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Amorgos Island (Greece)
Idea About: place
The Cyclades, a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, comprise about 220 islands. Amorgós is one of the major islands in the group with its land area of 48770 square miles (or 126.346 km²) and a population of about 2,000. It is located at the east end of Cyclades and has several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria (inhabitant). The length of the island is 19.5 miles (33 km) with width between 1 - 3.5 miles (1,5 to 6 km).
What Makes It Special
By many accounts, Amorgos is a wild but nonetheless beautiful place. In its way, it is much more romantic than many touristy places in Mediterranean sweetened by catering to visitors whims and demands for 21st century conveniences and services. Amorgos is much more romantic because it is a real thing. Its rough terrain, cliffs, tiny villages, donkey paths in mountains have seen it all: Roman exiles or pirates or Minoans (people of Bronze Age civilization flourished c. 3000 – 1000 BC in the region bordering the Aegean Sea) or Russian soldiers, you name it.
Directions To Destination
The only way to reach Amorgos is by sea. There is little sense to mention here any specific routes and/or schedules. They change with time, and a lot depends on your schedule. The two ports on the island, Katapola, and of Aegiali offer ferries, catamarans, boats and hydrofoils connecting Amorgos with the other islands and the main land. A lot depends on your traveling plans; for example, you can Naxos, Paros or Mykonos islands by air and take a boat to Amorgos. There are frequent departures from Amorgos to the rest of the Cyclades. Boats to main land are several times a weeks depending of the season.
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Where To Stay
The tourist infrastructure is not developed. There are plenty of small places (private homes, apartments, studios) where you can stay. There are a number of very cheap camping grounds with tents and some additional facilities. Check sites like www.greeka.com for details. If you are looking for something more established, check:
When on Amorgós island, your life will most likely be slow and uneventful. Spend time on beaches and in hiking (trails, well paved donkey paths, are excellent). Do not expect to find any night life. Enjoy the atmosphere of the island, its architecture and life style. Keep in mind that sightseening include much more than Panagia Hozoviotissa. Other places to visit include Theologos , Agios Georgios Valsamitis, Agia Triada, Venetian Castle.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Katapola, the main port on the island, is the first place you will see on Amorgos. You can find accommodations here - after all it is a charming area with white windmills and traditional white houses on narrow paved streets. Aegialis, another port on Amorgos, is much smaller. This area consists of three traditional villages: Lagada, Tholaria and Potamos. All of them remain mostly untouched by tourism. Aegialis has more tourist facilities than any other place on Amorgos and offers a hotel, studios, apartments and camping opportunities as well as restaurants, shops, cafes and bars.
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