The beautiful Island of Amorgos is renowned for its iconic monasteries, genuine Cycladic character, clear waters, walking path and trails and fascinating landscape. It is true to its culture and traditions. Here are 10 interesting facts that you probably don’t know about this island.
Traditions and Events
The Island holds many celebrations and events all through the year that are suitable for both the locals and visitors. These festivities feature traditional dances, music, food, drinks, and sales of attractive local products. You also get to enjoy the warm ambiance of the island.
Amorgos was one of the first locations from which the people of Ionia passed through to the Islands of Cyclades and also to the Greek mainland. This is because of the position of Amorgos which is facing the ancient beaches of the towns of Ionia.
Popular culture and Cinema
The island of Amorgos is known to be featured in several films. The beautiful island was featured in ‘The Big Blue’ a Luc Besson’s film as you can catch sight of the monastery of PanagiaHozoviotissa and Agia Anna in the film. GiorgosKordelas’s film of 2002 ‘Ariadni’ also featured the island.
Mobile Phone and WiFi
You can make, receive calls and browse on almost every area of the Island. Also, you can find open and free WiFi connection in almost all public spots, restaurants, hotels, and taverns on the Island.
Aegiali and Katapola
These are the two ports on Amorgos and they are located at opposite ends. Katapola is located on the western part of Chora which is a 10-minutes’ drive. Aegiali, on the other hand, is situated northeast of Chora which is around half an hour drive.
Chora is one of the most prominent Island capitals in Greece. It is home to several sightseeing spots such as the water fountains, attractive alleys, and similar beautiful church buildings. It also provides charming ancient architectural buildings and the Amorgos Archaeological Collection.
Tourism in Amorgos is gradually developing. The features of the Island do not encourage mass tourism as you can only access the Amorgos by boat. However, the three major sites that accommodate tourists are Chora, Aegiali, and Katapola. The most adventurous activities common on this island are hiking and scuba diving.
Although the only means of transportation for visitors to access the Island is by boat, local buses, car, scooters, squads, and taxis are used as a means of transportation within the island.
Lagada, Tholaria and Potamos Villages
These three beautiful villages offer a lot of traditional Cycladic styles. They contain several whitewashed houses, stairs, narrow alleys, and arches with amazing views and total serenity.
Of the Cyclades island group, Amorgos is the easternmost. It is also the closest to the neighboring Dodecanese island group in the country. The municipality of Amorgos has a land mass of 126.346 sq km (48.782 sq miles). According to the 2011 census of the country, it has a small population of 1,973.
This lovely island offers you the opportunity to explore unique features including its beauty, culture, and history that are hard to find anywhere else.