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Amorgos- Northeastern Amorgos - from Chora to Aigiali

From Chora to Aigiali

Until the construction of the road northeast from Chora along the mountain ridge to Aigiali in the mid-1980s, the two parts of the island functioned as separate entities, linked only by cai―ques and occasional ferries. For this reason the island still has two ports with separate ferry schedules.
   After passing a junction (11km), from which a branch track (right) rounds the summit of the mountain and doubles back to the cave hermitage of the Panaghia The oskepasti­ (see p. 35) above Chozoviotissa, the road descends with good views of the off-shore island of Nikouria. Before a sharp right bend, the church of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (13km) at Ri­chti is clearly visible be low the road to the left; above it stand the ruins of a Hellenistic tower, almost 9m in diameter. The doorway was in the south side, where the wall still stands to a considerable height, constructed in parallel courses of massive, interlocking blocks of different dimensions. This is one of a chain of such towers which survey the sea-routes along the north coast and which survive in various degrees of ruination: there are a further five along the north slope between here and Katapola, and three between here and Aigiali (including the one to the south of Asfonidiliis on the opposite, south-facing slope). Sixteen Hellenistic towers have been located on Amorgos so far.
   At 15km the branch-road (right) leads up the narrow gorge to the saddle between the north and south slopes of the island and ends at the semi-abandoned settlement of Asfondilitis, overlooking the sea in solitary isolation. No new building or paved street disturbs a scene which could almost have stepped from the Bronze Age—stone huts and byres on a rocky plateau where little other than the prickly-pear now grows. Only two whitewashed dwellings and the compact, double-aisle church of Aghios Nikolaos attest any human presence. The village lies on the main pathway from Chozoviotissa to Aigiali. The wider area, known as Kapsala, supported an Early Cycladic settlement whose cemeteries have provided notable marble figurines and sculptures.
   After the Asfondiliis junction, the road descends rap idly to the north coast at the point where the long eastern arm of the islet of Nikouria almost touches the shore. Were it not for the 200m wide channel of ‘Kakoperato’ that separates the two land masses, Nikouria would have been a headland, defining a third, west-facing bay similar to those of Katapola and Aigiali. The chapel of the Panaghia on Nikouria, opposite the harbour of Aghios Pavlos (15km), is a mediaeval foundation; otherwise the islet is uninhabited. The straits were surveyed once again by a Hellenistic tower whose remains are visible on the hillside 600m due south of the narrows. From here the road fol lows the shore to Aigiali.


Giali Island is part of the Dodecanese Island Group, Greece.



Amorgos Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.


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access

Amorgos Island, Greece.

Amorgos lies at the terminus of a ferry-route; it is a mini mum 7–8 hr journey (often longer) between Piraeus and the island, with several stops en route—always include either Naxos or Paros.
Blue Star Ferries operates the service daily in the summer and five days a week in winter, alternating between the island's two ports: Katápola, the principal destination, in the centre, and Aigiáli ("Egiáli", "Yáli") 20km further north.
It is important for any itinerary to establish which of the two is the port of arrival/departure.
Blue Star also connects Aigiáli (only) with Astypalaia three times weekly.
The F/B Express Skopelitis, based in Katápola, plies through the Lesser Cyclades to Naxos and returns daily in summer, always stopping at Koufonisi, Schoinousa and Herakleia en route, also including Aigiáli and Donousa three times weekly.
The service runs from April–end Oct, weather permitting. The Blue Star services maintain connections with these smaller islands 2–3 times a week in winter.

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beaches

Amorgos Island, Greece.

Some of the many beautiful beaches in Amorgos are found:
around AEGIALI
Aegiali beach
Agios Pavlos Beach
Levrossos beach
Mikri Glifada beach
Nikouria beach
Psili ammos beach
Xalara beach

around CHORA
Agia Anna beach, famous for its blue crystal clear waters. In this location, scenes of the movie "Le grand blue" (The big blue, 1988) were filmed.

around KATAPOLA
Maltezi beach

around KATO MERIA
Ammoudi beach
Kalotaritissa beach
Mouros beach
Paradisia beach

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eating

Amorgos Island, Greece.

Some of the best food is to be found in the island's small rural villages:
the taverna Giorgalinis in Vroútsi and Marouso in Arkesíni (Chorió), in the west; or Sandouraki in Tholaria at the north end of the island. Katina's To Limani at Aigiáli serves some of the best seasonal and traditional Greek fare on the island, and is popular with local families, especially on Sundays.
More rarified, but offering some interesting mezes, is To Chima in the heart of Chora.

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further reading

Amorgos Island, Greece.

Lila Marangou, The Monastery of the Panaghia Khozoviotissa, Athens 2005. The author is indebted to the writings of Prof. Lila Marangou on archaeological matters which constitute the most complete and authoritative account of the island’s monuments.

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lodging

Amorgos Island, Greece.

Two small, comfortable hotels provide welcoming and attractive solutions in the medium price-range:
the ‘Emprostiada’ Traditional Guest House (in a new build, but of traditional design) in the heart of Chora (T. 22850 71013, fax 71814, www.amorgos-studios.amorgos.net );
and the more conventional Hotel Vigla (T. 22850 73288, fax 73332, www.vigla-hotel. amorgos.net) in the hill-town of Tholaria, above Aigiáli.
Offering simpler facilities, are: the Pension Amorgos on the harbour-front of Katapola (same management and numbers as Emprostiada above); in the village of Langáda, Artemis Rooms (T. 22850 73226, www.amorgos studios.amorgos.net; open all year); the same owners also rent rooms on the beach near Aigiáli.
Highly recommended for visits to Amorgos based around walking, riding, historic sightseeing, botanising and bird-watching, are - Special Interest Holidays who offer an excellent range of civilised activities and places to stay (T. 693 982 0828, www.special-interest-holidays.com).

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museums

Amorgos Island, Greece.


The Archaeological Museum
Monastery of Hozoviotissa
Agioi Anargiroi

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