Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island Group and it was featured in Luc Besson’s film the Big Blue. One of the most impressive locations in the island is the monastery of panagia Hozoviotissa that was build in the second millennium to protect a religious icon from 812.
The Monastery is hanging off the cliff side 300 metres above the sea and the view is fantastic. You have a panoramic view of the deep blue and turquoise waters of the archipelago.
Down the road from the monastery there is a small pebbly beach called Agia Anna, it’s a 40 minute walk or you can either drive down or take the local bus.
There two sides to the rocky beach and it’s a bit difficult to find shade so you have to be prepared, it’s not your usual organised beach but that’s the beauty of it.
This was the first time I’ve seen a rainbow created by the wind and the spray from the waves but unfortunately an iPhone is not a good camera to capture this phenomenon.
From Agia Anna you can walk back to the old town Chora but we took the bus so I don’t know how easy the trail is but we did see a few people walking back.
Chora is the capital of Amorgos and it can be quite windy because it’s 400 metres above the sea but the breeze is always very welcome on a hot summer’s day. It’s full of whitewashed houses and narrow winding alleys.
Some of the lovely coffee shops had a roof terrace as well such as 3porto so it’s always worth asking the staff/owners…
There is also a ceramic workshop with beautiful handmade items called Keramotehneion en Amorgo which is worth visiting to see the work in progress. As the clay dries out it creates lovely gradients in the colour of the earthenware.
Maltezi is one of the beaches that you can reach from the port Katapola either by foot which is 30 minutes walk or by boat which is 4 euros return journey. Unfortunately we didn’t have the opportunity to visit other beaches such as Psiliamos, Nikouria, and Mouros so there is definitely many good reasons to return to the island.