Kamari – Vroutsi
Arkesini – Kolofana – Kalotaritissa
Following the road that snakes along the back of Amorgos as you leave the Capital, Hora, you encounter Agios Georgios Valsamitis after 5 kilometers on your right, Stavros, at around 7 km, the area of Markiani with its ancient ruins at around 9 km, and then you finally arrive at Kato Meria. The well kept fields of the households in the area with various plantations, their pets, and the surrounding calmness all compose a beautiful landscape that only an artist with vivid imagination could have created. It’s a kind of environment which calms and elevates you making you forget all your everyday problems and worries of life.
The first village we meet on our tour is Kamari, with 40 inhabitants and beautiful homes, located on the hillside overlooking the entire valley. It lies 12 km from the town and the main occupation and concern of residents is fishing, agriculture and livestock. Next is a village called Vroutsi with 82 inhabitants, who are engaged in farming. Here the landscape is composed of white houses with aromatic gardens full of basil and gilly flowers. The smiling faces of the people of Kato Meria make you feel like you are in a place where goodness, purity and tranquility reign.
Moving along we come across the village of Arkesini, with 218 residents, located 15 km from Hora. The houses are built on the slopes of Mount Korakas, a white mountain, and they look like they are about to slide off the slope.
They overlook the plain of Kato Meria, they are looked after and their gardens give off a beautiful scent. The parish church of Agiou Onoufriou stands tall at the entrance of the village strongly stating the religious feelings of the locals. In this village one can also find a restaurant, a grocery store, a café, and rooms to let. Arkesini was one of the three most ancient cities of Amorgos. Continuing on our way we reach Kolofana which is 18 km from the town and has 49 inhabitants. There are cafés and rooms to rent, elegantly spaced out houses built according to the Amorgian style with their own yards and gardens.
Eventually we reach Agia Paraskevi. This place is sacred for all the inhabitants of Amorgos and the small Cyclades. Each year, in her honour a big festival takes place. Here the famous patatato dish is offered (about 2000 people arrive to honour this saint). All food (meat, bread) and labour are offerings from the faithful of the miraculous Agia Paraskevi. Rooms have been built next to the church to accommodate visitors as well as a kitchen, a store room and dining rooms for serving the food at the festival. The beach Paradeisia is found approximately 300 metres west of the church. On the northern side of the beach, you will find remains of ancient Christian era, which when the north wind blows get sprayed by the sea. We are back on the road to Kalotaritissa and just before we reach the beautiful bay, on the right we can see in Gulf Liverou a boat that was cast ashore during the storm. Next we reach the beautiful beach of Kalotaritissa which is full of fishermen, boats and nets altogether creating picturesque scenery that will stay in your mind for a long time.
Kato Meria is one of the most beautiful parts of the island and especially for those who are in search of tranquility and a natural life.