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Tholaria

This village is one of the most beautiful on the island and it keeps its traditional architecture. It has many old districts: Atsidofolia, Seladi, Mylos or Plaka, Pano Gitonia, Vorina and Skali. The church of Agioi Anargyroi with the blue dome, the double belfries and the dark red outlines stands out from afar and it is the core of the settlement.
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Kato Meria

The more rural and less touristically developed part of Amorgos is quite interesting. You will enjoy unique landscapes (especially at the part of the route from Chora up to Vroutsi) and you will admire farmhouses, old monasteries such as the ones of Agios Nikolaos at Kamari, Agios Georgios o Varsamitis, windmills, ancient Arkesini, the tower at Chorio (or of Agia Triada), Pyrgi and the archaeological site of the acropolis at Markiani, Kalotaritissa and the pilgrimage of Agia Paraskevi.
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Katapola

Built on their deep bay, Katapola is located below ancient Minoa, having the smaller settlements of Rahidi and Xylokeratidi beside it and the valleys of Marmaro and Gyalinas with various cultivations behind it. The “ancient haven” (Katapola means towards the town), so important for the development of ancient Minoa and entire Amorgos, remains the basic port, as well as a tourist attraction. It has cafés, restaurants, rooms to let and hotels. The narrow alleys that lead towards the interior of the settlement are full of tourist and commercial stores. The old drinking fountain of Katapola stands out, with its ancient stones now whitewashed, and Panagia Katapoliani in the forecourt of which there are columns and column capitals.
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The bay of Aegiali

Giali, as the locals call it, built on the big sandy bay which is surrounded by the dominating mountain of Krikelo with the three villages (Potamos, Lagada, Tholaria) is the second port of the island and less leeward than Katapola. This fishing village was the seaport of Potamos and it had fertile orchards and low houses. It started developing touristically since the 60s-70s ranking high in the preference list of those who love less cosmopolitan destinations and free camping.
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Lagada

Built below Machos with its half-ruined mills, the capital of Aegiali is inhabited throughout the year. The residents feed their herds on the surrounding mountains, they cultivate oil trees, fava, vegetables. It has not been confirmed when the current settlement and Tholaria were built; it is believed though that this happened after the liberation from the Turks. The residential core of Lagada, though, is considered to date back to the 7th century, when the residents moved higher fearing of pirates.  The hill with its castle that you will see standing out in Kato Gitonia is characteristic.
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Potamos

The settlement is almost united with the bay of Aegiali, its once seaport. Walking around you will admire single-storey and two-storey houses, captain’s houses with high ceilings, courts, robust walls and you will admire incredible views. The upper side of the village stands out for the nice street layout and its well-preserved houses. There are restaurants-cafés which also rent rooms. In Kato Potamos you will pass by the church of Analipsi and then  you will reach Aegiali.    
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Stroumbos

The permanent residents of the village “with the 12 houses and the 13 ovens” are very few. Stroumbos nests above the gorge of Araklos, near Lagada. It offers an incredible view to the bay of Aegiali and it is a paradise on earth for the naturalists, since paths towards Krikelos and Tholaria pass by there. The ruined stone houses of Stroumbos are 300-400 years old. The chapel of Agios Nikitas stands out, on the forecourt of which there is a pine tree that offers its shadow. Outside Stroumbos, following the path towards Tholaria, the walkers will find the chapel of Agia Marina, the ravine of Drys with flowing water, the chapel of Agios Panteleimonas and Panagia Epanochoriani.    
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