Amorgos’s most iconic attraction dates from 1088 and clings to a sheer cliff face 300 metres above sea-level. It is also known as the “single-wall monastery” as it is 40 metres long and only 5 metres wide. The view of the Aegean from here gives visitors the feeling that they are hovering in mid-air, and it is well worth the 300-step climb in order to enjoy it.
Invisible from the sea, Amorgos Town is arguably the most dazzling capital in the Cyclades. It is a harmonious arrangement of picturesque cobbled streets, vaulted passages, and white houses with brightly coloured doors and courtyards fragrant with the scent of jasmine, not to mention its countless post-Byzantine churches, arty cafes, and shops.
If you choose one of the itineraries to Amorgos, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Tholaria. Among the most delightful villages in the Cyclades, it is situated 200 metres above the Bay of Aegiali. This maze-like complex of paved alleyways with arches and hidden passages seems to touch the clouds, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you come at dusk, you will be able to enjoy watching the lights of Aegiali below.
The 11 half-demolished windmills in Amorgos Town (of the original 35) stand on the brow of the hill above the district of Troullos and are monuments of folk architecture. There is an excellent view of the windmills from the main square of Loza.
Saint George the Balsamite
This historic 8th-century monastery stands on the site of one of three centres of hydromancy in ancient Greece. “Talking water” interpreted as prophesying the future flowed from a spring there.
The Tower of Gavras
This lovely 16th-century Venetian mansion is located in Amorgos Town and houses the collection of the Archaeological Museum, containing finds from the excavations of the island’s three ancient cities (Aegiali, Minoa and Arkesini), including sculptures and inscriptions.
This is a beautiful village of tiny houses, small squares, flower-filled courtyards, quaint tavernas, and panoramic views of the island. Don’t miss the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, a tiny white box of just six square metres perched on the edge of a rock.
The ruined rural settlement of Asfondylitis is located on the road between Aegiali and Amorgos Town and is a fine example of vernacular architecture. The most famous attraction in the village is the more than 200 elaborate rock pictures mainly featuring musicians and dancers.
The Venetian Castle
Situated in a commanding position, the ruins of the castle built in the 13th century by the Venetian Jeremiah Gyzi have panoramic views of Amorgos Town and the Aegean. The best-preserved remains include parts of the wall with the ramparts and the pretty church of Saint George.
One of eight marked trails on the island, this corresponds to the ancient road by which people and goods moved between Amorgos Town and Aegiali. The four-hour route crosses the local countryside, passing important monuments such as the Byzantine church of the Virgin Mary Theoskepasti.