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Amorgos
36°49.7′N, 25°51.8′E Chart icon.png
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Amorgos (Αμοργός) is the easternmost island of the Cyclades. It has an area of 121 km2 and about 1,800 inhabitants. Its tallest peaks are Mt. Krikelos at 826 m (2710 ft) at the NE end, Profitis Ilias at 698 m (2290 ft) in the middle of the island, and Mt. Korakas at 607 m (1991 ft) at the SW end.

Charts

BA
1040 Nísos Íos to Vrakhonisídha Kandhelioússa
Imray-Tetra
G34 Southern Cyclades
NIMA
54412 Nisos Amorgos & Plans in Astipalaia
Greek
423 Paros to Astypalia

Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Passages

Islands

Gramvousa I.

Gramvousa I./wiki/Amorgos#Gramvousa_I.
Island icon Gramvousa I. [[Amorgos#Gramvousa I.|Gramvousa I.]] 36°48.436'N, 025°44.746'E
Small island on the NW of Amorgos. Ιt has a good anchorage.

Nikouria

Nikouria/wiki/Amorgos#Nikouria
Island icon Nikouria [[Amorgos#Nikouria|Nikouria]] (Νικουριά) °'N, 025°54.572'E
A tall island W of Aegiali. On the SW side of the island there is a large anchorage.

Communication

  • Coast Guard - VHF channel 12 & Tel. +30 22850 71 259 (Katapola)
  • Olympia Radio - No VHF signal

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Approaches to Amorgos are straightforward without navigational dangers. But,

Warning: There can be extremely strong gusts on the N side of the island when the meltemi blows and violent katabatic winds on the S side.

Berthing

The island has two ports, Katapola and Aegiali, and many anchorages.

Ports

Chart of the Katapola Bay

Katapola

Katapola/wiki/Amorgos#Katapola
Harbour icon Katapola [[Amorgos#Katapola|Katapola]] (Κατάπολα) 36°49.7′N, 25°51.8′E

Katapola is the main harbor of Amorgos. It provides good shelter from the meltemi. Anchor moor to the west quay in 3-5 m or to the south quay (leaving the ferry berth clear). The bottom is mostly sand with some rocks and weed and gives good holding. Often there is raw sewage discharge which causes an unpleasant odor, other than this Katapola is a pleasant but somewhat noisy harbor.

Diomedea visited during a hot calm spell in July 2015. There was no evidence of town sewerage but we observed boats in the town quay discharging raw sewerage which produced foul smells!

If arriving at the weekend and mooring on the west quay, be aware that a ferry arriving on Saturday and staying over until Monday morning lays an anchor on a line 40 m off this quay. It is wise to use only the necessary scope on your anchor unless you plan to leave after the ferry. New: a local ferry (Shinousa/Naxos) is arriving daily at 10p.m., leaving 7a.m. anchoring at the eastern small ferry quai. Coast guard recommends to anchor east of the small ferry station. Best mooring location is just in front of the coast guard office.

As another option to the harbor one can anchor off at the foot of the sandy beach just N of the harbor.

Also, there is good shelter at a cove just NE of the harbor/wiki/Amorgos#NE_of_the_harborAnchorage icon NE of the harbor [[Amorgos#NE of the harbor|NE of the harbor]] 36°50.1′N, 25°51.2′E .

Anchor at 13 m. Good holding. Katapola can be easily reached from here with the dinghy.
Chart of Katapola Harbor
Katapola bay
Katapola yacht berths
Chart of Aegiali Harbor

Aegiali

Aegiali/wiki/Amorgos#Aegiali
Harbour icon Aegiali [[Amorgos#Aegiali|Aegiali]] (Αιγιάλη)) 36°54.2′N, 25°58.5′E

Aegiali or Ayias Annas is the second harbor in Amorgos. It is located near the N end of the island. The harbor provides good shelter from the meltemi although when it is strong there cane be some swell. you can either dock side-to to the quay or anchor off-shore but within the harbor. This is preferable because you will be away from the strong lights and the maneuvering ferry. If you do so anchor at about 6 m away from the area where the ferry maneuvers. The bottom is mud and weed and provides good holding.

Warning: The information on Ayias Annas in Heikell's Greek Waters Pilot is incorrect.
Aegiali Harbor
The Bay of Aegiali

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Chart of Kolofana Bay

Kolofana Bay

Kolofana Bay/wiki/Amorgos#Kolofana_Bay
Anchorage icon Kolofana Bay [[Amorgos#Kolofana Bay|Kolofana Bay]] 36°47.7′N, 25°44.9′E
Kolofana Bay or Palos is a small bay about 0.5 nM E of the island's southern tip, right across from Gramvousa Island. Anchor 3-4 m at the head of the bay on sandy bottom.
Palos or Kolofana Bay
Chart of Gramvousa Anchorage

Gramvousa

Gramvousa/wiki/Amorgos#Gramvousa
Anchorage icon Gramvousa [[Amorgos#Gramvousa|Gramvousa]] 36°48.134'N, 025°44.847'E
Very good protection on the S side of the island from the Southerlies. Looks that the protection from the meltemi should be good. Anchor in the middle of the bay in 8-12 m. The bottom has thick weed so there maybe some difficulties. It is a pleasant and deserted spot.

Akrotiri Bay

Akrotiri Bay/wiki/Amorgos#Akrotiri_Bay
Anchorage icon Akrotiri Bay [[Amorgos#Akrotiri Bay|Akrotiri Bay]] 36°48.9′N, 25°47.5′E

A bay mid-way between Kolofana and Katapola. A small island, Petalidha, lies at its entrance. The bay is open to the NE. With any other weather it is a very safe anchorage. Anchor near the head of the bay in 5-8 m. The bottom is sand with light weed. A taverna is reported here but it looks abandoned.

We visited in June 2014 and found the bottom to be entirely rock and stones. Despite many attempts we were unable to set our Rocna anchor that is normally highly reliable.
Chart of Nikouria Anchorage

Kalotiri Bay - Nikouria

Kalotiri Bay - Nikouria/wiki/Amorgos#Kalotiri_Bay_-_Nikouria
Anchorage icon Kalotiri Bay - Nikouria [[Amorgos#Kalotiri Bay - Nikouria|Kalotiri Bay - Nikouria]] (Νικουριά) 36°52.9′N, 25°55.2′E

This is a rather pleasant anchorage, just 3 nM W of Aegiali, protected from the meltemi by Nikouria Island. There are strong gusts.

Anchor under the church at 5-10 m on sandy bottom. Good holding but not everywhere (if having trouble try an non CQR anchor). The water here is very clean. Nikouria Island was once a leper colony but now there is hardly any evidence left from those days except for the foundations of some buildings.

The narrow channel between the Nikouria and Amorgos despite its name of Kakoperato (bad passage), is at least 5 m deep at its center.

The seabed seems to be very hard and we found great difficulty in getting our Rocna to set. In the morning I swam around the four boats there and photographed their anchors, two well set (Bugel and a German Danforth type) and two poorly or not set (Rocna and Delta). --Straitshooter
Kalotiri Bay from Nikouria

Vilakárda

Vilakárda/wiki/Amorgos#Vilak.C3.A1rda
Anchorage icon Vilakárda [[Amorgos#Vilakárda|Vilakárda]] 36°55.6′N, 25°58.7′E
A fantastic deserted narrow fiord in NE Amorgos, about 3.5 nM E of Aegiali. It is totally exposed to the N but with S winds it is a great anchorage. Proceed to the head of the cove and anchor in 7 m over patch of sand, then take a stern anchor further towards the head. The bottom is coarse sand and patches of thick weed.

Cove in NE Amorgos

Cove in NE Amorgos/wiki/Amorgos#Cove_in_NE_Amorgos
Anchorage icon Cove in NE Amorgos [[Amorgos#Cove in NE Amorgos|Cove in NE Amorgos]] 36°55.8′N, 26°0.05′E
Just E of Vilakárda there is another very appealing cove, also suitable for S winds.


Amenities

Facilities
Water Katapola: limited, especially in July and August, at the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry Available in one of the streets perpendicular to the harbour front in Katapola (10 Euro for 5 kg of washing)
Garbage There are bins around the harbors and in several anchorages
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet Many Internet cafés
Mobile connectivity Reasonable 3G or 4G signal
Vehicle rentals
  • Katapola: at the harbor, cars and motorbikes}
  • Aegiali: at the harbor, cars and motorbikes

Provisioning

Katapola/wiki/Amorgos#.5B.5B.23Katapola.7CKatapola.5D.5DProvisions icon Katapola [[Amorgos#Katapola|Katapola]] Many stores.

Aegiali/wiki/Amorgos#.5B.5B.23Aegiali.7CAegiali.5D.5DProvisions icon Aegiali [[Amorgos#Aegiali|Aegiali]] Many stores, excellent bakery.

Eating out

Vintzentos/wiki/Amorgos#.27.27Vintzentos.27.27Eatingout icon Vintzentos [[Amorgos#Vintzentos|Vintzentos]] Has a local specialty patatáto—lamb cooked with potatoes in a clay pot.
Xylokeratidi/wiki/Amorgos#XylokeratidiEatingout icon Xylokeratidi [[Amorgos#Xylokeratidi|Xylokeratidi]] At Xylokeratidi, the bay E (walking distance) there are many pleasant restaurants.
Limani/wiki/Amorgos#.27.27Limani.27.27Eatingout icon Limani [[Amorgos#Limani|Limani]] A good restaurant.
Korali/wiki/Amorgos#.27.27Korali.27.27Eatingout icon Korali [[Amorgos#Korali|Korali]] have their own fishing boat which provides with very fresh fish, but last time I ate there I was disappointed (--Istioploos 06:45, 3 May 2008 (MDT)).
Chora/wiki/Amorgos#ChoraEatingout icon Chora [[Amorgos#Chora|Chora]] 36°49.963'N, 025°53.156'E Many pleasant restaurants and cafés.

Transportation

There are daily ferries from both Katapola and Aegiali to Naxos and other Cycladic islands and from there to Piraeus.

Tourism

History

Amorgos has been inhabited from as far back as 3300 BC. Artifacts excavated last century indicate that it traded with Milos and Egypt. Many Cycladic figurines have been unearthed from Amorgos, including the largest ever found, now in the National Museum in Athens. In the early historical period the island was colonized by the Samians, Milesians, and probably by the Naxians who settled in Minoa, Aigiali, and Kastri (modern Arkesini) respectively. They formed a commonwealth, mined their own coins, and worshipped Dionysus and Athena. During this time a fine transparent linen was produced in Amorgos which became famous to the ancient world as amorgina. After Alexander the Great, Amorgos fell under the rule of the Ptolemies and became a center for the worship of the Alexandrian gods Serapis and Isis. After the Romans occupied the island, they used it as a place for exile, a tradition which was renewed by the Junta that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1971. During the Byzantine era, it was often invaded by Goths, Vandals, and Slavs. In the Frankish period, it first became the fief of Andrea and Jeremiah Gizzi (1207) and later the fief of the Duke of Naxos Marco Sanudo. Then the Byzantines recaptured it and held it until 1269, to be followed by the Gizzis until 1309, the Sanudos until 1352, the Gizzis again in 1352, the Venetians in 1363, and finally by the Querinis of Astypalea in 1446. In 1537 it was captured by Barbarossa and eventually became part of the Ottoman Empire, which held it until the Greek War of Independence in 1821, except for a brief period of occupation by the Russians between 1770-1774. During the Ottoman period, Amorgos was a base for pirates. In the 17th century Amorgos started exporting exquisite embroideries and became quite wealthy from this trade. The island was off the beaten track for tourists until the filming there of Luc Besson's movie The Big Blue made it well known.

Places to Visit

Monastery of Hozoviotisa
The Monastery of Hozoviotisa

This is the most interesting point in the island. The monastery is built within a cave on a cliff overlooking the S, stormy shore. It is one of the most dramatic sites in the Aegean.

The Monastery of Hozoviotisa (Χοζοβιώτησα) which is on the south cliffs of Profitis Ilias was founded by the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos in 1088 AD. Legend has it that during the war of the iconoclasts an icon of the Madonna, reputed to be painted by St. Luke, miraculously floated from Constantinople to the cliffs of Amorgos after being cast into the sea by a pious lady who wanted to prevent its destruction. Now, this icon along with 98 precious Byzantine manuscripts, is part of the Monastery's treasure. The monastery built by Komnenos was at the location of an older monastery built around 800 AD by monks from Hozova in the Middle East, fleeing the iconoclasts.

There is a bus to Chora (roughly hourly) and then a trail down to the cliffs to the gate of the monastery. The taxi ride to the gate of the monastery is about 10 Euros.

The monastery is open 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-19:00. It is good 20 minute walk up a steep climb from the paved road. Be sure to have long pants for men and skirts for women.

Good swimming in the small beach of Ayia Anna below the road leading to the monastery.

From the monastery there is a spectacular 3-4 hour walk over the spine of Amorgos to Aigialis Bay. The path is reasonably well marked but a good topographical map (available from the bookshops in Katapola) is recommended. Wear sturdy foot wear as the trail is very rocky. There is a taverna about two thirds along the way. Hourly buses can take you back to Katapola after a well earned swim in Aigialis Bay. The topo maps also show other walks on Amorgos.

Minoa

Minoa is the oldest settlement on the island belonging to the late neolithic period. The site is located over the harbor of Katapola.

Chora
A Street in Chora

This is the capital of the island. It is 400 m above sea level, overlooking Katapola. It is a picturesque town alas with many tourists. There is nice shaded plateia (square), many churches, a small museum, and a Venetian fortress built by Geremia Gizzi in 1290 AD.

Kato Meria

This is the south side of the island. There are some tombs and houses of ancient Arkesini near Vroútsi, a well preserved 4th century BC Hellenistic tower at Ayia Triada. Modern Arkesini is kind of disappointing.

Ano Meria
A Street in Aegiali

This is the north side of the island. Its main town is the picturesque Aegiali. From there one can go to Tholaria, where there is a tholos Roman tomb, and Langáda, a picturesque village. From Langáda an unpaved road leads to the 8th century restored monastery of Ayios Ioannis Theologos and further to Stavros, a cave church with frescoes and an abandoned bauxite mine.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Greece.

Comments

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  • The holding in Nikouria appeared good in about 10 metres off the centre of the sandy beach. Pleasant beach bar open during the day, at least in the main season. --Diomedea 10:42, 30 July 2015 (BST)


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