Amorgos, one of the lesser-known islands in Greece, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This charming island is steeped in history and offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Whether you’re a history buff, beach lover or adventurer, Amorgos has something for everyone.
One of the must-visit attractions in Amorgos is its main town, Chora. The town is known for its cobbled streets and charming squares such as Loza Square and Ano Plateia. A visit to the 16th-century Gavras Mansion is a must for history enthusiasts, as it houses the island’s archaeological museum. The castle perched on the hill overlooking the town is also worth a visit, and the winding path leading up to it is an attraction in itself. On the hills surrounding the town, you will find several windmills, adding to the picturesque landscape.
Hozoviotissa Monastery, located just 12 minutes away by car or a scenic walk from Chora, is another must-see attraction. This second-oldest monastery in Greece was built in 1017 and offers breathtaking views of the sea. Visitors can also take in the tranquil atmosphere of the monastery.
The villages on the island are a highlight in themselves. Katapola, with its waterfront cafes and the ancient settlement of Minoa on the hill, is a charming and picturesque village. Aediali Bay, located 20 km away from Katapola, offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere with its charming restaurants and cafes.
The island’s beaches are a highlight for visitors, with several must-visit spots such as Aegiali Beach, Psili Ammos, Agia Anna Beach (famous for being the location where the movie “Big Blue” was shot), Kalotaritissa Beach on the south island, Levrossos and Chochlakas.
For those looking for adventure, Amorgos offers several activities, including hiking on the island’s 7 marked trails, driving around its scenic landscape, diving, and taking a Greek cooking class. Island hopping to nearby small Cycladic islands is also a popular activity.
Getting to Amorgos from Athens is possible via ferry, as there are no airports on the island. The journey takes approximately 8-10 hours and the island is also connected to other popular islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos.
Amorgos is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its rich history, natural beauty and an array of activities, the island promises to offer visitors a unique and unforgettable experience.