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Amorgos- Southwestern Amorgos - the western extremity of the island

The western extremity of the island

From Arkesi­ni the road continues west and descends to Kolophana (22km): to the right, below the road (400m before Kolophana) are some ruined buildings with a small, white, flat-roofed structure in their midst. This is the remarkable church of the * Panaghia tou Politi­ (also known locally as the ‘Panaghia Giorgiani­’): once a small temple in the midst of a protected and fertile area, it is now a chapel with three ancient columns and capitals (2 Doric, 1 Ionic) supporting a roof of ancient stone rafters. All around the immediate area lie other fragments of column bases, capitals, altars and part of an antique, stone olive-press.
   The continuation of the road west from Kolophana finishes at the delightful bay of Paradi­sa (23km), looking out to the offshore islet of Krambousa. The bay takes its name from the ‘paradeisos’ (the enclosed area in front of a church) belonging to an Early Christian chapel, whose remains can be seen about 15m back from the shore on the north side of the cove. The outline of the small church and its enclosure, its north wall, apse, and some of the paved floor, are all still visible. This harbour would have provided the shortest and most protected crossing to Naxos , via Keros.
   The track which branches north from Kolophana leads a further 2.5km to Kato Kambos Bay—the only truly protected inlet at this end of the island. It is a well-hidden haven at the head of a protected creek, with fertile fields directly behind the shore. The secluded coastal site is typical of those favoured by Early Christian communities for their churches, and it is no surprise to find that the chapel of Aghios Ioannis Theologos at the eastern side of the inlet is built into what remains of the east end of an Early Christian basilica. There are steps cut into the rock and many ancient spolia, including straight-fluted and twist-fluted columns, both inside the chapel and in the immediate area. A fine early Christian capital has been set on end in the stone wall to the south of the chapel. Even the small, 1950s church of the Dormition of the Virgin, on the water front to the west, includes a section of frieze with triglyphs in its front wall. The bay is often the haunt of Lesser egrets; and in the wider area of the valley between here and Aghia Triada there are Sardinian warblers; while at the eastern end of the island, the rarer Ruppell’s warbler is an occasional visitor.


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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