10 + 1 reasons to visit Amorgos

8 Sep

Top things to do in Amorgos island

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Sunset in Amorgos. Photo by Nikos Dessylas, flickr.com

1. Wander around the miniature streets of Amorgos Chora and stop for coffee and dessert at Kallisto. The Brazilian Cake and the Praline Flogera cannot be missed.

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Kallisto daily specials. Photos by Stella Printezi

2. Buy honey, jasmine & sesame olive oil handmade soap, keralifi* & authentic psimeni raki** from Poikilopolion.

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Poikilopolion entrance and interior. Photos by Stella Printezi

3. Climb the 300 steps to the Hozoviotissa monastery & try the handmade delight & psimeni raki offered by the monks.

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The view from the monastery. Photo by Bernard-G, flickr.com

4. Enjoy a traditional Greek breakfast listening to classical music at Ilios cafe in Chora.

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Ilios Cafe. Photo by Stella Printezi

5. You can take along your dog/cat. Amorgos is the one of the most pet-friendly islands in Greece; dogs are allowed everywhere (beach, tavernas, even on the local bus), while all the stray cats of the island have been sterilized.

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Photo by Constantine Triantafyllidis

6. Try the mouthwatering traditional cheese pie with mizithra cheese, cinnamon and clove in Kalotaritissa beach and then take the boat to Grampousa.

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Photo by Stella Printezi

7. Sip on a cocktail under the stars at the Jazzmin or Botilia terrace.

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Botilia Bar, Chora. Photo source: Botilia Cocktail bar Amorgos facebook page

8. Lie on the Agios Pavlos cape and listen to the waves coming from both sides of the beach.

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Agios Pavlos cape. Photo by Stella Printezi

9. Sunbathe on the flat rocks or the pebbles of Agia Anna beach. And, if you are the explorer type of person, you can also dive from the top of them!

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Agia Anna beach. Photo by Stella Printezi

10. Try Katina’s fava and fresh seafood in Aegiali.

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Katina’s octopus salad. Photo source: tripadvisor.com

+1.  It is only an hour’s ferry trip from the tiny but beautiful Donoussa island.

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Kedros beach, Donoussa. Photo by Dimitra Triantafilli

*Keralifi (κεραλοιφή) is an ointment made of beeswax and extra virgin olive oil. It is has been known since antiquity for its soothing properties and can be used to treat all kinds of ailments and burns.  Tip: try it on your lips, it is the best lip-balm you have ever used!

**Psimeni raki (ψημένη ρακή) is a traditional alcoholic drink, made of raki, honey, cinamon, aniseed, clove and a secret ingredient known only to the Amorgian distillers. Contrary to the Cretan rakomelo, psimeni raki is usually served chilled.

Stella Printezi

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