Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group.
The island’s oblong shape seems to protect the eastern small Cyclades island group. Varsamitis is located on the road connecting Chora with Kato Meria and owes its name to the varsamos (wild spearmint) plant that grows in the vicinity.
In the heart of Chora, in the mansion of Gavras Venetian Tower, the visitor can see various sculptures, statues, reliefs and architectural items from the archaic period to the 3rd Century A.D, discovered mainly in the three ancient cities of Amorgos, i.e. Aigiali, Arkesini and Minoa. In the area of Kato Meria, through the fields, the visitor can see a unique and well preserved ancient monument, an isolated fortress of rectangular shape dated to the 4th century B.C.
The monument has been recently awarded by Europa Nostra for its exemplary restoration.
Amorgos is an island with crystal clear water, beautiful seabed and beaches that shall satisfy every visitor. Some beaches are easily accessible and some others are not; however, the uniqueness of the landscape and the colors of the water will compensate you if you decide to visit the island with a guided tour or even better with a private cruise trip.
Southeast of the island you can witness the turquoise waters of Mouros – a mask is necessary to explore the sea bottom and caves.
Southeast of the island you can witness the turquoise waters of Mouros – a mask is necessary to explore the sea bottom and caves. A rib boat will give you access to amazing waters and majestic landscapes. More lonely scenery can be found on the same side of the island in Ammoudi.
The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa
Nestled within spiny, steep rock, the Monastery is visible only from the sea that lies deep beneath the cliffs, being built at about 300 meters above the sea level. The pure white, uncluttered view of the Monastery is in absolute harmony with the colorful irregular rocks around it.
In the summer and throughout the whole year, you should try the "patatato", the most known traditional dish of Amorgos, that is lamb stew with totato and potatoes, "ksidato" (soup made with offal, resembles tripe soup and it offered in local festivals) and, of course, all meals should be accompanied with the Amorgiano “rakomelo”, known throughout the world, that is drunk hot and you will find it everywhere in Amorgos. However, rakomelo should not be confused with “raki”, which is a kind of local and homemade liqueur made from raki, honey and spices or dried fruit. Finally, you should try "xerotigano" and, definitely, "pasteli" .