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Amorgos Island Guide

Amorgos (Greek: Αμοργός) is the easternmost island (36°50′N 25°54′E) of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighboring islets, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos:  126.346 km² and 1,859 people …

For many island lovers, Amorgos (ah-mor-ghoss) is the jewel in the Cycladic crown. Lying well to the southeast of the main group, this exquisite island rises from the sea in a long dragon’s back of craggy mountains that is 30km from tip to toe and 800m at its highest point … There’s plenty of scope for beaching, but Amorgos is much more about compelling archaeology, Cycladic life and the outdoor world … Lonelyplanet

… The easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades is a stunner, with whitewashed houses, trestled alleyways and fiery rust sunsets. Couple that with the fact that it’s criminally under-visited and you’ve got Greek Eden … There’s also food for thought: Amorgos’ thin passageways, draped in bougainvillea, are peppered with authentic tavernas serving simple Greek cuisine, usually owned and operated by a one-man host/server/chef band. Then there’s the local firewater: Psimeni Raki … What more do you want? Kevin Raub in New York Post, July 27, 2010

History of Amorgos Island

Amorgos is also known as Yperia, Patagy, or Platagy, Pagali, Psichia and Karkisia. A long human presence on the island (5th millenium BC) has left many monuments and settlements behind, all of them characterised by sites of courageous beauty. The famous monastery of the is one of the most unforgettable sites of the Aegean – a lot of things to discover on Amorgos Island!

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Geography and amazing Landscape

Amorgos Island (length 33 km, width 1.5 km to 6km) is located on the southeastern edge of the Cyclades. Its mountains, its impressive rock slopes, the mountain slopes where plants are cultivated, its steep coasts in the south side and the scenic bays with their beautiful beaches compose Amorgos landscape.

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Le Grand Bleu – The Big Blue

The well known cult-movie and freediving drama, directed by Luc Besson, was partly produced on Amorgos Island in 1988. Production places were Chora, Agia Ana beach and Kalotaritissa bay. The stunning widescreen cinematography and intense, varied score by his regular composer, Eric Serra, give the film a unique flavor and an eerie resonance. Le Grand Bleu was the most financially successful French film of the 1980s and French tourists came to Amorgos to look for the unforgettable locations from the movie.

Traditional Amorgos Cuisine

In Amorgos you can try traditional tastes like “patatato” which is traditionally cooked lamb with potatoes, Easter “stuffed goat”, fava (split pea dip), kakavia (fish soup), xidato (goat meat soup with entrails), locally produced cheeses, pasteli (sesame bars), pure dairy products, honey and xerotigano. and local drinks such as rakomelo (hot raki with honey), psimeni raki (sweet drink with raki, honey and herbs and a variety of beverages made of herbs.

Important Environmental Issues!

Due to natural water shortages on Amorgos and Agios Pavlos, we thoroughly collect rain water in cisterns and buy water from the community, which is brought to the island by vessels. Environmental sustainability requires responsible acting, therefore we established techniques to save water and also ask you, as a responsible traveller, to consider natural water shortage on your stay at Agios Pavlos and help us save water.
Economized laundry and garden watering as well as chary use of showers are key methods to save water!