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.
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?
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
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
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
Info about scuba diving in Greece
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.Read more
The gorge in Dipotamata is crossed by a wide slated cobbled road (the only road connecting Korthi with Chora till 1950). In the intersecting point with the river, there is an arch-shaped bridge and occasionally small fountains. There are also other narrow step-like paths connecting the other villages of the area with the fields and the water mills.
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
- 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
- Tis Grias to Pidima beach – Sandy, located 1 km north of Ormos, 21 km east of Chora
- Zorkos beach – Sandy, secluded, located 40 km north of Chora
- Fellos beach – Sandy, nudism friendly, located 35 km northwest of Chora
- Achla beach – Sandy, secluded, located 10 km north of Chora
- Halkolimionas beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 20 km southwest of Chora
- Vlychada beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 40 km northwest of Chora
- Chora beach – Pebbled, in walking distance from Chora
- Gialia beach – Pebbled, located 2 km north of Chora
- Piso Gialia beach – Sandy, located 3 km north of Chora
- Agios Sostis beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 40 km from Chora
- Pyrgos beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 35 km northwest of Chora
- Kaminaki beach – Sandy, secluded, located 40 km northwest of Chora
- Kourtali beach – Sandy, secluded, located 35 km west of Chora
- Megali Peza beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 45 km northwest of Chora
- Mikri Peza beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 45 km northwest of Chora
- Pisolimionas beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly, located 40 km northwest of Chora
Weather and climate in Andros
In Andros, the temperatures are rather mild all year round, even in the mountainous areas of island.Read more
The temperatures remain pleasant during the hot summer months, because of the strong winds blowing from the north (meltemia winds), and the many waterfalls on Andros help cooling down the atmosphere. The warmest part of the island is the west coast (from Steno to Gavrio) since the winds are hitting the east coast. Among all the Cyclades islands Andros is the one receiving most rain during the winter season, you might even experience snow in the mountains in January and February. Best season to visit Andros is during spring and Easter, before the touristy high season. Best prefer weekdays instead of weekends, since the Athenians like use Andros as their weekend hub.
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?
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
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.Read more
Important findings of the area, which date back to the 6th century B.C., show that the city experienced considerable prosperity during the Archaic period. Construction in the area, according to the most recent findings, began during the beginning of the 5th century B.C. and continued through the old Christian times.
The area of the city is evident since the fortification of the area is visible along its length and in some areas is extremely high. The center of Paleopolis (or Agora) was located near the coastline, towards the east, which was near the port, whose remains are still evident today submerged in the sea. On the outskirts of town to the East and West, one will find the cemeteries. From the remains, the many sculptures, and written sources, one can see that the city was very well fortified and not only had a marketplace but also had a theatre, altars, and temples.
From the 1st century C.E. the city began to decline although life continued throughout the 6th century C.E., as it is evident from the remains of pre-Byzantine basilica churches found in the area.
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.Read more
Zagora, 84500 Andros, Greece
Hours: April 1. to October 31.: 8:00am-7:00pm; Mondays: 12pm-7pm
November 1. to March 31.: 8:30am-3:00pm Closed on Mondays
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.Read more
Inside the castle you will find the impressive protective walls, which, in many places, are in a good condition. Also ruins from numerous structures, many of which are underground and visible only because the ceilings have collapsed. The legend says that through these tunnels there is a hidden passage to the nearby coast of Melissa.
Do not miss the special folklore festivities taking place in mid-August, by Panagia Faneromeni church, situated inside the castle.
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.Read more
In 338 B.C. it fell into the hands of Macedonia and after the defeat of Macedonia passed into Roman control. From A.D. 1207 Andros was ruled by the Venetians, and the island has many watchtowers dating from the period of Venetian rule. In the early 15th century, many Albanians settled in the north of the island, and their descendants preserved their own language until the 20th century. Andros was occupied by the Ottomans in 1566 and remained under Ottoman rule until its incorporation in the new kingdom of Greece in the 19th century.
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.
Basil & Elise Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, 6 P. Aravantinou Street, 84500 Andros, Greece
Hours: April 1. to May 31.: 10:00am-4:00pm Closed on Tuesdays
June 1. to September 19.: 10:00am-4:00pm Closed on Tuesday
September 20. to October 31.: 10:00am-4:00pm Closed on Tuesdays
November 1. to March 31.: 10:00am-2:00pm Closed on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Tip: Admission is discounted during the winter months.
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.Read more
Andros Archeological Museum, Plateia Kairi, 84500 Andros, Greece
Hours: 8:30am-3:00pm – Closed on Mondays and national holidays
Tip: Admission free on Sundays between November and March
The Archaeological Collection of Paleopolis features sculpture, reliefs, and inscriptions from Classical to Roman times.Read more
Archaeological Collection of Palaiopolis, Andros, Greece
Hours: 8:30am-3:00pm Closed on Mondays
Tip: Admission free on Sundays between November and March