Andros Island Travel Guide
Aladinou cave 2011 - mind your heads!
Aladinou cave 2011 - mind your heads!
Admiring little speleologists
Pyrgaki, a quiet and clean beach
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...
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),
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...
Hamlets near Kaparia
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...
Ready for a trek ?
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...
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...
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...
Holy fountain and chapel
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...
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...
Stamatis: 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...
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...
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...
"For Andros, catch your boat from Rafina only"
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:...
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...
Lygizos: what to buy
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.
Written Oct 11, 2007
Winds of trouble
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).
Written Aug 30, 2006
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...
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...
Hiking in old Andros paths
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.
Written Jan 29, 2008
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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...
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