Area of island: 130 sq. km/50 sq. miAmorgós is a bare, rocky, mountainous island 33 km/22 mi long by 2-6.5km/1.25-4 mi across. The southeast coast mostly falls steeply down to the sea; the northwest coast is gentler, with two deep bays, the sheltered Katápola Bay to the southwest, with the island's principal harbor, and Aiyiáli Bay to the northwest.
Amorgos Town, Greece
The chief place on the island of Amorgós is Amorgós (Khóra). It lies on a hill, its typical white Cycladic houses, its many barrel-vaulted family churches and windmills huddling round a ruined 13th century Venetian castle on the hilltop. A number of ancient reliefs can be seen built into house walls.
Monastery of Panayía Khozoviótissa
From the town of Amorgós, it is a 30-minute walk (or donkey ride) to the little Byzantine monastery of Panayía Khozoviótissa (founded 1088), built into a recess in a sheer rock face 1,204ft/367m above sea level. From the lower terrace there are fine views of the sea.
Katapola & Minoas, Greece
Four km/2.5mi west of Amorgós Khóra is the port of Katápola. At the south end of the bay, on the hill of Mountiliá, are the remains of the ancient town of Minoas, believed to have been founded by Cretans in the second millennium B.C.Katapola is the location of the interesting church of Our Lady Katapoliani, built on the site of a temple of Apollo.
On the southern tip of the island of Amorgós, at Kastrí near the pretty village of Arkesíni, are the remains of a town which was inhabited from Mycenaean to Roman times.
Near the north end of the island of Amorgós, in Aiyiáli Bay, are remains of a settlement founded by Milesians. From here Mt Kríkelo (2,710ft/826m), the island's highest peak, can be climbed.
The second port of Amorgos, Egiali is a pretty village consisting of three distinct quarters and famed for its superb sandy beaches. It is easier to reach Egiali by sea than along the poor and steep road linking it to Khora.
The Levíta group of islands, northeast of Amorgós, consists of two main islands, Levíta (area five sq. km/two sq. mi; alt. 167ft/548m) and Kínaros (area nine sq. km/3-1/2 sq. mi; alt. 1,050ft/329m), and a number of small islets, mostly uninhabited. Here it is still possible to find beautiful lonely beaches.
The small island of Keros has revealed the ruins of settlements dating to the early Cycladic period.
Koufonissia has a fine sandy beach at Finikia (Pano Koufonissi), where the water is crystal-clear. The island also has remains of buildings from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The island is located just north of Keros.