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Port of the Week: Amorgos, Greece

Amorgos, Greece, is one of the popular Greek Islands of the Cyclades. Located near Naxos and Ios, a few hours from Piraeus, Athens, its the island chosen by filmmaker Luc Besson for the scene of “The Big Blue.”

This Greek island has a lot to offer: beautiful beaches in crystal waters, whitewashed houses and windmills. The island’s trademark is the beautiful monastery of Hozoviotissa which is wedged into a huge precipice at 300m from the sea.

While at Amorgos cruisers may want to rent a bike and explore many of the small villages making up the island. At Chora, the capital, guests will find Greece's smallest church large enough to accomodate three! This is truly a place where the time has stopped, and thanks to local regulations, the architecture is kept in the traditional style.

In Potamos you can stroll around in the little winding streets that were built that way to confuse the pirates. Katapola, another village next to the sea, features the monastery Chozoviotissa which according to tradition was built in the 9th century after a ship had sunk just outside Amorgos carrying an icon of the Virgin Mary. With a little luck the monks will offer you some local liqueur.

Another option while at Amorgos is snorkelting, especially at Mourou but also at Agia Anna. You can also enjoy long walks through the harsh but impressive nature. A lot of people enjoy fishing here, and there are various donkey rides offered.

Before leaving guest may want to visit the local bar in Katapola that every night shows "The Big Blue", fitting while at this Greek paradise.
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Monday, 06 February 2023