AMORGOS - ENDLESS BLUE
Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Cyclades immediately after the Small Cyclades, an island with rich cultural heritage and unique wild beauty. The island that inspired the shooting of most of the movie "The Infinite Blue" in 1988 is justified. It has two natural ports, Katapola of Chora and Aegiali, while it is one of the islands famous for hiking on their trails as it has main routes are Palia Strata, Fototodi, Itonia, Melania, Pan, Valsamiti and Evangelistria. The town of Amorgos, the capital of the island, is one of the most beautiful countries of the Cyclades with the 13th century Venetian castle and the Cycladic white houses with the bougainvilleas in the courtyards enchanting. In Chora is the Gavras Tower, a 16th century mansion, which houses the Archaeological Museum of the island and the unique windmills that create a special landscape. In Kalogerikou square you can take a walk in the shops and enjoy the beautiful view of the Aegean.
Aegiali is one of the two ports of Amorgos surrounded by the imposing mountain Krikelo and the three villages Potamos, Lagada, Tholaria. A short distance from the port there is an organized campsite for those who love nature. The village of Potamos stands out with its arches, narrow alleys and the paved square "Loza" which is a pole of attraction. Tholaria impresses with the original architecture of the Cyclades and the church of Agioi Anargyroi that dominates the village. Lagada is a picturesque settlement built between the mountain slopes, especially popular for its cultural monuments that combine mountain and sea. Katapola is the natural port of the island and includes the settlements of Rahidi and Xylokeratidi. They owe their name to the words "Lower city" and before entering the port is the second camp on the island. In Kato Meria you can find the villages of Kamari, Vroutsi, Arkesini, Kolofana and Kalotaritissa that compose the quiet side of the island.
Minoa on the hill of Katapola is one of the 3 ancient cities of Amorgos where according to tradition it was the summer palace of Minos. Today, parts of the city wall, the gymnasium, the stadium and the temple of Dionysus are preserved. The historic Gavra Tower in Chora is built near the central Loza Square and is part of a larger building complex. Today it houses the Archaeological Collection of Amorgos. The tower of Agia Triada (or the tower of Vassilis) is the best preserved ancient monument of Amorgos. Due to its location, it could control access to the port and communicate with other towers via light signals. Amorgos is an important destination for pilgrimage with a special destination the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa which is dedicated to the Entrances of the Virgin. To the south is the monastery of St. George of Balsamitis, a church with a vaulted roof known for the source of Balsamitis from which springs holy water.
The beaches are famous for their clear blue waters and their hiding places while you can also find nudist beaches. Few are organized and most are accessible either on foot or by boat. Agia Anna beach is the most famous as the movie "Infinite Blue" was shot there in a landscape of unique natural beauty with steep cliffs. Mouros has deep blue waters, impressive rocks and an impressive seabed with enchanting caves. Maltezi is one of the few organized beaches with sand, shallow water, and access only by footpath or by boat from Katapola. Agios Pavlos is a small pebble peninsula from where the boats that go to Nikouria leave, a small uninhabited island with two beautiful beaches. Aegiali beach is the largest sandy beach on the island that leads to the secluded beach of Levrosos. The Bay of Kalotaritissa is an organized sandy beach from where the boats that go to the beach of Gramvoussa start, with the white sand and the turquoise waters.
The traditional dish of the island is the potato-goat meat in the pot with potatoes. The roast of the Brilliant goat stuffed with rice and entrails, baked in the oven and the fava or "cooking" as they are called are also local dishes. A long tradition of Amorgos is the pasteli, a sweet that is shared at weddings. The trademark of the island is none other than baked raki, a drink that accompanies every celebration, wedding, dance throughout the island. The difference is in the dosage of a mixture of honey, cinnamon and cloves or anise during its preparation. In honor of St. Paul, they make a day of bread from wheat and barley flour which are made into rusks known as Paul. Very tasty are the xerotigana of the island, ornately folded like blooming flowers and the green pies with crispy leaf and stuffing of celery, onions, fennel and mint.