Travel to Amorgos: An extensive article!

It is time to visit the island of the Big Blue; Amorgos! On this post, we have gathered some useful information on how to get to Amorgos island, and how to reach the island by ferry connections from and to the other islands like Naxos, Santorini, Mykonos!

Amorgos location

Amorgos is the Easternmost island of the Cyclades islands and is located southeast of Naxos. Its distance from Piraeus port is 136 miles.

Amorgos airport

Unfortunately, the island does not have an airport and therefore the visitor should make stops at the airports of Naxos, Santorini or Mykonos which are connected daily with Athens International Airport El. Venizelos.

  • Naxos: From Naxos airport you will need to drive to Chora’s port so as to take the ferry to Amorgos.
    Trip duration: Approximately 2 hours to 5:30 hours.
    Daily Connection Naxos – Amorgos: Blue Star Ferries and Express Scopelitis.
  • Santorini: From Santorini Airport, you will drive to the Athenios port.
    Trip duration: Approximately from 1 to 5-hours.
    Daily Connection Santorini – Amorgos: SEAJET and Sundays with Express Scopelitis.
  • Mykonos: From Mykonos’ airport to the old or new port of Mykonos.
    Trip duration: Approximately takes about 2 hours.
    Weekly Connection Mykonos – Amorgos: Please call or visit the local ticket agencies for information.
  • Athens – Piraeus: Arriving at Athens Airport, you will need to go to the port of Piraeus by bus line X96 or the blue line of Attiko Metro where in this case you will change to the green line of “ISAP” at Monastiraki Station. Then you will continue towards Piraeus terminal, where you will reach the island with the available ships, which you will find below.

How to get to Amorgos – Piraeus Amorgos: hours

You can travel to Amorgos island by taking the Blue Star Ferries ships and you will reach the island in about 8 or 9 hours, or alternatively by choosing SeaJet where the journey lasts only 6 hours.

Piraeus to Amorgos ferry

There is a ferry connection from Amorgos to and from the port of Piraeus daily from June to September 2019.

Specifically, the Blue Star Ferries ships routes are as follows:

  • F/B BLUE STAR NAXOS – from 10/06 to 08/09/2019

TUE – THUR – SUN: Departure from PIRAEUS at 06.45 and ARRIVAL at 15.10 noon at the port of Katapola.

MON-WED- FRI- SAT: Departure from Piraeus at 06.45 and Arrival at 14.30 noon at the port of Aegiali.

You may see the timetables here.

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  • BLUE STAR 1 or 2 – from 10/06 to 08/09/2019

SAT: Departure from PIRAEUS at 23.55 and ARRIVAL in the morning at 05.30 at the port of Katapola.

See here.

piraeus to amorgos and viceversa blue star 1

The Sea Jet 2 routes (2019) are as follows:

  • SEAJET 2 Waiting for the official announcement route plan 2019.

MON-WED -THUR- FRI- SUN from PIRAEUS at 07.00 and ARRIVAL at 14.05p.m. at the port of Katapola.

From 11/09 – 30/09/18: (pending)

Also, the EXPRESS SKOPELITIS connects Amorgos with the Cyclades on a daily basis, starting from Amorgos (Katapola).

how to get to amorgos skopelitisOn Sundays also this ship departs from Katapola at 08.00 for Ios and Santorini and returns at 16.25 at Katapola.

Furthermore, the island is connected with AQUA SPIRIT ferry.

For any delay, or possible change in the above ferry schedules, please call the island’s agencies at the two ports:

  • Aegiali port:
    +3022850-73032
  • Katapola port:
    +3022850-71256 and
    +3022850-71201

Amorgos bus schedule and routes

Amorgos Bus Company connects each Amorgos’ village. The bus connection in the summer months is quite frequent and buses connect villages of Aegiali with Agios Pavlos, Chora of Amorgos, Katapola and the villages of Kato Meria.

Find out more the itineraries below if you plan to use the bus service during your stay on the island.

The bus routes from 17/06/19 to 12/07/19 are as follows:

FROM: 13/07/19 until 25/08/19:

FROM 26/08/19 until 08/09/19:

See here the scheduled routes valid until 11/10/2019. 

The ticket price is valid for a single route only. At nights itineraries, higher rates are applied.

Note that additional bus services are expected to take place at the annual festival of the island in the grace of Agia Paraskevi.

(From 16:30 to approximately one and a half hours. The last route from Kato Meria to Chora, Katapola, and Aegiali will take place at 1:45 at dawn).

Taxi Amorgos

Alternately, you can call a TAXI service. TAXI driver phone numbers can be found at the available bus stops and signposts in the villages of Amorgos.

You can also ask for available car rental locations or scooters that are charged daily.

-Last updated: 01/04/2019

featured image via bluestarferries.

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.

Population

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.

Beaches 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!