Andros
Island

A few words about Andros

A few words about Andros

Andros is the northernmost island of the Cyclades, second largest (380 sq. km.) after Naxos and with population based on the last census 9,493 inhabitants. Is geographical continuity of Evia island from which it is separated by the Strait of Kafireas, known Cavodoro, width 7 nautical miles. Refrain from Attiki 36 nautical miles and is connected only with the ferry port of Rafina. The distance is covered in the space of two hours, and the island is served by the port of Gavrio. South of the island is Tinos, from which it is separated by the ' Steno ', a small marine passage approximately 1 nautical mile in length. The Andros coastline has a total length of 117 km.

Peaks and footpaths

Peaks and footpaths

Andros is the only island of the Cyclades with rich aquifer. In the eastern part of the island, you can find Apikia village with the famous source Sariza. The mountainous island is divided into four ranges nearly parallel to each other, and which divide along Andros into five sections. Main peaks of these mountains are Saranda (715 m), the Petalo (994 m), Kouvara (975 m), the Gerakonas (760 m) and the south ridge top the Prophet Elijah (750 m .). Characteristic of Andros is the existence of many ancient paths, which run the island almost the entire length and width. These old trails that follow the natural mountain passes and ravines connect local social and economic interest of the island . Many of these are still used today by the residents to visit churches primarily a day of celebration and by farmers for grazing animals. It is believed that the paths are, in their basic formulation , and have stayed the same from ancient times until today

The capital of Chora Andros

The capital of Chora Andros

The capital is Chora, which is located in southeast of the island and its’ distance is 34 km. from the port of Gavrio. Built on a peninsula, comes to the small islet that is built on the top of the medieval castle. Aesthetically it is impressive and combines the old town with its narrow cobbled streets with the new, with the imposing mansions that were built in the last century, the heyday of the island's shipping. The visitor has a rich sensory stimuli and the visual of the field fills with the blue of the sea, the green of the adjacent ravines and the white of the cycladic houses. The main road that crosses the country leads to the sea and the large square of the unwoven sailor, where stands the homonym statue created by sculptor Michael Tombros. The islet where built the medieval castle, separated from the peninsula of the country with a narrow strip of sea, a width of 2-3 meters, and communicates with the Mainland with stone bridge. At the beginning of its historical course the Castle communicated with the capital with a drawbridge. Andros island is a mansion island directly connected with shipping, which is evidenced by the fact that it has the second largest shipping register after Piraeus.

Tourist areas

Tourist areas

Chora and Batsi are the most touristic areas of Andros and have facilities for tourist and fishing vessels. In the capital of Chora is worth visiting the pedestrian market street with shops and coffee bars, as well as the square of the unwoven sailor with the homonym statue. In this region exist the old mansions of the captains and the shipowners, which dominate overlooking the lighthouse and the old Venetian castle. Batsi is the most touristic village of the island and is famous for its night life. It is also known for its numerous beaches and especially for the famous “golden sand”. Korthi is a picturesque village with a nice long beach and lots of ouzo cafes on the waterfront. Famous for the nearby beach "The old lady’s jump”, which is worth to visit.

10 reasons to come to Andros:

10 reasons to come to Andros:

1. Is nearby and cheap destination. Only two hours from the port of Rafina. Tickets cost from 16,00 euro per person in economy class, and rental accommodation starts from 25.00 euro. Prices in cafe, food and entertainment services, averaging 15,00 euro per person per day.
2. Andros has countless pristine beaches. In the larger whole, are accessible by conventional vehicle. Many of these are unique to their geomorphic characteristics (Achla old Jump, Vori, etc)
3. It is the greenest island of the Cyclades, with plenty of running water, countless springs and rivers. The source "Sariza" is a hot spring, and the best sight of Apikia Village. Near the source has built the bottling water factory SARIZA operating since 1929 and distributes water throughout Andros and beyond.
4. In Andros you will relish the traditional local cuisine made from fresh ingredients from the vegetable gardens and fields of the island. Here you can enjoy bygone flavors that may remind you the Sunday meals of your grandmother's ...
5. Where Andros has a tradition is the unique sweets. Do not leave if you have not tried or fitted with almond “kalsounia”, “pastisakia”, spoon sweets, nougats and orgeat.
6. In Andros you will easily find the "good" table for food or drink, and you will not need to wait in the queue, or tip the waiter.
7. In Andros you will not pay for gold the sun bed on the beach, or the coffee or the ice cream, or the drink. Contrariwise, the treats give and take!
8. Andros is an island that attracts increasingly large number of tourists and offers many opportunities for nightlife and entertainment to those who visit. The evening can start by going to the open air cinema in the capital of Andros Chora, and continue with a few drinks in a bar or club on the island.
9. Andros is ideal for hiking and countless trips in nature, since it has many points of interest and exploration ...
10. Attractions are for visitors, the museums and the monasteries. Andros has many remarkable collections of exhibits in museums and many priceless relics in monasteries. The island's history written in the best way ...

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