Everybody who visits Amorgos for the first time falls in love and we completely understand why. Between the breathtaking sunsets, traditional Cycladic decor and the stunning beaches, Amorgos truly is a little paradise. The island might be small, but there are so many things to do. Whilst we could think of many other reasons of why Amorgos should be on your “Must visit” list, here are 17:
1. THE LANDSCAPE
Discover the abundance of what nature has to offer. You will be surrounded by the mountains, the sea and the beautiful green fields. The Amorgian landscape is raw and unfiltered, providing your with inspiration and a grounding energy.
2. THE BEACHES
Think sandy beaches and crystal clear waters and sunny days. Amorgos has many different beaches, some are small and more private, others are bigger and more frequented. Whichever suits you, know that you will definitely enjoy a dip in the clear waters of The Big Blue.
3. THE LOCAL PEOPLE
Amorgian locals are down to earth, friendly and welcoming. Always smiling, the locals love sharing history about the island to all visitors. The sense of community on the island is important and people enjoy being outdoors, sharing a cup of Greek coffee with tourists and travellers.
4. THE HIKING PATHS
There are over a dozen walking tracks, with the most amazing views. The paths vary in distance and there is an option for everybody, whether you’re an experienced hiker or just feel like wandering around. Make sure you have a camera to capture the splendid landscape views.
5. THE FOOD
Obviously this was going to make the list. Traditional, unique Greek cuisine found here will leave you wanting more. Think pastries, sweets and plenty of cheeses. Greeks love to eat and in Amorgos many grow their own vegetables, so you can enjoy fresh, home grown vegetables
6. THE SILENCE
Being in Amorgos island is like taking a break from the world. With a small local population and plenty of nature, you can enjoy a little piece of paradise away from the hustle and bustle. The island is not overcrowded with visitors and there is a sense of peace and serenity being here.
A must visit, the capital of the island offers Traditional Cycladic style narrow streets, history and plenty of tavernas. You can visit the historical museum learning more about the island’s history, enjoy a traditional sweet at the most popular patisserie in the island or go on a shopping spree from the authentic Amorgian boutiques.
8. THE VILLAGES
Discover the authenticity of the island from the local villages. Visit Amorgian houses, meet the locals and learn about the island’s unique customs. Most villages are small and very traditional, so you will get a taste for what it is like to live here.
9. THE ATMOSPHERE
There is always a local event on and plenty of good vibes. Amorgian people know how to enjoy life to the fullest. Local tavernas will often have live traditional music, which will soon turn into a celebration of Greek dancing. Visitors of the island are always welcome to take part and learn the steps and enjoy the atmosphere.
10. THE GOATS AND DONKEYS
Roaming freely around the island, the furry friends of Amorgos are friendly and adorable. You’ll often find donkeys and goats in the mountains, enjoying the grass and views of the sea. They are friendly, calm and totally adorable. There are many goats and they often relax on the side of the road, sometimes causing a little bit of traffic- yes they are the only source of traffic on the island, but they do end up moving.
11. THE WEATHER
Spring and summer come with plenty of sunshine and green fields covered in blooming flowers. A daily dip in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean is a must. Even the later part of the year, towards winter provides a light breeze and enjoyable stay.
12. THE TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS
Unique, traditional customs that will create beautiful, unforgeable memories. There are many yearly celebrations happening in Amorgos, and some travellers plan their trip around these. Some of these festivities can only be experienced here, as they are customs passed on by generations only in Amorgos.
13. YOGA AND MEDITATION
Practice daily yoga in one of the most famous yoga and wellness destinations globally. The 5 yoga shalas, 2 rooftops and high end facilities at Aegialis hotel and spa attract thousands of yogis to the island every years. The nature here is an oasis for yoga and meditation and provides inspiration and a sense of inner peace.
14. THE SUNSETS
The magical Amorgian sunsets cannot be missed. Every evening is an opportunity here to connect with the light and beauty of the sun, and embrace moments of stillness as it goes down.
15. EASTER TIME
Customs going as far back as the byzantine times are still being celebrated. Easter is probably one of the important times in the island, and the customs usually last for about a week. There are specific traditions done every year, all ending on Easter evening, where people come together to celebrate with food, raki and a wonderful display of fireworks.
16. 5 STAR LUXURY
Take in the sea views and experience an elegant, comforting and 5 star experience at Aegialis Hotel and Spa, the only 5 star hotel on the island. It’s the perfect combination of being so close to nature, yet treating yourself to a luxurious pampering experience. You may also choose to treat yourself to beauty and wellness treatment at Lalon Idor Spa complex or even get a new hair do at Hairy Tales, the hair salon at the hotel.
17. THE MONASTERY OF HOZOVIOTISSA
This is a must see, the Monastery is the second built church in Greece, so it comes with plenty of history. Located on a hill, 300 m above sea level, the journey to reach the actual monastery takes around 200 steps. Once at the top, you can take in the majestic views of Agia Anna Beach, the location of the Luc Besson film “Le Grand Bleu”.