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Amorgos, Luc Besson’s Island

06 July 2014 / 09:07:02  GRReporter
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The easternmost Cycladic island is 219 km from Piraeus, its coastal length being 112 km. The wild charm of the mountains and green valleys are an incredibly beautiful combination. Strong winds, white villages, streamlined architecture and the colour of dry land are the features of Amorgos which make it look like a classic Cycladic island. But what makes it really special is the pure blue of the sea, dominating all other colours.
Chora
The village of Chora is one of the most beautiful architectural capitals of the Cycladic Islands. Built inside the island, it is full of whitewashed, tiled streets, picturesque white houses with blue windows, two-storey mansions, stone staircases and dozens of churches. Chora has all modern amenities.
Amorgos has two natural harbours in Katapola bay and Egiali. Katapola is the central one and is 5 km away from Chora. A magical picture is created by the typical Cycladic architecture of the settlements, the crystal waters of the bay in all shades of blue and the valley with olive gardens. There are beautiful beaches and nightlife is in full swing.
Wonderful Egiali
Egiali harbour is famous for its unique landscapes and beautiful golden sands, as well as for its ancient monuments and beautiful small churches. There are three picturesque villages one should visit: Potamos, with its panorama view of the harbour, Langada - built in tiers above the valley, and Tolar, with its streets of stone and arches. From Chora the road leads to Kato Meria, one of the most beautiful places on the island.

The Big Blue
It’s worth seeing from up close the beach of St. Anna, which became popular after Luc Besson’s film The Big Blue, and whose water is, without any exaggeration, crystal clear.
Luc Besson fell in love with the island of Amorgos because it's unique, beautiful and alluring. The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) was filmed in 1988 and shows the story of friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading champions of modern diving Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca (renamed to Enzo Molinari and presented by Jean Reno).
The film shows the characters‘ childhood in the 1960s in Greece up to their deaths in 1980, when participating in the Sicilian championship, diving 400 feet deep. The film is worshipped by the international diving community and became one of the most successful French films.
If you're a fan of fine sand, you will find it on the beach of Egiali, and other worthy beaches are those in Ormos Muru, Amoudi, Kaotaritisa, Mavri Miti, Kato Kampos, Hohlakas, Mikros and Megalos Roukounas and Kato Krotiri.
Tastes of Proven Origin
Amorgos is an island where you can enjoy excellent traditional cuisine. Try the "patatato" - meat, potatoes, tomatoes and spices, "kalogiro" - eggplant with meat and cheese. Do not pass up on local honey and, of course, on the famous brandy with honey, cloves and sugar "rakomelo".
How to Reach Amorgos
By boat from the harbours of Piraeus and Rafina, Amorgos is connected with the other Cycladic islands: Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Tinos, Mykonos, Andros, Syros, and the Dodecanese Islands. The closest airports are Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini, from where you can get a boat to Amorgos.

 

Tags: Amorgos The easternmost Cycladic island Luc Besson The Big Blue streamlined architecture natural harbours
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