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Spring escape to Amorgos

In Greece, we cherish some days like priceless little presents throughout the winter. These days include those when the sun shines brightly but warmly on our faces, raising the temperature, and when the aromas of flowers and citrus from the trees are there. These days, which serve as reminders of the forthcoming season and sincerely proper make us want for true spring, are lifesavers amid winter's bitter, dark depths.

Then it shows up. As grass and flowers peek through every crevice in the walls and space between the tiles, gardens seem to alter overnight and suddenly burst with color. The breeze tickles our skin, the sun continues to shine, and the temperature stays in that ideal 25°C range. The scent of the hills and valleys is overpowering when hiking through nature, and at the beach, we enjoy the calm sea and the sand between our toes because it's not yet too hot to take a stroll. The grins on other people's faces are bigger, and perhaps, just perhaps, this is the start of the end of the most recent coronavirus epidemic.

Easter also falls under the category of holidays that get Greeks the giddiest this time of year.

We like all of Greece in the spring, from the mountain villages to the island archipelagos. Still, there is a nearby Cycladic island to Naxos, Ios, and Koufonisi. Amorgos is a favorite in the spring because of its extensive network of hiking paths. Dramatic panoramas adorned with wildflowers are contrasted against the Aegean's azure during excursions across the hills.

Explore the region near Aegiali, on the northern end of the island, to get a sense of the natural world and real life in the traditional Cycladic towns you see on postcards. While it is known for its beaches in the summer, Tholaria, Langada, and Potamos are three incredibly laid-back towns with whitewashed cottages and generally tiny lanes that are perfect for a stroll in the spring.

The Byzantine Monastery of Hozoviotissa, the island's most famous monument, is equally However, visiting in the spring. Seeing it is more straightforward than in the summer because it requires climbing 300 stairs.

Warm yourself up with some traditional local psimeni (roasted) raki, the alcoholic beverage made from grapes and seasoned with mountain herbs, if the evenings are cool. Oregano and thyme are only two of the numerous aromatic herbs that grow wild on the island. You can either collect them while trekking or buy them for a few euros in any number of local stores.


How to get to Amorgos?

In a nutshell, Amorgos can only be reached by ferry from Athens (Piraeus port) and other Cycladic ports. This island lacks an airport. On the island of Santorini, the closest airport is. Some days a week, direct boats are running from Santorini to Amorgos.

Flights to close-by islands

Amorgos doesn't have an airport. The ones found on Naxos and Santorini are the nearest. You may take a ferry from Santorini or Naxos to Amorgos after arriving there.

The express ferry "Skopelitis" offers an almost daily ferry service, especially from Naxos.

Remember that while Naxos has a small airport and only gets local flights from Athens, Santorini receives international planes.

From Athens, Santorini, Naxos, and other places take a ferry

Amorgos can only be reached by ferry. Amorgos and Piraeus port in Athens are regularly connected by boat.

Nearly three to four routes are run each week. The journey takes between 6 and 8 hours, depending on whether you take a regular or high-speed ship.

Note that Amorgos has two ports, Katapola and Aegiali.

Amorgos is connected to Santorini and Naxos, as well as other Cycladic islands.


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