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Minoa in Amorgos

Minoa is one of the three ancient cities of Amorgos, the other two are Ancient Arkesini below Vroutisi and Asfondilitis in the mountains between Chora and Aegiali. None of the towns are inhabited today.

 

Minoa is located above Katapola in Amorgos.

Minoa is located above Katapola, under the red arrow.

 

 

Chora, Minoa and Katapola seen from Profitis Ilias on Amorgos.

Chora, Minoa and Katapola seen from Profitis Ilias.

 

Profitis Ilias and Chora seen from Minoa above Katapola on Amorgos.

Profitis Elias and Chora seen from Minoa.


Minoa is believed to have been inhabited between 1,000 BC and the year 400 AD. The town was located, or actually still is, in the hills above Katapola. You really understand why they built the town right here, from the top of the hill one had total control of everything that moved offshore and onshore.

 

The ancient city Minoa above Katapola in Amorgos.

The ancient city Minoa above Katapola.

 

The walls that surrounded Minoa on Amorgos are impressively thick.

The walls that surrounded Minoa are impressively thick.

 

The view from Minoa is more worth seeing than the ancient city of Minoa. Maltezi beach in the middle. Amorgos.

The view from Minoa is more worth seeing than the ancient city of Minoa. Maltezi beach in the middle.




There is not much to see of the old town, at least not for a layman. Most of it is in ruins. You even do not need to go into the excavation area, unless you are passionate about archaeology. Even so, I think Minoa is a must when you visit Amorgos, the views of Katapola and out over the sea are among the most impressive you can imagine. If you have nothing else for you, I can recommend you to watch the sunset from Minoa, because it is incomparably beautiful.

 

The sunset seen from Minoa above Katapola on Amorgos in the Cyclades.

The sunset seen from Minoa above Katapola.

 

View of Katapola from Minoa in Amorgos. Express Skopelitis has just left the port.

View of Katapola from Minoa. Express Skopelitis has just left the port.

 

Luckily there is a road up to Minoa so you do not have to trudge the steep uphill slope. The road up starts in Rachidi, which is a part of Katapola. The road continues to the small village of Lefkes where time has stood still.

 

The tiny village of Lefkes near Minoa on Amorgos in Greece.

The tiny village of Lefkes near Minoa.


Lefkes beach near Minoa on Amorgos.

Below the village of Lefkes there is a small beach which is also called Lefkes.

 

Pension Eleni on The Beach in Katapola on Amorgos.

Eleni on The Beach seen from Minoa.

 

When we are on Amorgos, we almost always stay in Katapola. We have stayed in Aegiali once, and it was nice, but Katapola is the best village to stay in if you ask us. We always stay at Eleni on The Beach, formerly called Eleni Rooms. The location is absolutely fantastic and the small beach is perfect for a morning or evening swim.


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