The long, thin island of Amorgos, with a mountain chain across it, is the most eastern of all the Cyclades. Bridging the gap between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, it has an area of 121 square kilometers (47 square miles) and a coastline of 112 kilometers (70 miles). It has two ports: Katapola and Aigiali, which have recently been linked by a surfaced road.
Amorgos is an extraordinary beautiful, peaceful island with wild countryside. Most of the villages are still untouched by the tourist invasion and there are some really isolated beaches. Amorgos , impregnated through and through with the authentic atmosphere of the Cyclades, is perfect if you are seeking peace and quiet, and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking. Tourist development has begun to gather momentum, however, traffic ha improved, the majority of roads are now surfaced and the bus service is more regular. It is possible to hire mopeds and, recently, cars.
Katapola: the islandís main port, situated 5 kilometers (3 miles) to the west of the capital. It basically consists of three separate hamlets: Katapola, Rahidi and Ksylokeratidi. Its harbor is well-protected from the winds and its brilliantly white houses up the hills in tiers all around the bay. A few pretty gardens enhance the general appearance. Restaurants, cafes and shops on the seafront contribute to the general sense of animation which reigns in the port area, and the hustle and bustle makes it quite noisy. There are departures from here in kaikia for the beaches.
Amorgos Town (Hora): the islandís capital. It is dominated by a huge craggy lump of rock and is an impressive sight Perched on the summit of the rock are the ruins of a Venetian kastro built in 1260, of which little remains today but some crenellated walls. It is a picturesque hamlet, built around the rock, with a maze and beautiful houses, many of which are still adorned with bas-reliefs.
Aigiali: around 15 kilometers (9 miles) northeast of Amorgos town, it is the islandís second largest port. There is a superb bay with some beautiful sandy beaches, topped off by three remarkable villages (Langada, Tholaria, Potamos), built in an amphitheatre overhanging the bay quite extraordinary! Aigiali is the starting point for numerous walks. There are kaikia to the islet of Nikouria.
The south of Amorgos, better known by the name of Kato Meria, has not been subject to much tourist development. Its scenery is beautiful and its inhabitants very welcoming.
Arkesini: an attractive village with very narrow streets, lined with picturesque houses and surrounded by olive groves and orchards. There are some ruins of an ancient site nearby; the walls are the best preserved on the island. There are also the ruins of a Hellenistic tower near the church of Ayia Triada. There are tracks to some superb beaches such as Kalotaritissa Mourou (a shingle beach with an underwater cave) and Faros (nudist).
Kolofana: a small village where are major celebrations for the saintís day of Ayia Paraskevi on 26 July, with participation by all the islandís inhabitants. There are ruins of three Hellenistic towers.
If you are a keen walker, the walk for Kolofana to Amorgos town, taking approximately 6 hours, is high recommended and absolutely superb.