The beautiful island of Amorgos is part of the Cyclades and it is popular for its relaxing atmosphere and impressive nature. This magical Greek island combines the endless blue of the Aegean Sea with a vivid nightlife and outdoor exploration opportunities. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find useful information about beaches, villages, ferry routes and activities in Amorgos. Book cheap ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper, and plan the perfect trip!
Amazing sunset 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. There are 2 ports in Amorgos: Katapola and Aigiali, offering plenty of accommodation, entertainment and gastronomy options. Chora in Amorgos is one of the prettiest and most charming towns in the Cyclades. The island is also popular for its cute villages, such as Lagada, Tholaria and Arcesine.
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 its impressive crystal-clear sea and majestic beaches. 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, to enjoy the blue sea from the top of impressive rocks. During your holidays in Amorgos, you can swim in dreamy beaches, taste delicious local food, visit quaint villages, go on impressive hikes and experience the intense local festivals and nightlife.
Beaches in Amorgos
The island of Amorgos has a plethora of beaches to choose from! There are inviting sandy beaches, untamed rocky coves and pebbled-covered shores with clear blue waters. The beach of Agia Anna, where the stunning film The Big Blue was shot is the most popular on the island! Here’s a list with 12 amazing beaches in Amorgos:
- Agia Anna: This is the most popular beach on the island. Dive in its deep waters and enjoy the view. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear!
- Mouros: The beach of Mouros is among the prettiest in Amorgos. Its blue waters, amazing seabed and rocky landscape create a marvelous natural site. The beach 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: Agios Pavlos is a calm beach with sand, pebbles and blue waters. There is a local restaurant at the beach.
- Agios Panteleimon: The rocky beach is close to the village of Katapola and it’s accessible via a hiking trail.
- Aegiali: The beach in the village of Aegiali has thin white sand and clear waters. There are some sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as bars, lounge cafes and traditional coffee houses.
- Maltezi: It is close to Katapola and you can get there either on foot (30-minute hike) or via small boat. There are some visitor amenities and a food truck.
- Levrossos: This is a sandy beach with crystal green waters and some tamarisk trees for shade. It’s popular with nudists.
- Mikri Vlychada: The beach is close to the village of Katapola and it is one of the least visited on the island. It’s quite challenging to get to the beach, as you should either hike or catch a fishing boat, but this beautiful beach is surely worth it!
- Kalotaritissa: The golden beach of Kalotaritissa is unlike any other on the island. Its inviting sand is perfect for relaxation.
- Paradisia: The partly sandy beach of Paradisia is simply paradisiacal! The beach is great if you’re looking for laid-back moments by the crystal-clear sea.
- Gramvoussa: The beach of Gramvoussa is located on the islet of Gramvoussa, off the southern coast of Amorgos. You can get there by a small boat and enjoy the exotic beauty and clear waters.
- Nikouria: The islet of Nikouria opposite the village of Agios Pavlos is one of the best options if you’re after an unspoilt landscape with virgin waters.
Exploring the majestic seabed of Amorgos
Villages in Amorgos
The capital of Amorgos is Chora at the center of the island. This mountain village is one of the most impressive in the Cyclades, with amazing architecture typical of the island group. The villages of Amorgos enjoy a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea and they are distinguished for their picturesque stone-paved alleys and impressive windmills. Here are some of the top villages in Amorgos to visit during your holidays:
- Agios Pavlos
Sunset view from a traditional coffee house in Amorgos
Sightseeing in Amorgos
The island of Amorgos has been inhabited since antiquity. There are traces of several civilizations that thrived on the island, including Minoans, Milesians, Naxians and Romans. The island was later occupied by the Venetians and the Ottomans. The rich history of the island is reflected in the several interesting attractions. Ferryhopper suggests that you visit the following places of interest:
- The Archaeological Museum of Amorgos
- The monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
- The church of Fotodotis Christos
- The castle of Chora
- The ancient town of Minoas
- The shipwreck “Olympia”
The impressive shipwreck “Olympia” in Amorgos
Hiking in Amorgos
Amorgos is an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. There are many well marked trails on the island, connecting the villages and leading to beautiful beaches. You can find different hiking trails suitable both for experienced hikers and amateurs. We recommend that you wear suitable footwear and carry plenty of water before you start the hike. 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.
Tip: Find more information about the trail network in Amorgos.
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. Ferryhopper suggests you don't miss out on the following:
- 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
Nightlife in Amorgos
Amorgos boasts a lively nightlife and it is home to some of the most historic bars in the Aegean Sea, as well as major summer festivals. If you want to be in the heart of the action, you can go to Aegiali and Chora during the summer. There are many beach bars at Aegiali, like Ammos Beach Bar and Disco Q. You can have a coffee or a cocktail literally on the beach! Chora has many little bars like Yasemi or Botilia with amazing indie or rock music that are definitely worth a visit.
Moreover, make sure you attend one of the many panigiria (local festivals) that take place throughout the year. If you visit Amorgos during July and August, you should not miss the traditional fests that are held in the picturesque villages. 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 houses of Cycladic tradition in Chora
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, 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. Amorgos is quite popular with travelers, so we recommend that you book your ferry tickets and accommodation the soonest.
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Amorgos
Here are some useful phone numbers for your holidays in Amorgos:
- Katapola Port Authority: +302285074100
- Aegiali Port Authority: +302285073620
- Amorgos Medical Center: +302285071207
- Amorgos citizen service center (KEP): +302285074100
- Municipality of Amorgos:+30 2285360200
- Amorgos Police Department: +302285071210
- Pharmacies in Amorgos: +302285073173 / +302285074042
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. 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.
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. You can travel directly by ferry from Amorgos to the following islands:
Feeling overwhelmed? No worries! Visit Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries and explore all ferry route options from Amorgos, to plan your island-hopping vacation in the Aegean Sea.
Sun setting over the port village of Katapola
Amorgos ferry: schedules and tickets
The ferry route Piraeus - Amorgos takes 8 hours on average with the standard ferry and approximately 6 hours 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 hours to 4 hours depending on the type of vessel and itinerary.
Note: Don't forget to check our recent article on how to get to Amorgos in 2021!
Where to book ferry tickets online to Amorgos
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