Greatest for: Deep-blue seas and wide-open areas

It’s not simple to get to Amorgos. In excessive winds, the quick ferries keep grounded and the sluggish boat takes upwards of eight hours from Athens. While you disembark at Katapola, a sleepy harbor lined with nice little fish tavernas (our favorites are Prekas and Mouragio), an indication proclaims: ‘Welcome to Amorgos. No person will discover you right here.’

That’s simply the purpose. This craggy Cycladic island has all the time attracted loners, hikers, divers, and pilgrims, who shuffle up the cliff face to the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, a sliver of white dangling 300 metres above the ocean. The water here’s a million shades of blue and so startlingly clear you possibly can see each sea urchin lurking on the rocky shore. Even the sage-scented mountain climbing trails are known as Blue Paths, as a result of the ocean and sky are seen in all instructions.

With a inhabitants of beneath 2,000, the locals are outnumbered by shaggy goats that mix in completely with the burnished panorama and hippie vibe. However you do not have to be a recluse to fall for Amorgos. There are loads of all-day spots and some late-night bars the place Amorgos groupies meet, summer season after summer season: Jazzmin, in Hora, for backgammon and cocktails; Pergalidi in Langada for natural infusions and jazzy tunes; Seladi in Tholaria, with giddying views and a telescope for stargazing.

The place to remain on Amorgos: There are only a few motels on Amorgos, past primary rooms to let. Vorina Ktismata is the exception, with seven sensible flats looking throughout Hora’s white-washed rooftops.

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