Holidays in Amorgos Greece
Amorgos is the most eastern of the Cyclades islands, and is one of the most visually inspiring and beautiful. It is located 16 nautical miles southeast of Naxos and 133 nautical miles from the port of Pireaus in Athens.
The island of Amorgos played an important role in the history of Greece, as it played an important role in the revolution of 1821 where many of the residents of the island fought against the Turks in the Peloponnese region of Greece as well as others. The navy of Amorgos also assisted in the naval fight against the Turks.
The capital of Amorgos is the charming Chora ( Hora ), which was built on the top of a hill that dominates the landscape. There is a Venetian castle here that is very nice to visit.
Visitors to the island can see a wonderful array of small Byzantine churches scattered all over the island, and enjoy walks past the white houses along the stone paths. There is a sense of harmony and peace here, resulting in Amorgos being a very popular destination for your holidays in Greece.
There is a wide selection of accommodation for visitors on the island, including rooms, apartments and studios to let as well as hotels of various categories. Visitors will also find a wonderful selection of traditional tavernas and cafe bars where they can enjoy a tasty meal including some unique local specialities.
There are several small islets around Amorgos, the largest of which is Nikouria, which is located close to Aegiali, the port village of Amorgos. Another island is that of Gramvousa, which is located in the south west region of Amorgos.
Amorgos has some very nice beaches though the majority of them are rocky. Some of the more popular beaches on the island include those found at Aegliali, Glyfada and Levrosos.
On the small island of Nikouria near to Aegilia are a lovely collection of beaches, which you can easily reach by boat. Probably the most famous and popular beach on Amorgos is the sandy beach of Agia Anna, which you will find under the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissas.
There are many interesting places for visitors to the island, including a wonderful choice of charming churches and monasteries. Some of the highlights include the famous Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, who is the protector of the island.
This monastery was founded in the Byzantine period by the emperor Alexios Komninosin 1088 and was built in the rock and which is only visible from the sea. Other interesting places including the Venetian castle which is situated in Chora, and was built in the 13th century by Jeramyay Gyzi. There is also the church of Agios Georgios in Chora that was built on a rock.
The Byzantine monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos, and the church of Gerou Stavrou are also worth visiting, as it the Archaeological Museum of Amorgos that is accommodated in the Gavra Mansion in Chora.
Every year there are several festivals and celebrations that are organised, and these are very interesting for visitors to the island to attend. These festivals are organised with the help of the local people of Amorgos. The biggest religious celebration on the island takes place at Easter, and on the 15th August when the name day for the Virgin Mary is celebrated. There is also an interesting festival celebrating the Panagia Hozoviotissa that takes place on the 21st November.
Amorgos is a wonderful island for holidays, and its combination of lovely scenery, history, and religious and interesting sights make it an island that has something for everyone. Visitors to Amorgos will have a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday.