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AMORGOS is one of the greatest islands of Greece.

The beaches, although really great, may not be the best in the Aegean, and the nightlife may be subdued, compared to Mykonos, Paros or Santorini, but the island emits a unique energy, the landscapes are just breathtaking and the people of Amorgos are some of the nicest you will meet anywhere.

The sea around Amorgos is crystal clear, and the two nearby islands of Gramvousa and Nikouria offer short getaways to unspoilt isolation. The seabed is fascinating and attracts divers and snorkelers for many years now. The aura of the island includes its people, most of who are nice, polite, simple and smiling, somehow attracting visitors with pretty much the same qualities and augmenting the special feeling you get when you visit here. The oldest traces of man's presence on Amorgos date to the end of the 4th millennium BC. These have been found on the hill of Mountoulia, below Katapola. This was an area that played an important role in the island's history. By the 3rd millennium BC Amorgos is the center of what has been called Cycladic civilisation. So much evidence of this civilisation was discovered on the island that the archaeologists who excavated Amorgos in 1850 named this period the Amorgian or Sub-Mycaenean period. Among the most important finds are the famous Cycladic idols, small, marble statuettes and also masterpieces of pottery and metallurgy such as bracelets and arrow heads. The Minoans of Crete also appeared at around this time. Amorgos, and especially the port of Katapola, became a transport route, and the Cretans gradually began to settle on the island. The name of Minoa as the small city on the hill of Mountoulia, began to become widely known in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. This was when the Minoan sea empire was beginning to wane, finally ending in 1450 BC with the destruction of the palace of Knossos, most likely from the eruption of the volcano in Santorini. Around the end of the 8th century the neighbouring Naxiots colonized Amorgos, founding Arkesini, at today's Kastri, and migrants from Miletos colonized the northeast part of the island, founding Aegiali, near today's Tholaria Village. During the classical period (5th century), Amorgos broadened its commercial relations with Athens, exporting textiles, which were greatly prized by Athenian women, as mentioned by Aristophanes. Amorgos took part in the battle of Salamis with one ship and in 378 BC became part of the Athenian League. After that, its history follows exactly the history of the Aegean islands, with Roman, Byzantine and Turkish periods, that ended in 1821 with the Greek revolution and the creation of the modenr state. Today Amorgos is a tourist attraction for people all over the world. The landscapes are breathtaking and it features four very nice and picturesque villages. Katapola and Aegiali are the most popular areas of the island and Chora is the favourite destination for many, because of its charming streets and shopping opportunities. Tholaria and Lagada which are on the east part of the island are nice traditional villages. The weather in Amorgos is peculiar: you may be enjoying the beaches of the east coast while, at the same time, Chora has rain or has fog. This is the case even during the summer, and sometimes you may find yourself looking at two opposite weather phenomena occupying different parts of the island at the same time. Most of the restaurants in Amorgos serve great food.

In the last few years the locals have adjusted to dealing with the rising tide of tourism. But, to their credit, they haven't spoiled the aura and the energy of their island.


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