Amorgos is a Cycladic island located on the east of Cyclades, a 4:30 hour sail from Athens. It is thought to be one of the most “loose spirited” islands, where lots of camping happens and lots of festivals as well, mostly during summer.
Amorgos has a reputation for its untouched natural scenery. The island itself looks virgin and none of the local beauty has been disturbed; the air of Amorgos smells like freedom and ocean. There are 2 ports here- Katapola and Aigiali that are full with nightlife and vibrance, restaurants, bars and cafes. From there you can tour to small neighbour islands like small Cyclades, Donousa, Sxoinousa and Koufonissi, perfect for living the Greek myth.
In Amorgos, one can find beaches for any style of relaxation. Agia Anna beach with its tiny shingles scenery and Mouros beach with its turquoise waters and magnificent caves are perfect for exploration. Ammoudi beach is an isolated beauty, ideal for romantic getaways, but requires some driving and walking as well. If you prefer something even quieter, away from preying eyes, Paradeisia beach is the one you seek. On the side of the famous Aigiali beach, there are also Levrosos, Psili Ammos and Agios Petros, that usually gather a lot of people that enjoy camping until early morning. Regarding the non-accessible beaches, around Katapola area there are numerous ones that you can reach by boat.
For nudists, the best choice is Plakes, a rocky beach that surprises with its popularity, Maltezi with its sandy coast and Nikouria beach.
In Amorgos, you can taste local delicacies like pasteli, patatato, xerotigana and the famous rakomelo, which is widely honored here. The amorgian cuisine distinguishes itself by implementing a lot of old Italian influences, from the era when Cyclades were Italian territory.
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You can visit the local farms and taste Amorgos’ bio products with their unique taste and quality, while engaging yourself with bicycle rides amongst the oliveyards, and meditating with your friends and connecting with the island’s spirit. These tours also offer cooking classes with local products that you pick yourself from the fields, as well as traditional bread making classes. Besides that, on these tours you can learn all about the Greek olive oil, all its categories, how to distinguish them and what to choose best for your meals.
Archaeological monuments and Christian churches form a terrific adventure schedule for all the fans of the sport. In the monastery of Panagia Xozoviotissa you can explore the Christian tradition paired with the known byzantine architecture, while Agios Georgios and Agia Triada tower are excellent monumental representatives of the orthodox faith. In the capital, you can visit the old manor of the venetian Gavra tower, and see the archaeological findings that date back to the archaeic era.
If you are a scuba diving/kanoe/kayak enthusiast, Amorgos is the place to be. Marvellous underwater caves and shipwrecks form a discovery-worthy scenery. If, on the other hand, you do not have scuba experience, do not worry! You can always take scuba diving courses in the area and catch up!
Amorgos is a great option for botanologists and fans of herbs. It offers a great variety of wild herbs that are usually found alongside the hiking paths that lead to Panagia Xozoviotissa- a small church with a fantastic Aegean view.
In Aegiali, you can relax and enjoy the famous thalassotherapy, the magnificent view and the byzantine-cycladic architecture of the traditional spa with a touch of modern elegance. Therapies and massages with local oils made from amorgian herbs are definitely a must when visiting.