Church of Agia Anna

Amorgos is the perfect getaway

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19/1/2016
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Thanks to my Mediterranean roots, born in Cyprus and raised in Greece, l have always been one of those people that was attracted by our heritage and wanted to delve deeper into it: how ancient societies were formed, what cultural elements did the Greek city-states share, and how Greek philosophy has managed to exercise such an important influence on the culture of many countries from ancient times until the present.

Every part of Greece is rich in ruins that showcase the country’s grandiosity and splendor, let alone the ones that have not yet been unearthed, making it almost impossible to visit them all.

Soon though I realized that being an avid reader and pursuing social studies are not enough to discover the full picture of Greece. Being exposed to diverse micro-cultures and perspectives as well as getting deep, humanistic experiences comes only with travelling.

Every part of Greece is rich in ruins that showcase the country’s grandiosity and splendor, let alone the ones that have not yet been unearthed, making it almost impossible to visit them all.

If though l had to choose one of my favorite spots that wouldn’t be other than the Theatre at the Asklepieion of Epidaurus at the eastern part of Peloponnese.

The Theater of Epidaurus might not be the largest of the antiquity, nor the oldest one, but it‘s definitely one of the most elegant and amazingly well preserved ancient theaters in the world.

The awe you feel when you see a monument which still hosts theatrical performances almost 2.500 years after its construction is an experience you cannot afford to miss.

Whether you are looking for family or history and culture vacation destinations, Amorgos Island is the perfect getaway. Located at the south-eastern arc of the Cyclades, Amorgos successfully combines culture, history, and marvellous bays with blue hue waters.

Apart from the ancient footpaths and the gorgeous beaches, the island boasts the imposing monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa that was built in the 11th century AD by the Emperor Alexios Komnenos.

The monastery is located at a cliff’s edge 300 meters above the shore at one of the most beautiful locations of the island, the coast of Saint Anne, offering astonishing views and photo ops.

The sublime beauty and delight of the island though does not stop here. If you walk down the little stairs you will discover a small seafront church dedicated to Saint Anne.

The idyllic landscape and the colour of the sea even impressed the French film director Luc Besson, who chose Saint Anne as one of the filming locations for his movie Le Grand Bleu.

When you visit Amorgos, don’t miss out the opportunity to browse the shops of Chora for some handmade ceramic souvenirs and gifts which are my favorites.

Greece is undoubtedly an incredible mix of history, traditions, and culinary wizardry with many stories relating to its multicultural past. However, I believe that the reason why travellers from around the world fall in love with Greece is the refined simplicity that sets it apart from the rest: the colors, the food, the people, the sun, the traditions.

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