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Location of Amorgos
Amorgos is located at the eastern feet of the Cyclades. Its direct neighbours are the islands of the Small Cyclades.
History of Amorgos
The island of Amorgos was inhabited as early as in the Neolithic period. It played a key role in the Cycladic civilisation of the era. Archaeologists have discovered several towns, cemeteries and 12 citadels built in this period. The island had several owners during history, including the Egyptians, the Romans and the Venetians as well. The latter were not able to preserve their dominion over the island, so it was inhabited by pirates during most of the Medieval times. After the end of the Greek War of Independence, Amorgos became part of Greece.
Weather in Amorgos
Similarly to other Cycladic islands, Amorgos also has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and moderately wet winters. The average temperature is 24.7° Celsius with a sea temperature of 23-24° Celsius. The summer wind Meltemi and the winter wind Sirocco – which are typical in the Cycladic region – are present here as well.
Highlights of the island of Amorgos
The elongated island of Amorgos has many sights to offer. Upon arrival in the port of Katapola, you will find yourself in a peaceful little fishing village. You can walk up to the ancient ruins of Minos from here to admire the beautiful sight of the bay. Walking further towards the centre, you will arrive in the capital. Here you can see Venetian castles and houses, as well as an archaeological museum. The other parts of the island offer smaller villages to visit. If you sail around Amorgos on a boat, you should definitely see the sea caves scattered around the southern coast.
Gastronomy of Amorgos
Amorgos is famous for their cheesemakers. There are a lot of goats in the households of the locals; they use their milk for cheese-making. You can also see several types of herbs on the island, some of which are indigenous. They use them as spices and for making tea. The single local beverage is called Psimeni raki. It is a homemade liquor with honey flavour, usually served as an appetiser thanks to its digestive effect. Another popular drink, the Rakomelo is made with similar ingredients; it contains a high proportion of alcohol, and they drink it warm.
Beaches on the island of Amorgos
One of the most important ports and beaches of Amorgos can be found in the village of Katapola. It is a long shore segment passing before three villages, so you can find all the important services nearby. The water is slowly-deepening, making it a family-friendly place. If you would like to go scuba-diving, you should visit one of the businesses in Katapola, which all offer diving equipment for rent.
The hidden beach of Paradisia is located in the northwestern part of the island. As they have no snack bars or any other services, you need to bring your own supplies. You can still enjoy the really peaceful atmosphere on the mostly sandy, moderately pebbly beach.
The long sandy beach of Kalotaritisa is located on the southern side of the island. You can easily get to Gramvousa Island nearby if you feel like doing so. There is only one snack bar on Kalotaritisa, and they don’t have any loungers for rent. Neither places offer any services, so you should prepare in advance and bring your own supplies. In return, they are both peaceful and quiet, with no crowds.
This shore segment can be found at the northernmost port of Amorgos. It is a fine sandy beach with some weedy parts and crystal-clear water. The beach is flanked by high pines which provide a pleasant shade. There are loungers and snack bars on the beach near the port.
Yacht charter in Amorgos
You can easily explore the islands of the Small Cyclades, as well as the central and southern parts of the Cyclades from Amorgos. You can even make a one-way trip to Crete from here! Information about Amorgos sailing
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Rent a boat Naxos
Apollonia Marina, Naxos
It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars. Information about sailing in Naxos,or rent a boat in Naxos
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Karavostasi Marina, Ios
It is a medium-sized marina on the island of Ios. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are many services available such as a water tank refill, and you can find restaurants nearby…
Adhamas Marina, Milos
The Adamas Marina can accommodate 50 boats up to 50 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres. The offered services include bars, restaurants, boat maintenance service, and water tank refills. Information about Milos sailing,or Milos boat rental
Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.
This is the old port, located near the town of Fira, the tourist centre of Santorini. It is small in size, so larger boats cannot berth here. The passengers of such boats are transported to the mainland by a water taxi. You can reach the town climbing 600 steps of stairs. You can go on foot, with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. If you get hungry, there are restaurants and taverns in the port. You can buy souvenirs and local delicacies in the smaller shops.
The picturesque Ammoudi is on the north-western coast of Santorini, next to Oia. It is only 13 km from Firas. The small port can accommodate yachts up to 20 metres in length. There are traditional fish taverns on the beach where you can try fresh seafood dishes and local delicacies as well.
The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Information about sailing in Santorini,or yacht charter in Santorini
The island of Amorgos with its peaks and valleys offer dozens of sights to see. You can explore many interesting places around the two important ports and in the capital. In terms of sailing, it is also an ideal starting point when exploring the southern parts of the Cyclades – the Small Cyclades, Ios, Santorini and Milos all await!
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The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Amorgos. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Amorgos shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Amorgos shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Aegiali (Amorgos) – Koufonisia 33,23 km (20,65 mi), Day 2. Koufonisia – Schoinousa – Iraklia 17,43 km (10,83 mi), Day 3. Iraklia – Ios 33,10 km (20,57 mi), Day 4. Ios – Agia Eirini, Therasia – Thira (Santorini) 41,72 km (25,92 mi), Day 5. Thira (Santorini) – Kamari (Santorini) 23,15 km (14,38 mi), Day 6. Kamari (Santorini) – Anafi 25,53 km (15,86 mi), Day 7. Anafi – Katapola (Amorgos) – Aegiali (Amorgos) 82,94 km (51,54 mi)
Day 1. Aegiali (Antiparos) – Katapola (Antiparos) 18,08 km (11,23 mi), Day 2. Katapola (Antiparos) – Koufonisi 25,91 km (16,10 mi), Day 3. Koufonisia – Schoinousa – Iraklia 17,43 km (10,83 mi), Day 4. Iraklia – Ios 33,10 km (20,57 mi), Day 5. Ios – Sikinos 12,98 km (8,07 mi), Day 6. Sikinos – Folegandros 19,26 km (11,96 mi), Day 7. Folegandros – Kimolos – Milos 64,60 km (40,14 mi)