Amorgos

The island of the movie “The Big Blue”, 173 nautical miles from Athens, Amorgos is named after a plant with which they used to make tunics. The first human traces on the island are from the 4th millennium B.C. Like the rest of the Cyclades, after the fall of Constantinople, it was occupied by the Venetians and the Ottomans.

Τhe island is 121,5 km2 and nowadays has a population of approx. 1.900. The capital of the island is Chora Amorgos.

Amorgos has two natural ports; Katapola (the main) and Egiali.

Amorgos, because was considered to be very far from Piraeus, is almost untouched by the modern way of life. You will enjoy there the true Greek hospitality and you’ll meet generous and friendly people.

Don’t forget to try “psimeni” when on Amorgos. It’s the traditional alcoholic drink; raki with honey and herbs that people of the island used as medicine in the old days.

Discover Amorgos

Some of the island’s sightseeings:

  • Gavras Tower, in the center of Chora Amorgos that operates as museum
  • The Castle with the embrasures
  • Agios Georgios Valsamitis, which according to tradition there used to be one of the three oracles of the ancient Greek World
  • Chozoviotissis Monastery built-in 1088 A.D.
  • The Acropolis of Egialis
  • Minoa, the ancient city built by the Samians

On the island, you will find some of the oldest monasteries of the Orthodoxy.

The beaches

  • Agia Anna, the most famous one (The Big Blue was shot there)
  • Sirma
  • Kampi
  • Maltezi
  • Plakes
  • Ammoudi
  • Paradisia
  • Mourou

and many more!

Activities and Events

Apart from the all around the year many religious festivals that take place, there are also some special events happening on Amorgos:

  • Pasteli Festival, every Sunday after August 15, the festival of the traditional sweet made of honey and sesame takes place
  • Xirotigano Festival, at the beginning of September women of the island, cook those delicious traditional sweets (like pancakes)

The island is ideal for trekking, with many marked routes and others for you to explore.

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