Overview of Andros
Andros, the second largest island of the Cyclades has by nature two main advantages compared to its “siblings”: It is unexpectedly rich in water resources and, therefore, probably the greenest of them all. Andros has much diversity going on, in many terms. Fountains, rivers and lush valleys alternate with mountainous landscapes and a variety of beautiful beaches, both remote and organized.
Despite its excellent infrastructure and high popularity among the Greek islands, Andros displays a less saturated touristic profile. It combines crowded and remote areas with ancient sights and its marine heritage, while being one of the hottest weekenders’ get away. Upon arrival, the port of Gavrio seems kind of flavorless. Moving on, you find the number one touristic settlement, Batsi, is a typical Greek island resort with amenities for all and also a trendy nightlife spot. The best of Andros, however, lies in its town, “Chora”. Elegant, arty and cosmopolitan, built in a peninsula, it feels both old fashioned and modern. Cycladic, neoclassical and Venetian architecture premises, the picturesque medieval town of Kato Kastro, two important museums, as well as a lively pedestrian street with shops and cafes, make Andros’ Chora one of the most beautiful of all Greek islands.
The best means to really know the island, however, is thanks to its wide network of footpaths. Either way, you will find out that Andros is Greek Cyclades in its less “busy” version, friendly and easy going, with a lot to offer to all of those who can appreciate it.
Find more information on Andros at the official website for Greek Tourism VisitGreece.gr
: Probably the island’s most beautiful beach, isolated and not easy to reach. The scenery is hard to forget: Tiny pebbles, gorgeous waters and a river that flows into the sea, part of the area’s wetland. No amenities at hand. : A well known beach, long and sandy, with a huge vertical rock as its trademark, set below the Castle Faneromenis. According to the legend, an old woman who betrayed the Venetians to the Turks back in the 16th century, jumped off the castle because of her regret and turned into a rock (the name of the beach means “the old woman’s jump”). : Organized and large sandy beach, located at the village of the same name. Above it you can see the 20m cylindrical, Hellenistic era tower of Agios Petros, one of the best-preserved in Cyclades. : Long beach with golden sand, organized and generally crowded. : Actually, it’s two beaches: Front and Back Gialia. The former is pebbly, with a fish tavern; the latter is sandy and favored by young people. Both are organized. : A kind of remote, beautiful pebbly beach, without any facilities, exposed to north winds.
: Kypri Beach, Greek, Mediterranean cuisine and sea food.
: Take a walk at the two main squares of Chora, platia Kairi and platia Riva, where you’ll see the trademark statue of Afanis Naftis (aka “The Unknown Sailor”) that overlooks the Aegean. Another must-see is the Venetian castle Mesa Kastro, located on an islet connected with Chora with a small arched stone bridge. : Visit the partly preserved ancient city of Paleopolis (the island’s former capital), the ancient settlement of Zagora and the medieval village of Mesaria, with its tower houses and byzantine church. : Villages Korthi and Stenies are two of the most representative settlements of the island: Korthi is small, touristic and a windsurfers’ favorite, while Stenies is traditional and unspoiled. : Art lovers will be thrilled by a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, an internationally renowned cultural space at Andros’ Chora, that every summer hosts important exhibitions. : Andros offers its own version of the all-time favorite omelet, cooked mainly with sausage and potatoes.
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