Amorgos Geography

Amorgos Geography
Information about the geography of Amorgos, Greece

The most easterly of the Cyclades islands is Amorgos. It has a surface of 121, a littoral of 112 km and a population of 2,000 inhabitants. Amorgos island has two ports: Katapola and Aegialis. This is the seventh largest island in the Cyclades, with wild nature and long history. Its coastline is extremely rocky with huge cliffs overlooking the sea.

The landscape is rough and mountainous, especially in the north are of Aegiali, where stands the highest mountain, Krikelos. Valleys, very fertile, extend between the mountain ranges. The largest is at Kolophana (south west), at Katapola (centre) and at Aegialis (north). Smaller ones are in the south and in the north, at Agios Pavlos. The largest bay is situated at Katapola.

The geography of Amorgos is quite fascinating. Amorgos has two main rivers, only flowing after very heavy rains: they are called Varmas and flows into the Agioi Saranda bay and Araklos that ends in Aegialis. As the island, like most of the Cyclades, is very limited in water supplies, most households use collective rainwater in cisterns. The vegetation is typically Cycladic: poor and bushy. However, many olive trees and small plantations of fruit-bearing trees are found, especially at Aegiali.

Excellent cereals, grapes and vegetables are cultivated on mountainsides and small plateau. Amorgos has a temperate Mediterranean climate with strong winds during winter and the famous Cycladic Meltemia (north winds) blowing during summers. The main villages are Hora (or Amorgos), (330 inhabitants), and Katapola (368 inhabitants) which centralise most administrative and public services. The smaller villages forming the area of Aegialis are also industrious. Farmers are mostly living in the region of Kato Meria.

Map of Amorgos

Map Amorgos map View the map of Amorgos with the main villages, beaches and sightseeing. Also, location of the ports.
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Amorgos Island Sept 2016. Looking east towards Aegiali.
Amorgos Island Sept 2016. Precipitous path to Stavros church on feast day with priest & donkey carrying supplies.
Amorgos Island. Church of Agios Mamas with Nikouria Islet. Taken from highest point on a walk from Chora to Aegiali. Sept 2016
Katapola bay Amorgos, Sept 2016 taken through bus window.
Katapola bay Amorgos, Sept 2016, taken through window of bus.