DISCRIPTION OF AMORGOS
the island of the "Deep Blue" is located at the Southeastern
edge of the Cyclades, 136 n.m. from Pereus. It is an oblongue island with
an abrupt mountainous morphology.
It features two natural ports, Katapola at its centre and Aigiali at the North.
Amorgos is distinguished for its archeological wealth, popular architectural art, and local customs. An abundance of archaiological ruins, sites and findings bear witness to the fact that the island has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
The island of Minoas, Arkesini and Aigiali, thrived at the peak of the Cycladic civilization promoting commerce, navy, the letters and arts.
At the Northeast of Chora, the monastery of Panagia of Hozoviotissa is located. It was founded by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komninos in 1088 and it is considered a most important site. Austere and simple as it is, it is in perfect harmony with nature, hutched behind the steep, thretening rocks which protect it and make it visible only from the sea. It derives its name from an area called Hozova at the Holy Land from which the icon of Panagia (Virgin Mary) was taken.
Katapola is the best natural harbour of the Cyclades.
Chora with its white painted houses is built around the Venetian fortness at the top of the hill, Aigiali, the island's second harbour with its beautiful beach, and Arkesini, built near its ancient namesake, all draw the visitor's attention immediately.
The local residents occupy themselves with agriculture and animal farming as well as with fishing, which is plentiful since in this region of the Aegean sea fish is abundant.
The recent years the people's emphasis on tourism boosted their income and enabled many families who had migrated to return to the island.
HOW TO REACH AMORGOS AND THE LITTLE CYCLADES
Those of you who decide to visit Amorgos and the Little Cyclades won't have any problems at all concerning transportation since boats leave for the islands quite of ten. Boats leave both from Pereus and Rafina. The trip on conventional boats lasts 7 to 9 hours depending on the in-between stops they have, and 4 to 5 hrs on high speed boats. During winter the boats make the trip to Amorgos 3 to 4 times a week while in the summer they do it 5 to 8 times.
You can also reach Amorgos and the Little Cyclades by air via the islands of Naxos, Paros or Mykonos since smaller islands luck an airport. There are frequent departures from Amorgos to the rest of the Cyclades as well as to the Dodekanese once a week, with the exception of Astypalaia where it is twice a week. "SKOPELITIS EXPRESS" starting from the port of Katapola connects Amorgos to the Little Cyclades on a daily basis.
USEFUL PHONE-NUMBERS FOR TRANSPORTATION TO AMORGOS AND THE LITTLE CYCLADES
TRAVEL AGENCIES OF AMORGOS
AND THE LITTLE CYCLADES
area code: 22850
Port Authorities: 71259
Aigiali Police Station: 73320
Drug store (Pharmacy) 71400
Doctor's office at Amorgos: 71207
Doctor's office at Katapola: 71805
Doctor's office at Aigiali: 73222
Doctor's office at Arkesini: 72250
O.T.E.: 71399, 71099
Post Office + O.T.E. at Lagada: 73346
Post Office + O.T.E. at Arkesini: 73332
Post Office + O.T.E. at Ormos: 73037
Main Post Office: 71250
Agricultural Bank: 71341
Taxi at Katapola: 71255
Taxi at Aigiali: 73570
Naxos Port Authorities: 22850-22300
Syros Port Authorities: 22850-88888
GEORGE, ORMOS: 22850-73252
GIANNAKOPOULOU EIRENE, ORMOS: 22850-73394
SYNODINOS ELEFTHERIOS, ORMOS: 22850-73308
NAUTILUS (VEKRIS EL.), ORMOS: 22850-73231
SYNODINOS NIKOS, KATAPOLA: 22850-71278, 71035
PREKAS NIKOLAOS, KATAPOLA: 22850-71256
MAYROS NIK - LOUDAROS NIK., KATAPOLA: 22850-71272
TO AIGAIO(GAVALAS EYAGGELOS) HERAKLEIA, TEL: 22850 0 71539,74185,29077,29352, FAX: 22850 0 71561
TO AGIAZI (ROUSSOS DIM.), HERAKLEIA: 22850-74236, 71788, 0977-886969
ROUSSOS K. NIKITAS, DONOUSA: 22850-51468
ROUSSOS K. NIKITAS, PEREUS: (210) 42.20.844
KOUFONISIA TOURS TRAVEL AGENCY: 22850 -71683
GRISPOS GEORGE TRAVEL AGENCY, SCHOINOUSA: 22850-71930, 71940, 71950, 71175 - Fax.: 22850 -71176
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