Andros Island Travel Guide

  • Batsi sea shore, Andros island
    Batsi sea shore, Andros island
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  • seaview, Chora Andros island
    seaview, Chora Andros island
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  • bokamvillia, Batsi, Andros island
    bokamvillia, Batsi, Andros island
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Andros Island Things to Do

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    The visit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, established by the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation is a must! Apart from the permanent collection, the museum hosts very interesting exhibitions that make Athenians want to visit just for that!

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  • Statue of "the Unseen Sailor"

    When in Chora, visit the large statue of the Sailor, dedicated in the memory of all sailors lost at sea.Walking towards the statue, you can observe old traditional mansions and house of sailor or captain families.

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  • Chora (town)

    Chora is the biggest settlement of Andros, like a capitalWhat is different about it, compared to other 'capitals" in the Greek islands, is that in Andros Chora is really like a traditional town. It is vibrant, cultural and sophisticated.

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  • Exploring

    the usual first thing to do is to explore....Getting around at Batsi is easy and walking is enjoyable

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  • Batsi - first stop

    Batsi is the establishment closest to the port of Andros.The village spreads by the sea shore, so everything can be found within walking distance: the beach, cafes, restaurants, taverns, local crafts

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  • Guardia(n) of the straits

    The Cavo Doro straits between Andros and Euboea are still an important passage for ship traffic between the Bosphorus and other parts of the Med. Old maps show a "Guardia" location, where the third (in order of assumed importance) of the island's Venetian fortresses stands (in a rather miserable condition today). In Greek it is called Pyrgaki...

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  • Explore the island

    Explore the beaches there are more than 100 beaches to visit around the islandVisit the museums on the islandVisit the monasteries

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  • Green valley

    There is no surface water flowing in this small valley near Kaparia but nevertheless, water is flowing discreetly underground and brings enough moisture for growing oleander and tamaris, even willows with the grayish foliage (Salix cinerea, grey willow),

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  • Dovecots

    Most of the dovecots stand in the south, between Kaparia and Korthi. While dovecots in neighboring Tinos are famous, those in Andros are little known. In both islands, they were introduced by the Venetians. They are always square towers 5-6 meters high. Small turrets stand on each corner. The openings are made with thin slates that draw various...

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Andros Island Restaurants

  • Oldest and still best

    The oldest restaurant in Batsi and still the best!! Great service, delicious food and quaffable wine. All at prices that are easy on the pocket. Managed and cooking by the son of the founder, his family and friends - all with a real interest in maintaining the deserved good name of the establishment. Kleftiko - it's specially prepared every...

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  • what to eat

    Stamatis tavern and Mpelalis restaurant are two nice restaurants at Mpatsi. “Balconi of The Agean” has great view at Aprovato but we liked the food too. I found good food in many places. I tried some local cheeses. A nice local plate is the cock with large pasta. I also liked meat balls with potatoes or vegetables. Delicious! Of course I ate the...

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  • Bathe before, not after

    Vitali is a small pebbled beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. After a seabathe there it is a short walk to the local restaurant, and it is worth enjoying a meal while gazing at the beach. Vegetables and other meal ingredients are produced locally, just next to the place itself. For me the best time to visit is late August, after the winds have...

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Andros Island Nightlife

  • Entertainment & Arts - Nightlife

    Enjoy your drink or coffee with a magnificent viewof Andros Island & the Aegean Sea!!!Internet Cafe!!!Sports Events on giant screens!!!

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  • Entertainment & Arts - Nightlife

    Enjoy your drink or coffee with a magnificent viewof Andros Island & the Aegean Sea!!!Internet Cafe!!!Sports Events on giant screens!!!

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  • Andros by night!

    Go to Batsi if you want to dance and have fun with other tourists. Here during summer you will find many cafes/pubs and clubs to spend the night dancing or just relaxing with a drink. I prefer Hora though, only some nice cafes/pubs with local people. This keeps away many people but I prefer it this way, see the nightlife of the local community.The...

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Andros Island Transportation

  • "For Andros, catch your boat from Rafina...

    It could sound "strange", but Andros is the only Aegean island not connected to the port of Piraeus, the biggest port of Greece!The reason: the port of Rafina is much more closer to Andros (name of the port: Gavrio), than the Piraeus one!For information on Andros: www.andros.grEnjoy your holidays!

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  • how to go there and move around

    There are 3 or 4 daily boats from Rafina port in Attika in the summer. Unfortunatelly not so many off season. The boat reaches Andros after 2 hours arriving at Gavrio port. Usually the boat serves Mykonos and Tinos too so in high season you find it already full on your way back to Athens.You can rent a car to explore the island although there are...

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  • Waiting for a miracle bridge?

    The good thing is the local boat services, everyday in summer and less frequently in the rest of the year. Leaving Rafina port (east Athens) between 17:00 and 19:15, it is the best way to avoid crowded conditions, which is not the case in daytime services that also serve Tinos and Mykonos islands. We all wish there were local services also in the...

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Andros Island Shopping

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    some of Lygizos' sweets

    by mindcrime Written Oct 11, 2007

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    This great shop in HORA had many tasty local sweets. I gave a small fortune but many people got happy back home! :) The variety is great and you really have to go there. It’s situated in the central commercial street.

    In Hora you will find some other small stores with tiny things that are great for souvenirs. At Batsi you will find the typical touristic stuff (magnets , small caps, etc). I bought some sweets at Gavrio port too.

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Andros Island Local Customs

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    Laskaris amigdalota, Chora, Andros island

    by EviP Written Jan 24, 2014

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    Amigdalota is a traditionaλ desert of Cyclades islands, with almond paste and covered with icing sugar.
    I believe Andros has the best of all Cyclades!

    Here are a few pastry shops where the best can be found:

    Laskaris & Zairis in Chora
    Womens cooperative of Batsi , in Batsi
    Zannakis in Gavrio (port0

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Andros Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by Yank_o Written Aug 30, 2006

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    The winds can be really strong. Be careful when opening the doors of your parked car - you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
    Also, when in Andros town, avoid swimming at the Paraporti beach (the one to the south) when the waves are high. It is safer to take the one to the north (Niborio).

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Andros Island Off The Beaten Path

  • A cave for short people

    Kids and short people, if not claustrophobic of course, will have more fun than others in the relatively unknown Aladinou Cave, near the Aladinou village of middle Andros. The cave is not very big and the stalactites /-gmites are not too impressive, but the available spaces for exploring it are rather short, hence kids move around more easily (they...

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  • Arvanites

    While I was searching in depth information about Andros, I learned that in the northern part of Andros ten villages were populated by Arvanites. At the same time, I learned that Arvanites were of Albanian origin (mostly Christian orthodox) and were commissioned by the Byzantines to settle in regions that had been depopulated for various reasons....

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  • Ahla, a beautiful beach

    I was shocked the first time I saw this beach! After a hard drive for about 10km of dirt road (the jeep did his job!) we saw this picturesque golden sand line next to blue green waters. Nothing around but the small church Saint Nicholas where some romantic couple choose to get married. If you have a car it's really worth try visit this beach.From...

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Andros Island Sports & Outdoors

  • by tatiana.d Written Jan 29, 2008

    When Andros inhabitants used to go around on foot or donkeys only, they used special cobbled paths connecting locations and villages. Several of them have been preserved, restored and signposted. Their lenght and difficulty varies (1-4 hours).

    Equipment: Trekking shoes and water are necessary.

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Andros Island Favorites

  • Paleokastro

    This word means "old castle". Kohilou castle was built on the top of that hill (600 m high) between 1207-1233. It was the most powerful mediaeval town of the island. It is also the place where an old woman fell to the sea (see the tip "To pidima tis grias" on the travelolgue). The view of the Aegean Sea from there is extraordinary.

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  • Somewhere in northern Andros...

    There are no people, cars or any other sign of our civilization at this point. Sometimes, like that particular one, whatever you see dominates all thoughts...

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  • Zoodohos Pigi

    It is the biggest monastery, 8 km south of Gavrio. It was built in the 14th century and has a glorious past. In old times more than 100 monks were living there. Nowadays, only a few nuns take care of the treasures of the monastery, as its rich library, old hand-written texts, precious icons...

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Explore Deeper into Andros Island
Hamlets near Kaparia
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Ready for a trek ?
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Amazing structure
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Threshing floor
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Holy fountain and chapel
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Scattered housing
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Green island
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Dry stonewalls
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Small chapel
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Andros landscape
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Farmed terraces
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Korthi, a seaside town
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Andros (Hora), the capital
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Beach “Grias’ Pidima” (The jump of the old lady!)
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Nice beaches
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Batsi, the touristic spot
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Gavrio, the port
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Old Tower
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Archaeological museum in the Hora
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Castle in the Hora
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Mountain villages
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Giant sailor statue in Hora
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Old Lady's Jump
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Not so fast...
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Froutalia!
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New ships...
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Ateni
Off The Beaten Path
A lighthouse
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Korthi
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Apoikia
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The tower of Bistis-Mouvelas
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Batsi
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Panahradou Monastery
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Loft of pigeons
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