The Cycladic island of Amorgos is not just another Greek island of Greece – it is THE Island!!! It is no wonder it was chosen as the location for the famous blockbuster movie “The Big Blue” in 1988, directed by Luc Besson – a most dedicated and talented director. The film is based on a true story and if you haven’t yet watched it, I suggest you do; not only for the storyline and acting which is outstanding, but mostly … to virtually visit this exquisite island – Amorgos!
Blue – blue – blue … as far as the eye can see!
Driving around the island of Amorgos, you will see wild goats grazing and climbing steep rocky hills, they seem to be defying all laws of gravity as they jump from rock to rock playfully.
The view, as you drive along the well-maintained roads around the island, is breathtaking! You will be looking to your right at the endless sapphire-blue sea and to your left at the goats climbing the barren rocks. In between the crevices they find wild bush on which they graze happily. Drive carefully because they might just decide to cross over to the other side if they see something interesting they want to nibble on.
Try the local dishes at the many traditional taverns which are usually family-run. We had tomato fritters (ntomatokeftethes), sun-dried octopus and a platter of a variety of fish caught just that morning! Finish your meal with rakomelo – their local and yummy drink. Careful though – it can really give you a hangover, so go easy on that.
The main village of Amorgos – Chora – as the principal village is normally called – is said to be one of the most picturesque of all the main villages of the Greek islands.
Make sure you visit the Monastery of Panayia Hozoviotissa which is literally built into a rock. The climb up is quite challenging – proper stairs but many. You will inevitably be stopping to catch your breath and taking photos of the view all along the way so you won’t mind – that’s a promise!
Care for a swim? I have some lovely recommendations for you!
Here are my 5 favourite beaches:
- Agios Pavlos – just 10 km to the north-east of Chora. This is a lovely sandy beach which is not too crowded. Take something to eat and drink as you will not find anything close by from which to buy a coffee or even water.
- Aegiali Beach – 15 km north east of Chora. This is a very popular sandy beach which has a diving club and is partly organised.
- Maltezi – This is a pebbled beach just 9 km west of Chora. It is not an organised beach and if you like skinny dipping, this is for you.
- Levressos – A secluded, nudism friendly sandy beach about 16 km north of Chora.
- Katapola Beach – A sandy family-friendly beach just 6 km west of Amorgos. You will find many fish taverns there making it a popular all-day destination.
As far as accommodation is concerned, the choice is great! We stayed at the Aegialis Hotel & Spa which was an amazing hotel overlooking the town and the amazing Aegean Sea! You can log into www.booking.com and find hundreds of lodgings. Choose the one which suits your taste and budget.
The boat trip to Amorgos is quite long but believe me, it’s worth it. The ferry stops on the way to pick up passengers and let some off, so you can catch a glimpse of some of the islands on the way.
Enjoy your stay and don’t forget to take many photos!
This is a trip of a lifetime!