Amorgos, the most eastern island of the Cyclades, seems to protect the eastern Small Cyclades due to its oblong shape. It stands proudly at the centre of the Southern Aegean Sea acting as the crossroad where the North meets the South. It’s the “exit” from the islands of the eastern Aegean towards the coast of Asia Minor.
Amorgos, an island of rich cultural heritage and particular wild beauty, the island of the deep blue, can’t but create a daunting feeling to its visitor.
The island of Amorgos is steeped in history dating back to the Neolithic period and by the Early Cycladic Period was flourishing and an important centre with many contacts including Troy and Crete. The Classical Period saw increasing domination from first Athens, and then Alexander the Great, when the three cities flourished and minted their own coinage on Nikuria.
The Byzantine era was one of many raids by Goths, vandals, Arabs and Venetians. The pirates not only raided but also settled in some ports, including Katapola and used them as bases. Towers, old and new, were used as defence points and hiding places. Friendly relations were fostered with pirates and Amorgos became prosperous and thickly populated. Amorgos also became a place of exile for Byzantine officers, including General Vroutis, after whom the village of Vroutsi is named.
Amorgos was captured by the Ottomans lead by Barbarossa in 1537 and this started the Ottoman occupation which lasted until Greece was finally free in 1824. While Amorgos enjoyed the benefits of religious freedom enabling them to repair and build churches piracy still remained their greatest danger. Amorgos became an important centre and became economically dependant on the pirates for business. One positive advantage was that many Greeks learnt how to fight at sea and piracy encouraged the growth of Greek seamanship. Many young men from Amorgos fought in the Greek War of Independence of 1821.
Rich as it is Amorgos in morphological diversity as well as archaeological and cultural heritage visitors certainly has a lot to see and do. Whether one wants to explore the deep blue of Amorgos bottom or the high peaks of, or even simply arrives in a deserted beach.
Amorgos offers visitors a wide range of dining options. It has many taverns, restaurants and ouzo bars-cafes, where you can discover local and traditional dishes but also enjoy appetizers, grilled meats and fresh fish. For guests who do not want Greek food, there are restaurants serving pizzas and pastas.