Andros is the only Cycladic island where the fountain water creates rivers that end in the sea and run during the whole year. The combination of blue and white houses, windmills, little fishing boats is amazing. Ravines, deep gorges and riverbeds separate the mountain ranges with their steep slopes. The lush, green valleys are filled with olive, fig, orange and lemon trees and vineyards.
Temperatures are quite mild all year long, even in mountainous areas, due to the proximity of the sea. Even in summer, the weather stays quite cool because of the northern winds, along with the many springs and waterfalls.
The lovely, little town of Chora (Hora) is the capital. It is built upon a small peninsula between the two long sandy beaches of Neiborio and Paraporti. Colorful houses and wonderful mansions add beauty to the town. Narrow alleys, stone walkways and the combination of Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, give it a unique atmosphere.
There are two squares in the capital. The first one is stone paved and surrounded with many cafes, restaurants and pastry shops, all shadowed by a huge plane tree. The second is paved with marble, has a statue of the “Unknown Sailor” and an amazing view of the sea and the rest of the town.
It is the best place to go to see the beautiful Venetian-style stone bridge connecting Andros Town to a little islet supporting the remains of an old castle.
Gavrio is the main port connecting Andros Island to Rafina, which can be quite simple and picturesque when the traffic calms down. It was primarily for many years a fishing village but it has slowly developed into a tourist location. You will find many restaurants, tavernas, bars, cafeterias, hotels, camping locations and rooms for rent. Visit the many fine golden sand beaches, picturesque villages and the old tower of Agios Petros.
Batsi offers visitors beautiful sandy beaches, small picturesque harbours and hidden coves. It too was once a fishing village but now it is the touristy place of Andros, making it the major resort of the island. This attractive little town has little red-tiled colored houses, which have been built amphitheatrically, and encircles a bay with a lovely fishing harbour at its south end and a nice sandy beach at the other side. Here you will find all the expected and necessary comforts: taverns, ouzo shops, nighttime entertainment, hotels, and many shops, just to name a few.
The picturesque village of Korthi is still relatively unspoiled and slowly walking up to its tourist potential. Situated on a large sandy bay, it is cut off from the rest of the island by a high bridge and looks like a little oasis, calm and friendly. The “School of the Holy Trinity”, the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos and the churches of Theoskepasti and Agios Giannis are worthy of a visit.
Korthiou, and its village of Ormos is a small, attractive town ideal for relaxation and at the same time, it offers a plethora of entertainments options. Here you will also find shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and a host of accommodations. There are three sandy beaches surrounding Ormos: Milos beach where you can learn to windsurfing, Vidgi-Agia Ekaterinis beach and the distinctive beach called “Tis Grias to Pidima”, translated, The Old Lady’s Leap. Traverse some of the old traditional footpaths to discover picturesque pigeon-houses, unique watermills, a gorge and the beautiful Venetian castles.
For those who enjoy museums, there are the ones of modern art, archaeology, maritime and folklore and Christian art. You can also visit the Kairis Library, the Kydonieos Institute and the Zoodochos Pigi Monastery while you’re here.
Whatever your pleasure, come to Andros and fulfill your dreams of a wonderful vacation in the isles of Greece.