Amorgos Shipwreck Olympia

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Location: Kalotaritisa

Very close to Kalotaritissa Beach, visitors can admire the Shipwreck of Amorgos, one of the most melancholic yet beautiful landmarks of the island. It was February of 1980 when the commercial ship Olympia reached the coasts of Amorgos and stood permanently there due to strong winds (10 Beaufort, based on the testimonials of the locals) that led it directly on the rocks.

The captain of the ship was trying in vain to find shelter in the area during the bad weather conditions, but his attempt to throw anchor was unsuccessful as the ship was hit by the rocks. However, the crew abandoned the ship soon enough and a bigger tragedy was avoided.

According to narratives, the ship’s crew consisted of contemporary pirates heading from Cyprus to Greece. That’s why the ship was under the flag of Cyprus at that time.

Nowadays, the Shipwreck of Amorgos is visited by lots of tourists who are impressed by its beauty and take pictures of it. To this day, the first name of the ship, which was Inland, is still visible despite the deterioration of its exterior. Later on, the vessel was given the name Olympia.

The beach along with the iconic shipwreck itself was used as a shooting area for various travel shows and documentaries, such us the movie Le Grand Bleu by Luc Besson in 1988.

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  • Gillian Taylor 11 Sep 2022
    Breathtaking visit
    This is a breathtaking visit, the sea was quite choppy the day we visited, you need to be a competent swimmer to snorkel around the wreck, but we’ll worth the effort

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