Amorgos

1. Welcome to Amorgos island

Aegiali Amorgos Greece
Aegiali Amorgos Greece

Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a land area of 126.346 km², and a population of 1,859 (2001 census). Amorgos has ferry connections with ParosNaxosMykonosSyrosDonousaIraklia, Astypalea and Piraeus.

The most famous religious icon of the island of Amorgos is the beautiful icon inside the famous monastery of Panayia Hozoviotissa, the icon is hanging on an impressive wall that reaches a height of 300 meters. The rocky walls smooth out towards the west, where you find beautiful sandy beaches and the island’s two ports, Katapola and Aegiali. The picturesque capital known as Chora is built on a hill in the center of the island and is decorated with windmills, white houses, and many old churches overlooked by the imposing castle.

2. Activities on Amorgos

Amorgos island holidays Greece
Amorgos island holidays Greece

Amorgos is a quiet island, there are no loud, adventurous activities but tourists seem to prefer long walks in the mountains, sightseeing, swimming and sun-bathing. The sea here is some of the clearest water in the world so the swimming and snorkeling is fantastic. There are a few hire cars available and we can also arrange a minibus tour of the island for you. We have a high speed boat available that we can use to whiz you out to uninhabited islands for the day if you feel that even life on Amorgos is too much for you. Barbecues and picnics can also be arranged through the travel agencies on the island.

More adventurous clients may wish to go diving with the PADI licensed dive center in Ormos or climb the cliffs behind the hotel on the professionally located climbing routes. Equipment is supplied for both of these activities.

Yoga and Tai Chi courses are available. If you have overdone the walking or climbing, a massage can also be arranged (for more info visit IRIS Amorgos). Once a week in the summer our resident astrophysicist runs astronomy courses. These have been very popular with our clients. If you want to get into the mountains without walking we can arrange escorted donkey tours for you. On calm days (or choppy for those who are so inclined) you can take our local small ship on a tour of The Small Cyclades and spend a few hours on Naxos. You could also visit the hotel’s organic farm and see where much of the restaurant supplies come from.

You will discover chapels in the middle of nowhere, which have evidence of 5 BC remains, Venetian repairs, and Byzantine icons all under the same roof. You will see 4th Century AD watch towers you may even help to find two that are missing. We know their location but are still looking for evidence of them. These, and caves set high up on cliff sides are from the times when Amorgos was plagued by pirates.

If you know where to look the whole island is rich with history. Buildings, churches and farmland on closer inspection reveal the secrets of the islanders centuries ago, many traditions of which still remain. The more intrepid clients may wish to go snorkeling by the uninhabited island of Nikuria and discover the underwater city and see many ancient pots and jars. You may even come across some coins from the mint that used to be there.

We can only show you the ‘tip of the iceberg’ the rest is up to you.

Amorgos accommodation Cyclades Greece
Amorgos accommodation Cyclades Greece

Getting around the island of Amorgos can be done by bus, as lines run from Katapola (the port), to the main town (Chora), to and from MonastiriAyia Anna beach, the other port of Amorgos which is called Aigiali and to the area of Kato Meria. Buses can also take you to boats that reach the southern beaches. Taxi services and rental vehicles are available if you prefer getting around more privately and at your own speed.

Walking around Amorgos: If you want to relax you can just rent a room and spend a week near the sea without going nowhere else that the beach. You can even visit every corner of the island through the 6 main footpaths that connects Aigiali with Chozoviotissa monastery and Chora, Katapola with Minoa etc The trails are very long though (Aigiali to Chora is about 4 hours hike) so they are suggested for the experienced hikers only (if you want to try do it early in the morning, later the sun will beat you for sure). There are wooden signs that show the destination (in Greek) and you will need time.

Local Bus on Amorgos: The island of Amorgos isn’t very big but it’s worth to visit some interesting places, sites and beaches. During the summer months there are some buses that cover the main places but you have to check the timetables at the bus stops because there are only a few of them (off season most of the routes don’t operate at all)

The approximate bus routes are:
Katapola>Chora>Agios Pavlos>Aigiali 10:00, 16:30
Katapola>Chora>Monastery>Agia Anna Beach 10:00, 13:00, 16:30
Aigiali>Thoralia 10:45, 17:30, 21:30
Aigiali>Langada 11:00, 17:40, 21:45
Katapola>Kalotaritissa

Taxis on Amorgos: There are taxis, especially at Katapola that will take you to Aigiali or wherever you want, we saw some taxi telephones on the bus stop so we will put them here in case you need one: +30 6937883838, +30 6932103077.  At Tholaria we saw this on the bus stop: +30 6973988702 (midnight express)

3.Best beaches on Amorgos

Amorgos beaches Greece
Amorgos beaches Greece

Ayia Anna beach on Amorgos: It is located just 3 kilometers away from Chora. Both the small church of Saint Anna (Ayia Anna) and the beach that has the same name can be reached through a path which begins from the left side of the car park (it is 5 minutes away from the car park). On the right side instead there is another trail that after 400 meters takes to another beach, much smaller, also named Ayia Anna, made of cobbles and small pebbles. This transparent water beach is marked by two rock stacks. Inside the car park during high season there is a small bar that closes at the beginning of September; since there is to other bar around we suggest bringing water and anything else you may need. For those who love trekking or if you are just in the mood for a nice walk under the sun, the beach is connected to Chora by a trail that starts behind the car park located near Kato Yetonia and crosses the terraced fields before arriving to the sea (1 hour walk). The bay view leaves you speechless, it is simply perfect, with rocks scattered along the deep blue sea coast. Right in front of you is the small Megalo Viokastro isle, on your left there is Mikro Viokastro. It is a postcard landscape. On our left we can catch a glimpse of the monastery. The scenery where this monastery stands is impressive, perfectly set in a cavity of the Prophet Elijah’s mountain; it is a striking and touching vision. The sea, lying exactly at the foot of the monastery shows the whole range of colors from green to blue.

Megali Glifada beach on Amorgos: A sheltered bay on the northern part of Amorgos, one hour walk from Tholaria village. There is not a visible path all the way, but the beach is big and sandy.

Mikri Glifada beach on Amorgos: A small bay north west of Tholaria village. A fantastic beach, with parts of sand and pebbles. It can be reached in half hour’s walk from Tholaria, through a rocky path, used by locals to go fishing.  Incredible wild beauty can be enjoyed at this amazing gorge.

Levrossos beach on Amorgos: It is another sand and small pebbles beach near Agiali. Follow the traffic signs directing to Tholaria and before the village make a left where indicated by the signs. The road that after the fork takes to a small parking lot (large enough for just about 10 cars) is unmade but still practicable by cars and motorcycles. From the small square starts a 1 minute trail which takes to the bay that lies underneath. Tamarisk trees offer shadow. Officially it is not a nudist beach, but it is not uncommon to find them.

Psilli Ammos beach on Amorgos: The third sandy beach in Aegialis, reached by walk, or by small boat which leaves during the summer season from Aegiali port.

Amorgos island guide, Greece
Amorgos island guide, Greece

Nikouria beach on Amorgos: A small uninhabited island in front of Aegialis Bay, famous for its coin production in antiquity and later used as a refuge for lepers. Today, visitors enjoy its beautiful sandy beaches while a beach bar is also available to refresh and feed the visitors. There are regular crossings during the summer by small boat. It is ideal location for snorkeling and octopus fishing.

Ayios Pavlos beach on Amorgos: Ayios Pavlos is an area on the northern part of Amorgos, just before Aegiali, with a pebble beach, right across from Nikouria island. It is a fishing spot, with very calm waters.

Halara beach on Amorgos: A different beautiful swimming place, full of flat rocky banks, and gravel beach, one hour walk from Potamos village in Aegiali.

Maltezi beach on Amorgos: This is a fine sand beach with transparent water that can be reached walking or by boat (calque) from the pier of Katapola (in front of the Amorgos pension). The frequency of the departures is 30 minutes during high season. The one-way ticket is 3 €, 5 € for the round trip ticket. Tickets are sold aboard. Trekking lovers can reach Maltezi beach through a trail that crosses the village of Xilocheratidi. It is approximately a 40 min. walk. Beach umbrellas and deck chairs for rent are available on the beach. There is also a bar.

Ayios Panteleimon: A sandy beach at the left side of Katapola port entrance, reached mainly by boat crossings in the summer. The beach is named after the little church located above.

Katapola beach on Amorgos: A sandy sandy, located just in the middle of the Katapola port with trees that provide shade to its guests part of the day, as well as a variety of restaurants, snack-bars, cafes at the nearby area.

Foinikes beach on Amorgos: A picturesque sandy beach, on the left side of the exit of the port of Katapola. Accessible by car, boat or by taking the path by foot.

Ayioi Saranta: Beautiful sandy beach, outside the port of Katapola, on the left side.

Perivollos: Sandy beach, on the south part of Amorgos, across from the small rocky island “Petalidi”

Kato Kambos: A picturesque small gulf, with sandy and rocky beach and a small chapel right by the water. It is in walking distance from the village of Kolofana.

Mourros: It is about 15 km from Chora. Beyond the village of Kamari, heading south, there is a fork on the road with a sign that indicates the direction to the beach to the left. From here 2km of half asphalted and rather steep road takes to a parking lot from which a 400 m path leads to the spectacular beach. In this fine pebbles small beach the sea is crystal clear. Over the beach, the homonyms tavern, offers fresh drinks and delicious fish and meat snacks together with a breathtaking view.

Paradissia beach: It is 20 km far from Chora. After passing the crossroad to the beach of Kalotiratissa, 2 Km past the village of Kalofana, the road ends at the Ayia Paraskevi church. From here a steep trail about 500 meters long takes to a small beach of cobbles and rocks…a paradise. The distance is covered by a regular bus service (up to the church). On the 26th of July by the church of Ayia  Paraskevi believers and pilgrims participate to an important religious celebration  that honors the Saint. During the celebration Patatato is being offered, the traditional dish made with lamb cooked with potatoes.

Ammoudi beach:  A small beach near Arkesini, on South Amorgos.

Kalotaritissa: It is 23 km from Chora. The street leading to the beach winds along rocks and a crystal clear sea, offering enchanting views. The bay, of golden sand and transparent water, unfolds before us. This area abounds with fish so we can find those typical colorful fishing boats. The beach is partly equipped with deckchairs and beach umbrellas for rent (6 € in September). There is also a bar on the beach, named Kanteen, where beside the sandwiches you can also get some traditional Greek mezedes.

Gramvoussa: Behind the bay of Kalotiratissa we find the small isle of Gramvoussa where there is a nice beach with sand, cobbles and crystal clear water. This beach can be reached from the port of Katapola or from the beach of Kalotiratissa using the “beach-taxi” service.

4. Sightseeing on Amorgos

Amorgos sightseeing Greece
Amorgos sightseeing Greece

The ancient site of Minoa: The Ancient site of Minoa, located on Moundoulia Hill, just above the main port of Amorgos, Katapola, used to be one of the most important and interesting centers of human activity and life on the island of Amorgos throughout historic and prehistoric times. According to archaeological research and the important discoveries from excavations, it appears that the region around the city, Minoa, was inhabited during the Neolithic era. The defensive wall from the Geometric period with its extensions and bastions which surrounded the acropolis can still be made out.
The long 4th century B.C. building of the Gymnasium dominates the archaeological site. The foundations of an old sanctuary from the Geometric period have been preserved at the peak of the acropolis. The Hellenistic temple on the far left, surrounded by smaller buildings of worship is impressive with the body of a statue standing alone in the middle. A characteristic building on the south side of the Gymnasium site is the lavatory which has been preserved almost intact with its duct cut into the rock. There is a Hellenistic temple, which is delimited by less significant altars of worship. There is also a body of a statue erected in the middle of the area and it looks pretty imposing as well as a lavatory, at the south end of the gymnasium.

Venetian Castle – Chora the capital of Amorgos, is a small town hidden behind the mountains, At its south-eastern edge the hill is crowded with the old wind mills. The “Kastro” -castle rock rises out of the village, as a guardian of Chora, over the years since the Venetian occupancy. The historic rock with a height of 210 feet wedges for more than fifteen centuries the church of Kera Leousa (our Lady of mercy), the oldest one in Chora, A narrow stone staircase in the rock, leads to the small St. George Church from which the entrance to the fortress with its preserved low gate is. Around the rock’s base,
spread the old stone buildings and forty churches of very interesting architecture.

Kato Lakkos – is a medieval cistern, which supplied the population with water and whose initial use corresponded with the first organized habitation of Chora in the early Byzantine era. Today’s cavy form, was taken during the Venetian domination, on the 15th century.

Theologos – A very important early- Byzantine Monastery, one and half hour’s walk from Lagada village in Aegialis. It is built on the site of an ancient temple at a very unique natural surroundings. Twice a year ( May 8th & Sept.26th) there are authentic traditional festivals at Theologos. Higher up, the path leads between rifts and along amazing precipices, to Stavros church, one more place touching on the boundaries of reality.

Ayios Georgios Valsamitis – A beautiful monastery, located on the right hand side on the road connecting Chora to Kato Meria, surrounded by dense vegetation. Here, the spring with its long history and folklore still flows. In former times, the spring supported extensive gardens. Since 1700, the delicious juicy grapes of Valsamitis, were quite famous. Valsamitis, was well known in the nautical world, during the year of Turkish occupancy for the prophetic qualities of the spring.

Ayia Triada – Hanging on a ledge under an overhang, the small Ayia Triada (Holy Trinity) church, reminds of the position and appearance of Hozoviotissa. It was built during the years of piracy and it was used as an occasional hiding place for the Aegialis population. It is only 5 minutes walk from Lagada village, and overlooks the whole area of Tholaria, Lagada, and the valley of Aegialis with the port. There is a spring festival every year, 50 days after Greek Easter.

Ancient Altar – From “Stroumbo”, the village of “12 houses and 13 ovens”, built on the rocks above the ravine, there is view to the small Prophet Elijah chapel, built on the very edge of a sheer cliff rising out of the deepest part of the ravine.. This rugged spot is an early Cycladic site, and a few feet from the chapel, are the remains of an ancient sacrificial site curved out of the rock. Hikers, can enjoy wonderful view of the whole wide bay of Aegialis, Nikouria island, Lagada, and Tholaria in the distance which make an enchanting back-drop.

Hellenistic Tower (Pyrgos) – In Arkesini, South Amorgos, the most important ancient monument can be seen. Even though the tower is half ruined it still dominates the plain standing beside the church of the same name. Built in the 4th century B.C. from large four cornered blocks, it protected the large rural population and the fertile expanses of the area, as it had small windows, a water cistern and a plumbing system.

The Archeological museum on Amorgos – The tower of Gabras is located in the center of Chora. It is a building of Venetian architecture, dating back to the 16th century. Today this tower functions as a museum. Finds from archaeological excavations around the towns of Aigiali, Arsekini and Minoa are housed here. Sculptures, statues, bas-reliefs, pottery and so on are on exhibition. They date back to the archaic period, 6th century B.C. and up to Roman times, 2nd century A.D.

The Ecclesiastical Museum on Amorgos: The collection of heir looms from the monastery of the Virgin Mary of Hosoviotissas contains wonderful examples of Byzantine ecclesiastical art. They include icons, liturgical items and vestments, wooden crosses, Gospels, communion cups and many everyday objects. There is also the famous collection of manuscripts, numbering in their hundreds, which date from the 10th to the 18th century.

Vigla: Opposite the village Tholaria., on Vigla hill ridge, overlooking the small bay of Mikri Glyfada., was the acropolis of ancient Aegialis. The biggest sculpture of the Cycladic Age was found at this area.

5. Villages and settlements on Amorgos

Amorgos island Greece
Amorgos island Greece

Chora, the capital of Amorgos is a medieval mountain village 400 meters above the sea surrounded by windmills. Chora is dominated by a 13th century Venetian castle, the historic rock has had built into it for more than fifteen centuries the church of Kera Leousa (Lady of mercy).  To walk in Chora is like stepping in the dream of the perfect Greek village with its narrow winding alleys, whitewashed houses, charming squares and a lot of beautiful churches. You have also a big selection of nice and cozy taverns, cafe and shops.  The village is near to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa and the beach of Ayia Anna with its clear waters.

Katapola is the main port of Amorgos, this beautiful region is divided in three settlements called Katapola, Rahidi and Xilokeratidi. Along the waterfront it’s lined with cafes, taverns and moorings for fishing boats and visiting sailing boats. In the middle of the bay you have a small sandy beach, you can also walk or take the bath boat to some of the other nice beaches in the area. On the hill above Katapola, the excavations of the ancient city of Minoa are of great interest and in the small hamlet of Rahidi you find the church of Agios Georgios. Xilokeratidi opposite of the port is the most picturesque part of the bay with its pretty narrow streets and its traditional taverns.

Langada is located in the north part of Amorgos and is one of the three picturesque hillside villages in Aegiali Bay. Surrounded by mountains and with beautiful walking paths full or herbs and flowers. Langada is a genuine Greek village with narrow alleys, traditional white washed houses and small churches. The traditional customs exist in everyday life and you will get the opportunity to take part in Greek daily life.

Tholaria is a picturesque mountain village whit narrow alleys and traditional white washed houses. Surrounded by mountains and with beautiful walking paths full or herbs and flowers. Here you get an unique opportunity to take part in the Greek village life. The locals still lives mostly from traditional trades and they are well known for their hospitality. Just outside the village is Vigla, the acropolis of the ancient city of Aegiali. The village has several cafes and taverns where they serve food from local products in very nice and friendly atmosphere. Tholaria is for instance known to have the best fava (lentils) growth in the whole of Greece because of the soil.

6. The history and mythology of Amorgos

Amorgos history Greece
Amorgos history Greece

Because the island of Amorgos was located opposite from ancient coastal Ionikes cities like Miletus, Ephesus and Alikarnassos, It was one of the first stations from which the Ionians passed in the Cyclades, and then to mainland of Greece.
The existence of three independent cities with autonomous constitution and the same coins which are still preserved, the size and the art of city walls Arkesinis, ancient towers whose skeletons were raised today over the island, ancient tombs, stone tools the inscriptions, vases and other antiquities are powerful proof of its prosperity Amorgianou culture in antiquity.

Amorgos has previously been mentioned by the names Yperia, thunder or clap, Pagali, psychiatric and Karkisia. Section of the island was called Aspis where a shrine of the celestial Venus was located . From ancient Minoan name is assumed that the length of Amorgos was also a colony of Cretans. Also, according to Suidas and inscriptions, the island was inhabited by Samians (people from Samos) led by Simmia. By the time the name of Amorgos altered to Amolgon, Amourgon, Amorgian and Amourgian. Fromthe fifth century found the name Amoulgos by Bishop Theodore who signed at a meeting in Constantinople, as Theodore BishopParian, Sifnos and Amoulgion. O Scylax (circumnavigation of the Cyclades islands) refers to it as Tripoli. The names of three cities which gives Stephen is Arkesini Byzantium, ancient Minoan, or Melanie Aigiali which according to the inscriptions is the most accurate. The three cities are located on the east coast of the island because there are only appropriate inlets and natural harbors that could provide suitable locations for the establishment and maintenance of coastal towns and forts.

The so called Aigiali was on the north-east coast near the  current locations and Tholaria Stroumvos and continues to exist until today, the ancient Minoan city on the North side close to current Katapola and Arkesini near today’s bottom side in the box Castle.
From excavations and findings, especially cemeteries judge that the presence of Amorgos in prehistoric times was particularly strong during the first period of the Cycladic culture (3200 to 2000 BC).

The ancient Minoan city could be considered a colony of Crete, but if the name is ancient Minoan Greek, would represent cities that were founded in later periods, in areas topothetoutan expansion of Cretan power. The three cities were colonies of Samos, but is likely to be ancient Minoan Samian colony, the colony Aigiali Milision and Arkesini of Naxion. These three cities flourished in ancient times and had great commercial and naval power. Apotelousan Commonwealth until the second half of the fourth century BC, while that is why the fiscal lists of the first Athenian alliance in Delos, the inhabitants of all the cities mentioned by name Amorgos.
The 322 BC, while the area was Nafmachia of Amorgos, which was the last Lamian war between the Athenians and the Macedonians of Alexander the Great Generals Antipatro, Leonnato and Kratero. Then the Athens lost forever naval power. H Amorgos became famous for the robes called Amorgeia or Amorgina or Amorgides which was very transparent and left almost naked body and the peculiar red color. The tunics out and Lysistrata by Aristophanes once the Lysistrata encourages women to wear them to cause the love of men.
The robes are made of high quality linen originating from lichen Roccela tinctoria or Roccela Phicopsis Ach, which was abundant on the island and used by Angliki industry until the early 20th century.

Amorgos is the home of the poet’s so-called Simonidi iamvopoiou, which was the largest and iamvografos elegeiografos of Hellenic ancient lyric poetry. During historic times the island was under the hegemony of the Romans who pay an annual tax talent.In Roman times the Amorgos was exile.

Amorgos sites Greece
Amorgos sites Greece

During the Byzantine period Amorgos did not flourish and joined administratively to the Province of Nison, which was the capital of Rhodes, and church was connected with the islands of Paros and Sifnos. Various plots Franks was the first island occupied by Andreas Ieremia and Giza in 1207. Later came the first Marco Sanudo and beyond in the hands of the emperor of Nicaea John Batatzi until 1269 when the island was given back to the Giza Ieremia, who reorganized the defense of Amorgos in the construction of the Frankish castle in today’s country whose ruins still survive today and increased the colonization of the deserted island. After the death of this and its successor, the island was occupied by the Duke of Naxos William D Sanudo and attached to the Duchy of the Aegean (1309). H occupation of the island was by Nafarcho Domeniko Skiadas under the command of William D Sanudo, whose coat of arms (a lion holding a flag) is the monastery of Xozoviotisas. The 1352 is distributed in Amorgos Marco Grimanis and family Skiavon of Oiou but later section of Skiavon ceded back to the family of Giza by Nikolaos Sanudo.
However, despite the stability of the sovereignty of the house Grimanis half of the island, the sovereignty of the House of Giza experienced swings.
H participation Zannaki of A. Giza in the revolt of the Venetian colony of Crete against Venice (1363) caused the intervention of the Venetians occupied the fleet Amorgos. H Venice held the sovereignty of the 1 / 4 of the island and gave the other a fourth condition in the family Giza, while imposing and dominance in the area of the island belonged to the house Grimanis.

Meanwhile, the island suffered badly from the pirates, so that Amorginoi fleeing their homeland and took refuge in Crete.
Later lord of Astypalaia Kouirini John became owner of part of the island that belonged to Venice and the house of Giza, and in 1446 bought a large area of the house Grimanis and eventually became chief of the whole island. The constant raids of the Turks and Katalanon caused devastation throughout the island which eventually conquered by the Turk Nafarcho Xairentin Barvarosa (1537) in accordance with the terms of
Franco-Turkish treaty for the expulsion of the Venetians in the East. H Veneto-Turkish Treaty (1540) made the Turkish sovereignty over the island since the total count of Astypalaia could not maintain his claim to Amorgos.

After placing the island’s sovereignty Tourkiki most of the inhabitants of Amorgos Benetokratoumeni fled to Crete. The Turks in 1550 gave the economic exploitation of Amorgos in 3000 instead of John Diakos piasters. The following year, the residents sought and succeeded to make their own collection of revenues of the island and the Turks pay the annual amount of 3200 piasters. The relative safety conditions that have prevailed had the effect anasynoikismo the island in 1580, and in the late 17th century the population of Amorgos reached its 1500 inhabitants.

Administration fell under the Ottoman fleet Nafarcho, but the Frankish community institutions maintained. Tin administration on the island had a Kasteliannos with three receivers (elders judges were particularly the judiciary) and grammar.

H spiritual development of Amorgos seems to follow slowly and only in 1751 indicate the establishment of Hellenic school of the Monastery of Aghia Marina. At the same time around the barren soil and lack of adequate resources has forced a substantial part of the economically active population immigrated to Constantinople in coastal cities of Asia Minor. In the Orlofika Amorgos occupied by the Russians, who remained until 1774 but the inhabitants kept their internal autonomy. The 1797 the island suffered major damage from raids of bandits Mani.
During the Russians-Tourkiki conflict in the 1806 Amorgos is dominated by the Russians Nafarcho Seniavin. Since 1808 after the departure of the Russians, the island was for some years under the protection of Anglikis Naftikis squadron in the Mediterranean. H Amorgos joined the revolution of 1821 very quickly. The island hosted many refugees from Greece Hpeirotiki culminating in 1824 when there were major problems with overcrowding. In 1822 the government sent the Attorney General Metaxas to oversee the administrative and fiscal organization of the island. The Amorgianoi retained the right to elect the same as before the judges, who judged alongside the appointed prefect. After his arrival in Greece Kapodistrias class finally restored and established mutual learning school. H Amorgos was formally part of the first Hellenic state with the Treaty of Kalenter Kioski of 9/7/1832.
During the dictatorship of I. Metaxas, the island was a place of exile for political opponents of the regime.

AMORGOS AND THE PIRATES
Like all Cyclades islands of Amorgos and thus suffered from the ancient times from piracy.
In the 3rd century BC was a terrible night raid pirates on the island and grab about 30 women, children and a ship. Two young
Amorgianoi captives Hgisippos Antipappos and managed to persuade the leader of the pirates to free the captives compatriots without being teased and the City decided to crown.
The resolution recognized the Dionysiac Games and was written in a column in the temple of Athena Polias.
The resolution was as follows:

Edoxen the parliament and now dimo Sotiridis Feidios

One of the newest most terrible raids was that of
Maniaton in 1797 led by Captain Stekouli which became
folk song:

Birds do not sing, the trees not anthite,
of Amorgos much to the misfortune lypithite,
where life never hoped to conquer
Maniatais, dogs name, and to destroy.
Be present clothes, and blankets of, 5
and all of the molluscs, and the quilts.
Santorinin went in, and affected the boat
and boasting that they had wind of Amorgianoi.
And through midnight came and crushed,
clothes of influence, and exegymnosan, 10
without xefroun eidisin, without holding,
tais toufekais heard and started running.
His deacon Nike took it countless Flora,
Where edialexen from Benetian.
Epiran and tais pragmatiais, where he ‘had in the attic,
and not left anything or t ‘chariot.
His son Pefentariou I went to cotton,
and I went to his house, and he did konaki,
and took the clothes, the tzavaerika,
mirrors and other things opoutan special implementation of. 20
And Stou Papa Nicholas trexasi to pan him crushed,
and in the mind of life had to kill him.
And they took his clothes, things of all
And then is seeking to find the white of the country.

HAPPENINGS WITH PIRATES AND FOLK TRADITION

The scent
Assending from the port of Aigiali near Langada rises
a huge rock. So this is a story:
Amerimnoi Gialiotes are working in their fields when there were suddenly among the olive trees pirates. A shepherd who first saw the notice to the flute, the inhabitants to hide. At that ran to take refuge in the chapel of Ag. Trinity, a impregnable fortress that position. Maniasmenoi pirates lifted a rock and crushed the shepherd. Since then this part comes a sweet smell, and the location is called Myrizontas.

THE MIRACLE OF THE KALOTAPITISSAS
In plain Kalotaritissas many women and men mowed insouciant. Among them a moromana suckling her baby and playing in anemokounia. Suddenly crushed pirates. All women scattered away to find their husbands except moromana. Despite the entreaties of the pirates took the ship without her baby, and went out to sea. Passing in front of a church that so often had lit the lamp, the moromana prayed for salvation. Then was the miracle. The ship remained motionless. Neither forward nor back. The pirates were scared, they realized what happened, went back to the bay and left his wife free.

OI DYO GYNAIKES KAI TO TPAGOYDI TOYS – The two women and their songs
Pirates in Paradise pulled and spread of looting. They went in Kato Meria in Kolofana, but residents were warned, they ran and hid.The men meanwhile set up to trap pirates in Paradise. Nychtose and as they lit bonfires, pirates (signal board to send boats to take them) are Amorgianoi attacked from everywhere, most killed and very few escaped falling into the sea. Two pirates who hid in the caves of Paradise escaped this morning going down the bay of Kato Kampos found two women in the fields and took them prisoner. In the Kavos Troulla saw their boat rides to cut off, and it did signal the boat and took them along with women. H one of them was with her and her baby. The women arriving in Kavos the Bulgarians of the deserted islands of Kerou, inconsolable crying. The pirates have fun boredom put the women to sing by force.

He first sang:

Beautiful tell the galley and sails beautifully
beautiful and tell the crew and the one who provides

He second sang:

Kounia kuna my child, a cot lullaby
if you seek them, and tit, lean and visage it.

O captain of a pirate flattered by the song of the first and the other felt pity to hear the pain from the second song. He turned and left the two women in the Kavos Troulli.

7. Rent a car on Amorgos

Amorgos Cyclades Greece
Amorgos Cyclades Greece

The best choice to enjoy the island is to rent a car or a bike and visit every corner easily and with no stress about bus timetables. There are some great beaches that you can visit only by car. Many people like small quad bikes. There aren’t many roads to get confused in Amorgos but there are always signs on the intersection to know where you going , the historic sites are mentioned on special brown signs.

Here are some recommended rental agencies on Amorgos!

Tomaso Rent a Car
Address: Katapola harbour, Amorgos
Phone: +30 2285 071000
Website

FM Rent a Car Amorgos
katapola
Tel: +30 2285 071048
Website

Evdokia’s car and bike rental
Tel: +30 2285 073050
Website

Bus station on Amorgos: +30 22850 71514 / +30 22850 73003 / +30 22850 71253

Taxi station on Amorgos: +30 22850 71255 / +30 22850 73003 / +30 22850 73266

8. Useful information about Amorgos island

Amorgos map Greece
Amorgos map Greece

Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese Island group. Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a land area of 126.346 km², and a population of 1,859 (2001 census). Amorgos has ferry connections with Paros, NaxosMykonosSyrosDonousaIraklia, Astypalea and Piraeus.

Amorgos churches Greece
Amorgos churches Greece

The most famous religious icon of Amorgos is that in the monastery of Panayia Hozoviotissa, which hangs on an impressive wall that stretches up to a height of 300m. The rocky walls smooth out towards the west, where you find beautiful sandy beaches and the island’s two ports, Katapola and Aegiali. The picturesque capital known as Chora is built on a hill in the center of the island and is decorated with windmills, white houses, and many old churches overlooked by the imposing castle.

The geography of Amorgos: Due to Amorgos’ position opposite the ancient beaches of Ionian towns, such as Militos, Alikarnassos and Ephesos, it became one of the first places from which the Ionians passed through to the Cyclades Islands and onto the Greek mainland. The existence of three independent cities, preserved to this day, with autonomous constitution and the same currency, the size and artistic works of the walls surrounding the city of Arkesini, the ancient towers whose remains are scattered all over the island, the ancient tombs, the stone tools, the inscriptions, the vases and other antiquities are all powerful proof of the size of Amorgos’ ancient civilization.

Amorgos is also known as Yperia, Patagy, or Platagy, Pagali, Psichia and Karkisia. Part of the island is named Aspis, where the ancient temple of the goddess Aphrodite stood. Due to the name Minoa we suspect that Amorgos had been colonised by the Cretans from ancient times, but there are no archeological remains supporting this view. In approximately 630 BC, the poet Semonides led the foundation of a Samian colony on Amorgos. With the passing of time, the island’s name changed to Amolgon, Amourgon, Amorgian, and Amourgian. After the 5th century one can also find the name Amoulgos from Bishop Theodore who signed a Synod in Constantinople, as Theodore the Bishop of Parion, Sifnion, and Amoulgion. Skilax mentions it as Tripoli (the circumnavigation of the Cyclades Islands). It was known as “Yamurgi” during Ottoman rule between the years 1566-1829. A very powerful earthquake (7,5 on the Richter scale) on 9 July 1953 resulted in the death of 53 people.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON AMORGOS

Main police station on Amorgos+30 22850 71210
Port Police on Amorgos+30 22850 71259
Hospital / Health center on Amorgos+30 22850 71805 / +30 22850 71207
Fire department on Amorgos+30 199
Tourist information office on Amorgos+30 22850 74100
Ambulance on Amorgos+30 22850 71207
Tourist police on Amorgos+30 22850 74100
Taxi station on Amorgos+30 22850 71255 / +30 22850 73003 / +30 22850 73266
Bus station on Amorgos+30 22850 71514 / +30 22850 73003 / +30 22850 71253
Water taxi on Amorgos+30 69 74 01 80 65
Pharmacy on Amorgos+30 22850 71400
Municipality of Amorgos+30 22853 60200
Post office on Amorgos+30 22850 71250
Private doctor on Amorgos

 

ACTIVITIES ON AMORGOS

Amorgos information Greece
Amorgos information Greece

Amorgos is a quiet island, there are no loud, adventurous activities but tourists seem to prefer long walks in the mountains, sightseeing, swimming and sun-bathing. The sea here is some of the clearest water in the world so the swimming and snorkeling is fantastic. There are a rental cars available and we can also arrange a minibus tour of the island for you. We have a high speed boat available that we can use to whizz you out to uninhabited islands for the day if you feel that even life on Amorgos is too much for you. Barbecues and picnics can also be arranged through the travel agencies on the island.

More adventurous clients may wish to go diving with the PADI licensed diving center in Ormos or climb the cliffs behind the hotel on the professionally located climbing routes. Equipment is supplied for both of these activities.

Yoga and Tai Chi courses are available. If you have overdone the walking or climbing, a massage can also be arranged (for more info visit IRIS Amorgos). Once a week in the summer our resident astrophysicist runs astronomy courses. These have been very popular with our clients. If you want to get into the mountains without walking we can arrange escorted donkey tours for you. On calm days (or choppy for those who are so inclined) you can take our local small ship on a tour of The Small Cyclades and spend a few hours on Naxos. You could also visit the hotel’s organic farm and see where much of the restaurant supplies come from.

You will discover chapels in the middle of nowhere, which have evidence of 5BC remains, Venetian repairs, and Byzantine icons all under the same roof. You will see 4th Century AD watch towers you may even help to find two that are missing. We know their location but are still looking for evidence of them. These, and caves set high up on cliff sides are from the times when Amorgos was plagued by pirates.

If you know where to look the whole island is rich with history. Buildings, churches and farmland on closer inspection reveal the secrets of the islanders centuries ago, many traditions of which still remain. The more intrepid clients may wish to go snorkeling by the uninhabited island of Nikuria and discover the underwater city and see many ancient pots and jars. You may even come across some coins from the mint that used to be there.

We can only show you the ‘tip of the iceberg’ the rest is up to you.

BEACHES ON AMORGOS

Ayia Anna beach on Amorgos: It is 3km from Chora. Both the small church of Saint Anna (Ayia Anna) and the beach that has the same name can be reached through a path which begins from the left side of the car park (it is 5 minutes away from the car park). On the right side instead there is another trail that after 400 meters takes us to another beach,  which is much smaller but is also called Ayia Anna, this beach is covered with cobbles and small pebbles. This transparent water beach is marked by two rock stacks. Inside the car park during high season there is a small bar that closes at the beginning of September; since there is to other bar around we suggest bringing water and anything else you may need. For those who love trekking or if you are just in the mood for a nice walk under the sun, the beach is connected to Chora by a trail that starts behind the car park located near Kato Yetonia and crosses the terraced fields before arriving to the sea (1 hour walk). The bay view leaves you speechless, it is simply perfect, with rocks scattered along the deep blue sea coast. Right in front of you is the small Megalo Viokastro isle, on your left there is Mikro Viokastro. It is a postcard landscape. On our left we can catch a glimpse of the monastery. The scenery where this monastery stands is impressive, perfectly set in a cavity of the Prophet Elijah’s mountain; it is a striking and touching vision. The sea, lying exactly at the foot of the monastery shows the whole range of colors from green to blue.
Megali Glifada beach on Amorgos: A sheltered bay on the northern part of Amorgos, one hour walk from Tholaria village. There is not a visible path all the way, but the beach is big and sandy.
Mikri Glifada beach on Amorgos: A small bay north west of Tholaria village. A fantastic beach, with parts of sand and pebbles. It can be reached in half hour’s walk from Tholaria, through a rocky path, used by locals to go fishing.
Incredible wild beauty can be enjoyed at this amazing gorge.
Levrossos beach on Amorgos: It is another sand and small pebbles beach near Agiali.
Follow the traffic signs directing to Tholaria and before the village make a left where indicated by the signs.
The road that after the fork takes to a small parking lot (large enough for just about 10 cars) is unmade but still practicable by cars and motorcycles. From the small square starts a 1 minute trail which takes to the bay that lies underneath.
Tamarisk trees offer shadow. Officially it is not a nudist beach, but it is not uncommon to find them.
Psilli Ammos beach on Amorgos: The third sandy beach in Aegialis, reached by walk, or by small boat which leaves during the summer season from Aegiali port.
Nikouria beach on Amorgos: A small uninhabited island in front of Aegialis Bay, famous for its coin production in antiquity and later used as a refuge for lepers. Today, visitors enjoy its beautiful sandy beaches while a beach bar is also available to refresh and feed the visitors. .
There are regular crossings during the summer by small boat. It is ideal location for snorkeling and octopus fishing.
Ayios Pavlos beach on Amorgos: Ayios Pavlos is an area on the northern part of Amorgos, just before Aegiali, with a pebble beach, right across from Nikouria island. It is a fishing spot, with very calm waters.
Halara beach on Amorgos: A different beautiful swimming place, full of flat rocky banks, and gravel beach, one hour walk from Potamos village in Aegiali.
Maltezi beach on Amorgos: This is a fine sand beach with transparent water that can be reached walking or by boat (calque) from the pier of Katapola (in front of the Amorgos pension). The frequency of the departures is 30 min during high season. The one-way ticket is 3 €, 5 € for the round trip ticket. Tickets are sold aboard.
Trekking lovers can reach Maltezi beach through a trail that crosses the village of Xilocheratidi. It is approximately a 40 min. walk. Beach umbrellas and deck chairs for rent are available on the beach. There is also a bar.
Ayios Panteleimon: A sandy beach at the left side of Katapola port entrance, reached mainly by boat crossings in the summer. The beach is named after the little church located above.
Katapola beach on Amorgos: A sandy, located just in the middle of the Katapola port with trees that provide shade to its guests part of the day, as well as a variety of restaurants, snack-bars, cafes at the nearby area.
Foinikes beach on Amorgos: A picturesque sandy beach, on the left side of the exit of the port of Katapola. Accessible by car, boat or by taking the path by foot.
Ayioi Saranta: Beautiful sandy beach, outside the port of Katapola, on the left side.
Perivollos: Sandy beach, on the south part of Amorgos, across from the small rocky island “Petalidi”
Kato Kambos: A picturesque small gulf, with sandy and rocky beach and a small chapel right by the water. It is in walking distance from the village of Kolofana.
Mourros: It is about 15 km from Chora. Beyond the village of Kamari, heading south, there is a fork on the road with a sign that indicates the direction to the beach to the left. From here 2km of half asphalted and rather steep road takes to a parking lot from which a 400 m path leads to the spectacular beach. In this fine pebbles small beach the sea is crystal clear. Over the beach, the homonyms tavern, offers fresh drinks and delicious fish and meat snacks together with a breathtaking view.
Paradissia beach: It is 20 km far from Chora. After passing the crossroad to the beach of Kalotiratissa, 2 Km past the village of Kalofana, the road ends at the Ayia Paraskevi church. From here a steep trail about 500m long takes to a small beach of cobbles and rocks…a paradise.
The distance is covered by a regular bus service (up to the church).
On the 26th of July by the church of Ayia  Paraskevi believers and pilgrims participate to an important religious celebration  that honors the Saint.
During the celebration Patatato is being offered, the traditional dish made with lamb cooked with potatoes.
Ammoudi beach: A small beach near Arkesini, on South Amorgos.
Kalotaritissa: It is 23 km from Chora. The street leading to the beach winds along rocks and a crystal clear sea, offering enchanting views.
The bay, of golden sand and transparent water, unfolds before us.
This area abounds with fish so we can find those typical colorful fishing boats. The beach is partly equipped with deckchairs and beach umbrellas for rent (6 € in September). There is also a bar on the beach, named Kanteen, where beside the sandwiches you can also get some traditional Greek mezedes.
Gramvoussa: Behind the bay of Kalotiratissa we find the small isle of Gramvoussa where there is a nice beach with sand, cobbles and crystal clear water. This beach can be reached from the port of Katapola or from the beach of Kalotiratissa using the “beach-taxi” service.