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There are not many islands that suites so good for hiking like Amorgos. It is one of my personal favourite hiking islands, together with Ikaria, Kea, Crete, Nisyros and Sifnos. I can even go so far as to appoint Amorgos to number one. Sure, Crete offers much more spectacular hikes and cool ravines, but I still like the hikes more on Amorgos than in Crete. The reason is, besides the magnificent scenery, that the trails usually begins and ends in a village, it's not bad to arrive to a cosy village taverna after a few hours in the mountains. The knowledge of that a cold beer is waiting for you is not entirely wrong as a driver when it starts to feel strenuous.

There are several hiking trails around the island where you have the opportunity to meet the great silence and at the same time be dumbfounded by the breathtaking views. There are four longer hikes that are marked out with numbers, and many shorter hikes. All hikes can be shortened or made longer, if desired. Here is photos from two hiking weeks in april.

To me, the best hikes are:
Katapola-Vroutsi-Arkesini
Katapola-Chora-Katapola
Aegiali-Langada-Tholaria-Aegiali
Langada-Agios Theologos-Stavros-Langada
Chora- the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa-Aegiali
Chora-Profitis Elias-Chora
Vroutsi-Ancient Arkesini-Vroutsi

The walk between Langada and Agios Theologos.

The hike between Langada and Agios Theologos.


On a hike between Vroutsi and Arkesini.

On a hike between Vroutsi and Arkesini.




For the inexperienced hiker, I recommend the following:
Langada-Agios Theologos and back again
Langada-Tholaria and down to Aegiali
Katapola-the small village of Lefkes, via Minoa, and back to Katapola again
Vroutsi-Ancient Arkesini and back again
Chora-Profitis Elias and back again

When you feel ready for longer tours you can challenge yourself and hike the trail between the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa and Aegiali. A first-rate experience high in the mountains, you will be dumbfounded by the views. I promise! On one of the hike's highest points, you pass the uninhabited village of Asfondilitis where you can study some rock carvings. Nearby the village there is a small taverna that opened in 2014.

If you are going to hike on Amorgos I recommend Anavasi's blue map (1: 32,000), which describes many hikes on the island. Terrain maps (also called Skai Maps) is another Greek cartographic company specialized in hiking maps. They have a map of Amorgos with the scale 1:35,000, and it also describes many hikes. Both maps are available for purchase on the island. I also recommend the hiking book Amorgos, Naxos, Paros, Eastern and Northern Cyclades by Dieter Graf. The book describes nine hikes in detail on Amorgos. The book can most likely be purchased on Amorgos, you can also buy it on internet if you want to plan your hikes ahead.

Hike going from Panagia Hozoviotissa to Egiali

The end of the hike from Panagia Hozoviotissa to Aegiali.


Profitis Elias. Amorgos.

If you hike to Profitis Elias, you have the whole Amorgos under your feets.

To the bottom left is the island Nikouria and beach of Agios Pavlos. Under my right arm you see th village Tholaria.



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