Amorgos. Amorgos is the easternmost Cycladic island. It lies between the islands of Naxos and Kos in the Aegean Sea. It is an elongated island, with a length of 33 kilometers (20.5 mi). The width of the island varies between one and six kilometers (less than 1 mi to less than 4 mi). About 2,000 people live on Amorgos. Most of them work in tourism, fishing, agriculture and animal husbandry.
The name of the island, Amorgos, comes from a plant called “amorgis,” a kind of flax that was once used to make the famous tunics of Amorgos. Amorgos is a mountainous island. Its highest mountain, Krikelos, lies to the east and is 821 meters (2,700 feet) high. Many hills and valleys dot the island. The east is rocky, while the west is less rugged and is where most of the small bays are located. The island has two ports, Katapola (in the southwest) and Aigiali (in the northwest). Both ports are in deep bays on the west coast.
The island is very popular among island hoppers and walkers. The island is especially attractive to hikers because mountain paths connect each village to the next.
Amorgos is accessible by ferry from Piraeus, and also with the following ports: Astypalea, Iraklia, Kos, Koufonissi, Leros, Naxos, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes and Schinoussa.
There are many beautiful beaches on Amorgos. Some of them are accessible by car or motor bike, others are only accessible by boat or by foot. Most popular is the beach of Aigiali, which also has a campground. A very famous beach is the beach of Aghia Anna because scenes from the movie "The Big Blue" were shot here. Other popular beaches are Katapola, Kalotaritissa, Mouros, Vlichada (Mikri and Megali Glyfada) Levrossos, Nikouria, Perivolas, Ormos Liverou and Aghios Pavlos.
Pasteli (sesame with honey), fava (split peas), honey, wine and liqueurs. For more about Amorgos, see amorgion.gr
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer