Introduction & General Information

According to ancient mythology, King Minos of Crete ruled a second kingdom on Amorgos island, where remains of the ancient Minoan civilization have been found. This island is where the French filmmaker, Luc Besson, shot some scenes of his famous film, The Big Blue. This is the reason why a significant part of the tourism of the island is French.

The most famous sightseeing in Amorgos is the amazing monastery wedged into a huge precipice, at a 300m height from the sea level, called the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, which became the trademark of Amorgos. The island is also famous for its wonderful beaches & fine sand, surrounded by huge cliffs, where nudism is practiced. It is also an island ideal for trekking since it is quite small and has impressive wild geography.

Amorgos has two ports, Katapola in the southwest and the little port of Aegiali in the northeast, which you can reach by ferries from Piraeus or from other islands. Amorgos's central port is Katapola, a place boarded with white windmills, blue and white painted little houses, full of narrow streets leading to a gorgeous Venetian castle.

The main town is called Chora and is a pure marvel: situated in the Kastro (castle) quarter, the little village will offer great sights to the lucky visitor. With its streets giving the feeling of being lost in a labyrinth and a superb paved central square, Hora carries its visitors into a unique place with a magical atmosphere.

The following information will help every visitor who wishes to see all the beauties and marvels of Amorgos, to learn some important things about the island, like its history, its architecture, where to find the best beaches, etc, and all the facilities and accommodation it has to offer.

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