An island nearly mythical. We start today an atmospheric journey.
It’s the island of Amorgos with its endless blue, Amorgos with its own energy fields, its glittering light, and its particular beauty.
Situated on the south end of the Cyclades but at the heart of the Aegean Archipelagos. A day tour on one of the special islands of Greece.
7: oo am.
We guess about the faces of the passengers the possible end of their vacation, and this pleasant fatigue that leaves you a nice trip when it reaches its end. But, our day tour in Amorgos just started.
Amorgos, it is said that it took its title from the”Amorgis” plant as a sort of flax by which Amorgos tunics were made off. It’s located at the north end of the Cyclades, after Naxos and the Tiny Cyclades. With two natural harbors, Katapola and Aegiali, and an incredibly beautiful”hora”, among the most beautiful of the Cyclades, Amorgos appear to intersect the Aegean Sea and its vastness.
9:35 am, the Amorgian Pastel
We start our day with a sweet the traditional Amorgian pasteli and a Greek coffee of course.
Amorgos is renowned for some traditional and favorite products such as pasteli, rose-sugar, raki, raki…
Rose Sugar is a unique product made from wild rose petals that bloom in May that are kneaded with lemon and sugar. Pastel is made with honey and sesame seeds. It’s the sweet provided on lemon balm, in the event of baptism and parties, always accompanied with raki.
10:42 am, the “Captain Morgan” of the Cyclades
The French love Amorgos and Amorgos the French. Within this long-lasting relationship of love and mutual respect, the story of Bertrand stands out. Bertrand from Amorgos made a long trip to almost all of the world to reunite with his boat to Amorgos. Today he organizes cruises with a traditional-boat in the Aegean, which he considers the best place for such trips.
12:15 pm, a bit closer to God.
Visit the monastery of Ag. Georgios of Valsamitis.
A point where ancient times, Orthodoxy, a famous watermill, the god Apollo, Saint George, the water which foretells what’s going to happen in the future, and the constant search for the truth, exist altogether. In the 8th century, an icon was found at that point and so a monastery was built. Today it is a place of spiritual uplifting, tranquility, serenity and internal search.
13:30 pm A long trip in the”chora”
The capital of the island,”chora” of Amorgos features the classic Cycladic beauty with narrow, cobbled streets, whitewashed two-storey houses, arches, and churches. The picture is completed with pristine white, crystal almost blue sky and the loud, warm colours of the bougainvillea.
All these are known and beloved in our Cycladic color palette.
Another characteristic is the normal hill with windmills, which gaze out over the Aegean Sea.
A big contradiction if you take into account the years of pirate raids. These winding, narrow streets, this maze of the”chora” served then to escape of inhabitants, who ran and lost in here to escape from the pirates.
14:45 pm, Meeting with the history
A visit to the folk museum, where the island’s historical writings are hosted. This archive has been collected over several decades and continues to be digitized in the past few years. The archive has files from 300 years back.
In the documents, it is reflected the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the island as well as the changes that intervened during the centuries. Important historical facts and figures about the older picture of Amorgos will also be on those pages of files. You can even find recorded, natural phenomena and disasters affecting the landscape but also the economy – society of the island.
15:45 pm, St Anne and the Virgin Mary of Hozoviotissa
Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and the Virgin Mary symbolically matches here on the East side of the island.
We’re talking about the famous little chapel of St. Anne and the famous beach, with fantastically aquamarine colours of the water that formed the natural backdrop for the movie of Luc Mpesson”Big Blue”. The Ag. Anna looks like it is here in an ongoing conversation with the monastery of Virgin Mary of Hozoviotissa, which stands for nine centuries perched up there on the steep slope.
Amorgos is renowned for its hiking trails. The most famous route is the climb to the monastery of Hozoviotissa, 300 staircase and many stopovers to enjoy this stunning perspective that is breathtaking. Stand here, and admire the vastness of the planet in one of the biggest and nicest balconies.
Built in defiance of the landscape, and at exactly the same time extolling the greatness of the world, hooked on steep rocks, the monastery of Hozoviotissa looks poised as a miracle.
It seems to balance on a thin rope that separates the material world from the spiritual Hymn to human will, and faith. Almost against natural laws, a meteor in the Aegean. Meteor as the thousands of unanswered questions of mankind. The monastery was built in 1088 and the event for its inauguration was to find the icon of the Virgin Mary who arrived here from Hozhova in Palestine, a location near the Holy Land and Jericho.
18:30 the Vespers and the Castle
We return to the”chora” and is already the hour of Vespers.
Visit then the numerous churches in the”chora” and we’re heading towards the Castle which dominates on the stone in the center of the village.
It is there because the 13th century. It’s a Venetian building. At the peak of the valley will direct you a steep staircase built on the north side, while to exit the Castle you pass from the chapel of Ag. George. From the Castle now the view is panoramic and reaches around Naxos, the small Cyclades, and IOS. From this point, the people could restrain the sea of Naxos and Astypalaia.
Stop at the coffee shop with traditional music played by young musicians. Amorgos is famed for the revels organized at every chance…
Evil witnesses to men are ears and eyes if they have barbarian souls. HERACLITUS
With their country strapped to the sails their oars suspended in the end
the shipwrecked slept tame as dead beasts on sheets of sponges
But the eyes of the blossom are turned into the sea
Lest the south end bear them back together with new-dyed sails
And a missing elephant is worth a little more than the two breasts of a
Only let the roofs of destroyed mountain chapels light up with desire for your
Allow the birds come in waves to the masts of the lemon trees
With the strong white gasps of fresh actions
And then the winds will come the bodies of swans that remain mild unsoiled
Into the steamrollers of shops in the cyclones of cabbage patches
When the eyes of the girls became dark and the hearts of the chestnut
When the harvest was stopped and the hopes of the crickets began. Reach out to your How to Make Pot Brownies to refill your script when you return.