Two regions of the island have been included in the European network “NATURA 2000″: the NE part of the island has been declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) and the N part of Amorgos has been declared a Site of Community Importance (SCI). Amorgos is one of the Important Bird Areas of Greece.
Modern residents occupy themselves with shipping, fishing, sponge fishing, agriculture and stock farming; tourism has been recently added to the above. The wine of Amorgos is a famed one. A remarkable image is created by traditional architecture (Chora, Aigiali, Arkesini) with lime-rendered houses with narrow façades, narrow slab-paved streets and vaulted arches connecting the upper floors of houses. Stone nosings and edges of the buildings are left uncolored, harmoniously contrasting with the white lime-cast of the rest of the surfaces. The same applies to churches, the center of the residents’ social life. Many of them were built on top of ancient ruins (e.g. the Venetian tower of Agios Georgios Valsamitis at the Chora, the church of Panagia Katapoliani at Katapola). Renowned is the feast of St Anargyroi of Aigiali (July 1st.)
Hiking on Amorgos
We should finally add that Amorgos is the right place for hiking. The modern road network follows a different route from that of old paths. Therefore, most of the old farming and mule paths have been entirely preserved. There are five types of paths: a) dirt roads unsuitable for vehicular traffic, b) large conspicuous stone-paved paths, c) large paths (these are the most), d) rough inconspicuous paths for experienced hikers, e) paths following the brow of hills and the natural passages. They have been organized in a network of 16 routes (taking from 45 minutes to 5 hours to cover). They begin from or end at one of the modern settlements and cover many places of the island, which are of environmental, ecological and historic interest. Therefore, they satisfy hikers and visitors that want to become acquainted with the island in an alternative way.
Airport – Pireus Port
- Bus – just outside arrivals
- X96 Athens Airport – The port of Pireus
- Metro – just outside on the other side of the road of arrivals
- Line 3 (“Blue Line”) Ahtens Airport – Monastiraki.
- From Monastiraki you can change trains to get to the port of Pireus.
- Taxi – just outside arrivals
Pireus port – Aegiali or Katapola port.
At Piraeus port you will have the chance to buy tickets for the ship but we recommend you to do that in advance via Internet. Remember that Amorgos has two ports,Katapola port which is the main port of Amorgos and Aegiali port
Here are the most useful telephone numbers that a tourist might need in Amorgos. In this page, we have gathered the phone numbers of the local municipality, the police station, the health center and other tourist services in Amorgos to help you organize your trip better or act quickly in case of emergency.
|Municipal of Amorgos||+302285360200||+302285071246|
|Citizen Service Centre||+302285074100||+302285074100|
|Port Authority Katapola||+302285071259||+302285029219|
|Port Authority Aegiali||+302285073620|
|Health Center of Amorgos|
|Regional Medical Practice|
|Agricultural Bank of Greece|