Ancient Minoa used to be on the Mountoulia hill above Katapola. You walk up there through the path (45’) but as the sun was already up and hot we decided to check the site by car (7-10’ from the port).We drove up the dirt road, first we saw the Old Country House of Kovaios Livanos that was restored in 2002. We parked our car and saw Katapola on the...more
The first time I visited Chora I was surprised by the locals at the local cafes, we had several talks and they seemed really simple and down to earth people despite the fact that tourists have discovered Amorgos the last years. It’s really great to walk along the small alleys, actually getting lost in this maze, we did it several times and we...more
After our visit to Minoa we decided to drive for a while at the back side of Katapola, towards Lefkes. The dirt road isn’t the best and a 4x4 will help for sure, we discovered some nice corners here and there, abandoned hamlets, small chapels and churches. There are many small gulfs, we decided to go down (the road starts before Ai Giannis church...more
Right after Ksilokeratidi there are many small beaches, usually they take the name of the chapel that is located on them. From the distance you can see many small churches right next to the sea, usually there is a beach next to them. Pic 5 shows Agios Panteleimon church.The first one we saw was next to Trion Ierarxon church (pics 1-2). We went down...more
Rahidi is located right next to Katapola (pic 1 taken from Rahidi), we didn’t spend much time there but we liked the church. It’s Ai Giorgis church (St.George) but we didnt see the interior.Ksilokeratidi is the near by small town (pics 2-4), actually a fishing village but now it’s developed with many rooms to let and you’ll go there sooner or later...more
Even if you don’t stay long in Katapola it’s worth to walk inside its small alleys for a while. The main square (pic 1) is full of chairs and tables from the restaurants and cafes and gathers many people in the afternoons, the square is full of eucalyptus trees. Along the pier is a long row of cafes and several small pansions. Ferrys come and go,...more
Katapola is the main port of Amorgos and many people decide not only to arrive/depart here but also to use it as a base because of its position, near Chora (5km), monastery(7km) etcIt’s a natural port, protected by winds (at the same time the winds may be strong at other parts of the island) and it houses 3 different small villages/towns (Katapola,...more
The circular bay of Kalotaritissa (pic 1) is picturesque for sure! What's more it’s one of the few places in Amorgos that winds cant reach so it is ideal for small boats to be parked safely. The sandy beach is nice and the small kiosk there will provide you with soft drinks. It was closed on May though so we didn’t stay and as we were all day on...more
We passed from Kolofana village but nothing seemed to stop us from finding a beach to swim after a long drive around the area. We really needed a nice beach to rest. First we tried to find Kato Kampos, but this was not a good idea because we had to drive another 2km of dirt road, then we got lost on the intersection, we drove back until we finally...more
There are many local festivals during the summer months but the most popular is the one that takes place on july 26 on Agia Paraskevi church(pic 1). The church is off the beaten path but people from Amorgos (but also from other near by islands) come here and the area in front of the church (pic 2) gets packed.There are several buildings around, all...more
Most of the villages in Kato Meria area are off the beaten path. The south part of Amorgos is more fertile with a few houses here and there in hamlets that the locals see to count on their farmhouses and not in tourists (till they arrive). We stopped at Arkesini village(pic 1) for coffee break. The village is very small with no more than 100...more
On our way to Kastri, we made the mistake to forget our water in the car. DON’T do the same please, we almost faded because of the heat. The only company we had along the trail were some lizards. First, we saw in the distance (pic 1) a white structure which is the Ai Giannis church (pic 2), the church celebrates on august 24. I though the ancient...more
This is my all time favorite place in Amorgos when it comes to crepes! They have several different tastes of course, many sweets(marmalade, chocolate & nuts, cookies, banana, whipped cream, ice cream etc) and the prices are from 2,5e to 5,5e(the ones with 2 scoops of icecream). If you like chocolate like I do ask the one with chocolate and...more
Not the best place to eat in town but definitely a cheap choice if you just want a souvlaki. The truth is that the dish prices are very high comparing to the cheap meals we had here on my first visit (2000) when the TV outside was the main reason for us to sit here during the 2000 football Euro Cup :) We felt disappointed from the meat dishes in...more
This café is also a restaurant and a lounge bar during the evenings :) I remember the place much smaller some years before, it seems they added the place that was next to it. In may 2010 we visited it for the champions league final as it was the only option to watch the match. The TV was over the billiard table and the noise from billiards cue was...more
One of the cafes along the port of Katapola. It was early in the morning so I just ordered a coffee and a spoon sweet (you may have noticed already that I’m obsessed with them). This time the sweet was made from apple, it was good and costed 4 euros with the coffee.The café isn’t something special (although To Teleion means The Perfect in greek),...more
This is one nice café pub at Chora. The place is a nice café during the day and turns into a pub later. You can sit downstairs or catch a table up on the balcony and enjoy the view (pic 2). The stuff was very friendly with us, the waitress explained us and suggested some desserts for me and the music was at a normal level to chill out.There are the...more
We stopped here for coffee but then I realized they specialized on great, tasty desserts! So, for 5 euros I enjoyed my frappe coffee and a huge yummy piece of mpaklavas. We checked inside and they had several different homemade desserts so we took some for the hotel too :)The owner was very friendly and he seemed surprised when we returned another...more
Loza café is located at Loza square(of course), the main square of Chora. The tables in front of the cathedral are great for relaxing and people watching. We enjoyed our coffee there and we tried the fruit gel of the day which was based on cherry (after the owner’s suggestion). They had some other sweets too but I wanted something light. It was...more
Ideally located, the atmosphere here is the main reason to come because of the spectacular sea view. Check my photo, the place looks great, isn’t it? :) For some strange reason we never made it to stop for dinner here! But I have read about it even on guide books and although it has to wait for next time I think it’s a good idea to write something...more
Just opposite the port on the road that leads to Chora is a row of small cafes that overlook the old mill. It’s great to be there during sunset no matter which café you will choose. As we spend many afternoons there we tried all of them. It’s funny but there’s no real difference between them, small (isolated) interiors and some tables on the front...more
This is the bar of Giannis, the guy we met on the ship sailing to Katapola. Great guy, great bar, great drinks. We spent too many hours every nights, talking, laughing, eating some crepes, and drinking whatelse, because we tasted eeeevry drinks possibles. Unforgettable.
Dress Code: 20 meters from the pier
walkingIf you want to relax you can just rent a room and spend a week near the sea without going nowhere else that the beach. You can even visit every corner of the island through the 6 main footpaths that connects Aigiali with Chozoviotissa monastery and Chora, Katapola with Minoa etc The trails are very long though (Aigiali to Chora is about 4...more
The boat is the only way to visit Amorgos (unless you have a private helicopter!). There is no airport at the island and the boat connection with Pireaus isn’t very frequent so it gets difficult for some tourists but I like it this way because you don’t see the masses of tourists that visit other more popular Cycladic islands.We usually take Blue...more
The only way to get to Amorgos is by boat. Try to plan book boat tickets asap. Avoid the "Romilda" ferry at all costs! It's slow, dirty, completely non-smoker unfriendly and it gets packed (mostly by people who are on a tight budget or couldn't get a ticket on another boat). In addition, the crew is rude and unhelpful. Worst ferry trip I've every...more
Try to avoid the typical souvenirs (made in china), although if you want them there are some small stores near the ports of Aigiali and Katapola. If you ask me I suggest to try some local foods and drinks to bring back home. The local honey, the pasteli dessert are some nice gifts. The local cheeses (kefalotyri and myzithra) are also very tasty,...more
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Walking randomly on the north side of the Katapola bay suddenly I saw something strange on the water of the bay. After a brief approach to the shore we found out this beautiful sculpture posted on an outcroping rock inside the water. She was in there as a "mirage", as a miracle, as an example of the good taste and the strong will of the people of the island. A simbol in itself.
I spent hours and hours admiring the very simple and captivating architecture of the island, with the typical withewashed walls and these inimitable blue of the windows and doors. Each local try to impose a signature with details. Imagination fly reaching almost the perfection of simplicity.
Fondest memory: This door on the stair is my fondest memory when I remember my wander along those narrow magic streets.