The second largest island of the archipelago, Andros is the closest Island to Attica, hence many Athenian families have their holiday homes here. The island was not well-known to tourists outside Greece, but is now growing in popularity due to its ideal conditions for walking holidays. There are well defined hiking routes especially in the south-eastern part of the island. Many of these routes are paved and well-marked. There is also a wealth of information both printed and on the internet regarding hiking on this beautiful island. We can provide further information prior to your arrival.
Andros is a green island with constantly flowing rivers and – unusually for the Cyclades – waterfalls. With its mountains and green verdant valleys, lined with Oak, Cypress, Walnut and Lemon trees, it is a delight to visit!
Heritage and Culture
Andros, as with all Cycladean islands, has its own unique heritage and culture. From the 11th century onwards, it grew rapidly and became widely known thanks to its silk production and commercial shipping. The main Andros town, the Chora, situated on the east of the island, is evidence of this wealth, with many elaborately decorated neoclassical mansions. Andros’s Chora has a long pedestrianised marble central street (although some moped drivers apparently do not see the signs!). Its medieval gateway from the old village has been preserved and leads to one of Chora’s two main squares. The first, marble square, with the statue of the Uknown Sailor, has a lovely views to Chora’s two beaches and the sea. From this square you can also see the stone bridge, which connects Chora to a small islet where you will find the remains of a castle from the Venetian period. The second square, also of marble, is shaded by a huge Plane tree and surrounded by cafes and pastry shops. Chora also has various museums and galleries, including the Goulandris Museum of Modern Art.
You will also find plenty of religious heritage in Andros, with numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries.
Andros has many beaches to suit all tastes; the most popular organised beaches on the west of the island are Chrisi Ammos, Agios Petros and Batsi. Batsi is a pretty little beach resort with shallow waters suitable for children and although it is the main tourist resort, with lots of bars and restaurants, we feel it retains its authentic character.
Andros does have stronger winds than most islands, but this can be advantageous for walking.
Andros is ideal for couples and families with younger children.