An Atmospheric Journey in Amorgos

An island almost legendary. We begin these days an atmospheric journey.

It is the island of Amorgos with its countless blue, Amorgos with its vitality fields, its glittering light-weight, and its poetic attractiveness.

The island of Amorgos, the birthplace of the poetry and of the poet Nikos Gatsos.

Found on the south finish of the Cyclades but in the coronary heart of the Aegean Archipelagos. A day tour on 1 of the unique islands of Greece.

7: oo am.

As the day’s initial-working day boat departs from Aegiali, heading West in direction of the Cyclades and Piraeus. We guess on the faces of the travellers the achievable stop of their getaway, and this sweet fatigue that leaves you a great trip when it reaches its finish. On the other hand, our working day tour in Amorgos just begun.

8:40 am, South East of Cyclades

Amorgos, it is stated that it took its name from the “Amorgis” plant as a type of flax with which Amorgos tunics had been produced off. It is positioned at the north stop of the Cyclades, just after Naxos and the Compact Cyclades. With two natural harbors, Katapola and Aegiali, and an extremely stunning “hora”, just one of the most lovely of the Cyclades, Amorgos feel to intersect the Aegean Sea and its vastness.

9:35 am, the Amorgian Pastel

We get started our working day with a sweet the traditional Amorgian pasteli and a Greek coffee of training course.

Amorgos is popular for some common and beloved products and solutions these kinds of as pasteli, rose-sugar, raki, raki…

Rose Sugar is a unique product built from wild rose petals that bloom in Might that are kneaded with sugar and lemon. Pastel is designed with honey and sesame seeds. It is the sweet offered on lemon balm, in case of baptism and celebrations, usually accompanied with raki.

10:42 am, the “Captain Morgan” of the Cyclades

The French really like Amorgos and Amorgos the French. In this lengthy-long lasting relationship of appreciate and mutual respect, the tale of Bertrand stands out. Bertrand from Amorgos created a extensive journey to practically all the planet to return with his boat to Amorgos. Today he organizes cruises with a regular-boat in the Aegean, which he considers the very best area for these trips.

12:15 pm, a bit nearer to God.

Pay a visit to the monastery of Ag. Georgios of Valsamitis.

A issue in which ancient moments, Orthodoxy, a well-known watermill, the god Apollo, Saint George, the water that foretells what will transpire in the foreseeable future, and the consistent lookup for the real truth, exist entirely. In the 8th century, an icon was observed at that point and so a monastery was crafted. These days it is a put of non secular uplifting, tranquility, serenity and internal look for.

13:30 pm A lengthy journey in the “chora

The capital of the island, “chora” of Amorgos attributes the basic Cycladic magnificence with slim, cobbled streets, whitewashed two-storey homes, arches, and innumerable churches. The picture is completed with immaculate white, crystal practically blue sky and the loud, heat colours of the bougainvillea.

All of these are recognized and beloved in our Cycladic color palette.

A different attribute is the standard hill with windmills, which gaze out above the Aegean Sea.

A massive contradiction if you consider the decades of pirate raids. These winding, narrow streets, this maze of the “chora” served then to escape of inhabitants, who ran and missing in below to escape from the pirates.

14:45 pm, Meeting with the background

A pay a visit to to the folks museum, exactly where the island’s historic archives are hosted. This archive has been gathered in excess of many a long time and has been digitized in current a long time. The archive has files from 300 years in the past.

In the files, it is reflected the way of living of the inhabitants of the island and the improvements that intervened for the duration of the centuries. Vital historical details and figures about the older photograph of Amorgos are also on these internet pages of information. You can even come across recorded, natural phenomena and disasters affecting the landscape but also the economy – culture 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 fulfills right here on the East facet of the island.

We are speaking about the famous small chapel of St. Anne and the renowned seashore, with fantastically aquamarine colours of the water that fashioned the natural backdrop for the film of Luc Mpesson “Massive Blue”. The Ag. Anna seems like it is here in an ongoing dialogue with the monastery of Virgin Mary of Hozoviotissa, which stands for nine generations perched up there on the steep slope.

Amorgos is renowned for its mountaineering trails. The most famed route is the climb to the monastery of Hozoviotissa, 300 stairs and quite a few stopovers to enjoy this sensational see that is spectacular. Stand in this article, and admire the vastness of the earth in 1 of the biggest and nicest balconies.

16:20 pm, Struggling with the Aegean Sea, trying to find God

Created in defiance of the landscape, and at the identical time extolling the greatness of the world, hooked on steep rocks, the monastery of Hozoviotissa appears poised as a wonder.

It appears to balance on a skinny rope that separates the materials earth from the religious Hymn to human will, and faith. Almost in opposition to natural rules, a meteor in the Aegean. Meteor as the 1000’s of unanswered concerns of mankind. The monastery was built in 1088 and the occasion for its inauguration was to come across the icon of the Virgin Mary who arrived below from Hozhova in Palestine, a place around the Holy Land and Jericho.

An island, an huge blue embrace, and a miraculous location that affects the soul of the persons

18:30 the Vespers and the Castle

We return to the “chora” and is already the hour of Vespers.

Pay a visit to then the quite a few church buildings in the “chora” and we are heading towards the Castle that dominates on the rock in the middle of the village.

It is there because the 13th century. It is a Venetian building. At the prime of the cliff will guide you a steep staircase developed on the north side, whilst to exit the Castle you pass to start with from the chapel of Ag. George. From the Castle now the see is panoramic and reaches up to Naxos, the little Cyclades, and IOS. From this level, the inhabitants could command the sea of Naxos and Astypalaia.

21:45 pm, “Amorgiano mou perasma»

End at the espresso store with regular audio performed by youthful musicians. Amorgos is famed for the revels arranged at each option…

Amorgos by N. Gatsos

To a green star

Evil witnesses to males are eyes and ears if they have barbarian souls. HERACLITUS

With their nation strapped to the sails their oars suspended in the wind

the shipwrecked slept tame as dead beasts on sheets of sponges

but the eyes of the seaweed are turned to the sea

lest the south wind bear them back with new-dyed sails

and a misplaced elephant is often really worth a minor extra than the two breasts of a

trembling girl.

only enable the roofs of ruined mountain chapels light up with wish for the

evening star

enable the birds appear in waves to the masts of the lemon trees

with the powerful white gasps of new measures

and then the winds will appear the bodies of swans that keep on being mild unsoiled


into the steamrollers of stores in the cyclones of cabbage patches

when the eyes of the women grew to become dark and the hearts of the chestnut

sellers broke

when the harvest was stopped and the hopes of the crickets started.