Discover AMORGOS : hiking, culture, beach, food

Amorgos (Greek: Αμοργός)…

…is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group.
Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos, which has a land area of 126.346 square kilometres (48.782 square miles), and a population of 1,973 (2011 census).

Kevin Raub in New York Post

… 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 are 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. You’re gonna enjoy its mountains, its impressive rock slopes and 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.

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 amazinf soundtrack by Eric Serra, give the film a unique resonance. Le Grand Bleu was the most financially successful French film of the 1980s. French tourists came to Amorgos to look for the unforgettable locations from the movie.

Traditional Amorgos Cuisine

Local food

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. You can enjoy also pasteli (sesame bars), pure dairy products, honey and xerotigano.

Local drinks

Discover rakomelo (hot raki with honey), psimeni raki (sweet drink with raki, honey and herbs and a variety of beverages made of herbs.

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