Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Amorgos, a beautiful Greek island in the Cyclades complex. With plenty of beaches to pick from, some well-organized and others completely secluded, you can select your favorite yacht and cruise the 112 km long coastline. Amorgos has several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal boat or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to the isle of Gramvousa. Furthermore, you can rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to tour various beaches in a short amount of time. Finally, you can hire a luxury catamaran or yacht and visit neighboring islands in the Cyclades for as many days as you wish.
Lying on the eastern edge of the Cyclades, the unique island of Amorgos amazes tourists with its alternative profile. Amorgos is a mountainous barren island with beautiful colored beaches and charming villages. Its main capital, Hora is built around the Venetian Kastro on top of the hill and at the north-east is the Byzantine monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa. These two monuments are certainly worth a visit. Hora also boasts of typical Cycladic houses, traditional windmills, narrow paved alleys and a central square with lounge nightlife. The typical Cycladic type of architecture was also discovered in settlements and cemeteries, evidence of Amorgos contributing to the development of the Cycladic civilization during the 3rd millennium BC. There are also excavations that reveal inhabitants existed in the 4th millennium BC. At the end of the Cycladic period, Cretans in Greece controlled the island serving them as an important sea trade station in the Aegean Sea. Following the Cretan colonization, Amorgos was a place of exile during the Roman era which was then ruled by the Byzantine Empire. During the years of antiquity, three independent cities emerged: Aegiali on the hill of Vigla, Arkesini on the hill of Kastella and Minoa on the hill of Moundoulia above the settlement of Katapola. All these ancient cities have Archaeological Sites that include important findings and remnants that will permit tourists to better understand the history of the island. Apart from the touristic sites one can visit, Amorgos consists of rocky shores, pristine beaches and beautiful coves that are best explored by renting a boat.
Boat trips in Amorgos will allow you to discover many hidden beaches along the coastline. The two most famous beaches of the island are Agia Anna and Mouros and are best visited by a speedboat or inflatable rib boat considering their small size. With turquoise colors and transparent waters, you will have a great swim, you can even go snorkeling in the caves of Mouros. Nearby you can also visit Hozoviotissa Monastery nested on the steep hills. By renting a catamaran or sailboat you can also visit the pebbly beach of Agios Pavlos which awards you with a great tavern ashore. Chalara beach is one of the quietest and is close to the sandy beach of Aegali which is filled with taverns, bars and cafés. Aegali is also the second port of Amorgos with a large safe bay for all types of yachts to set an anchor. If you are seeking secluded beaches, Psili Ammos, Ammoudi and Paradisia are some great choices.
A day cruise in Amorgos offers guests the opportunity to visit the isle of Nikouria and Gramvousa. From the port of Katapola you can arrange an excursion along the coast of Kastri and finally swim at some fantastic beaches right opposite Kalatarotissa Bay. From Gramvousa you can continue sailing to reach the cape of Timoni or choose to head South of Amorgos for Mouros and Anna bay. You can continue your cruise to the northern coast of Amorgos but due to the large depths and lack of anchorages, it is best to hire a sailboat with a skipper. The beach of Sparti a little further away from Chalara is also worth visiting. For the perfect getaway, one can also plan a boat trip to the Small Cyclades. Donousa is just 13 km away, Heraklia lies between Ios and Naxos, Koufonisia and Shoinoussa are also not too far, and they all have a sense of permanent peace thanks to the low number of inhabitants and virgin nature.
Due to its location and almost in the Dodecanese, yachting in Amorgos can be easily combined with vacations to other Greek islands. Its proximity to Naxos and Ios, will allow guests to complete a week itinerary with Amorgos as the final destination. Amorgos is perfect for a relaxing vacation, according to mythology it took its name from a rare herb growing up in the mountains and urges you to follow its slow-paced lifestyle. You can also hire a sailboat with a skipper and combine your adventure with the Dodecanese islands for a 2-week charter experience. You can visit Astypalaia or sail your way to Crete, routes that were certainly important to the Ionians during the marine navigation of the Cyclades from Asia Minor. Finally, holidaymakers hoping to taste local specialties of the island cannot miss tasting Kalogirous (a dish made from eggplants with cheese and meat) and drinking the local drink of Rakomelo. Overall, Amorgos is an island that can be discovered in every sailing journey and draws you in for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat trip in Amorgos.
Katapola: Above the port lies the capital of Amorgos, Hora which is 5 km away. A great port to stock up on provisions for all types of boats as well as water supplies. This is the largest port, and it is fairly sheltered, you can find some tavernas, cafés and shops nearby too.
The nearby settlement of Xylokeratidi has a narrow beach that is protected from the Meltemi winds, a great spot during the summer months.
Aegiali Port: the second port of Amorgos, protected by most winds except the NE. Very few places to moor for catamarans and sailboats, the outer bay provides a better alternative to these larger vessels. There are beautiful taverns and nice beach bars all around this port. Aegiali is quite far from the main capital, 17 km away from Hora.
Liveros Bay: right next to Kalotartisa with isolated beaches near Gramvousa for boats to anchor. If you have organized a boat excursion to Gramvousa, there is another safe anchorage by the Nikouria islet and opposite you will find the beach of Agios Pavlos.
Kalotartissa Bay: opposite the islet of Gramvousa with all the amenities you need for a perfect day out at the beach. Protected from all weather conditions, definitely a great anchorage spot.
Ormos Kolofana: a small bay near the southern tip, great when visiting Kalotartissa, Halara and Liveros beach.
Ormos Ag. Annas: a pristine bay with water available as well as some provisions for yachts. This area sometimes gets exposed to the ‘Meltemi’, care should be taken for larger vessels since there is a small mole to tie on.
There are no airports in Amorgos, the nearest ones are Naxos, Santorini and Paros.
There are ferry routes to Amorgos from Piraeus in Athens to Aegialis Port and also from Folegandros, Santorini and Naxos.
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