FERRY ITINERARIES & ISLAND INFO
You will find below information about how to get to Amorgos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about the island and its port, with many photos.
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• Popular Itineraries • About Amorgos • Ports info
Amorgos is located on the southeastern 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.
In brief, Amorgos is directly connected by ferry with Athens and other islands of the Aegean: Naxos, Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos, Koufonisia, Milos and more.
Note: The island has 2 ports: Katapola and Aegialis.
POPULAR FERRY ITINERARIES
Discover below the most popular ferry routes:
• Ferries to Katapola Port: Ferries depart from Piraeus port about 5 times per week. They usually depart at 17.30, but some days there’s also a morning ferry to Katapola.
The trip lasts for 8-10 hours and is usually arrives in the early monrning.
A ferry ticket costs approximately '34' 'EUR' (34 Euros) - '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros) for a standard seat.
• From to Aegialis Port: There are usually 3 connections every week during the peak season. Ferries leave from Piraeus at 17.30.
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There is a high-speed ferry that connect Santorini with Amorgos daily. The journey lasts for an hour and the ferry ticket costs approximately '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros).
But here is also one ferry connection per week between Santorini and Amorgos by the "Express Skopelitis" ferry. The journey with this vessel lasts for 5 hours and the ticket costs approximately '11' 'EUR' (11 Euros).
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There are usually 2-3 ferries from Naxos to Amorgos every day in the peak season.
This trip lasts for 2 and a half to 6 and a half hours, depending on the vessel type.
The cost of a ferry ticket for this itinerary is approximately '10' 'EUR' (10 Euros)-'12' 'EUR' (12 Euros).
Note that a small ferry line called "Express Skopelitis" starts from Naxos, passing by Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisia and Donoussa (Small Cyclades island group).
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There is a daily ferry from Folegandros to Amorgos during the summer.
The trip lasts for about 2 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket is approximately '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros)-'80' 'EUR' (80 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel there?
The only type of vessel that sails to this island is the conventional ferry, that’s why the trip is pretty long. The main company that connects Athens with Amorgos is Blue Star Ferries, Seajets and Small Cyclades Lines connect Amorgos with other islands of the Cyclades.
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INFORMATION ABOUT AMORGOS
Its name has been identified with peace and remoteness. It is located on the southeastern side of the Cyclades, very close to the islands of Naxos and Ios. However, Amorgos has managed to keep its pace quiet and traditional.
In 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, it 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, this island was conquered by the Romans. At 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 the island and built strong castles to protect the island from pirates. However, in 1537, the Turkish pirate Barbarossa conquered the island and destroyed it, before handing it over to the Ottoman Empire. It 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 the island 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 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, is built on the slopes of a hill, about 400m above 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 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 this island?
Hop on a ferry from Athens for fantastic beaches, delicious food, beautiful natural landscapes, and relaxing holidays off the beaten tourist trail!
- The island 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.
- All over the island, you’ll find many picturesque villages, like Tholaria, Lagada, and Arkesini.
- The popular movie “The Big Blue” ("Le Grand Bleu") was filmed in Amorgos.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit Amorgos is the summer, as the island has so many stunning beaches to visit. Some of the best beaches are Aghia Anna, Agios Pavlos, Psili Ammos, Kalotaritisa, and Mouros.
Is the island 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.
One of the main attractions on the island 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!
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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 this destination are to Naxos, Koufonisia, and Iraklia.
Photos of Amorgos
Available ports in Amorgos
ABOUT AEGIALI PORT
Aegiali is the second port of the island. 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, which is the island's capital.
Connected ports to Aegiali
Athens, Piraeus - Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Donoussa - Iraklia - Koufonissi - Naxos - Paros - Schinoussa
The port of Aegialis is connected by bus to Chora, the capital. Alternatively, there are many taxis around the island to transfer you to the port of Aegialis.
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ABOUT KATAPOLA PORT
Katapola is the main port of the island. 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.
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
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 a few taxis.
Port on Map
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