Holidays in Amorgos island

View to the bay of Aegialis, on the northern side of Amorgos island Greece

Located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, Amorgos administratively belongs to the Cyclades group of islands. This is one of the most picturesque and relaxing Greek islands, ideal for couples, trekkers and naturists. Very characteristic features of Amorgos are the wild landscape and the white villages with the traditional architecture. The main village of Amorgos Greece is Chora, while the island has two ports, Katapola and Aegialis. In close distance to Chora is the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, the most important monument of Amorgos and a protector of the entire country.

In walking distance from this Monastery is the fantastic beach of Agia Anna, where scenes from the movie The Big Blue were filmed in 1988. As there is no airport on the island, the only way to go to Amorgos is by ferry. There are ferries to Amorgos from Athens with frequent connections to close islands, such as Naxos, Donoussa or Santorini.

Amorgos hotels and tourism

Although the island receives a good number of tourists every summer, it remains calm and secluded even in high season (July and August for Greece). Tourism in Amorgos cannot be compared to the tourism of the popular Cycladic islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos and Paros. This is an island perfect to relax and unwind. Be prepared to spend most of your day strolling around the villages, walking across trekking paths or just swimming at crystal water.

The main tourist spots of Amorgos are Chora, Aegialis and Katapola. This is where most Amorgos hotels are found as well as other tourist facilities, such as restaurants, bars and shops. Few Amorgos hotels can also be found in other spots, such as the village of Tholaria, the beach of Agios Pavlos or they can just be scattered around this fantastic island with the special character.

Villages and Beaches

Chora is the main village of Amorgos, a small village with Cycladic architecture, constructed on the slopes of a large hill. Some spots in Chora offer nice view to the Aegean Sea, while very impressive is the abrupt hill with the Venetian Castle on top. Aegialis and Katapola are two seaside villages in Amorgos that host the two ports of the island. Tholaria and Lagada are two other picturesque villages, located just above the bay of Aegialis. A drive or walk around Amorgos Greece will bring you to many small villages with few inhabitants.

Few beaches in Amorgos are organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. Most beaches on the island are secluded but always have crystal water. Many visitors in Amorgos go trekking and discover themselves nice coves where they can be totally alone, even in high season. Such secluded coves are frequently naturist spots. Famous beaches in Amorgos are Agia Anna, Agios Pavlos, Kalotaritissa and others.

Sightseeing

The most important sightseeing in Amorgos is the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, constructed against a rocky hill and offering breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. In Chora there is a small Archaeological Collection, while some ancient sites, churches and monasteries can be found on a stroll around the island. Another important monastery in Amorgos is the Monastery of Agios Georgios Valsamitis, constructed on the ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo.

Amorgos in a glance

Swim in: Agia Anna, Agios Pavlos
Places to see: Chora, Agia Anna beach and the Monastery of Hozoviotissa
For a night out: Enjoy a drink at the lounge cafe-bars in Chora

How to get to Amorgos

Amorgos has no airport, therefore the only way to go is by ferry. There are ferries to Amorgos from the port of Piraeus in Athens about three times per week. These schedules may run five times per week in summer season and connect Amorgos to other islands of Cyclades, such as Santorini, Folegandros, Milos and more. There is also almost daily connection between Amorgos and the islands of Naxos, Donoussa, Schinoussa and Iraklia, operated with the legendary ferry Skopelitis Express.

Villages and beaches
The picturesque village of Chora is the capital of Amorgos and a wonderful place to visit

Chora is the main town in Amorgos island and one of the most picturesque towns in of the Cyclades. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, Chora in Amorgos is actually a Medieval settlement with purely Cycladic architecture. This village was originally constructed in the Medieval times on a high and secluded spots. In fact, those times, all villages in the Greek islands were built on the hills in order...


Overview to the large bay of Aegialis, located on the northern side of Amorgos island

The village of Aegialis is located on the northern side of Amorgos and is one of the two ports of the island (along with Katapola). This is also one of the main tourist spots of Amorgos Greece, where many hotels, studios and apartments are found. The port of Aegialis is lined up with many taverns, cafeterias, bars and mini-markets. In fact, the port promenade of Aegialis is getting busy day and night,...


The port and the beach of Katapola in Amorgos island, Cyclades

Katapola is the main port of Amorgos island Greece, where most ferries from Athens and close Cycladic islands arrive. This seaside village is spread around a bay and is one of the main tourist spots of the island. Many Amorgos studios and apartments are found in Katapola, a village pretty convenient for your stay in Amorgos as it has shops, taverns, bars and other facilities. Next to the village...