Our latest trip this summer was to Greece. This time we decided to choose one island we already love (Koufonissia) and one new island to discover, and then to go to Nafplio (mainland Greece). For our new island, we chose Amorgos. Hearing from friends that this large, mountainous island in the Cyclades is a great escape if your not into the touristy, partying side of greek islands *cough cough Mykonos*, we thought we would give it a try.
After renting a motor bike, we quickly fell in love with Amorgo’s seaviews and tiny mountain top villages. Our hotel was near the port, Katapolia, but we preferred going into Chora to eat. One of our favourite cafe’s was Loza, which specializes in artisianal deserts and frappe.
On our way to the beach.
We met up with a friend who lives on Amorgos, who introduced us to a great organic Retsina wine- Petoiva Retsina 2014. Even though we don’t have a lot of experience with Retsina wines (see our post What is Retsina?), we could tell that this one was of especially good quality, (you just need to make sure you drink it very chilled).
We also discovered a good white wine, at a great price, Moraitis Meltemi Dry White, 2013. Meltemi is the name of the wind that blows through the Cyclades. This wine is similar to the wind it is named after, as it is fresh, clean and great to have at sunset in the summer time (on Amorgos). We also tried the rosé version of this wine but preferred the white.
If you find yourself trying to decide which islands to visit in Greece, and want to go somewhere more authentic and wild, I would definitely suggest Amorgos.
There are many great hotels on the island but what seems to be popular is to camp out in the various camp grounds on the mountain sides. Next time I plan to bring better shoes since there are many hiking trails through the mountains.
Amorgos also has amazing beaches to visit such as Agios Pavlos, Mourou and Agia Anna, just to name a few. Lastly, don’t leave without taking a walk (hike) up to the monastery built-in the 11th century. Once you reach it, the monks offer you water and locally made Raki. *to enter the monastery you must have clothing that covers your knees and shoulders – this applies for both men and women.
I think Amorgos made our Favourite Islands list.
At Loza Cafe