Hiking on Amorgos

Amorgos island has eight (8) mapped footpaths, allowing visitors to discover the treasures of the Amorgian landscape. In older times, these footpaths were the only link between villages.

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Hiking routes Amorgos

If you decide to hike even a couple of them, you will discover beautiful scenery, with constant changes of terrain, blending mountainous scenery with the endless blue sea, punctuated by the scent of wild herbs. You will also discover the island’s rare flora and fauna, while ancient acropolises, monuments of the early Cycladic period and other historic times will keep you company!

Amorgos footpaths of historical and cultural interest:

Route 1 – Palia Strata: Chora – Monastery Hozoviotissa – Kapsala – Asfontylitis – Aegiali

  • Starting point: “Kalogerikos” spot in Chora village.
  • Distance: The longest footpath on the island – 20km
  • Duration: Approximately 240 minutes (4 hours).
  • Hiking Equipment: Sports shoes, water and first aid kid.

This is the longest of the eight footpaths, traversing the island’s backbone at an altitude of around 350-400 meters above sea level and covering a distance of approximately 50% of the island’s total length. The “Palia Strata” (old path), as it is commonly known, was the traditional route along which people and goods traveled from Chora to Aegiali and back before the asphalt roads were built, passing via Hozoviotissa Monastery. The starting point is “Kalogerikos” spot, at the edge of Chora.

hiking on amorgos

Route 2 – Photodotis: Chora – Katapola:

  • Starting point: The road behind Vorina neighborhood, in Chora village.
  • Distance: 5 km.
  • Duration: approximately 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • Hiking Equipment: Sports shoes and water.

Follow the signs pointing to Katapola, leaving the asphalt road and taking the marked footpath. The route brings you through Milies and past Agia Irini. The trail is quite easy-going and your descent will being you past an old water spring and an oak tree offering shade on hot summer days! The path becomes bushier and narrower here but is still easy to follow.

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Shortly, the view of the port will appear in front of you! After a descent of approximately 40 minutes, you will come to a crossroads. Keep going straight, and you will meet the chapel of Agia Irini and then the port. This is the end of footpath 2, which links the capital of Amorgos to one of its two ports! Seize the day, by getting to know part of the Amorgean countryside.

Route 3 – Itonia: Vroutsi – Katapola:

  • Starting point: North of Arkesini village
  • Distance: 13 km.
  • Duration: approximately 3.5 hours (210 minutes).
  • Hiking Equipment: Sports shoes and water.

The southern part of Amorgos links Kato Meria to Katapola. The footpath is a great opportunity to view the Eastern Cyclades and then Naxos. The trail is marked with red-and-white markers with the number 3 up to Vroutsi village.  From there to Katapola, the markings are not especially clear – there are only a few signs leading to settlements or churches that you will meet along the way.

The starting point is north of Arkesini village. A small road forks to the right from the main road, towards the archaeological site of Agia Triada. At the second-to-last house before the remains of a Hellenistic outpost, you will see the characteristic signs with the number 3.

Follow the road surrounded by stone walls until you reach a cistern. From there, continue downwards until you come to a crossroads; head right until you reach the homes of Rachoula, and climb the hill. When you get to Vroutsi, cross the village via the bakery and post office and head for the church of Agios Spyridon, with its blue dome, and the south-eastern exit of the village. Then follow a cement road to reach the asphalt road in a few minutes. Follow the road to Chora until you reach Stavros chapel. Take the rural road to the left behind the chapel. After about 5 minutes, take the path to the left, heading for the hill. Stay on the footpath, marked with signs to Agia Thekla and Kastri-Ancient Arkesini. Head for the valley below.

You will see a verdant gorge next to the path. At the end of the valley, cross the small cement bridge over the dry riverbed. Head upwards on the other side. Half an hour’s walk after the fork, you will reach a col with several stables built with natural stone.

From here, there is a lovely view to the ruins of Ancient Arkesini (Kastri), visible in the background to the south-west. Head for the church of Agii Saranta, with the two narthexes, in the center of the valley. Return to the valley over the twisty shale. Having almost reached the bottom of the valley, a turn to the left reveals the view to Agioi Saranta bay.

Oleander bushes flourish in the ravine (an indication of plentiful underground water), and there is a palm tree on the left, next to the dry riverbed. You will reach the widest point of the valley in about 25 minutes, leaving the col behind you.

Take the footpath opposite, passing by another small church. Another fork in the road appears after an ascent of about 15 minutes: there are a small settlement and the chapel of Agia Thekla to your left. The tiny village is nestled high above two sky-blue coves.

However, you should take the car road heading right and climb the mountain with a view of Lefkes village and Minoa hill. You will reach Lefkes about ten minutes after you leave Agia Thekla. Finikes Bay is below you to the left; it is also accessible by car. Approximately 20 minutes after Lefkes, you will reach Stavros chapel.

From here, for the first time, you will have a view of Katapola valley and the port. Just after the church, the road to the left leads to the interesting archaeological site of Minoa. Follow the cement road down towards the valley. Just after the huge overhanging road, there is a footpath that leads to the center of Katapola.

Route 4 – Melania: Tour of Aegiali villages:

  • Starting point: Aegiali bay.
  • Distance: 9 km.
  • Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours (150 minutes).
  • Hiking Equipment: sports shoes and water.

Along this itinerary, you will enjoy the natural landscape of Aegiali with intermediate stops at Tholaria and Lagada. Start from Aegiali and head for Tholaria. At the exit marking of Aegiali, at the small chapel of Agii Theodori on the right there is an asphalt road leading to the houses situated further up. After about 10 meters, there is a narrow path on the right side of this road.

Follow the path and you will soon discover a small red and white signpost bearing the number “4”. This number will accompany you all along the itinerary. Walk along the poles until you reach an old stepped road that will lead you to another chapel.

Then the route continues upwards and after ten minutes you will reach a spring built in a rock. There is a bucket there that is used to water animals. A bit further on, you will reach a crossroad with a steep road leading to the valley. Continue towards Tholaria and after about 10 minutes from the spring you will reach a large parking area.

From there, follow the path inwards, towards the large church of Agii Anargiri and continue along the stepped road on the right and below the church.

At the first division of the road after the church, turn left up to the stairs. The road is more visible now on the cliff behind the village. About half an hour after leaving Tholaria, on a cobbled road with a wonderful view of Aegiali valley, the path turns sharply to the right.

You will see the small chapel of Agios Taxiarchis on the left. A bit further away, on the left side of the road, there is a wooden signpost with the word “Astratios”. Follow the road heading towards the cone-shaped hill of “Paggos”, which after a few meters will lead you to a fork with a signpost. That is where the path leads on the left going up the steps to a dead end road that surrounds half the road. About ten minutes after the crossroads, on the hill in front of you, you will notice the wonderful whitewashed ecclesiastical installation of Panagia Epanahoriani.

The signposting for itinerary 4 leads to a fork on the right towards the hill. Following this road, you will reach the village of “Stroumbos”. To approach the Panagia, with its wonderful view and courtyard with cypress trees, walk down a few steps to the left into a small gorge and past a corrugated iron cistern.

Five minutes after the road divides, you will be standing in front of the white church.

After the church of Panagia, follow the wide, downhill road, and then a gorge. After a few minutes, you will reach a crossroads. Continue to the left towards the Monastery of Agiou Theologou (4 kilometers) and the chapel of Stavros (7 kilometers). Then follow the path leading to Lagada. The road is full of sage, oregano, and other aromatic plants. Follow the path and 15 minutes after the church of Panagia you will reach the village of Lagada. Follow the main road crossing the village and passing by the enchanting Loza Square. Five minutes after your arrival in the village, there is a cobbled downhill path passing on the left of a flat cistern. The road is built between small stone walls. Oak trees will make their appearance now. About half way between Lagada and Ormos, you will cross the asphalt road. After half an hour from the village of Langada you will reach (following the downhill road) the port of Aegiali.

Route 5 – Pan: Langada – Epanohoriani – Theologos – Stavros – “Metallio” mine

  • Starting point: Langada village – Loza square, Aegiali.
  • Duration: 4 hours (240 minutes).
  • Hiking Equipment: suitable shoes are necessary, water and other necessary supplies for such occasions.

A walk to the small chapel of Stavros on Krikelos, the highest mountain of Amorgos, is special.
The route leads you from the mountain village of Langada above the Monastery of Agios Theologos, into a deep valley in the NE of the island, which could not be more isolated.

You will be following the footsteps of mountain people who worked hard at the bauxite mine, “The Metallio mine”, 700 meters below the chapel of Stavros. The mine closed in 1943; until then 150 people had worked there. From 1976 to 1981, the mine acquired a new life and several exploratory drills were carried out.

The mine is currently abandoned. The descent from the chapel of Stavros is quite strenuous while entry into the old installations is dangerous.

The tour starting from Loza Square in Langada continues towards the small village of Stroubos, with the next stops being Panagia Epanahoriani, the Monastery of Agios Theologos and the chapel of Stavros.

Route 6 – Valsamitis: Katapola – Agios Georgios Valsamitis – Agia Marina – Minoa:

  • Starting point: Katapola port of Amorgos.
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours).
  • Hiking Equipment: sports shoes, and water.

Route 7 : Langada’s Old Windmills:

  • Starting point: Langada village – Bus terminal station.
  • Duration: 1 hour (60 minutes).
  • Hiking Equipment: sports shoes and water.

Above the mountain village of Langada, high up on the mountain crest, are the village’s old mills. The last mill was used until 1974 for grinding grain. Now they are ruined and, in their deep isolation, they watch over the bay of Aegiali and the villages of Langada and Tholaria. The view from above is breathtaking! The tiring ascent starts from the bus station in Lagada. The road is steep and stony, and care is needed. A strong wind blows as you walk uphill.

Route 8 – Evaggelistria: Xylokeratidi – Nera- Peristeria – Evaggelistria:

  • Starting point: Xylokeratidi settlememt, Katapola.
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • Hiking Equipment: sports shoes, and water.

This itinerary allows you to tour rural houses, fields, the Evaggelistria monument and the spring of Neron. It is chosen even today by farmers. Finally, you will see the bay of Katapola from various angles.

Get ready, grab the necessary supplies and… get going!