Discover the best top things to do in Katapola, Greece including Maltezi, Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa (Grace of Panagia -Virgin Mary), We Shall Sea Scuba Dive, Amorgos Diving Center, Chora, Voilier Morgkan, Mourou Beach, Ancient Minoa, Agia Anna Beach, Amorgion Shop.
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4 based on 171 reviews
Maltezi beach is a lovely spot to spend the day. We caught the little beach boat over but you can walk over the headland if you prefer. It is a quiet little bay with sun lounges and umbrellas to hire if you want too or you can lie on the sand for free. Maria runs the cantina there with great coffee, drinks and food. There is also a big table under the shade for sitting with your own picnic and a toilet.
5 based on 846 reviews
Reminiscent of the Paro Taktsang/Birdsnest Monastery in Bhutan, Hozoviotissa is nearly as impressive and much easier to get to. Here is what you should know.
A locked gate restricts access to the walkway outside of 5p-7p. Arrive early as the small parking lot fills up and you will park progressively farther away. The walk on a rock solid staircase will be an effort for some and takes about 10 minutes. The monastery in confined inside, dark with impressive displays. PHOTOGRAPHY IS PROHIBITED AND ONE OF THE ATTENDANTS WILL MAKE YOU DELETE THE IMAGES ON YOUR MEMORY CARD IF HE CATCHES YOU.
The best exterior photos of the monastery are during the approach. If you can, get there before the sunsets behind the Mountains. Better still, go twice: when it's open and again at sunrise. I did.
5 based on 33 reviews
all kind of dives all levels tested modern equipment we plan our dives and dive our plans we go for adventure but try to make divers out of people and not just teach them to dive we discribe the sea as a temple a museum a church mother of all life the absolute teacher of self respect diving the blue is diving in revealing the mystery in all of us The base of your scuba and free diving activities. There are offers for beginners, advanced divers and volunteers. Shore and boat diving training, specialties like deep night navigation, digital photography, nitrox perfect buoyancy as well as rescue treasure hunting, free diving underwater games, ocean preservation actions. Also an extended theory program covering history physiology equipment marine life through powerpoint presentations open discussions and lectures The aim is to create a new meeting point of a community working together in understanding preserving and investigating the ocean life It's a try out but...such is life.
YES i saw, heard(understood) and love. thank you has Niko our instructor(monitor), almost a gourou.j have dishwashing all July long with him, j had an accident of plunged ten years ago in Mexico and even if my love for this sport was always present, I remained traumatized. In two high angle shots(dives) j found all my sensations, the pleasure and the happiness which gives this sport. Certainly we are not in the Red Sea but if the fauna(crowd) remains light the landscapes submarine are has to take the breath away. Niko proposes us different high angle shots(dives), its seriousness n has d equal that his(her,its) passion that it shares with you without any limitation, the material(equipment) is of very good quality, everything is verified again and again, no unpleasant surprise!!!!! I return l next year for past my level of dive Master's degree and I recommend has quite the tourists to pass by WE SCHALL SEA, it exists another center of dive has Amorgos but it stays that the business(trade) while with Niko you will see and saurrez what c is The Big Blue(Bruise). Thank you for all his(her,its) high angle shots(dives), I have them in the heart and j have still full eyes of it.
5 based on 342 reviews
Established in 2007 Amorgos Diving Center is the only PADI 5 star Diving resort on Amorgos and is based in Aegiali Bay.Over the last 8 years we have built a reputation of professionalism and customer service second to none.We offer a number of activities and courses to suit all levels from beginner to pro, such as underwater photography, peak performance buoyancy, night diving and many more.
Second year visiting and again I enjoyed excellent service. Extremely friendly and proficient staff and top notch equipment. For certified divers, aquatic life may be typical of the Mediterranean, but there are several dive sites that they are worth visiting for the underwater scenery, small caves and ancient artifacts. A couple of nice deep walls as well, and weather permitting a big wreck (that I still have to visit though, so no personal opinion yet). Importantly, all dives are carefully planned and fully guided, so if someone needs to prematurely end the dive, the others will still enjoy a full dive for the money without rush. Everything is relaxed, with plenty of time to ask questions, feel comfortable and socialize, but at the same time schedules are met. For those who want to learn or try diving, the Aegiali bay may be one of the best places in Greece and I have repeatedly witnessed happy scuba students exiting the water, during my visit. Unlike some other dive centers, and from what I observed after two consecutive years, the owner (Dimitris) always makes sure that high standards are kept year after year, even if instructors may need to change. Moreover, if you are not happy with something, all it takes is a word to Dimitris and it gets fixed! This is probably one of the things I like the most, because I know that I will enjoy diving there anytime. If you visit Amorgos, don't miss it, and this dive center could be a reason by itself to visit Amorgos after all.
4.5 based on 469 reviews
If you are traveling to the Hozoviotissa Monastery, you will likely pass through Chora each way; this is why you should stop on the way back.
Located near where the road summits and before it descends into the coastal approach to Hozoviotissa, Chora's visible architecture is, itself, evocative. We parked on the highway just before entering the town and walked. Nearing the town, entrances to walkways become visible; take one/it and it will meander through the town's alleyways, replete with shops and taverns. We (a group of 9) stopped at one tavern for drinks and snacks, enjoying the view of the city. Looking south, you will see as series of windmills along the ridge...walk back if you can before sunset and enjoy the view of the city as the sunsets far in to the west.
Chora is why you are traveling the Cyclades and stopped on Amorgos
5 based on 14 reviews
Get Onboard "morgkan", A Traditional Greek Sailing Boat, And Explore The Beauty Of The Unspoiled Egean Sea.
We saw this boat on Trip Advisor just before setting out to Katapola and we contacted Bertrand on our arrival on the island. We had a look round the boat and we took a day trip from Katapola. We arrived at 10 and the trip finished at 8 at night. We took our passports, swimming costumes plus spare, towels and sun cream. On our arrival Bertrand offered us a drink while he completed the formalities with the port authorities, that is why you need your passports! We sailed from Katapola to the famous site of the wrecked ship that was used in the famous French film The Big Blue. Bertrand can recite lines from the film if you want! We took pictures and he asked us if we wanted to swim off the boat but we decided to keep that for later. We sailed past two tiny Islands and Bertrand will give you the history and information for any sight that you pass as you sail along. We anchored up in a bay near Kyros with goats and a donkey watching us we swam off the boat. There is a ladder that allows you to climb the side of the boat and slip in to the water. The sea was so clear and blue you could see little fish and off the boat we saw two orange striped fish. There are awnings on the boat to protect you from the sun. There are padded mats with pillows that you can move to different parts of the boat to sunbathe. There is a tiny toilet which was immaculately kept. Whilst we were swimming Bertrand was preparing lunch. We started with crisps and nuts and we tried a sweet Amorgos wine and Raki produced by a friend of Bertrand's. We opted for lager and red wine. The lunch was fresh green spinach cooked with rocket and tiny beetroots on top, greek salad, roast spicy potatoes, beef burgers and Fava dip, bread. Most of the produce was home grown by Bertrand's friends. Dessert was fresh apricots and cherries decorated with ice, see photos. We had chocolate chip cookies and either tea or coffee and more chocolate chip cookies! Delicious food! Later on in the afternoon following our siesta Bertrand made us pink Gin and Tonics as taught to him by British sailors! We sailed back and Bertrand raised the sails in an attempt to fully sail back but due to the wind conditions this was not possible. On arrival in port we expected to disembark but Bertrand offered us another pink gin and we sat down to chat about the day and enjoy the gin and bitter lemon. My husband has sailed and was desperate to help but Bertrand manages the boat single handed. We should have mentioned at the start of the day that he would like to join in with the practical sailing aspects! I wish we had known about the boat prior to our visit and we would have booked a couple of nights sailing and sleeping on board. It would be huge fun with a group of 8 friends. The boat has two cabins with double beds and one cabin with four bunk beds. There are two toilets each with a shower. Bertrand has his own cabin at the front of the boat. He mentioned that when you sleep over night he likes to buy fish from the local fishermen and moor in a bay and barbecue, which sounds lovely. Thanks for the wonderful experience Bertrand as you said to us it will be a day that you never forget! The cost including drinks and lunch was 122 euros per person for the 10 hour trip. Thanks Bertrand.
4.5 based on 206 reviews
Island is extremely windy. This cuts the wind just right.
Bring some snacks, music, beverages and maybe your sneakers as it's a hike down a mountain.
Supposedly other reviews said there are hidden paths to other Beaches. We couldn't find it.
We didn't stay long because we were quite bored without any water, snack, books, music, rackets or something to keep us busy.
Also- don't expect to have any cell network. Seems like this half of the island is disconnected from any networks.
4 based on 10 reviews
4.5 based on 273 reviews
Very small beach just under the monastery of Hozoviotissa. You can either enjoy lying on the sand or sit on a rock. If you are quite young you can also swim to the big rocks that are in the sea just next to the beach, climb and jump off them. I used to do that when I was younger, not anymore......The water is quite cold but after a while you get used to it. I definitely recommend a visit before you leave the island!
FYI: This is where the film "The Big Blue" was shot. Agia Anna and the monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa can clearly be seen.
Tip: Better wear trainers to climb down. Quite rocky until you reach the beach.
5 based on 1 reviews
Traditional products of Amorgos, psimeni, rakomelo, mekila, fragosikomelo, melikraton, ouzo, tsipouro, raki, organic wines, loukoumi, sesame seed candy (pasteli), herbs, fava, nuts, honey, marmelades, spoon sweets
Στα Κατάπολα ανακάλυψα αυτό το εξαιρετικό κατάστημα αμοργιανών προϊόντων. Η κοπέλα που εργάζεται εξυπηρετικότατη με κέρασε με ευγένεια και χαμόγελο. Δοκιμάστε την ψημένη ρακή, τα παστέλια, την μαρμελάδα φραγκόσυκο και άλλα εξαιρετικά προϊόντα δικής τους παραγωγής. Πήρα τις μαρμελάδες και την ψημένη μπορώ να την βρώ και στην Αθήνα στον Άγιο Δημήτριο όπου έχουν το υποκατάστημα τους. Μην αμελήσετε να πάρετε μαζί σας την Αμοργό κλεισμένη στις γεύσεις αυτού του προσεγμένου υπέροχου μαγαζιού. Θα με θυμηθείτε..
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