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APNÉE / FREEDIVING

Explorez vos limites, essayez la plongée en apnée!

See what your body and mind are capable of!

If you have ever dreamed of passively exploring the underwater world free from equipment, you’ll love freediving!
It is the most natural and serene way to explore the depths of the seas with minimal impact. It is also the ultimate way to free yourself and spend more time enjoying the beauty and silence of the sea.

Anyone who has held their breath underwater has freedived. However, freediving is not simply about seeing how long you can hold your breath or how deep you can go on a single breath. You have to create the right attitude and pay attention to the limits of your body and mind. The true appeal of freediving is in the silence and calm it brings to people’s hectic lives.

We offer AIDA certification courses (upon completion of the course requisites) as well as Discover course. AIDA is the largest and most established organization for the development of freediving. We also offer individual training sessions and fun dives in Amorgos and a unique combination of Freediving and Mental Training sessions.

During the courses you will learn to freedive in a safe, professional and enjoyable way. We will introduce you the most common disciplines of freediving: Static, Dynamic, Constant Weight and Free Immersion.

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CERTIFICATION COURSES

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AIDA* Freediver

Open your mind to a whole new experience underwater.
We’ll introduce you to the basic theory of Freediving and how to prepare yourself for a breath hold dive including breathing, duck dive, fining, and safety techniques.

Requirements: 8m Constant Weight, 1’15 » Static, 25m Dynamic.
Duration: 2 days
Price: 120€

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AIDA** Freediver

This is probably the most challenging and rewarding AIDA course.The course builds a foundation of good technique, safety and relaxation. Covers: Static, Dynamic, Constant Weight and Free Immersion + duck dive, fining, equalization, vertical swimming, body positioning.

Requirements: 16m Constant Weight, 2 min.Static, 40m dynamic.
Duration: 3 days
Price: 250€

 

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AIDA*** Freediver

This course goes into the theory of Freediving in more depth to better understand the physiology and techniques behind diving deeper. The course will help you improve your Freediving performance whilst advancing your safety and rescue skills.

Requirements: 24m Constant Weight, 2’45 min. Static , 55m Dynamic.
Duration: 4 days
Price: 350€

 

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FREEDIVING ADVENTURES

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Introduction to Freediving

– Yoga and mental training introduction for freedivers
– Breath up & Recovery Breath
– Basic equalization skills
– A static apnea coaching session
– A fun dive introducing duck dive, head and body positioning and fining.

Duration: 3,5 hour
Price: 60€

 

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A Day in the Big Blue

Discover the mindblowing underwater landscapes of Amorgos. Start the day with a 90mn Fluid Vinyasa Yoga class, followed by a 45mn deep relaxing breathing and mental training session that will prepare us for our fun dive in the deep blue waters of Amorgos.

Duration : 5 hours
Price: 100€ (including healthy snack & dinner)

 

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Supervised Training Sessions

We provide gear, transportation to dive from Amorgos Diving Center and dive site and training supervision.

Price: 50€
Duration: 2 hours

 

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  • Point de rendez-vous: Centre de plongée d’Amorgos, sur la plage, à côté d’Ammos Bar.
  • Horaires: Fixés directement avec votre instructeur
  • Equipement fourni: Masque, tuba, palmes, combinaison, poids.
  • Inclus dans les prix des cours AIDA: carte de certification, manuel AIDA, sessions de yoga stretch et de formation mentale pour Freedivers.

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Amorgos

Amorgos

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AMORGOS

Bienvenue à Amorgos

The unspoiled island

Amorgos is a remarkably unspoiled island at the south-eastern edge of the Cyclades group, where traditional customs are still inextricably interwoven into a landscape as rich in beauty as in its history and culture. Locals enjoy a lifestyle that has been shaped by a varied and dramatic past. This is a place that appears untouched by time but where the inhabitants quietly preserve one of the best kept secrets of the Aegean.
On the one hand the wild beauty of the mountains and on the other the green valleys , give the island a unique beauty .
The beaches of Amorgos are known for their cleanliness but not only. Their natural beauty combined with the endless blue of the Aegean sea, the hot sand and the rugged rocks create the perfect setting to escape from the routine of everyday life.

COMMENT S'Y RENDRE

The island is connected with Athens, port of Piraeus and has ferry connections with different islands.
Transfer from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos to the port of Piraeus can be done by:
– Bus : express bus X96 (every 20mn – 40mn at night).
– Metro: Take the metro (blue line n.3) and change in Monastiraki station. There take line 1 (green line) and stop at the end of the line to Piraeus station. View Metro Map.
– Taxi: It takes you 45 to 60 minutes.Amorgos has two ports: Katapola and Aegiali (changes on even and odd days depending the boats).

Ferry schedules and online booking: Greekferries.com or GTP

INFOS ESSENTIELLES

Banking & Money
There is only one Bank in Katapola, opposite to the ferry pier. Teller Machines can be found at : Chora, Katapola and Aegiali
Be aware of possibly problems with the teller machines. Credit cards will not be accepted in all the taverns and shops!

Mobile Phone and WiFi
Your mobile phone will work nearly on the whole island. On almost every public places, taverns, restaurants you can find free wifi-hotspots
Medical Care
There is a main Health Center in Chora and some regional Medical Practices on the island. Be aware: in case of severe diseases or injuries transport to the next hospital will be done by helicopter!
SE DEPLACER SUR L'ILE

busDiscovering Amorgos means to be mobile.
The local Bus service covers the main routes and mostly works from May-June to September-October.
Timetable (on the right) seasonally changes and can be found in main bus stations and supermarkets.
A number of Rental Services provide small cars, scooters and squads, this seems to be an appropriate way to reach most places of the island.
You can find Taxis in the main villages and ports or call them to pick you up.

HISTOIRE & CULTURE

Settlement began on Amorgos in the late 5th millennium BC at the hill-top of Minoa. The 3rd millennium BC marks the island’s first apogee, when it was an important centre of the Cydadic culture. With the arrival of Ionian settlers the 3 cities of historic times emerged Aegiali, Minoa and Arkesini. 
The arrival of refugee monks with the icon from Khoziba in Palestine in the 9th century, followed by the subsequent founding of the Chozoviotissa Monastery allegedly in 1088, was of considerable importance for the history of the island. In the medieval time it passed in the sovereignty of Francs and finally in the Venice Domination. But Amorgos had to face the pirates’ raids and in 1540 it became formally a Turkish possession.
In 1835, the island was include in the new Kingdom of Greece. In the same year a devastating fire spread from Aigiali and burned the oak forests of Mount Kroukelos, radically altering the landscape and ecology of the northern end of the island.

A VISITER

BEACHES:

Mostly with pebbles they are all around the island: wild and quiet with incredible crystal waters. For sandy beaches you’ll mostly go to Aegiali bay. If you want to be really on your own, walk to the ones only accessible on foot such as Chalara, Mikri Vlychada, Chochlaka or even Ammoudi.
Recommended beach: Mouros, Agia Anna, Nikouria, Plakes, Psili Ammos, Levrosos

PATHS:

Amorgos is a place for hiking lovers. It is covered of historical paths passing by villages, monasteries, chapels and abandonned settlement. The landscape with its close-to-the-sea mountains offers phantastic views on nearly every corner.
Best paths: Potamos-Chozoviotissa Monastery, Stavros, Valsamitis-Katapola, Tholaria-Lagada, Profitis Ilias….

CULTURAL MONUMENTS:

Covered of churchs, monasteries, archaeological sites and traditional villages, Amorgos offers a large choice of places to visit.
Recommended: Chozoviotissa Monastery, Agios Valsamitis, Agia Triada in Arkessini, Chora’s Museum

EVENTS & TRADITIONS :

Celebration are happening all year long and are really worth participating. Traditional music, dances, food and very warm atmosphere! Local products are also a very important aspect of the island & delicious.
To taste: Psimeni raki, Myzithra cheese, Patatato, Pasteli, Honey…
Summer most important celebrations: 14 & 15 of August, 26 July, Pasteli celebration

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Chemin Langada – Theologos – Stavros

Chemin Langada – Theologos – Stavros

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Hiking Langada – Theologos – Stavros

To walk from Langada to the small church of Stavros (via Agios Theologos) is one of the most scenery and beautiful routes on Amorgos island.

Trail Details (one way from Langada to Stavros)

Length: 4,91 km
Total Ascent: 449 m
Total Descent: 22 m
Highest Point: 665 m
Roundtrip Walking Time: 2:30 to 3:00 hours

Please note: To master the trail to Stavros we recommend hiking boots and no acrophobia! There is a narrow cliff path between Theologos and stavros! Take care on windy days!

Bring enough water with you!

Download GPX/KMZ file from the widget right beneath

Starting at the parking lot in Langada, you can go there by bus, car or scooter, quite soon you get to a concrete road, which descends in the direction of the blue dome of Panagia Epanochoriani. After 3 minutes there is a junction: the road on the left goes down, into the valley. You have to take a right and you thus continue on the concrete road, which turns into a staircase. Again 5 minutes later you pass a rocky trail off the left and you then get to another junction: on the left there is a concrete trail heading straight to Panagia Epanochoriani, on the right there is a sign to Agios Theologos and Stavros.

View to Langada and Aigiali BayTake the path to the right. At first it is nicely paved, but later on it gets more difficult because there are many loose stones. Sometimes, however, the trail goes up via a beautiful brick staircase. You have great panoramic views on Panagia Epanochoriani and behind you also on the island of Nikouria. After about 10 minutes, at an altitude of 300 meters, the trail gets narrower and also flatter, but then you go up again by following about 200 brick steps. Some 30 minutes later you get to a small, green plateau. A little further on you reach a rocky spot, where you keep to the left. The trail gets very stony again and it runs in between walls. There are also a lot of bushes and even some shade now and then – this is really exceptional on the Cycladic isles. Another 10 minutes later you get to some more open terrain, next to the small church of Agia Barbara; you can now spot Agios Theologos straight ahead.

Monastery Ioanis TheologosImmediately past the church you have to open an iron gate and you continue for the next 5 minutes over some fairly open terrain – everywhere around you can hear the sound of goats. At a kind of crossing and near a stable painted in white you can turn left to visit the Byzantine monastery of Theologos (5 minutes).

The location of this monastery is marvellous, the building is impressive: there are huge foundations like fortifications and a couple of outhouses. In these outhouses pots and potatoes are waiting for the pilgrims. The church is very beautiful, with nice brick arches and preserved wall paintings. On the outside there is a fantastic view on the massif of Kroikelos and on the coast. A couple of workers give us refreshing water and some loukoum; we eat in the shade of an outhouse with an oven.[/stextbox]

Way to StavrosTurn right at the signpost (Stavros 40″) and follow the narrow trail. After 50 metres you can go left, through a breach in the wall. You go straight towards the east and you walk over some open terrain for a couple of hundred meters, until you get against a large wall. You can also stay in between the walls on the somewhat overgrown path and curve to the left along the wall a little further on. You then climb up rather steeply, on the left-hand side of the wall. Some 5 minutes later on you have to keep following the wall, you do not turn away from the wall. After about 10 minutes, though, you do get away from the wall; you then follow a trail with loose stones and large blue dots.

You continue for about 15 minutes, by going up gradually. You walk on a fairly open and bare slope of a hill and behind you there is a marvellous view on the Agios Theologos.

Please note: This is not for vertigo sufferers!

All of a sudden you get a great view on the rocks and the sea deep underneath. You can also see the continuation of your trail on the right, clung to the hill side.

On the way to StavrosYou go on for another 20 minutes, walking in an impressive landscape at an altitude of 550-600 meters above the rustle of the sea. Suddenly, after a curve, you discover the modest chapel of Stavros. This chapel is very nearby now and it is almost dug into the rock. The chapel itself is locked and only on the 13th and 14th September this place gets more lively because of a pilgrimage. The rest of the year this is a desolate spot, especially when it is windy.

Take a look at the Facebook album and see more beautiful pictures!

Chapel Stavros (640 meters obove sea level)

Please Note: For very strenuous hikers, there are three other trails leaving from this place: one to the bauxite mines (one hour away, difficult and steep!), one to the summit of Mt. Krikelos (821 m, ) and heading eastern direction to the remaing forrest (one hour away, not for faint hearteds!)

Further information about this tour you will find in the book:

Amorgos – A Visitors and Walkers Guide – P. & H. Delahunt-Rimmer

See also: Walks on Amorgos by Raymond Verdoolaege

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Randonnée d’Asphondilitis à Chalara

Randonnée d’Asphondilitis à Chalara

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Discover Amorgos path: Asphondilitis to Chalara

The beautiful but demanding hiking trail from Asphondilitis to Chalara beach, beacons to a world of quaint and smooth rocks close to the sea with romantic bathing places. The starting point for the trip is the farming area of Asphondilitis, located at the footpath between the Monastery of Hozoviotissa and Potamos. Asphondilitis is also accessebly motorized by car or scooter. It is a round trip walk with swimming opportunities at the beach of Chalara.

Trail Details (from Asphondilitis to Chalara)
Length: 2,6 km
Total Ascent:70 m
Total Descent: 308 m
Highest Point: 336 m
Roundtrip Walking Time: 1:30 to 2:00 hours

Please note: the trail to Chalara absolutely requires walking boots, some hiking experience, good weather conditions and kilter. Bring enough water with you!

Download GPX/KMZ file in the widget right beneath

Follow the smooth ascending mule track from the old village Asphondilitis to Potamos passing the water cisterns for 1,1 km. At this point where the path turns dexterwise to Chalara, it starts dismounting and becomes rougher. On both sides are a few farmhouses and terraces, some of them are still kept in use. After 2 kilometers the trail leads into steper and craggy terrain. Once outpacing the last small farmhouse right-hand, the trail is nearly unmarked. The path leads to a fence with a small gate to walk unmarked track routes left-sided until it crosses the last plateau with the the impressive rocks and deep blue sea of Chalara at it »s bottom.

Chalara

The track for climbing down to the tempting natural veranda of Chalara beach, is close to the ridge on the right. By descending one should steadily check back the trail and memorize the last part of the route, wich is very helpful to find the way back easier.

Cave at Chalara Beach

The wide terraces of the picturesque smooth Chalara rocks surrounded by caves and rivulets of sweet water, are perfect for peaceable sunbathing and swimming. Due to it »s exposed position some goats, who seem to love this unique place too, are often the only spa visitors one meets.

To see more pictures of the walk, also taken from the seaside, check our Facebook album.

If you need any further detailed informations about walking or guided walking services on Amorgos, take a look at www.walkingingreece.com

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Limenaraki

Limenaraki

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UNE BAIE CACHÉE à seulement 5 minutes du port de Aegiali. Nous entronsà partir de la plage et descendons assez rapidement vers le bas dans un lit de posidonie (Posidonia oceana).

Cette plongée sur tombant est spéciale pour son abondance de poissons, en particulier le beau poisson Damsel, que vous voyez habituellement en grands groupes. N’oubliez pas de garder toujours un œil dans le bleu, car il pourrait y avoir un barracuda ou un thon qui passe. La visibilité est toujours superbe. Attendez que ce soit, comme nous l’appelons, une plongée très “méditatif”.

Le grandeur et la couleur bleue vous embrassent tout au long de la plongée et vous donneront un sentiment très relaxant et apaisant.

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Niveau

Tous niveaux. Pour snorkelers et plongeurs professionnels.

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Visibilité

Parfaite. Rarement en-dessous de 50m.

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Profondeur

Jusqu’à 40 m.

Courants

Si présents, très doux.

Que verrez-vous?

Anémones, poulpes, seiches, poissons demoiselles, dorades, mérou, murènes, rascasses, éponges, coraux, barracuda, langoustes.. Si vous êtes chanceux vous pourrez peut-être voir un dauphin, une tortue, un banc de thons ou encore des phoques…

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Ancienne mine

Ancienne mine

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UNDER THE OLD BAUXITE MINES of Amorgos on the east side of the island, you will find a unique dive site that bears witness to the once bustling mines.

After a steep drop off there is a plateau at 18 metres where you can see parts of the equipment used to load the mined bauxite to different cargo ships. Parts of old steel wagons with their wheels still attached and pieces of the tracks on which they were pushed can be found on several points along this dive site.

Continuing to the north by keeping the reef on the left side, you will see several rock formations creating gentle slopes interspersed with dramatic walls.

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Niveaux

Pour tous niveaux de plongeurs certifiés.

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Visibilité

Parfaite. Rarement en-dessous de 50m.

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Profondeur

De 5 à 18 mètres.

Courants

Très occasionnels et doux.

Ce que vous verrez

Anémones, poulpes, seiches, poissons demoiselles, dorades, mérou, murènes, rascasses, éponges, barracuda, langoustes… Si vous êtes chanceux vous pourrez peut-être voir un dauphin, une tortue, un banc de thons ou encore des phoques…

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