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...more
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...more
The two photos show two different villages (or hamlets ?) in the south of the island, near Kaparia. As almost everywhere on the island, the terraces are well farmed and maintained but in this area there are more trees than cornfields. They look dark green, which means that they are not are not olive trees that would look grayish green as it is too...more
Andros has numerous trails, some are still in use, when they lead to houses or to farmed terraces. Others, like the one on the first photo are more or less abandoned but nevertheless should make superb treks with such a great landscape!The second photo shows a part of dry stonewall with a standing stone that has been arranged to provide a small...more
I took the photos of this amazing structure not far from Apothikes bay. It uses the same slates of schist as the dry stonewalls. It is 4-5 meters high and 10-15 m long. A first series of standing stones hold large horizontal slabs that hold several pillars made of dry stone themselves (except one which is a single slab). These pillars holds a...more
Close to the chapel, a superb threshing floor, the best I ever seen, with standing slabs of stone around, had obviously been recently abandoned as it was still in perfect condition but had not been used for the recent harvest that had taken place a few weeks before our visit (first photo).The second photo shows the threshing floor with the chapel...more
This holy fountain and chapel stands inland to Apothikes bay, on the roadside (first photo)There are several stone (or concrete!) tables and benches that are most likely designed for a pilgrimage. We found that the one that were shaded were perfect for a picnic! (second photo)The third photo shows a vaulted passage that leads to the rear part of...more
Besides the towns and villages, the habitat is highly scattered, which means that water is easily available.The first photo shows a white washed house standing alone on a terrace.The second photo shows a chapel standing equally alone on another terrace.The third photo shows a couple of houses, most probably a whole family, not really a hamlet.The...more
Andros is said to be the greenest of the Cyclades and indeed it is.The first photo shows that though in August, some of the terraces are bright green. Sorry, I do not know what is the crop. May be Lucerne to feed the animals. On the second photo, there are only a few green terraces (on the right) as on the others are corn fields that have been...more
In the south of the island, the dry stonewalls are very peculiar. The stones available are schist, almost slates.The first photo shows that every 7-8 meters, a large piece of schist stands vertically. Between these vertical slates, the dry stonewall is built in the usual way.The second and the third photos are close up the show better how this is...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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...more
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.
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).
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...more
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....more
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...more
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.
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.more
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...more