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HOLIDAY AMORGOSAmorgos holiday

Amorgos is not a catalog island. Amorgos is not an island of tropical beaches. It does not have the reputation of Santorini or the entertainment of Mykonos. Nevertheless, it is really a magical and beautiful island. We are sure that you will have fun, and you will relax in spending a wonderful Amorgos holiday.

THE PLACES OF THE AMORGOS HOLIDAY

OLYMPIA

How to begin to describe this island, if not paying homage to the one who made it famous in one of his films? Olympic is, by the way, the emblem of this island. Anyone who has seen Luc Besson's "The Big Bleu" will certainly not remain indifferent to watching Olympia. The wreck, lying on the beach, is the one seen in the initial sequences of the director's film. Olympia is located between the beautiful beaches of Kalotaritissa and Paradise Beach (after), in the south of the island.

PANAGIA HOZOVIOTISSA

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Photo, 2012 Kostas Limitsios

Perched on a rocky wall, overlooking the sea, the monastery is a must during the Amorgos holiday. This jewel of monastic architecture, dating back to the eleventh century, was built to protect a sacred icon of the IX century, currently on display. The whole building fits perfectly and harmoniously with the context. The chapel, even, was built inside a crack in the rock.

Spectacular and absolutely incredible. One of those places without space and time. From the top of the monastery, you will enjoy a wonderful view; on particularly clear days, you can also admire Santorini!

To reach the place, you have to walk a path with about 350 steps. Of course, it is recommended that you wear appropriate clothing to the place, and avoid wearing only the costumes. The monks who will welcome you are extremely hospitable. Open from 08: 00 to 12: 00 and 17: 00 to 19: 00. Late afternoon or early morning are preferable times.

THE BEACHES OF THE AMORGOS VACATION

Here, below, some of the most interesting beaches that should not be missing during your visit.

Mourou

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Photo, 2012 Kostas Limitsios

Many tourists consider it as the most beautiful of the island. And actually ... it's really beautiful. Sandy beach, and pebbles that dive into the sea. Crystal clear water, with wonderful colors, which from the emerald go to the turquoise. Underwater caves, accessible only by swimming. A beautiful and suggestive beach, absolutely not to be missed during your Amorgos holiday. Mourou is also one of the most popular places for tourists. Not being particularly large, we suggest you arrive early.

The beach is located on the south-west coast of the island, between the villages of Arkesini and Kamari. It is easily reachable by car or bus from Chora.

The stunning Mouros Tavern, which overlooks the beach, is the ideal place to stop for lunch, and eat fresh fish with great views.

Kalotaritissa

A long stretch of sand and gravel, well sheltered from the sun and the meltemi, so as to seem, in some moments of the day, a real natural pool! Sometimes, however, there are no lack of wind! Kalotaritissa is located in the southwestern extremity of the island, just over 10 kilometers from Mourou. The bay in which it is located, has a striking horseshoe shape, with an extraordinarily crystalline and transparent sea. Our cars and scooters can easily be reached and is well marked. The beach is really lovely and can not miss during your Amorgos vacation.

Gramvousá

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Photo, 2012 Kostas Limitsios

If your nature should push you to be allergic to social relationships, the uninhabited islet of Gramvousa is for you. From the beach of Kalotaritissa there is a small boat that, during the summer, leads to the small island. Crystalline sea, and above all, a lot of relaxation await you in this particularly quiet place.

PARADISE BEACH

After Kalotaritissa, after Olympia, is this particularly famous beach. It is not the most beautiful of the island, but certainly worth a visit. The beach is the top for those who love soft and golden sand. The water is really beautiful and crystal clear. Place particularly suitable for those who love snorkeling. Be careful, because sometimes the meltemi blows rather strongly in these parts.

The area is easily accessible by car and scooter.

KATO KAMPOS

We are sure that this suggestive inlet will hit you at first sight. Beautiful sea, beautiful golden beach, and the small church overlooking the sea to frame. If you were on the right day, without wind, it's a postcard place. A truly enchanting beach, in a typically wild setting.

The beach also has a sloping bottom which makes it particularly suitable for everyone. To get to the beach, you have to pass the village of Kolofana. You drive for about a kilometer on a dirt road, not particularly difficult.

AGIA ANNA

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Photo, 2010 Graeme Churchard

Suggestive cove of gravel and smooth rocks, dominated by the church of the same name, from which you can take great photos. It is located at 2 km north of the Chora, not far from Mourou Beach. The beach is also easily accessible by bus. In the car, or scooter, before starting the descent you will find a convenient parking.

Agia Anna, moreover, is not far from Moni Panagias Chozoviotissas, the spectacular perched monastery, reachable in just over 40 minutes walk from the beach.

AGIOS PAVLOS

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Photo, 2012 Kostas Limitsios

Located between Katapola and Aegiali, Agios Pavlos is a popular beach for tourists. It can be easily reached by car, scooter and even by bus; the stop is not far from the beach. The phenomenon of the tides gives it its strange shape. Beautiful beach with clear pebbles, overlooking the splendid island of Nikouria, of which we recommend an escape. In fact, in Agios Pavlos, boats leave for the island. More info, through this link.

Aegialis

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Photo, 2006 Dcarters

The bay is very popular with the Greeks, on the northern part of the island. Here, you will find a series of Caleta and beaches, many of which are rather long, characterized by golden sand. Around, trees and vegetation to shelter from the heat. Aegiali is the central beach, as well as the longest of the island, with an extension of over a kilometer. A sandy expanse, with crystal clear waters. Suitable for everyone, especially families with children. Being central, it is particularly convenient to reach.

Levrossos is one of the most beautiful beaches, much appreciated by nudists. It is the natural continuation of Aegiali, which is about a twenty minute walk away. Continuing, particularly beautiful, and less crowded, is Psili Ammos.

Maltezi

A few kilometers north of the Port of Katapola is Maltezi, a rather popular beach of Amorgos. It can be reached by taxi-boat directly from the port; perform service from 11: 00, in high season. The ticket can be purchased directly at the port, at the cost of 3,50 €. The preferred method, however, is on foot. About half an hour from the port, passing through the suggestive Agios Panteleimon, a typical Cycladic style church. Great vantage point, ideal for your shots. Coming by scooter, in Xylocheratidi, in less than 10 minutes of walking you will arrive in Maltezi.

Maltezi is a sandy beach with incredibly clear and crystalline waters