Amorgos sailing holidays
Spectacular Amorgos - Αμοργός is an island of bare rocky hills 17.8 nm long and up to 3.5 nm wide.
For the most part the south-east coast falls steeply down to the sea, but the north-west coast is gentler, with two deep inlets – the sheltered Katapola bay and Aegiali bay – as well as several coves like Fjord cove, Kalofana bay and Akrotiri bay proofing that Amorgos should be included when on sailing holidays in the Cyclades.
The population – much reduced by emigration – lives by farming and fishing. Ferries are not frequent, which explains the surprising low numbers of tourists.
The remains of several ancient cities, extensive cemetery areas, finds of coins and rock inscriptions bear witness to the importance of the island in Minoan and Hellenistic times as a port of call on the sea route between Milos and the south-eastern Aegean.
Used in Roman times as a place of exile and in subsequent centuries frequently harried by pirates, Amorgos has remained since then an island of no economic or political importance and has in consequence retained much of its distinctive character.
Amorgos (Chora), the chief place on the island, is situated on the slopes of a hill, huddling round a ruined 13th c. Venetian castle with its typical whitewashed Cycladic houses, its many barrel-vaulted family churches and its windmills. From the town it is a half-hour walk to the Byzantine Monastery of Panayia Hozoviotissa (1088), clinging to a sheer rock face at a height of 367 m. From the lower terrace there is a magnificent view over the sea.
Opposite on the west coast of the island is Katapola, the main port.
At the south end of the island, at the pretty village of Arkesini, is the site of Kastri, with remains of a settlement occupied from Myceanaean to Roman times. At the north, near Aegiali port, are traces of a settlement by Milesians. From here there is a very rewarding climb to the summit of Mount Krikelos (821 m), the highest point of the island.
It is possible to sail bloodcurdlingly close along – and seemingly under – the 200 – 650 m high and near vertical cliffs on the NE coast   ; Lat Long
Amorgos features its own pod of dolphins plus a small pod of young males!
Amorgos port and anchorages
Katapola - Κατάπολα (the name is probably a compound of “Kato” and “Poli”, lower town) is the main port of Amorgos island and serves as the gateway to the cherished Monastery of Hozoviotissa; visit via taxi, bus or rented scooter or car.
In the deep bay there are two safe anchorages west of the port: in northerlies at Maltezi beach (west of Panteleimonas Church); Lat Long and in southerlies between the Katapola port and Panagia Church; Lat Long
In the port go stern-to the SW or S quay yet not too close to the eastern ferry quay where it is shallow. Note, that anchors chains will cross if you use too much scope. Moreover the ferry could lift your anchor! Yachts and catamarans drawing less than ~2 m can anchor east of the ferries; see gallery photo Katapola.
Ashore are most amenities, a diving centre and otherwise a pleasant walk uphill to the Chora.
Also visit the Church of Panagia Katapoliani – 1 minute walk from the quay – built over an early-Christian basilica with ancient materials from an Apollo temple. Further south the ancient ruins of Minoa (walls, a school, a temple) built over a pre-historic town. Moreover, the Venetian faucet with excellent spring water delivered by an ancient aqueduct.
Aegiali - Αιγιάλη is called Giáli by the locals and is comprised of four little villages. Gialó ① near the quay has most of the tourist trade, while Langáda ② is the delightful down-town of Aegiali and is reached by a 30 minutes hike uphill (also visit the cave chapel of Agia Triada, festivities 50 days after Greek Easter). The village of Potamós ③ is built on the mountain slopes and has been reffered to as the “balcony of the Aegean”. To the north is Tholária ④ with an ancient citadel and vaulted Roman graves (Tholotos means vaulted).
Delishious (vegetarian!) dishes in the port: Amorgialos taverna
The Monastery of Agios Ioannis the Theologos (6th c.) has been recently renovated: exquisite frescoes; Theologos celebrations on 26 September and 8 May; 50 minutes walk from Langáda.
The port of Aegiali provides good shelter and reasonable holding (sand weed rocks); several chains foul the seabed; gusts from the NW. If possible go along-side the pier since the seabed is so steeply angled downwards that the anchor might not set properly.
Kalotaritissa - Καλοταρίτισσα bay – an inlet near the west tip of Amorgos, just south of Gramvousa islet (nice sandy beaches) – is not as desolate as it appears on the chart: mind the permanent moorings and chains on the seabed and go stern-to the minute quay near the taverna.
The famous grounded ship Olympia is a 20 minutes walk east.
More off the beaten path are the lunch-stop anchorages at the south and east beaches of Gramvousa.
Fjord bay officially Megali Vlichada - Μεγάλη Βλυχάδα is one of my favourite anchorages in the eastern Cyclades   ; Lat Long
First admire the desolate fjord-like scenery, then drop the bow anchor in <10 m (coarse sand) and drag the second anchor onto the beach; gusts will blow down the valley or from the NNW. Very suitable in hot summer weather due to the sudden sunset behind the rock face.
Although Cape Vilakarda - Βιλακάρδα provides good protection, in NNW-NNE winds >35 knots it is better to relocate to nearby Aegiali port.
Mikri Vlichada - Μικρή Βλυχάδα is a smaller and shallower cove 1.2 nm west of Fjord bay and is a lonely, lovely location for a lunch-stop or in southerlies; Lat Long
Kalotiri bay offers a pleasing (lunch-stop) anchorage under the elegantly shaped island of Nikouria - Νικουριά; sand with lots of weed on the seabed, severe gusts over the low and thinnest part of the isle. See photo on the right!