The island of Amorgos is a jewel of the Cyclades. This magical Greek island is popular for its laid-back atmosphere and impressive natural landscape. Amorgos combines the endless blue of the Aegean Sea with a vivid nightlife and many outdoor activities.
On this Ferryhopper page, you can find tips for the best beaches, villages and food on the island. You will also find useful information about the ferry trip to Amorgos, all available ferry connections, and book ferry tickets online at no extra cost!
Amazing sunset from the old mills in Amorgos with a view to the Aegean Sea
Vacation in Amorgos
Travelers choose Amorgos for its distinct beauty, which makes it one of the top summer vacation destinations in Greece.
During your holidays in Amorgos, you can swim in dreamy beaches, taste delicious local food, try incredible hikes, and experience the fascinating local festivals and nightlife of the island.
The villages of Amorgos and its 2 ports, Katapola and Aigiali, hide precious gems for you to explore. In fact, the Chora in Amorgos is one of the prettiest and most charming towns in the Cyclades.
How to get to Amorgos
You can travel to Amorgos by ferry from Athens year-round, as there are regular ferry crossings from the port of Piraeus. There are also ferry routes from other islands in the Cyclades. The island of Amorgos does not have an airport, but you can fly to Naxos or Santorini and catch the ferry to Amorgos.
What to do in Amorgos
What makes Amorgos stand out is not only its beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and golden sand, but also its villages with charming whitewashed traditional houses. The narrow streets in these picturesque villages are well worth exploring.
If you’re into hiking, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of hiking trails on the island. You can go on beautiful hikes from one village to another, reach secluded beaches and explore the ruined windmills and other remnants of ancient settlements. Moreover, thanks to its pristine waters, Amorgos is the ideal spot for many hours of underwater exploration.
Lastly, if you want to discover the island’s most remote beaches and coves we would suggest going on a boat trip. There are many companies offering 1-day cruises around the island!
Beaches in Amorgos
The island of Amorgos has a plethora of beaches to choose from! There are magnificent sandy beaches, hidden and deserted coves, and pebble shores with crystal clear waters.
Here are 8 of our favorite beaches on the island:
- Agia Anna: thanks to the film The Big Blue, which filmed some of its scenes here, this has become the most popular beach on the island. Dive in its deep waters and enjoy the view. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear!
- Mouros: this beach is characterized by turquoise waters and a rocky landscape. It is accessible via a hiking trail and you can find a small restaurant with a tremendous view nearby. There’s no natural shade.
- Agios Pavlos: just over 5km from Aegiali, Agios Pavlos is a pristine sand formation with calm and clear waters. There is a traditional taverne at the beach.
- Aegiali: the beach in the village of Aegiali has soft white sand and clear waters. There are some sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as bars and cafes.
- Maltezi: it is close to Katapola and you can get there either on foot (30 min hike) or via small boat. There are some visitor amenities and a food truck.
- Levrossos: this is a sandy tree-lined beach with crystal clear waters that can be reached by a 20 min hike from Aegiali. There is a taverne and some rooms and it is also nude-friendly.
- Kalotaritissa: the golden beach of Kalotaritissa is unlike any other on the island. Its inviting sand is perfect for relaxation. During summer, boat trips run from Kalotaritissa to the uninhabited island of Krambousa.
- Paradisia: the partly sandy beach of Paradisia is simply paradisiacal! The beach is great if you’re looking to relax by the crystal-clear sea.
Exploring the majestic seabed of Amorgos
Sightseeing in Amorgos
Amorgos is an island with a rich history. In fact, it’s said that the island has been inhabited since the prehistoric era. There are traces of several civilizations that thrived on the island, including Minoans, Milesians, Naxians, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans.
Some of the best things to see during your vacation in Amorgos:
- The Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
- The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
- The church of Agia Anna
- The Venetian castle of Chora
- The ancient site of Minoa, at Moundoulia Hill
- The shipwreck “Olympia”
Tip: if you want to visit the Monastery, make sure to dress properly. Men have to wear long pants and women must wear long skirts.
The impressive shipwreck “Olympia” in Amorgos
Hiking in Amorgos
Amorgos is an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. You can find different hiking trails suitable for both experienced hikers and amateurs, but all offer breathtaking views to the Aegean sea. In fact, the hiking trails are also called blue paths because it is possible to see the sea wherever you turn.
Here are some of the most popular hikes in Amorgos:
- Palia Strata
To make sure that you find the best trail, you can join one of the organized walking tours in Amorgos. Apart from hiking, you can also gather Amorgian herbs, go on fishing trips or even make your own traditional pottery.
Nightlife in Amorgos
Although Amorgos is a relatively peaceful destination, it still boasts a lively nightlife.
If you want to be at the heart of the action, you can go to the villages of Chora, Katapola, and Aegialis. Chora has many little bars like Yasemi or Botilia with amazing indie or rock music that are definitely worth a visit. There are also beach bars at Aegiali, like Ammos Beach Bar and Disco Q. You can have a coffee or a cocktail directly on the seaside!
The ultimate summer experience in Amorgos is to attend a panigiri (local festival). On the 25th and 26th of July, local festivals take place in Kato Meria and Katapola. On the 6th of August, a big fest is held in Chora, while around the 15th of August, festivals take place in Lagada, just above the port of Aegiali. There is live music and locals dance under the sound of Greek music.
White-washed traditional Cycladic houses in Chora
Food in Amorgos
You can’t leave the island without tasting some of the local delicacies and drinking a shot or two of the famous rakomelo (strong alcoholic drink infused with honey). The island is also famous for its dairy products, legumes and sesame.
Some local dishes and delicacies that you should definitely try are:
- patatato (meat and potato stew)
- xidato (offal soup)
- kofto (savory wheat porridge with cheese)
- pasteli (honey and sesame bar)
- xerotigana (deep fried dough with honey and nuts)
- psimeni raki (sweetened alcoholic drink with spices)
Villages in Amorgos
The capital of Amorgos is Chora at the center of the island. Chora in Amorgos has retained its traditional architecture and is almost untouched by time with its white streets and buildings.
The villages of Amorgos enjoy a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea and they are distinguished for their picturesque stone-paved alleys and rugged windmills.
Ferryhopper suggests visiting the following villages in Amorgos:
- Agios Pavlos
Sunset view from a traditional coffee house in Amorgos
Useful information for Amorgos
There are several visitor facilities in Amorgos. There is a health center in Chora, as well as smaller medical clinics in Aegiali, Arcesine and Katapola. You can find ATMs and supermarkets in Aegiali, Chora and Katapola, while gas stations are available all over the island.
When it comes to accommodation, Katapola is more favored by families, while Aegiali attracts a younger crowd. There are rooms to let and hotels in the majority of villages.
You can also go camping in Amorgos. There are 2 organized camping sites on the island: the public camping site in Katapola and the one in Aegiali.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Amorgos
Here are some useful phone numbers for your holidays in Amorgos:
- Katapola Port Authority: +302285071259
- Aegiali Port Authority: +302285073620
- Amorgos Medical Center: +302285071207
- Amorgos citizen service center (KEP): +302285360224
- Municipality of Amorgos: +302285360200
- Amorgos Police Department: +302285071210
- Pharmacies in Amorgos: +302285073173 / +302285074166
- European emergency number: 112
Transportation in Amorgos
The best way to get around Amorgos is by private vehicle. You can bring your own vehicle on board the ferry to the island or rent one there.
From May to October there is a frequent regional bus service from Chora to the ports, smaller villages and beaches of Amorgos. Some beaches of the islands are accessible with a sea bus as well. You can also find taxis all over the island.
Ports in Amorgos
There are 2 ports in Amorgos: Katapola on the southwestern part of the island and Aegiali on the northwestern coast. Both ports serve ferry routes between Amorgos and Athens, as well as the islands of the Cyclades.
In Katapola you will find many restaurants and shops on the seaside, and also car or buggy rental companies. In Aegiali you will find a few Greek restaurants as well as a mini market.
Island hopping from Amorgos
Amorgos is a great destination for island hopping in Greece! There are frequent sailings from Amorgos to other islands in the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
The main destinations that you can visit directly by ferry from Amorgos are:
Feeling overwhelmed? No worries! On our Map of ferries, you can see all the available ferry routes from Amorgos, so that you can easily organize your island hopping in Greece.
Sun setting over the port village of Katapola
Amorgos ferry: schedules and tickets
The ferry route Piraeus - Amorgos takes 8 hr on average with the standard ferry and approximately 6 hr with a highspeed vessel. You can also reach Amorgos from Athens via Naxos. The ferry crossing Naxos - Amorgos is in operation all year long and connects Naxos with both ports in Amorgos in the summer. The journey duration ranges from 1.5 hr to 4 hr depending on the type of vessel and itinerary.
Where to book ferry tickets online to Amorgos
Are you looking forward to experiencing the endless blue of Amorgos? If so, you can book ferry tickets to Amorgos on Ferryhopper! Compare ferry companies, routes, connecting ports and fares and plan the perfect vacation in the Cyclades in just a few clicks!