Andros – Amazing getaway with stunning beaches and ancient history

Andros Greece is one of the Cyclades islands with the shortest distance to Athens, just a few hours ferry ride away. For many reasons it has become one of the most popular Greek islands with virgin beaches, great mountains and quaint villages hidden around in a lush green landscape.

  1. Why Visit Andros Greece?
  2. Where is Andros Greece?
  3. What is Andros Greece Famous for?
  4. What to Do in Andros Greece?
  5. Dipotamata Gorge and River
  6. Sariza Spring
  7. Andros Beach Guide
  8. Best Beaches in Andros
  9. Weather and Climate in Andros
  10. Andros – How to Get There?
  11. What to See in Andros Greece?
  12. Most Important Sights in Andros
  13. History of Andros
  14. Museums in Andros

Andros Greece is a perfect travel destination if you are looking for a getaway not far from Athens. Even though, Andros have many tourists during the summer season it is keeping its charming and unspoiled vibe.

Why visit Andros Greece?

Chora Andros is standing out for its beautiful mansions and cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is the capital of the island, where the Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles live side by side in harmony with the modern side of town. Chora Andros is your introduction to getting to know the past of Andros, while you will have to spend some days around the picturesque villages to utterly understand the spirit of Andros.

Where is Andros Greece?

Map of Cyclades Archipelagos
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Andros is the northernmost island of the Greek Cyclades archipelago, about 10 km southeast of Evia, and about 3 km north of Tinos. It is nearly 40 km long, and its widest point is 16 km. Most of Andros island is mountainous, and unlike other barren Cyclades islands it is lush with many fertile valleys and scenic natural landscapes. The area is 380 km2 altogether.

What is Andros Greece famous for?

Andros Greece is famous for its Sariza spring at Apoikia where the water runs out of a lionhead. Paleopolis, the ancient capital, was built into a steep hillside, and its harbour’s breakwater can still be seen underwater. The largest towns are Andros Chora, Gavrio, Batsi, and Ormos Korthiou.

What to do in Andros Greece?

Hiking and trekking in Andros

Hiking trail in Andros

Andros island is a perfect hiking choice with its lush valleys, the green gorge with its river and several interesting historical sites and castles. Walk or hike along ancient and medieval paths and enjoy its rich flora and fauna. Andros is a natural paradise with hiking paths crossing groves of olive trees, walnut trees, oak trees, and chestnut trees. Info about hiking in Greece

Scuba diving in Andros

Diving at Semiramis wreck near Vori beach in Andros

Discover the majestic depths of Andros by making a journey to the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea in this northernmost island of the Cyclades and have a unique diving experience.
Wrecks, reefs, caves, rocky small islands, walls, spectacular biodiversity and tense underwater life will amaze and give you an unforgettable experience.
ScubAndros is in Kypri Bay, 2.5 km from Gavrio port and 4 km from Batsi, viewing the beach. Every day, two dives are taking place in various selected diving spots. Scuba experience programs (fun dives) and dive training programs of all levels are available.
Scuba Andros – Kypri Beach, Gavrion 84501, Greece
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Dipotamata Gorge and River

Dipotamata is a river-basin of great natural beauty, with a length of about 7 km, on the south-east side of Andros, between Syneti, Paleokastro and Kochylou. Even though water is sparse these days, in Dipotamata it does not stop even in drought periods. The natural environment is unspoiled since the traffic has stopped for the last 35 years. Therefore, the vegetation is very thick with a great variety of trees and bushes. The whole area is a shelter for many species of animals, such as weasels, badgers, hares, snakes, and birds.

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Sariza Spring

The Sariza Spa in Andros is recommended for obesity, gravel, diabetes, stones in kidney, liver disorders. The method of treatment is drinking the bottled water. Info about thermal springs and spas in Greece

Andros Beach Guide

In Andros you will find beaches in any style you may wish for, both organized and not, popular or remote, some far away where you will need a car and other beaches reachable only by boat.

Best Beaches in Andros

Partly organized

  • Vitali beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 35 km north of Chora
  • Chrissi Ammos beach – Sandy, family friendly, water sports, located 30 km west of Chora
  • Agios Petros beach – Sandy, family friendly, water sports, located 30 km west of Chora
  • Batsi beach – Sandy, family friendly, water sports, located 22 km west of Chora
  • Kipri beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 28 km west of Chora
  • Ormos beach – Pebbled, windsurfing, located 20 km east of Chora
  • Near Chora beach – Pebbled, in walking distance from Chora
St. Peters beach (Agios Petros beach) in Andros, Cyclades, Greece
St. Peters beach
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Weather and climate in Andros

Average sea and air temperature in Andros in °C

In Andros, the temperatures are rather mild all year round, even in the mountainous areas of island.

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Andros – How to get there?

There is no airport in Andros. The easiest way to travel to Andros is by ferry from Rafina port, and not from the big port in Piraeus. You will find that Rafina port is situated rather close to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, and the bus transport from the airport to Rafina port lasts approx. 30 minutes. Andros is also interconnected with other Cyclades islands by ferry, for example Mykonos and Tinos.

What to see in Andros Greece?

Chora Andros at sunset, Andros, Cyclades, Greece
Chora Andros at sunset

Andros has a long history since prehistoric times and therefore you will find some interesting sites, like Paleopolis, the ancient capital of Andros, the temple of Zagora and the prehistoric settlement of Plaka. Besides, Andros has some amazing museums, where you can dive into the local culture.

Most important sights in Andros

Paleopolis (‘old city’) of Andros

A view of Paleopolis, Andros, Cyclades, Greece
View from the sight of Paleopolis in Andros

From the archaic to the first Byzantine period, the center of the island’s activities is traced to the area of Paleopolis, which is found on the west side of the island, at a distance of 5 km from Ipsili and 10 km from Zagora. The ceramic findings, which were gathered from the area, are dated back to the Mycenean period, though some remains show signs of inhabitation during the Geometric period.

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The temple of Zagora

At Zagora, south of Paleopolis, is one of the most important geometric temples to have been discovered anywhere in Greece. One section of the complex dates to the 10th-8th centuries B.C.

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Castle (Kastro) of Faneromenis

Kastro Faneromenis is one of the most characteristic sights on Andros. It is situated on a peak near Kochylou, which is the access point as well. It is a Medieval castle (even though it seems there are signs of Roman fortifications) built for protection from the pirates, who ravaged the Aegean Sea islands at the time. The position is ideal; inaccessible and at the same time giving a panoramic view of the sea.

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History of Andros

After the battle of Salamis, Themistocles made war on Andros, which had supported the Persians, but it did not become a dependency of Athens until sometime later.

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Museums in Andros

The Basil & Elise Museum of Modern Art in Andros opened in the early 1980s. This museum is one of its kind in Greece and has an international reputation.
The museum highlights works by sculptor Michalis Tombros as well some of the most famous Greek artists.

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The Andros Archaeological Museum has finds from the Geometric settlement at Zagora, and inscriptions collection, as well as pieces from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.

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The Archaeological Collection of Paleopolis features sculpture, reliefs, and inscriptions from Classical to Roman times.

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