north of Chora. This genuine Greek village has traditional Cycladic architecture, narrow alleys, and small churches.
- The Monastery of Hozoviotissa is the second oldest monastery in Greece, located on the eastern side of Amorgos. Constructed in 1017 and renovated in 1088, it is hanging on the side of a cliff of Mt. Profitis Elias, 300 m above the ocean. It was built to honor Grace of Panagia (the Virgin Mary), the island’s patron saint.
Amorgos | Things to do
- Hike. Amorgos has many walking paths. These paths are also called “The Blue Paths” because they have fantastic views over the Aegean Sea. One popular trek is the path leading from Chora to the monastery.
- Try the local raki. Many local tavernas and restaurants serve this grape-based liquor.
- Go to the beach. Amorgos is a fantastic place for total privacy. Nudism is standard on some beaches on Amorgos, which are ideal because they are so private. Agia Anna is a naturist beach accessible through a path down the monastery.
- Party. Aegiali (Giali) is northeast of Chora and has an authentic atmosphere and traditional character. It’s a popular nightlife spot on Amorgos.
- Celebrate. Amorgos’ religious feasts and festivals are deeply connected to the Greek Orthodox Church. Although major holidays are prime time for festivities, they occur throughout the year. Locals organize them, and visitors are encouraged to participate.
- Film Location for “The Big Blue”: Amorgos was a filming location for the 1988 movie “The Big Blue.” The film showcases the island’s stunning underwater scenery.
- An ancient Minoan Settlement. The Archaeological excavations have revealed the remains of an ancient Minoan settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.
Amorgos has a temperate Mediterranean climate. The winter is relatively mild, with powerful winds. The summer is hot, with the cooling north winds, “Meltemi,” during August. Winter has more rainfall than summertime.
Amorgos Island is a foodie’s delight. Enjoy traditional dishes like Amorgos cheese pies (tyropitakia). In addition to Xerotigana (fried pies filled with white beet and fennel). Also, Ladotyri (sheep’s milk cheese stored in olive oil, and Patatato (goat cooked with potatoes).
Other delicious treats include Psimeni raki (the local spirit – scented and seasoned with herbs) and Pasteli (sesame bar). Not only will you find the local cuisine delicious, but it will also be reasonably priced.
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