Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για amorgos photosΑποτέλεσμα εικόνας για amorgos photosAmorgos, the most eastern island of the Cyclades, seems to protect the eastern Small Cyclades due to its oblong shape. It stands  proudly at the centre of the Southern Aegean Sea acting as the crossroad where the North meets the South.  It’s the “exit” from the islands of the eastern Aegean towards the coast of Asia Minor. Amorgos, an island of rich cultural heritage and particular wild beauty, the island of the deep blue, can’t but create a daunting feeling to its visitor. When the ferry approaches the island, you can feel the atmosphere changing. Its mountain range and deep sea parting create steep coasts on the east, while at the same time on the west there is a sense of harmony, as the mountains smoothly finish into small peninsulas with sandy bays in between. Amorgos is an island of contrasts. The sudden changes in scenery completely consume the visitor creating many pleasant but also very strong emotions. In Amorgos you will get a taste of the Greek hospitality. Its inhabitants have been tested for many years, as it has deliberately been declared as “the island of the infrequent line”. They have been deprived of communication and now (that the island is growing rapidly) the Amorgians generously give out unforgettable moments to whoever chooses to visit their island.The Amorgians are good people, proud and, despite the increase in tourism over the last few years, they have remained pure and true to the manners and customs of their land. The island with an intense Cycladic shade and an intact traditional character over the passage of time will blow your mind away. It’s the island where the old meets the new and together they go hand in hand harmoniously without the one affecting the other.It’s the island where the human factor intervenes, only so much so as to not violate the natural beauty of the island. Amorgos is the island of harmony, tranquility, relaxation and fun.

TRADITION FOLKS 

NOVEMBERA large fair is held on November 21st at the Monastery of Hozoviotissa. The Amorgian and foreign pilgrims are many. Fried cod and other fish are on offer.
EASTER.Even if Amorgos is an interesting destination for all seasons, on Easter becomes a magical place. Every visitor can feel the devoutness and can be entered in tens of customs, some of which have been preserved since the Byzantine period. The scent of sage and oregano will be all over the island, coming from the respective plants which are spread on the streets of the villages, where “Epitaphios” passes, and as the passers-by walk on them, this scent becomes more intense. He will feel that he participates in a kind of mystagogy, when he walks around all of the streets of the Capital and Katapola, where hundreds of impromptu fires are set in small objects. On Easter Saturday, in the morning, every visitor will taste “lazarakia”, small bagels in human shapes baked at home and at the night of Resurrection the sky will be full of different schemes and colours coming from fireworks, which are drawn by the young people of Katapola and Potamos. After the Liturgy of the Hours on Saturday night, all of the traditional delicacies will be set on the Easter table, bringing the special sense of Amorgos island. Visitor’s unique experience will not end after the Resurrection and the traditional lamb on Easter day. That afternoon he will feel like a child participating in games organised by the young people of the island at the churchyards of Lagkada and Tholaria, and then he will attend to the burning of Judas at Kato Meria. Later he will experience an emotional and very important custom of Easter, the litany of icons of the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa. Finally, on Sunday night he will blend into the crowd, which sings, dances and celebrates. Experience the triumph of life against death and the triumph of spring against the winter in the island whose beauty has been carved by the greatest artist, time. 
SUMMER. On August 6th after the feast of Christ at Fotodoti (Metamorfosi Sotiros) a folk festival in the square of Hora (Loza) follows. Continue Reading

SIGHTS IN AMORGOS - CHORA
• The The Wall with battlements, of the castle built in the 13th century by Jeremiah Gyzis for the protection of Amorgos. At its entrance, you will find the chapel of Agios Georgios. The view from the top of the fortress is rare.
• The Tower of Gavras, a 16th century building of Venetian architecture, is located at the centre of Hora. Today it is used as a museum, where artifacts from excavations on Amorgos are exhibited. You can see ancient sculptures and inscriptions.
• The Byzantine Churches. Worth seeing among them are Kera-Leoussis, with the wonderful image of the Virgin Mary, Agio Thalalaio, Agios Thomas, the Stavros, the Metropole, the Agious Pantes and the double -named Church of Metamorfosis – Agiou Stefanou.
• The first High School founded in Greece after the Revolution in 1821. As stated on the inscription «in 1829 the expenses were covered by the Holy Monastery of Hozoviotissa”.
• The Kato lakkos, a medieval cistern that was used to irrigate Hora.
• The ruins of the Hellenistic tower, in the northern part of Hora, on Terlaki.
• Agios Georgios Valsamitis, is found in the southern part of Hora. A church with a dimness roof and spring from which holy water gushed and which functioned as a famous Hydromanteion until the last century.
• The ruins of the Venetian tower, near the Church Agios Georgios.
• The Byzantine Monastery of Hozoviotissa is the gem and hallmark of Amorgos which you must most certainly visit. It is located to the east of Hora, on a rock 300 metres above the sea. According to tradition, the founding of the monastery is due to a miracle.
SIGHTS IN AMORGOS -AEGIALIS
• The Acropolis of Aegiali on the hill of Vigla near Tholaria.
• The Church of Analypsis at Potamos.
• The unique beauty of the Villages of Aegiali.
• The Church of the Holy Trinity wedged into a rock, with spectacular views over the bay of Aegiali and Panagias Epanochorianis in Lagada.
• The Church of Agion Anargyron in Tholaria.
• The Churches of Agios Ioannis the Theologian to the northeast of Lagada and of Stavrou to the east of Lagada.
• The Vigla-Ancient Aegiali: There are remnants of ancient walls, bases of statues and various artifacts. An awesome canyon is open in the area of Vlychada.
SIGHTS IN AMORGOS -KATAPOLA
Minoa: One of the three ancient cities of Amorgos is found on the southeast side of Mount Moudalia (Minoa) over the district of Katapola. Here, archaeological researches and excavations take place and are overlooked by the teacher-archaeologist Lila Maragou. One can drive to Minoa following the road signs that lead the way.
Panagia Katapoliani: An Ancient Christian monument of Amorgos with Cycladic, Ecclesial architecture, built upon an ancient temple attributed to Pythium Apollona, according to Lila Maragou’s research. It is found at Katapola, continuing off the main street 50 metres from the beach.
Evagelistria: A small temple from the early Byzantine period with impressive architecture, that is found on the northeast side of the district of Ksilokeratidi and that can be reached by taking the upper road of the village, next to Agios Georgios Hotel.
SIGHTS IN AMORGOS -KATO MERIA
• The Tower of Agia Triada (Ancient Arkesini): The tower of Agia Triada is the greatest monument of Kato Meria and is located in Arkesini, 400 metres to the right of the road towards the village of Kolofana. Made from huge boulders, the work of the fourth century BC, it stands in this quiet area and is not visible from the sea. It has small skylights, water tanks and a hydraulic sewer system. From the investigations of the archaeologist, Lila Maragos, it seems that the region constituted the backbone of the city-state of ancient Arkesini and served to protect the inhabitants from raids.
• The Cycladic Acropolis Arkesini: It is situated on the hill Kastela , east of Mount Korakas, and has a view of the whole plain of Arkesini. Newer buildings have been built by Cycladic residents (stables, houses, etc.), thus confirming the widespread occupancy of Amorgos since the Bronze Age.

BEACHES- AEGIALIS

A beach located in the rapidly developing village of Agios Pavlos, five kilometers from the bay of Aegiali, with fine sand, pebbles and crystal clear waters.
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Mikri Glyfada  A beautiful beach with sand and pebbles, north of Tholaria. Accessible via a half hour trek. With a strong northern wind the sea can get rough.
Nikouria. A beach with fine sand and pebbles on the homonymous island. Continue Reading









Levrossos Beach. It is the next beach after Ormos beach. It’s a beautiful beach with fine sand. You can either take the path that continues off the long beach or take the road to Tholaria by car.  Continue Reading
Ormos Beach. The largest, about 1000 metres long, and one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with fine sand and crystal clear waters. This beach has contributed greatly to the development of Aegiali. It is decorated with armyristries trees that offer shade to those who seek it. Continue Reading
Halara. A wonderful beach, approximately 200 metres long, with pebbles and sand, south of Amorgos. Accessible via a path, which only a few know about, from Potamos in Aegiali, and it is an hour and a half long walk. Continue Reading
Cholhakas. It is the next small beach after Psili Ammos, with big pebbles, which you can reach again either via footpath or via boats leaving the pier. Continue Reading
Beaches of Aegiali. A small beach after that of Levrossos accessible either by a path from Levrossos beach or via boats leaving the pier.

BEACHES- KATAPOLA

The most beautiful beach of Katapola is located at the northwestern side of the port. It’s a sheltered beach with fine sand and turquoise waters, where most people gather to enjoy a swim. Continue Reading
Plakes A beach with rocks and stone slabs and deep waters for the adventurous and nudists, not for children and not for those who cannot swim.Continue ReadingSt. Panteleimon. Is located around the church of St. Panteleimon, a beach with rocks on which one can enjoy lying in the sun while overlooking the bay of the harbour.
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Cape Akrotiri. A sandy beach continuing off the pier of Katapola to which one can walk to. Continue Reading
Glyfada. It is located to the northeast of Katapola outside of the harbour. It is a beautiful beach with fine sand, not known by many people. You can get there only by walking past Xylokeratidi, Nera and Peristeria. Continue Reading
Treis Ierarches. A pebble beach on the edge of Xylokeratidi, under the church of the Three Hierarchs. You can reach it by walking through the village Xylokeratidi.
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Foinikes - Tyrokomou – Agioi Saranda. These beaches are located south of the mountain Moudoulia (Minoa) as we exist the port to the left. The beaches are very nice with clean sand and you can get there by bike or by car from the road that goes to Minoa. Continue Reading
Panagia-Ag Iwannhs-Ag AnargyroiUpon continuing the hike from the beach at Kato Akrotiri one will encounter in a row the beaches of Panagia, Agios Ioannis and Agioi Anargyroi, which are located near the churches with the same name. Continue Reading

BEACHES IN KATO MERIA
Kamari - Vroutsi
Arkesini - Kolofana - Kalotaritissa
Following the road that snakes along the back of Amorgos as you leave the Capital, Hora, you encounter Agios Georgios Valsamitis after 5 kilometers on your right, Stavros, at around 7 km, the area of Markiani with its ancient ruins at around 9 km, and then you finally arrive at Kato Meria. The well kept fields of the households in the area with various plantations, their pets, and the surrounding calmness all compose a beautiful landscape that only an artist with vivid imagination could have created. It’s a kind of environment which calms and elevates you making you forget all your everyday problems and worries of life. The first village we meet on our tour is Kamari, with 40 inhabitants and beautiful homes, located on the hillside overlooking the entire valley. It lies 12 km from the town and the main occupation and concern of residents is fishing, agriculture and livestock. Next is a village called Vroutsi with 82 inhabitants, who are engaged in farming. Here the landscape is composed of white houses with aromatic gardens full of basil and gilly flowers. The smiling faces of the people of Kato Meria make you feel like you are in a place where goodness, purity and tranquility reign.