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The Big Blue

Amorgos Island, Greece

Easternmost of the Cyclades, a ten hour ferry ride from Piraeus, Amorgós is also one of the most dramatically rugged islands, with a south coast of cliffs plunging into the sea. For centuries it was virtually two islands, with the main port of Katápola almost a stranger to Aegiáli in the northeast, until a road built in 1995 brought them together.

An island of political exile in the 1960s, Amorgós became a destination for the adventurous, then whoosh! – the first scenes in Luc Besson’s 1988 cult film The Big Blue were shot here, and travellers poured in, seeking the Cycladic idyll of their dreams.


Amorgós and its neighbouring islet of Kéros were inhabited by 3300 BC and remarkably prosperous; in 1885, 11 ancient cemeteries were uncovered, yielding ceramics and marbles now in Oxford and Copenhagen, and the largest Cycladic idol in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

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Text © Dana Facaros

Images by ER Bauer, oldgreentree, Oliwan, Stathis24 / Stathis24 at Greek Wikipedia, Steynard, Yanni Koutsomitis, Zde, Zde, Creative Commons License