Amorgos Island Guide

Amorgos Island Overview

We only discovered Amorgos in 2019 after my friend Ed had heard good things about it as a walkers’ destination. Excited to try somewhere new, we spent 5 days here in late May and loved every minute.

Slightly off the beaten track, Amorgos is accessible only by ferry as the island lacks an airport – probably due to its mountainous terrain and relatively small size. It does have two ports though: Aegiali on the northwest coast and Katapola further south. Of the two, Katapola is the more popular but there are daily bus services across the island, so whichever one you arrive at you can still get around the island.

Amorgos Beaches

For a more detailed look at the beaches of Amorgos, check out our dedicated page: Amorgos Beaches.


The interactive map below shows some of our favourite hotels, restaurants, beaches and places of interest on Amorgos. Click the markers to see more details.

Videos of Amorgos

Check out some of the videos we’ve filmed on Amorgos:

Check out our recently published island guide video on Amorgos

We split our time pretty evenly between Aegiali and Katapola and enjoyed both. Aegiali seemed quieter, but I’m told it’s often the opposite – we were there early in the season, so perhaps tourism wasn’t in full flow.

Both resorts offer excellent walking opportunities, including the main “spine walk” across the island between Chora and Aegiali. Typically, the walk is done from Chora heading north, but we started from Aegiali and found it just as good. This website has a great list of walks:

In terms of sightseeing, the main attraction is the Panagia Hozoviotissa monastery. Built into the cliffside, 300 metres above sea level, it’s an impressive sight and fairly unique. It’s located quite close to Chora and the local bus makes a stop about 10 minutes walk away.

To see more of the island, we would recommend hiring a car as the bus service only covers Aegiali, Chora and Katapola. Further south, you can visit ancient Arkesini – check out our YouTube video above to see what it’s like.

We also made it to the most southerly point of Amorgos, where you’ll find Kalotartissa beach. It’s pretty quiet and the water is quite rocky near the shore, but the beach itself is reasonable and there is a small cafe on-site, serving some basic food and drinks.

Kalotartissa beach – we had it all to ourselves in early June!

Accommodation and Dining

Both Aegiali and Katapola have a reasonable selection of accommodation. Whether we got lucky or just made good choices I don’t know, but we ended up having superb experiences in both resorts. Yperia Hotel was our home for the first two nights. We arrived at 3 am by ferry and they were still kind enough to come and meet us at the port, which is just 5 minutes walk away. Breakfasts were delicious and the rooms spacious and clean.

In Katapola we chose Amorgion Hotel, which turned out to be even better. It’s set back on the hillside behind the resort, so it is a bit less convenient if you don’t have a car. The trade-off is some great views and a real sense of peace and quiet due to the lack of neighbouring properties. It has a lovely pool and superb, spacious rooms.

Both resorts have a reasonable selection of tavernas, enough to get you through a week in each location without running out of options. Google lists around a dozen choices in Aegiali and closer to 20 in Katapola.

Koralli Taverna was our favourite in Aegiali and Corner Taverna in Katapola was excellent for lunch and dinner at very reasonable prices.

Conclusions and Alternatives

Amorgos is a great choice if you’re seeking a traditional Greek experience that isn’t coloured by tourism to any large degree. It’s great for walking and does have a good selection of sights to keep you busy for a few days, perhaps even a week.

The island does have a selection of beaches, but to be honest, it’s not renowned for them. If you’re looking for golden sandy beaches to while away the days, there are better alternatives to choose from. Nearby Koufonissi is the first place that springs to mind (stunning beaches everywhere).

If you’re looking for somewhere with more things to do, Naxos and Paros would be our first suggestions. Given that you have to visit Amorgos by ferry, you can even combine Naxos/Paros with Amorgos as part of your trip.

Amorgos Hotel Reviews

Filoxenia Hotel, Aegiali, Amorgos

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Review Rating: 3/5 Date of Visit: August 2021 I didn’t have much choice in booking Filoxenia Hotel, yet given its location and photos/description online, I was expecting good things. My…

Amorgion Hotel, Katapola, Amorgos

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Review rating: 5/5 Date of visit: June 2019 After a great 3-night stay at Yperia in Aegiali, we feared disappointment from our next hotel if it didn’t measure up. Fortunately,…

Yperia Hotel, Aegiali, Amorgos

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Review rating: 5/5 Date of visit: May 2019 My friend Ed and I had high hopes for the Yperia based on its Trip Advisor rating and recommendations via the forums,…

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