|Visited in 1986, 1990, 2002,
2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Walking, hiking and trekking on AMORGOS
(last update on the 20th of February 2013)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
N = new in 2011
- Rachoúla - Vroútsi - Kastrí - Vroútsi
- Langáda - Agios Theológos - Epanochorianí - Tholaria ***
and Agios Pávlos
* * *
For the walks on Irakliá, Schinoússa, Páno Koufoníssi and Donoússa, see The small Cyclades
is the most eastern of the Cycladic isles. It is also one of the most
mountainous and until the ‘80s it remained rather isolated without too
many tourists. The surface area of Amorgós is 121 km2 and it is inhabited by approximately 1600 people.
An important boat line connects the Pireus with Amorgós, via Páros and Náxos. Once in a while this boat makes a detour via the little Cycladic islands of Donoússa, Schinoússa, Irakliá and Koufonísi. Sometimes the boat continues to Astipálea, and in this way a connection is established with the Dodekánissos - amongst others with Kálimnos, Kós and Rhódos. Leaving from Amorgós’ main port Katápola, the small Express Skopelítis establishes a link with Náxos, the little Cycladic isles and the northern port of Egiálli, and this almost daily. It takes about 8 - 10 hours to reach Amorgós from the Pireus; therefore it is very attractive to take the evening boat and to sleep on the boat.
visiting the island was, for many tourists, limited to the area
surrounding Katápola, to the town of Chóra and to the monastery of
Chozoviótissa. This was mainly due to the lack of decent roads and
reliable bus connections. Nowadays, it is fairly easy to reach the
northern part of the island around Egiáli, and the south around the Káto Meriá
(just a couple of villages), by bus. However, the most fascinating way to
discover Amorgós is by means of the ancient monopátia.
the usual port of arrival: there are a couple of hotels and restaurants,
and the camping is nearby. You can walk all the way alongside the bay on
foot to the beaches north of Katápola, or you can cross the bay with a
little boat. On the hillside south of Katápola you can find the
archaeological site of Minoa.
There are busses to connect Katápola with Chóra, and via Chóra also with Egiáli in the north and with the villages in the south.
is situated at about 5 km from Katápola; it is a very pleasant Cycladic
town, dominated by a small castle and some wind mills. Sometimes the bus
continues to the monastery of Panagía Chozoviótissa and the beach of Agia
Anna, but it is much nicer to make this trip on foot. The monastery is the
most beautiful Byzantine monastery of the Cycladic isles and it dates from
the 9th century. It is bright white and it is located high
against the staggering cliffs. The monks still welcome tourists with a
glass of water, a glass of liqueur and some loukoum.
The northern port of
Egiáli offers a really beautiful beach, but it is also a great
point of departure for the marvellous hikes to the villages of Lankáda and
Tholária. Also the monastery of Agios Theológos is beautifully located and
is definitely worth a visit.
In the mountainous south of the island, especially the akropolis of the ancient Arkesíni (Kastrí) is worthwhile.
With regard to
hiking, there are still a couple of very old monopátia at Amorgós: you can
hike from Katápola to Chóra or to Minóa, but the queen’s hike is the
longer trip on the mountain ridge of the island, from Chóra to Egiáli.
Also the hikes from Egiáli and from Arkesíni and Kamári are truly
wonderful. In addition, some of these hikes are clearly signposted –
which is rather exceptional on the Cycladics. In earlier days, the road map of the
German Georg Perreiter was a really good guide, but some years ago a very
beautiful map has been published by Anávasi. This map contains many hiking
trails, it is almost always reliable and it is for sale on the island. At
the back of the new edition of 2006 there is also a nice map of the
village of Chóra. The scale has now become 1:35 000 instead of 1:40 000.
Nowadays, you can also get at the town council "A Travelogue of Amorgós", a nicely published little book with historical hiking
trails. In this book there are lots of beautiful maps and some great
pictures (published in Greek or English in 2001 -
since the year 2006, this is also available in French). In this small book
you find a fairy elaborate description of the 6 signposted hikes and it is
now also for sale in the very decent bookshop in Katápola.
It might be
difficult to choose from the 32 variants of hikes offered on this
site. In order to help you, I give my personal top five hereunder:
1. Chóra - Egiáli (hike no. )
2. Egiáli - Langáda - Agios Theológos - Stavrós - Egiáli (hike no. )
3. Kamári - Kástri - Léfkes - Katápola (part of hike no. )
4. Chóra - Profítis Ilías
- Chozoviótissa - Chóra
5. Egiáli -
Langáda - Tholária - Egiáli (hike no. )
In the shorter hikes
you should definitely first walk from Katápola to Chóra, which you can
do by following the hike Katápola - Chóra - Katápola (hike no. ).
Since January the 1st 2004
you are visitor n°
The monastery of Panagía Chozoviótissa
A nice little square
The splendid bay of Egiáli
The monastery of
The beautiful monopati to Langáda
Ruins of two mills high above Langáda
Sunset on the bay of Katápola
The Hellenistic tower of Agia Triáda