Amorgos Cyclades Greece
Amorgos is an island of ancient civilization which is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea in the eastern Cyclades. Amorgos, the island of “The Big Blue”, has inspired a lot of artists from all around the world with its pure nature, the transparent blue water and the picturesque villages where people still keep the old traditions alive.
The breath-taking scenery is full of beautiful walks, flowers and herbs. Here you will find ancient culture, outdoor recreation and hospitality in a relaxing atmosphere.
It is worthwhile visiting the famous Monastery of Hozoviotissa near Chora with the museum, which is very interesting and nicely made. The Archaeological Museum in Chora is also worth a visit. The museum contains some interesting pieces excavated on the island, including remnants of the Minoan civilisation which existed here more than 4000 years ago.
From our accommodations you can easily access a lot of interesting and scenic walks. In the Aegiali area you can for instance visit Theologos, an early Byzantine church which is built on the site of an ancient temple. Further on you have the church of Stavros, one of the loneliest places of Amorgos with an amazing view over the sea and a truly magical feeling. You also have the windmills “the roof of the world” just above Langada, where the locals ground their grains until 1975, or you can walk to the ancient Vigla in Tholaria.
In Chora you have nice short walk to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa and down to the port of Katapola, which is an ancient, beautiful donkey path. The walk between the monastery and Aegiali bay is also fantastic, on the ridge with panoramic views.
The Bay of Aegiali
Aegiali bay consists of the port Ormos and the three picturesque hillside villages; Langada, Tholaria and Potamos. It is a charming bay area with a sandy beach and a variety of restaurants, shops and bars.
The area also offers you a lot of nice walks and sites. You can for instance visit Theologos, an early Byzantine church which is built on the site of an ancient temple in beautiful surroundings, or the ancient Vigla in Tholaria.
Chora is the capital of Amorgos where our traditional holiday house is situated. It is a medieval village at an altitude of 400 metres above the sea, surrounded by windmills. Chora is dominated by a 13th century Venetian castle; the historic rock with a height of 210 feet has had the church of Kera Leousa (Lady of Mercy) built into it for more than fifteen centuries. Walking in Chora is like stepping into a dream of the perfect Greek village with its narrow winding alleys, whitewashed houses, charming squares and a lot of beautiful churches. You also have a large selection of nice and cosy taverns, café and shops.
The nearest beach is the sandy beach in Aegiali port which stretches along the bay, and if you walk 20 minutes from there you reach the beach of Levrossos. You can also walk further on to 2 smaller beaches, Psiliamos or Xoklakas. It is possible to go by the small transfer boat from Aegiali port to the beaches of Levrossos and Psiliamos too.
For other parts of Amorgos we can recommend a visit to Agia Anna beach near Chora below the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, with its deep blue clear water where scenes from the movie “Big Blue” have been filmed. Mouros is also worth a visit; it’s an amazing pebble beach with crystal clear water, and you can discover the underwater caves at the far end of the beach by swimming.