Amorgos (ah-mor-ghoss; Αμοργός) lies on the far southeastern arc of the Cyclades, pointing the way towards the Dodecanese. Its long ridge of mountains grows in stature as you approach across the sea, the high summits often scarfed with plump purple clouds.
The island is 30km from tip to toe and reaches over 800m at its highest point. The southeast coast is unrelentingly steep and boasts an extraordinary monastery built into the base of a soaring cliff. The opposite coast is just as spectacular, but relents a little at the narrow inlet where the main port and town of Katapola and the second port of Aegiali lie.
Aegiali sits at the island’s northern end and is more appealing as a resort. It has a good beach and is encircled by the highest mountains on the island. The enchanting Hora (also known as Amorgos) lies amid a rocky landscape high above Katapola.
There’s plenty of scope for beaching, but Amorgos is much more about archaeology and the outdoor world – there’s great walking, scuba diving and a burgeoning rock-climbing scene.
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