Village Visits – Amorgos – Greece

There’s so much more to Greece than just Athens and Santorini.  Amorgos, an island in the easternmost part of the Greek Cyclades, is waiting to be discovered. This island is most ideal for vacationers who would like an authentic Greek holiday in a more laid back setting. Amorgos is absolutely free of the hustle and bustle happening in Athens. It has about 11 villages, and it is certainly worth your while to visit some of these picturesque and traditional villages.
Chora Village

Chora Village is an intriguing site considered to be the medieval capital of Amorgos. This village offers for a lot of interesting sightseeing and relaxing activities. It boasts a 13th century Venetian castle called the Kastro, which actually is quite an imposing structure in the village.

Aside from the Kastro,  Chora village is has Greek windmills and  striking  Byzantine and early Christian churches.  Add to this, the charm of the whitewashed stone houses and winding streets.  Relax in the main square, Plateia Loza, which is also an ideal spot for a meal. You will find cafes here set under the shade of huge eucalyptus trees that offer authentic Greek food.  Staying overnight in Chora means renting a “room to let” as there are no hotels in the village.

Aegialis Village

No visit to Greece is complete without a day on the beach. Located northeast of Amorgos and some 20 kilometers from Chora, the village of Aegialis is quite popular because of its long soft white sand beach and active night life!.

In the village of Arkesini, the houses are unique…they are built around courtyards adorned with beautiful flowers.  You will also find a few taverns with local delicacies. One site you can’t miss is the temple of Agios Onoufrios, which you will find at the entrance of this truly traditional village.

Amorgos….a wonderful alternative when visiting Greece.

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Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!