Amorgos

by Cristina on April 14, 2010

by Cristina | April 14th, 2010  

amorgos-choraAmorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades . It is one of the hidden Greek islands and is one of the most romantic Greek islands. Amorgos is not the place to visit if you cannot part with luxury resorts. Instead if you are looking for the real Greek island experience, traditional tavernas and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place to visit.

How to get to Amorgos

It is located very close to the Dodecanese island group.

The island is served by ferries daily from Athens (Piraeus). Other ferry connections are available from different Greek islands, particularly during the summer season.

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Weather

The island is blessed with a mild climate. In January, the average daytime temperature stays between 7 and 12C, increasing as the spring approaches. By April, the pleasant 18C temperature makes you want to pack your walking shoes and walk everywhere. Summers are hot but the temperatures don’t go above 28C. Autumns are also nice and the mild temperatures (up to 21C) invite you to sip ouzo in a taverna by the sea.

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What to do

amorgos-monasteryIf you don’t mind putting your walking shoes on, then Amorgos will have a lot to tell you. There are six walking trails on the island, all properly marked. They range from 4km to 14km in length and it’s a good idea to stock on water and treats for when hunger strikes on the road.

Chora Venetian Castle is located above Chora village and was built in the 13th century. The entrance to the fortress survived the passing of the time. The view from above is absolutely amazing.

The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa is very impressive and is the trademark of the island. It is located 3 km north east of Chora and was built in the 11th century. It is built in the cliff and offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

The Hellenistic Tower of Arkesini is located near Arkesini village and was built in the 4th century BC, being one of the oldest monuments on the island. Only half of it has survived the time.

The Ancient Minoan Settlement is located on a hill above Katapola village and comprises a sanctuary and the ruins of some buildings and walls.

Beaches

amorgos-beachAigiali Beach is the biggest beach on the island. It is perfect for a family vacation. Tavernas line up the beach and the sand is excellent for sun bathing.

Kalotaritissa Bay is another big beach on the island, located close to the bus stop in Agia Paraskevi.

Agia Anna Beach is connected to Chora via regular bus service. Just a short walk in the shallow waters will lead to you a nudist beach close by.

Agios Panteleimon can be easily reached by foot from Ksilokeratidi.

Grampoussa Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, accessible via boat from Kalotaritissa.

Mikri Vlichada Beach is one of the isolated beaches which can only be accessed via a difficult trail from Tholaria.

Tip:

English is not very widely spoken but German and Italian are. The locals learned Italian from the Fascist occupation during World War II.

Photo credit:Chora;Monastery ; Beach

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