From Koufonisi we sailed south to Amorgos together with Jürgen and Andrea in Be Happy. We both anchored in Nikouria Beach which is on the inside of an island and because of that this bay protect you from all wind directions.
Jürgen and Andrea asked us if we wanted to join them for a sundowner at the church up in the hill, and we said yes. I was walking on my walkingpad so I had to swim ashore because I was so warm. And the ocean was delicious!
Panagia Church is a small church, as many other Greek churches and it was open. Jürgen and Andre brought some carrots and bread for the goats, unfortunately it was only “the boss” who got something.
He was nice in the beginning, but started to be agressive when he didn`t get more food. We had to escape, but it was not easy, because he was climbing everywhere… After hiting us with his horn Astor showed who was the boss, took his horn and layed him to the ground. Then he followed the goat outside the fence. It was open so he came back a couple of times, and Astor did the same. The last time he came, went over to Astor and was so calm, like he knew who was the boss now….
We don`t know the meaning of all the flags…
The bay and the mainland.
It takes you only 5 minutes to walk up here from the beach.
They were curious what was going on I think…
Felizia and Be Happy, side by side.
We had a nice sundowner with a glas of wine and some breadsticks and cheese.
We tried our new kayak. And the water here is so amazing!
The church seen from our boat.
The next day we rented a car and we took the dinghy over to the mainland where the rental company picked us up.
Up in the hill, the view down to the bay where we are anchoring.
We passed Chora and drove to Holy Monastery of the Virgin Mary Hozoviotissa. This is the main attraction on Amorgos. It is not space for many cars so you have to park along the road.
Very special building! This monastery is the second oldest monastery in Greece, build in 1017. It is literally hanging on the cliff side, 300 masl.
On the way up there was a small house/shelter and there this cat was resting in the shadow.
Many steps to walk! Astor, Jürgen and Andrea.
And Astor, me and Jürgen.
Yes, we made it!
You had to wear properly and if not you could borrow clothes outside the monastery. It was really nice inside, and well organized. Two young guys (guides?) were talking to us and we had a nice conversation before more people came inside the church.
We didn`t count the steps, but it was many!
We drove to the southern part of the island and it was time for lunch. The car rental company gave us a tips to go to Ston Pyrgo restaurant. It is next to Tower of Agia Triada. On the gate it says it was closed, but we opened the gate and walked inside…
Tower of Agia Triada was build during the 4th century BC.
The tower was built to protect the area from raids.
It is one of the largest and best preserved towers of the Cyclades.
If you want to know more about this place you ca check out amorgos.blue:
As I wrote, it was closed at the moment and we don`t know when it is open. We just got inside.
The restaurant. Delicious food and a nice place to have a stop away from touristic places.
After lunch we wanted to have a walk to Ancient Arkesini. We found a place to park the car and found the sign for the trail.
The trail to the ancient place is downwards and takes you 30-40 minuts to walk. The way back will take longer because it is steep hill.
The ancient city was founded in the 900th BC. It was now in the middle of the day and too hot to continue all the way down, so we decided to turn back.
We went to Katapola, one of two ports on the island where Jürgen and Andrea took a swim while Astor and I found a place to have a beer or an icecream.
Some sailboats were anchoring in the bay. We didn`t spend much time here.
In the middle of the day many places in Greece is very quiet, like it was here.
A long beach but not very clean.
At the end it was Chora. Of course we had to have a stop here. Chora is the main town in every island in Greece.
Small, narrow streets in the town.
Or even more narrow….
We checked out every corner!
This is so beautiful architectur! I should have a house like this at home… Actually our house was white when I moved in, but after many years without painting it was not white anymore, it was dirty grey….
Not much grape to see!
We saw castle of Amorgos from the road and wanted to visit it. It is on the top of a rock, and there you will find Saint Constantine Church. But the church was closed and the steps stopped there.
Steep stairs up to the church.
The old windmills seen from the church
Well…. he was alive!
We walked through town and took the trail up to the windmills.
There we had a nice view!
View from the windmills to the town.
A lot of restaurants was still open and it looks very cozy. Unfortunately we decided to go back to Ormos Egialis to have dinner there before deliver the car.
Jürgen and Andrea didn`t only feed goats, they also had cat food. In the harbour we saw this mother and 3 kittens.
A nice place to have dinner! We rented a car through FM Rent a car Amorgos.
Here is a video from the aroundtrip on Amorgos:
The next day we said goodbye to Jürgen and Andrea and sailed in direction to Kalymnos. Our plan was Astypalaia, but the wind said no. Actually we didn`t made it to Kalymnos either, we ended up in Lakki, Leros, north of Kalymnos.
We have been in Lakki before so I will not write much about that place. Always a safe place to anchor!
Here you can read about last time we visit Leros:
From Lakki we sailed south to Kalymnos. Our plan was to check out from Greece within a couple of days.
In Kalymnos we also have been earlier this year.
We met Janita and Andreas in their nice wooden boat. Janita is from Norway and Andreas from Samos, Greece. We invited them over for tacos that evening.
We checked out from Kalymnos and left the island. It is easy to check in/out on Kalymnos because all offices you need is in the same building. You have 24 hours to leave Greece after you have checked out.
Here you can read about last time we visited Kalymnos:
We sailed over to Pserimos, the neighbour island and Janita and Andreas invited us for dinner. Amazing food!
It was really beautiful next morning and after laying in a harbour for some days it was nice to have a swim again, after 1 hour walk on the walking pad.
We were both sailing to Bodrum, Türkiye, so we decided to have a regatta over there.
They were going to Bodrum to join the Bodrum Cup, so theese people are actually regatta sailors!
We followed each other for a while, but at the end, who was the best?? It was Felizia! 🙂 (even if we sailed in wrong direction…)
We checked in to Türkiye in Bodrum and were ready to explore more of Türkiye for a couple of weeks.