(The island of Amorgos)
This elongated and slanted shaped island mimicking the shape of a seahorse can be found at the eastern edge of the Cyclades, where it borders the Dodecanese islands. The island has an agreeable beauty and authenticity embedded in its aromatic herbs, raki-loving spirit (grape-based liquor), and spectacular walking paths and trails. While it might come across as an island shrouded in melancholy, a visit there will have a very positive impact on you.
(Agios Pavlos beach)
The island boasts several key features that start from the fabulous beaches, mysterious caves, minimal Cycladic architecture and a mind-blowing natural landscape. Due to its hidden location, Amorgos remains untouched by mass tourism, making it the perfect place for a private and tranquil getaway. Even nature lovers will find the island very fascinating. If you are a naturist, the beaches are a great place to start while the hiking trails across the island will be perfect for explorers.
Top things to do in Amorgos
- Visit the villages of Potamos, Tholaria and Lagada
If you want to experience traditional Cycladic touches, these villages will be a very great place to start. They are characterised by whitewashed houses, great views, arches, stairs, narrow alleys and offer a tranquil experience among other trademark features that make the island stand out.
- Acquaint yourself with Katapola and Aegiali
Katapola and Aegiali are two ports located at the island’s opposite ends. Katapola is located west of Chora and only a 10-minute drive. Aegiali, on the other hand, is northwest of Chora and is only a half-hour by car. The port of Aegiali boasts a long and curved sandy beach great for swimming. The port also comes with an abundance of accommodation options, Tavernas and bars. While Katapola has a number of options for tourist, it does so in a much milder fashion. Want to have a little adventure, head to Xylokeratidi once you get to Katapola.
- Explore Chora
Chora is the capital of Amorgos with a genuine Cycladic flair, making it one of the most striking island capitals in Greece. The town comes to life with many similar-looking churches, water fountains and charming alleys. The town is located slightly south of the island’s centre and offers key highlights of the 16th-century architecture such as the Gavras Tower and the Amorgos Archeological Collection.
- Visit the Hozoviotissa Monastery
This is the island’s top attraction. Build during the 10th century the cliffside monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa sits 300m above the Aegen Sea on the steepest rock of Mt. Profitis Elias. With visibility being only possible from the sea, this monument is the textbook definition of human triumph over nature. Do not stop at the entrance, gather your courage and face the copious amount of steps ahead of you. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you for the steep ascent. Ensure that you do not visit the monument during the hottest hours of the day.
What to eat
The local Amorgian cuisine fetch is a perfect blend of the surrounding sea and the mountain herbs and goats. The menu comes with a variety of exotic tastes combined with the island’s seasons and natural environment. The Amorgian cuisine is categorised under the Mediterranean Diet, meaning that you will be feeding from a source of the healthiest foods in the world. It is based on a plush mix of cereals, fruits, pulses, herbs and vegetables cooked with a dash of olive oil, which contributes to your wellbeing and longevity.
- Greek salad
This is a very popular dish across the Island and the whole of Greece. Make sure you try the choriatiki – a fan-favourite among the locals. It is a must-have item during your meal. Check yourself in any taverna you come across and help yourself to this delicious serving.
A very cheap and healthy Greek serving made with yellow lentils that can be served either hot or cold. The meal is never complete without a lemon and a thin-sliced red onion. Do not be shy to squeeze that lemon on the food for that extra rich taste. This local dish is very popular, and you can enjoy it across any tavern on the island.
- Mountain Greens (chorta)
This traditional dish is grown and picked in the mountains with every season having its unique chorta such as dandelions, wild chards and vlita. Chorta is served as a side dish to either fish or meat.
This is the Island’s ‘national dish’ and a very popular serving in the religious festivals (panigiria) that is prepared by the whole village or people attending the festivals. You can also find it across the various taverns around.
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