Amorgos


Amorgos is one of those islands that people become obsessed with. It’s quintessential Cycladic landscape – barren and rocky with dazzling white villages – was immortalized in the late 80s Besson film, The Big Blue.  It has many tourist facilities, but is not jam-packed like Naxos Island.  Nor is it pretentious, like Folegandros Island. Amorgos was first inhabited around 2000 BC, and is also home to a cliffside medieval era monastery called Hozoviotissa. Amorgos is known for it’s well-kept hiking trails that criss cross the island. It’s also possible to get to the Dodecanese here, making it an excellent destination for island hoppers. 

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General Information


MAIN TOWNS: Aegiali, Amorgos (Chora), and Katapola

MAIN BEACHES: Agia Anna, Agios Pavlos, Mouros, Levressos, as well as the town beaches of Aegiali and Katapola. 

LANDSCAPE: Arid, with some small mountains. There are some sandy beaches, but most are pebbled.  A mix of organized with umbrellas to rent, and secluded that are nudist-friendly.

VIBE: Authentic and unpretentious, but tourism is still the main sector.

Katapola Village, Amorgos Island, Cyclades

Getting There


AIRPORT? No. You’ll need to fly into either Athens, Naxos, or Santorini

THE MAIN FERRY DEPARTURE POINTS are from Aegiali or Katapola. There are a lot of ferry booking companies out there.  You can use the search feature on Let’s Ferry to plan your itinerary and pre-book tickets.  You can also purchase tickets in any main town, especially near the port. 

Hozoviotissa Monastery, Amorgos Island, Cyclades
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Island Hopping


From Amorgos, it’s possible to travel within the Cyclades to: Donoussa, Folegandros, Ios, IrakliaKoufonissi, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Schinoussa, Serifos, Syros, and Tinos. You can also travel to the Dodecanese, to AstypaleaKosLerosPatmos, and Rhodes.

Accommodations


1BR House on HomeAway
1BR Apt on HomeAway
1BR House on HomeAway
Guesthouse with suites on Booking.com
Bed and Breakfast on Booking.com
Serviced apartments on Booking.com

Further Reading…

Want to read more about Amorgos?  Here’s a really nice article on CN Traveller about Amorgos.