Setting for several scenes of "The Big Blue" (famous movie by Luc Besson), Amorgos is the island where you'll see the amazing Monastery of Chozoviotissa, hanging on a cliff between sky and sea.
Aghios Pavlos
An unequipped sand and shingle beach in front of Nikouria Island. You will find it easily: from afar, it looks like a tongue that reaches into the sea. During summer, there is every hour a boat that commutes with the three beaches of Nikouria.
Agia Anna
A small pebble beach below Chora, not far from the Monastery of Chozoviotissa. Unequipped, it's very popular because its rocky landscape is particularly scenic, but it can be a little dangerous for children.
Agia Triada
Just before the village of Lagada, which overlooks Aighiali Bay to the east, watch the cliff to the right of the road and your eyes will be catched by this mysterious chapel embedded in the rock, from the views are really amazing. Go up, access is rather easy, even if you are prone to vertigo.
Agios Georgios Valsamitis
A small monastery built around a sacred spring where oracles have foretold the future since the Bronze Age. The place was probably dedicated to the god Apollo and the divinatory tradition did not cease until 1967, when the Orthodox Church forbid this pagan practice.
Aighiali
The second port of Amorgos, to the north, is one of the main seaside destinations of the island, with a long sandy beach, taverns and many places to stay. It's also a good starting point for superb hikes in the villages perched in the mountains surrounding the bay.
Arkesini
A small village lost in the middle of nowhere on the road to Kalotaritissa. Nearby is an archaeological site with an ancient tower from the Hellenistic era.
Asfondilitis
This almost deserted hamlet, lost in the mountain above Agios Pavlos, will plunge you into ancient Greece. A forgotten place, which you will not find in any guide. The small road that goes up is asphalted and there is a tiny tavern, do not hesitate!
Chora
As in many Cyclades islands, the capital of Amorgos is located in the hinterland, out of sight of the pirates who once infested the Aegean Sea. With its winding alleys, its old Venetian kastro and its alignment of windmills, Chora will delight those who love traditional Cycladic villages.
Chozoviotissa Monastery
The Monastery of Chozoviotissa, literally inlaid in a vertiginous cliff, faces the immensity of the Big Blue. This unlikely building is the most famous attraction of Amorgos and the steep climb as such is an unforgettable experience, offering amazing views. Just don't go when tour buses pour out groups of visitors!
Kalotaritissa
The most beautiful beach of Amorgos, lost at the western end of the island. A look of tropical lagoon, crystal clear turquoise waters, golden sand, a small beach bar, fishing boats that sway gently, a wild and unspoiled environment... pure paradise!
Katapola
One of the two ports of Amorgos (the second, Aighiali, is north of the island), at the bottom of a bay sheltered from the north wind. There are actually 3 small villages, Katapola (the port, on the south shore), Rachidhi (at the bottom of the bay) and Xylokeratidhi (on the north shore).
Kato Kambos
This is a good choice if you like wild and secret beaches. No beach bar, no crowd, just a pretty chapel. An access road that ends on unpaved road but remains perfectly passable. Moreover, the landscape all around is beautiful!
Lagadha
One of the traditional villages perched on the slopes of the mountains around Aighiali Bay, north of Amorgos. Winding alleys, churches, small typical taverns and plenty of hiking opportunities. Highly recommended if you like authentic Greece!
Minoa
Above Katapola, in a wild landscape, lies the archaeological site of Minoa, ruins of a prehistoric city that was probably the summer residence of the Cretan king Minos. There is of course not much left of it but the place is absolutely fascinating!
Mouros
One of the most extraordinary beaches of Amorgos, in a spectacular rocky setting. Pebbles, crystal clear water, an unforgettable landscape. Paved access road with parking and tavern, and then you walk down a dizzying path. Worth the effort!
Nikouria
A desert and steep island which silhouette can be seen from afar, particularly spectacular at sunset from certain angles. As there are three beaches on its southern shore, it can be reached during summer, with a shuttle boat that leaves from the beach of Aghios Pavlos.
Olympia Shipwreck
Several scenes from Luc Besson's film "Le Grand Bleu" were shot in the Cyclades, in Ios and Amorgos. This is how the wreck of Olympia became world famous. It is still rusting there, in the Bay of Livero, now become part of the history of Amorgos...
Panagitsa
Following the south shore of Katapola Bay, you will arrive at a very picturesque little church, partially built with fragments of ancient ruins. This is one of the most romantic places in Amorgos, you definitely have to go for a walk!
Paradisa
A nice sandy beach halfway between Kalotaritissa and Kato Kambos. It's not equipped but there is a small bar during the high season and it's easily accessible by an asphalt road. It's a slightly secret beach because it's tiny and relatively remote.
Potamos
Ano Potamos and Kato Potamos are two parts of a village that overlooks the port of Aighiali on the slopes of the mountain. Located off the road from Chora to Aighiali, this traditional village with stunning views of the bay is a haven of peace if you want to get away from the crowds.
Rachidi
One of the three villages around Katapola Bay, slightly set back from the shore. A long sloping street, a beautiful church, a few streets lined with pretty houses tastefully decorated. Nothing really extraordinary but the place is full of charm.
Tholaria
Perched high in the mountain above Aighiali Bay, this traditional village is still quite authentic. Picturesque alleys, a majestic church, cozy little cafes and, all around, extraordinary landscapes. You definitely have to discover it!
Xylokeratidi
The third village of Katapola Bay, facing the harbor. Cafes, taverns, a pier busy with fishermen, an atmosphere of dolce vita. Lovely! Very few opportunities to park, go preferably on foot, the villages of the bay are not very far from each other.
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