Amorgos has the bright, sparkling waters, whitewashed windmills, labyrinthine villages and pretty fishing ports considered the treasures of the Cyclades. Our pick of the best places to stay in Amorgos is ideally located both close to the beach, yet just outside a quiet village.
But this island is much more than just a great beach holiday destination, it's also got some fascinating historical and archaeological sites, exceptionally beautiful hiking in the mountainous, cloud-scraping interior, a burgeoning rock climbing scene and great diving and snorkelling - this was one of the settings for Luc Besson's film The Big Blue.
Amorgos is a tiny island, around 30kms across at its longest point, but its highest mountains reach over 800metres, and the cliffs on the southeast coast soar steeply over 400metres themselves.
Hora is the capital, a timeless place sitting on a ridge above the main port and town of Katapola below. At the top of town is the 13th Century kastro and a sprinkling of windmills, and along the winding streets you'll discover some quite trendy bars and shops, as well as the beautiful Cycladian village views at every turn. Hora's Archaeology Museum houses some of the island's best pieces.
Between Hora and Katapola is Amorgos's most famous sight, the wonderful Moni Mozoviotissa, a working monastery embedded into the cliff face. Though it seems almost impossible that it's here at all, this monastery was built in the 11th Century. One of the few remaining monks will give you a tour - usually when there's enough people gathered at the tiny green door.
It's wonderful, and free, though donations are appreciated. The monastery's pride and joy is a Virgin Mary icon, which apparently appeared in the sea below the cliffs, miraculously transported in an unmanned boat from Palestine.
The Big Blue was filmed at the nearest beach to Hora and Katapola, Agia Anna, which is actually a string of pebbly beaches.
Amorgos is possibly even more lovely out of season, when the winter sun is less scorching and there's hardly anyone else exploring the trails, or visiting the monastery. But not all of the tavernas or the best places to stay in Amorgos are open all year, so the shoulder seasons are probably your best bet if you like the idea of having the place to yourself.
In the heart of the Aegean the Emprostiada is the ideal island getaway. The guest house is designed in the classic Cycladic white-wash, adding to the idyllic rooms quiet and calming features. Local restaurants are close by and the quiet islands many beaches are yours to explore as you please.
Sand between your toes just outside a gorgeous white island village. Shallow waters and long beaches make it ideal for young families. Enjoy the luxuries of a pool, restaurant and bar on site. Rooms are breezy and comfortable - barefoot seaside fun with its own great taverna.