Amorgos is located on the south eastern side of Cyclades islands, in Greece, very close to the islands of Naxos and Ios. It has managed to keep its pace quiet and traditional. It offers one of the most dramatic landscapes of the Cyclades with amazing cliffs. It also have one of the most beautiful Chora (main village) in Greece.
You will find below information about how to get to Amorgos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Amorgos and its port, with many photos.
Ferries to Amorgos depart from Piraeus Port (in Athens) and many other islands of the Cyclades. Note: Amorgos has 2 ports: Katapola and Aegialis. A ferry ticket to Amorgos costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros)-'60' 'EUR' (60 Euros) for a standard seat. The ferry trip from Athens to Amorgos lasts for 8 to 10 hours. Amorgos island is directly connected by ferry with Naxos, Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos, Koufonisia, Milos, among others.
Ferry Schedules to Amorgos
Ferries to Amorgos operate all year round, but there are more frequent routes during the summer. Usually, there are several ferries to Amorgos throughout the week.
Ferry to Amorgos (Katapola) from Athens
Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Amorgos (Katapola) depart from Piraeus port in Athens about 5 times per week. Ferries from Piraeus usually depart at 17.30, but some days there’s also a morning ferry to Katapola.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Amorgos? The ferry trip from Athens to Amorgos lasts for 8-10 hours and is usually arrives in the early monrning.
> Book your ferry tickets to Katapola from Athens (Piraeus)
Ferry to Amorgos (Aegialis) from Athens
There are usually 3 ferry connections between Athens (Piraeus) and Amorgos (Aegiali) every week during the peak season. Ferries leave from Piraeus at 17.30.
> Book your ferry tickets to Amorgos (Aegialis) from Athens
Ferry to Amorgos from Naxos
There are usually 2-3 ferries from Naxos to Amorgos every day in the peak season. The ferry trip from Naxos to Amorgos lasts for 2 and a half to 6 and a half hours, depending on the ferry type. The cost of a ferry ticket for this itinerary is 10 -12 euros. Note that a small ferry line called Express Skopelitis starts from Naxos to Amorgos, passing by Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisia and Donoussa.
> Book your ferry tickets to Amorgos from Naxos
Ferry to Amorgos from Folegandros
There is a daily ferry from Folegandros to Amorgos during the summer. The ferry trip between Folegandros and Amorgos lasts for about 2 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket is '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros)-'80' 'EUR' (80 Euros).
Ferry to Amorgos from Santorini
Usually, there is one ferry connection per week between Santorini and Amorgos by the “Express Skopelitis” ferry. The journey with this ferry lasts for 5 hours and the ferry ticket costs 11 euros. There are also high-speed ferries that connect Santorini with Amorgos daily. The journey by a high-speed ferry lasts for an hour and the ferry ticket costs '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros).
What types of ferries travel to/from Amorgos?
The only type of ferry that sails to Amorgos is the conventional ferry, that’s why the trip is pretty long. The main ferry company that connects Athens with Amorgos is Blue Star Ferries, Seajets and Small Cyclades Lines connect Amorgos with other islands of the Cyclades.
Island hopping from Amorgos
Amorgos is located in the Small Cyclades group, so it’s a very good base for island-hopping. The most popular island-hopping routes from Amorgos are from Amorgos to Naxos, from Amorgos to Koufonisia, and from Amorgos to Iraklia.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Since the ferry trip from Athens to Amorgos is overnight, we suggest booking a cabin for more comfort.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Amorgos is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Amorgos to Athens.
- Amorgos is a very good base for island-hopping to the Small Cyclades (Naxos, Koufonisia, Schinoussa, Donoussa, and Iraklia).
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INFORMATION ABOUT AMORGOS
Its name has been identified with peace and remoteness. It is located on the south eastern side of Cyclades, very close to the islands of Naxos and Ios. However, Amorgos has managed to keep its pace quiet and traditional.
In the ancient times, the island flourished with Minoan civilization, as excavations have shown. Then, it followed the route of the other Greek towns. In the classical times, it had three city-states that would function as a federation. These city-states based economically on fishing, trading and shipping. In 487 BC, Amorgos lost its autonomy and became a member of the Delian League, which was controlled by Athens. The island was made to pay a yearly tax to Athens, which led into its financial decline.
In the 2nd century BC, Amorgos was conquered by the Romans. That time, Christianity was introduced to the inhabitants. In the Byzantine times, the first chapels were built and some of them exist till today all over the island. In 1207, the Venetians took over Amorgos and built strong castles to protect the island from pirates. However, in 1537, the Turkish pirate Barbarossa conquered the island and destroyed it, before handling it over to the Ottoman Empire. Amorgos was set free in 1829, after the end of the Greek Revolution, and formed part of the first Greek State.
Today the permanent inhabitants of Amorgos are few. A lot of residents immigrated in the 1950s and 1960s to mainland towns or abroad in search for a better life. The remaining residents deal mostly with agriculture, fishing and tourism.
The most popular tourist resorts in Amorgos are Katapola and Aegiali, one on the southern side and the other on the northern side. They both work as the main ports of Amorgos, receiving ferries from Piraeus and other islands and also hosting many fishing boats and yachts.
Chora, the capital of Amorgos, is built on the slopes of a hill, about 400m above the sea level. The main colors dominating the village is certainly blue and white, the typical colors of the Aegean. The remains of a Venetian Castle are found on top of a huge rock above Chora, from where you have wonderful views to the surrounding area.
The top site to visit on Amorgos is the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, built on the slopes of a rocky mountain. This Byzantine monastery was built in the 11th century and played an important role in the cultural development of the island, establishing the first secondary school on Amorgos in the 1830s. Very close to this monastery, there is the beach of Agia Anna, which provided the setting for the famous movie “Big Blue”.
Why visit Amorgos?
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Amorgos for fantastic beaches, delicious food, beautiful natural landscapes, and relaxing holidays off the beaten tourist trail!
- Amorgos has two ports: Aegiali and Katapola.
- Although Amorgos is very close to the busy Naxos and Ios islands, it has managed to keep its peaceful ambiance.
- In Amorgos, you’ll find many picturesque villages, like Tholaria, Lagada, and Arkesini.
- The popular movie “The Big Blue” ("Le Grand Bleu") was filmed in Amorgos.
The best season to visit Amorgos
The best season to visit Amorgos is the summer, as the island has so many stunning beaches to visit. Some of the best beaches in Amorgos are Aghia Anna, Agios Pavlos, Psili Ammos, Kalotaritisa, and Mouros.
Is Amorgos for you?
If you’re searching for a peaceful destination off the beaten tourist trail to spend your summer holidays peacefully, Amorgos is your best bet.
Sightseeing in Amorgos
One of the main attractions in Amorgos is the imposing Venetian Castle that sits on the top of a huge rock above Chora. The views from the castle are amazing! Another impressive attraction in Amorgos is the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, which is built on the slopes of a rocky mountain. This Byzantine monastery, which was built in the 11th century, boasts fantastic vistas of the sea!
More about Amorgos
Discover more online resources about Amorgos island:
- Amorgos by Wikipedia: Amorgos by the most famous online Encyclopedia.
Photos of Amorgos
Available ports in Amorgos
About Aegiali Port
Connected ports to Aegiali
Athens, Piraeus - Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Donoussa - Iraklia - Koufonissi - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Schinoussa - Syros
Aegiali is the second port of Amorgos. It is located on the northern side of the island and has developed into a popular tourist place with many facilities. It is found 15 km north east of Chora, the capital of Amorgos.
The port of Aegialis is connected by bus to Chora, the capital of Amorgos. Alternatively, there are many taxis around the island to transfer you to the port of Aegialis.
About Katapola Port
Connected ports to Katapola
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Amorgos, Aegiali - Donoussa - Folegandros - Ios - Iraklia - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Leros - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Patmos - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira) - Schinoussa - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros
Katapola is the main port of Amorgos. It is actually a small village with tourist facilities and nice secluded beaches in the area. The port connects Amorgos to Piraeus and other islands of Cyclades.
There is a bus that connects Katapola to Chora and via Chora to Aegialis and generally the northern side of the island. There are also few taxis in Amorgos.