Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades and is located next to the island of Naxos at a distance of 136 nautical miles from Piraeus. It has a land area of 117 square kilometers with a coastline of 112 kilometers. It is an oblong island with mostly mountainous terrain. Its northeastern edge is the highest peak (Krikelos, 822 meters).
Chora village is the capital of Amorgos island, that has been built in an amphitheatrically and picturesque spot on the ridge of the island. The island has two harbors, the natural port of Katapola and Aegiali port.
Amorgos name origin – history
The Amorgos’ name comes from a plant called “Amorgis” that habitants used so as to make flax, a type of linen. This material was used to create algoy tunics.
Amorgos was also known with other ancient names like Yperia, Patagi or Plataggi, Pagali, Psychia, and Karkisia. Previously, it had three cities: Arkesini (Kastri), Minoa (at the location of Moudoulia at Katapola) and Aegiali (Vigla – Tholaria). The historical findings make the first inhabitation in Amorgos in the 5th millennium BC, while the traces of the Cycladic and Mycenaean civilizations also appear on the island. The raids of Saracen pirates force the inhabitants of the island to fortify themselves in order to protect themselves, creating the well-known castles (such as the one in Chora) with their main goal to be invisible by sea.
The arrival of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary of Panagia Hozoviotissa from Palestine dates back to the Age of Iconoclasm. In 1088 the Holy Monastery was renovated by Emperor Alexios Komnenos.
Time goes by with the Venetian domination with a plethora of architectural remains of the time such as the tower of Gavras, while the paved losers make their presence felt in the central parts of the villages. During the Ottoman Empire, the island had been blooming both financially and ecclesiastically. In 1822 the island integrated into the Hellenic state, while in 1829, one of the first Greek schools was erected with the financial support of the Hozoviotissa Monastery.
Tourism has been grown in recent decades, but not at the expense of tradition, customs, and the Cycladic Amorgian landscape.
The population of Amorgos is 1973 inhabitants, based on official data retrieved in the 2011 census by ELSTAT organization.
Its inhabitants are seamen, fishers, sponge-fishers, farmers or breeders. The island has a variety of local products such as cheeses, beans (=fava), traditional bread, pasteli and, of course, the famous traditional baked psimeni raki! You can taste all of the Amorgian specialties during your vacation and experience an authentic, unaltered traditional flavor over the years!
The locals will welcome you on the island, with their warm smile! Traditional Cycladic landscape with whitewashed alleys is diffused on the island both in the harbors of the island, Katapola and Aegiali, as well as in the inland, Chora, and Kato Meria.
Amorgos cultural events – festivals
The feasts and festivals that take place annually, are combined with joy and psimeniraki!
- 25/07: Agia Paraskevi feast in Kato Meria. Local lamb with potato or “Patatato” is served in portions of clay (reddish sheep and goat meat combined with a local veal).
- 26/07: Feast of psimeni raki, at Katapola port.
- 06/08: Feast of Metamorphosis of the Christ at Lozza square, Chora village.
- 14-15/08: Panagia of Epanohoriani at Lagada village.
- 1st Sunday after 15th of August: Traditional Pasteli festival a Lozza square, Chora Amorgos.
- 05/09: Xerotigano feast, at Aegiali port.
- 14/09: Feast of the Cross.
- 21/11: The Panagia Theotokos’ feast. The celebration of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos.
Diving on Amorgos beaches remains a unique experience combining crystal-clear blue waters, suitable for all ages! Sandy, flat, rocky or pebbled beaches are waiting to be explored. Several options for nudist beaches – away from prying eyes are also available!
Hiking and walking paths
Are you a hiking lover? You may be surprised by the fact that there are eight (8) mapped paths available for every level like beginners or experienced hikers.
Hurry up! It is time to book your ticket now and discover the magic island!
Welcome to Amorgos! Here nobody finds you!