Due to the lack of mass tourism, the island has maintained its low profile and much of its original character. Its mountainous terrain, rocky shoreline and dramatic landscapes create breath taking views from almost every corner. Many of its remote, virgin beaches are only accessible by boat. There are many settlements around the island most of which are built on spectacular locations atop Amorgos’ mountains.
Spectacular Chora of the island
The beautiful Chora is not to be missed. On either day, try to get there by 7pm to enjoy wandering around its narrow streets in the daylight. Walk up to the old windmills overlooking the town, to enjoy a spectacular sunset and to feel the immense strength of the meltemi wind as it accelerates through the Amorgos’ peaks. Then head back to town to mingle with the evening crowds; have dinner and drink “psimeni raki” in one of the numerous tavernas in the sounds of live traditional music.
Agia Anna Beach & Hozoviotissa monastery
Located on the south, this rocky beach with transparent, azure waters is our favourite swimming spot in Amorgos. This is the place where Luc Besson filmed ‘The Big Blue’ in 1988, an award-winning film. As you descend the narrow road towards the sea, the views of the bay and the little chapel are stunning. On the left, the spectacular monastery of Panagia Hozoviotisa, seemingly hanging from the vertical rocks, creates a majestic setting. You can reach the monastery through the steep footpath, but better avoid that at midday when the sun is strong. The view from above is highly rewarding. The generous monks will offer you sweets, drinks, and appropriate clothing for your entry.
From Agia Anna you can drive towards Aegiali, located 40’ away on the east side of the island. The views on the way are spectacular! Prepare to make stops at every turn of the road to capture the mind-blowing scenery on camera. You may pause for a bite and a swim at the sandy beach of Tholaria bay. Alternatively, head directly to the beautiful villages of Tholaria and Aegiali, to admire the beautiful Cycladic architecture and try local recipes at one of the few tavernas available. There are also several large, open-air fests with traditional music, notably around mid-August.