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The oblong shape of the mountainous and barren island of Amorgos, 121 Square Km. in area and having a population of 1650, lies on the eastern edge of the Cyclades. It is 138 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus. In some places, the coastline is steep and rocky, while elsewhere it forms quiet, shady bays. The ruins to be found all over the island and the important archeological finds discovered there (some of which are in the National Archeological Museum, Athens), are testimony to the fact that Amargos was inhibited in prehistoric times and was a place of great importance during the period of the Cycladic civilization.

 
 
 
     
  In antiquity, there were three flourishing and independent cities on the island: Aegiali in the north, Minoa in the center and Arkessini in the south. At Katapola, the main harbor of the island today and the location of the interesting church of Our Lady "Katapoliani" (built on the site of a temple of Apollo), traces of ancient Minoa have come to light. Swimmers will be delighted at the superb beaches to be found at: Kat'Akrotir, Maltezi, Plakes, Treis Ieararches, Agios Panteleimonas, Finikies, Tyrokomos and Agioi Saranta.  
     
 
 
 
 
     
 
The whitewashed houses of the capital of the island, Hora, spread out beneath the Venitian castle, which stands on the peak of the hill. Hora's archaeological museum, the windmills and its many churches are well worth visiting. The typical Cycladic architectural style of the double or "twin" church is much in evidence here. To the northeast of Hora, at the foot of a rock, is the Byzantine monastery of Our Lady "Hozoviotissa" one of the most important monuments of its kind. Visitors will also admire Hora's nearest rocky and pebbled shores of Agia Anna and Kambi.

 
     
 
 
 
     
  The second port of Amorgos, Aegiali, is a pretty village famed for its superb sandy beaches and consisting of three distinct "traditional quarters": Laganda, Tholaria and Potamos. It is easier to reach Aegiali by sea than along the road linking it to Hora. Swimmers will enjoy Aegiali's fine beaches, its central beach, Fokiotrypa, Levrosos, Psili Ammos, Chochlakas, Agios Pavlos, Nikouria islet shores.
In the south of the island, the "Kato Meria" Arkessini stands near the site of the ancient city of the same name, amidst a group of picturesque whitewashed hamlets. Setting from Katapola and traveling to Arkessini, the vistor passes through the villages Lefkes, Kamari, Vroutsis and Agio Saranta. Further on, in the district of "Kato Meria", are the plains of Kolofana and Kalotaritissa, and the picturesque beaches Ammoudi (near Arkessini), Mourou Bay, Paradeisia, Kato Kambos and Kalotaritissa Bay (Agia Paraskevi).
 
     
   
   
   
   
 
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