Amorgos Cycladia Tips

Hiking Trails

The hiking lovers will be thrilled by the numerous trails which, until the end of the 80’s, served as the main of communication between the villages of the island. Six principal trails are marked and mapped to a hiking guide:

  • Palia Strata: Hora - Hozoviotissa - Kapsala - Asfontilitis - Potamos – Aegiali.
  • Fotodotis: Hora - Milies – Agia Irini – Katapola.
  • Itonia: Lefkes – Agioi Saranta - Kamari - Kastri - Vroutsi - Rahoula – Arkesini.
  • Melania: Aegiali - Langada - Stroumbos - Epanohoriani-Tholaria - Fokiotrypa.
  • Pan: Langada - Theologos – Stavros.
  • Valsamitis: Katapola - Agios Georgios Valsamitis - Agia Marina – Minoa.
Make sure that you try at least one of those trails as the experience of being within the island’s natural ambience and the views will reward you but be equipped with supplies such as water, hat, sun glasses, proper shows and light clothes so that the heat and sun won’t be too much of a trouble during your stroll!

Beaches' Tips
Amorgos' beaches are not the typical long sandy beaches of other Cycladic Islands. They are mainly rocky with pebbles and an extraordinary seabed of diverse geomorphology. No wonder why the “Big Blue” movie was shot here! So, we suggest that you always have with you your snorkeling and fishing equipment and that you are prepared for endless underwater explorations and diving adventures! Also, many beaches, especially the most isolated ones, are perfect for nudism.

Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery
Visit the monastery late afternoon so as to avoid being sun burnt and that you have the chance to enjoy undisrupted the breathtaking view. Keep in mind though that 7 pm is the closing time.

Tour Around By Yacht
The best way to discover Amorgos’ secret treasures is by visiting it with a yacht. This way you will have the chance to access its beautiful coves only accessible through hiking paths after some time of walking and even see those ones only accessible by boat. One of those is the beach right beneath Panagia Hozoviotissa Monastery.

Explore the Island
Either on foot, bus or private vehicle, Amorgos is an island that calls to be explored. We would suggest renting a car or motorbike so as not be constrained by buses’’ timetables. Most rent a car agencies are located in Katapola and Aegiali and you should expect the prices are a little higher that the other Cycladic islands. In case you choose bus for your transportations, mind to check the timetables one day before your excursion so as to avoid delays or even cancelations. When you drive on Amorgos mind the strong winds which are pretty rough in certain places especially the ones of high altitude.

Eating & Drinking
The small taverns within the alleys of Hora are a must visit as well as some bar in Hora where live music is performed and a nice small crowd is gathered with cheerful mood and nice drinks. Of course, rakomelo is the main “attraction” of the nightlife but do not overdo it as its sweet taste and the high alcoholic degrees will can you into wanting more and more but it will soon have an effect on your organism and balance! So, enjoy responsibly especially if you are driving!

Kisiri Islet
Kisiri means the islet of pumice as it is full of this light, white mineral. It is believed that this was the outcome of the last explosion of Sanotirni’s volcano that Kisiri with this heritage. The islet is found at the southernmost part of Amorgos and it is a perfect choice for nature lovers and bird-watching fans. You may also be lucky enough to see the sea gulls training their little ones and some seals or the sea turtle of Amorgos.

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