Forming part of the Cyclades archipelago, Amorgos is a captivating island surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Its rocky hills are dotted with authentic local villages, pebbly beaches and the remains of ancient settlements while remaining an off-the-beaten-track destination.
Things to do in Amorgos Island
Serving as the capital of Amorgos is Chora, a medieval village that is considered one of the most beautiful settlements in the Cyclades. Wander through its atmospheric streets lined with charming churches and climb to the 13th-century Venetian castle. Alfresco cafes line the main square of Plateia Loza while archaeological findings are on display in the Gavras Tower.
Perched on the edge of a cliff is Panagia Hozoviotissa, a whitewashed monastery built in the 11th century as an ode to the Virgin Mary. It houses a treasured religious icon, together with portraits of the monks who have resided here. In addition to enjoying the monastery’s spectacular views across the Aegean Sea, you can sample the raki and loukoumi (a traditional sweet) made by the monks.
For a day at the beach, head to the pebbly cove of Mouros, which is nestled beneath imposing cliffs on the south coast of Amorgos. Adjacent to the beach are three naturally formed caves where you can swim and snorkel. In addition to jumping from the surrounding rocks into the Aegean Sea, you can venture underwater on a scuba diving excursion.
Getting around Amorgos Island
Regular ferries connect to Katapola from Naxos and the Athenian port of Piraeus while flights from Athens land at Naxos Airport Apollon. Buses travel between the towns and villages of Amorgos while renting a vehicle is the most convenient way of getting around the island. Chora is ideally explored on foot.