They say that luxury is in the little things; there is no place where this is truer than Amorgos.
Amorgos has the easy-going, relaxing vibe of a place where life is simpler, and people know how to enjoy the small things – tasting local delicacies at family-run tavernas, enjoying a drink in a candlelit bar, having a coffee under the shade of a tree to hide from the mid-day Mediterranean sun, or simply passing the time by gazing out at the at the wild beauty of the Amorgos landscape or the deep blues of the surrounding sea.
Aside from offering life in the slow lane, Amorgos offers some first-class sightseeing and activities. The monastery of Chozoviotissa, built 1.000 years ago, hosts an interesting collection of artefacts. You can also visit the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis Theologos, the chapel of Agia Triada and the church Panagia Katapoliani. In Chora, you will find the archaeological museum, which hosts a brilliant collection of pieces that date back up to 4.000 years ago.
Hiking in Amorgos is a unique experience, not least because of the mesmerising views to be seen from the island’s well-organised trails. One of the paths takes hikers through a cultural journey of 4.000 years, linking the two ancient cities of Minoa and Arkesini, with their churches and Byzantine frescoes.
Rock-climbers will find 50 excellent climbs on the mountain opposite Langada. Amorgos also offers excellent diving sites, its seabed dotted with ancient shipwrecks and reefs.
Best beaches in Amorgos
Agia Anna Maybe the most famous beach of the island, as it was a setting for the film The Big Blue. This is a rocky bay with pebbles and spectacular waters, close to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa.
Agios Pavlos A pebbly beach with calm, crystal clear waters close to the bay of Aegiali. There is a taverna close to the beach.
Agios Pandeleimon A rocky bay with small parts of sand and crystal clear waters, close to the village of Katapola. The bay took its name from the chapel that was built there.
Kato Kambos A picturesque natural harbour close to the village of Kolofana. There are no organized facilities, so visitors need to bring their own food and water.
Levrossos A sandy bay with crystal clear waters that is accessible by small transfer boats, or by car. There is a tavern, and the beaches of Xoklakas and Psili Ammos are within walking distance.
Maltezi A sandy bay with crystal clear waters close to Katapola. The beach is organized and offers sunbeds and a beach bar.
Mikri Glyfada Perfect to get away from it all, this secluded cove offers brilliant clear waters and perfect tranquillity.
Mouros A superb pebbled bay with dazzling turquoise waters. Snorkelling fans can explore the underwater caves. There is a taverna and a cafe nearby.
Nikouria A small uninhabited islet close to Agios Pavlos, 5km off the port of Aegiali. There are 3 sandy beaches with calm turquoise waters and a beach bar.
Paradisia A small sandy bay backed by rocks that create natural shade, with beautiful waters. The beach is isolated and has no facilities, so visitors need to bring their own food and drink.
Psili Ammos A long sandy stretch with brilliant blue waters, best accessible by sea. There are no organized facilities, so visitors need to bring their own food and water.