Amorgos Practical Information

Amorgos Practical Information

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AMORGOS

 

Welcome to Amorgos Island

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.

HOW TO GET THERE

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

ESSENTIAL INFO

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!

MOVING AROUND
Discovering Amorgos means to be mobile. The local Bus service covers the main routes and mostly works from May-June to September-October. Timetable 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.

 

 

HISTORY & 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.

MUST BE SEEN

 

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

USEFUL WEBSITES

 

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Freediving

Freediving

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FREEDIVING

Explore your limits, try Free Diving!

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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  • Meeting point: Amorgos Diving Center, on the beach, next to Ammos bar.
  • Schedule time: Settled directly with your instructor
  • Equipment provided: Mask, snorkel, freediving fins, weights, wetsuit.
  • Included in AIDA Courses prices: certification card, AIDA manual, yoga-stretch and mental training sessions for Freedivers.

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Limenaraki

Limenaraki

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A HIDDEN BAY only 5 minutes from the port of Aegiali. The site is a beautiful natural harbour. This wall dive is special for its abundant fish life, specially the beautiful Damsel fish, which you usually see in larger schools.

As you walk in from the shore, which quite quickly drops down, the small animal life begins: spiral worms, damsel fish and sea bream are all around you. As you venture deeper the wall is very impressive filled with holes and small caverns covered in sponges (especially the black sponges) and corals.
The pockets of the wall are hiding places for different micro marine life such as our favorite nudibranch Spotted Doris and spiral worms. The wall has a stunning arched swim-through at around 10m which feeds the day light down to you as you pass below.

Expect this to be, as we call it, a very “meditative” dive. The greatness and blueness embracing you through out the dive, will give you a very relaxing and soothing feeling.

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Level

From snorkelers to experienced divers.

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Visibility

100% Visibility. Rarely below 50m.

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Depth

From the beach to 40 m. As a PADI dive centre, the max. depth we will take our qualified customers is 40m.

Currents

If any, very mild currents.

What will I see?

Each dive is full of spiral worms, damsel fish, sea bream, grouper, corals, sponges, nudibranch spotted Doris, Morray eels and uch more. Keep your eyes on the blue for other larger passing fish such as a barracuda or a tuna.

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Old Bauxite Mines

Old Bauxite Mines

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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.

>>  Check location on our Interactive Map

Level

From snorkelers to experienced divers.

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Visibility

100% Visibility. Rarely below 50m.

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Depth

From 5 to 18 metres.

Currents

If any, very mild currents.

What will I see?

Octopi, Moray eels, Sea Bass, Barracuda, Damsel Fish, Nudibranchs, Corals, Sponges, Shrimps and much more. If lucky, you may see a Mediterranean Monk seal, a dolphin, passing Tuna or a Loggerhead turtle.

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Small Sparti Caves

Small Sparti Caves

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A PERFECT PLACE for those who love the blue. Located on the east side of the island, this dive site offers the opportunity to swim through a relatively narrow passage created by fallen rocks and with the entrance at around 18m.

The colors of the various soft corals on the walls and the ceiling in combination with the rays of sunlight that reach the cavern will definitely impress even the most demanding diver. Exiting the cavern you will find on both sides a breathtaking wall with a small ledge at around 35m before another drop, this time to the infinite blue. On the face of the wall there are many overhangs and little holes to explore at various depths.

The general morphology of the area is ideal for a relaxing, slow dive in an effort to discover the little occupants hiding on the wall.

>>  Check location on our Interactive Map

Level

From snorkelers to experienced divers.

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Visibility

100% Visibility. Rarely below 50m.

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Depth

From 5 to 35 meters max. Cave entrance at around 18m.

Currents

If any, very mild currents.

What will I see?

Octopi, Moray eels, Sea Bass, Barracuda, Damsel Fish, Nudibranchs, Corals, Sponges, Shrimps and much more. If lucky, you may see a Mediterranean Monk seal, a dolphin, passing Tuna or a Loggerhead turtle.

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