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A visit to the iconic Windmills of Amorgos

by Nikos Taskos
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A group of windmills is holding its ground against the strong wind in an imposing location. And you must visit them!

What to expect

The windmills can be seen on a ridge above Chora, just opposite the Castle. Some of them are easily accessible, others in ruins but all of them are equally beautiful.

white traditional windmills near chora amorgos
Image © Miles with Vibes

It’s the ideal location to watch the sunset as the sun drops into the sea behind the castle and Chora.

Make sure to take extra care, since it gets really windy up there. Stay off the edges and don’t venture too far.

view of amorgos chora with white houses and its castle
The Chora of Amorgos and its castle (Image © Miles with Vibes)

Fact: There is one windmill you can enter and even climb the stairs to the 2nd floor. Facing the Castle of Chora, it’s the second from the end on your right. The windmill has also no roof so it’s easily distinguishable.

I’ve never been inside a traditional windmill, so the trip up there was really worth it.

Did you know?

It is said that up to 18 windmills were here in the 19th century!

photo of a traditional windmill taken from the window of another windmill
Image © Miles with Vibes

Quick Facts

Location: Chora, AmorgosAdmissions: Free
Access: Car, WalkingHike: 5 mins, easy
Highlights: Panorama, windmills

How can you get to the windmills?

There are two ways. For the 1st one, you need to have your own transport.

map showing how to get to the windmills of amorgos
How to reach the windmills by car

Take the road from Chora to Aigiali and make a right once you see the school of Chora (on the right). Keep going until the free public parking and park. There’s a short dirt path leading all the way up to the windmills. It won’t take more than 5 mins.

The second one is on foot through Chora. First, locate Arbaroriza (a restaurant). Having your back on the storefront move up the path. After 3-5 mins. you will notice the path taking you up the windmills.

iconic cycladic traditional windmill in amorgos
Image © Miles with Vibes

What’s the use of a windmill anyway?

The windmills were used to crush grain into flour to make bread or other food. In Amorgos, each windmill covered for the needs of 99 people or around 19 families. Around 1900 there were 35 windmills and 1 watermill on the island.

a white working windmill with a mountain in the background and cloud
You can get some amazing views of the surrounding landscape (Image © Miles with Vibes)

Did you know?

One of the mills in the area belonged to Hozoviotissa Monastery, but as of today, it’s ruined. Another one dates back to 1837.

Building or fixing one was an extremely complicated task and few carpenters were specialized in that. A windmill consists of at least 600 wooden, stone or iron handmade parts.

a white windmill with a red roof on the edge of a steep hill
The other side of the cliff is very steep (Image © Miles with Vibes)

What’s more, each island had its own windmill designs based on the landscape and weather conditions. Not only that but the location of a windmill was crucial. Placing one in the wrong location could expose it to the nasty Aegean winds and seriously damage it.

entrance of a white windmill without roof
Mind your step… and head (Image © Miles with Vibes)

Before visiting

What’s the best time to visit?

Visiting the windmills in the morning is more peaceful. On the other hand, sunset views from this place are stunning!
seven traditional cycladic windmills with red roofs on rocky terrain

Can I enter the windmills?

Yes, there are some windmills you can visit while others are in ruins. Learn more here!
a white windmill under blue sky

Is it dangerous?

No, however, you need to take extra care of the strong winds. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
traditional greek windmills on a hill

Do I need a car?

No, you can visit on foot, going through Chora. Learn more here!
four abandoned traditional windmills

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