Amorgos is one of the Greek Cycladic islands, and so it has white-washed buildings and blue shutters. It looks a little like Mykonos as you approach the town, but smaller and with a hill rising behind the town. You can’t see the hill on Mykonos anymore; it’s been covered with hotels and their swimming pools.
Amorgos has not been a centre of tourism for as many years as Mykonos and that is immediately obvious. The islanders work together to make their island attractive. A few weekends ago, for example they removed all the dried seaweed from the beach at Aegiali and being ‘green-minded’ they took it to farms where it was used as fertilizer. The farmers got free fertilizer and the beach is ready for sun-worshippers.
If you are in to geo-caching there are at least 20 geo-caches in idyllic spots on the island, but if you go hiking in summer remember to take plenty of water or a good sized watermelon if you can carry one!
You can also go diving around the island and explore wrecks. If you saw the film “The Big Blue” you will have seen Amorgos as many scenes were shot on location there. It is truly breathtakingly beautiful.
Potamos is one of the traditional villages, and this one nestles on a hillside so it has great views over the sea. There are other little villages, some little more than hamlets, such as Kalotaritissa, which has about forty residents only. The main town is the Chora surrounded by windmills, and I must say it is one of the most picturesque towns in the Cyclades. Aegiali and Katapola are the main tourist centres on the island, but it is a good idea to see the other villages while you are there, as they all have their own special characteristics and cafeneions where you can still see people (usually men) relaxing and watching the world go by. They may have been working on their land since dawn, so don’t go away with the mistaken conception that Greeks are lazy and sit around all day drinking Greek coffee and playing with their worry beads (komboloi). Greeks are mostly hard-working people.
While you are on the island try, the traditional cheeses and the fresh produce, the olives and of course, the wine; Greek wines have come a long way since the days when the only choice was Demestika or Retsina! Go into a cafeneion and have mezedas (appetizers) which go well with ouzo.
The Venetians were once in control of Amorgos and this can be seen in the towers and castle which is on the rocky outcrop above the Chora. The Gavros Tower is home to the Amorgos Archaeological Collection, where you can see the remains of ancient Temples, pre-historic tools and a variety of other artifacts.
There are many traditional tavernas where you can sample Greek food, which, of course, is part of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
Amorgos is not on the usual tourist route as there isn’t an airport and so you have to take a ferry from the port of Piraeus, Athens. It’s a great journey and you may see dolphins and flying fish.
Have a great time on Amorgos and discover one of the virtually unspoilt Greek islands.
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