Andros is the northernmost of the Cyclades islands. It is second in size after Naxos and is located between Euboia - which it is separated by the Cavo D'Oro(Cape Caphereus)- and Tinos island. It is a mountainous island, blessed with verdant slopes full of citrus and olivetrees, waterfalls, mountain streams and numerous high quality water springs.
According to the Greek mythology the island got it's name from the first settler Andros, a hero of Olympic gods descent. Other names were also used in the course of history: Hydroussa, Nonagria and Lasia, all homage to the rich flora and water springs found on Andros. It was during the Classical Age that Andros showed first signs of flourishing civilization with its capital at the site of present day Paleopolis. The favored god was Dionysios with a great celebration in his honor where "water was turn to wine" taking place every third year the first ten days of January. In 133 BC Andros is taken by the Roman Empire and in 1270 passes to Venice and sees the construction of forts and towers, the Lower For in Chora being the most important and the Upper Fort in Kohilou. This period sees about 5 centuries of economic growth as it becomes an important centre of silk textile trade industry.
From the Greek mainland ferries services run daily from Rafina. (Andros is not directly connected to Piraeus.) Andros is also connected by normal ferry to other islands, such as Mykonos (2 hours and a quarter), Paros (4 hours) ,Tinos (1 hour and a half), Naxos (4 hours), Syros (2 hours).
You may travel to Andros island mainly by ferry which connects the Rafina port (5km from Athens main airport) to the island main port at Gavrio. The distance is 37 nautical miles and the trip time is two hours. There is frequent and convenient every day service including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (except Christmas day and Eastern Sunday). The ferries are of closed type departing from Rafina in the morning hours between 7AM and 8AM while they return from Andros to Rafina at 3PM to 4PM. During spring and summer there are afternoon trips as well.
You may also reach the island by private helicopter which may land either at Gavrio or at Hora. There are private helicopter services at Athens which may be reached for such a trip.
The travel in the island can be done by:
- bus services connecting specific villages
- taxi services at Gavrio, Batsi, Hora, Korthi
- rent car services at Gavrio, Batsi or Hora
- rent motor bike or bicycle services at Gavrio, Batsi, Hora
You may also use your own car by transporting it via the ferries.
Useful phone numbers:
- Rafina Port Authority: +30 2294 028888
- Andros Port Authority, +30 2282 022250.
- Andros Bus Service +30 2282 022316,
The island is also connected through ferries - Alpha Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, and catamarans Sea Jets, Hellenic Seaways with Tinos and Mykonos islands. Trip time to Tinos is 01:00 hours and to Mikonos 01:45 hours.
Andros island is a completely different and unique island waiting to be explored. It offers unforgettable moments of pleasure with its high and craggy mountains, deep green and fertile valleys, the water falls, rivers, fountains, plateaus, terraced farmlands, slopes filled with fig trees, olive trees, capers, wild flowers as well as the sandy beaches with the crystal clear waters, all together make it the ideal place for relaxing and enjoyable vacations.
The whole island is a paradise for walkers as you can visit it by means of a large and well maintained network of footpaths most of them being the old main roads for the locals.
Museums of modern art, nautical, archaeological and local traditional interest.
On shore or on boat fishing.
Local traditional dance and dining events.
Old oil and flour water mills.
ScubAndros, Kypri Bay - Gavrio (At Hotel Perrakis), . 09.00 to 18.00. A great dive center that goes to the famous Vouvi Wreck outside Agios Petros. They give international dive licences and do scuba experience dives for beginners. Recently they began doing boat trips and snorkeling excursions.edit
Numerous religious feasts used to be celebrated in Andros in the past. On villages' patron saint days,
there would be a ceremony followed by a "greeting tour" of the village, where participants were welcome into
the inhabitants homes and offered everything from sweets to fruit and tsipouro, including a full meal, and celebrations would continue well into the day. Nowdays, these festivities called "panegyria" are mostly organized by local "cultural societies" and usually take place in the villages' square or in the church patio, where locals and guests meet each other and enjoy.
Most notable feasts: 15th Aug Ammoloxos church (9 km from Gavrion), 23rd Aug Varidi school (13 km from Gavrion),
'Easter Monday Tromarchia (30km from Gavrion), 27th July on St. Pandeleimon chapel at Katakilos, 5th Friday of Lent (acathyst hymn) at the Church of Our Lady Theoskepasti in Chora
The island has more than 100 beaches the majority of which are accessible by car. They are beautiful, unspoilt beaches around the island so you will enjoy swimming under all weather conditions.
The most vibrant beaches which are the prefferable choice by lots of visitors and young people are Aghios Petros, Psili (or Chrissi)Ammos and Kypri bay. They are organised beaches with beach bars ,all day live party and water sports.
From the rest of beaches the most notable are Vitali, Zorkos, Apothikes, Plaka, Steno, Grias Pidima, Sineti, Mesa - Exo Gialia, Ahla, Vori, Lefka, Ateni, Vlihada, Pisolimionas, Felos, Liopessi, Batsi.
Don't worry if you want to swim nude, There are nudism free beaches.
Prefferably use a 4X4 vehicle and you will be able to visit all vehicle accessible beaches of the island.
Don't miss to try local dairy products such as Volaki and Kopanisti cheese, as well as pork derivatives Louza and Sausage.
Dont miss the froutalia dish which is scrabbled eggs with fried potatoes and local sausage.
Andros produces a variety of home made sweets using local fruits.
Capper is another local product. You may notice many capper plants around the island near by the beaches or on the rocks in the main land.
For meat lovers the local meat is delicious and you should try before leaving the island. There are local restaurants which serve only local meat dishes.
Cyclades Restaurant, Kypri Bay - Gavrio (At Hotel Perrakis), ☎ 0030 22820 71456, . 13.00 - 23.00. Situated on the second floor of Hotel Perrakis this restaurant offers very good food with fresh sea food with exceptional views of the Aegean Sea. Good for after the beach lunch and romantic dinners.aprox. 20 euros per person. edit
Kypri Beach Bar, Kypri Bay - Gavrio (in front of Hotel Perrakis), ☎ 0030 22820 71456, . A beautiful beach with a great beach bar. Run by Hotel Perrakis it offers high standards of service. Nice lounge music, good food, and refreshing cocktails, make this beach the place to be. edit
You may try the local sumada light alcoholic drink.
Barrio Bar, Batsi. 21:00 til late. The best cocktails on the island. A must place. Good music, breathtaking views of Batsi, beautiful people, and of course, the famous cocktail list. edit
Krinos Art Cafe, Andrea Empeirikou Street,Batsi (6km from the port of Gavrio), . 8:00-22:00. At Krinos Art Café - a place of cordial reception and rest and a venue dedicated to art, culture and taste- one can energise himself with fresh juices, high quality coffee, healthy beverages, homemade liqueurs and sweets, as well as mouth-watering organic treats, surrounded by selected atmospheric music. Awarded Greek breakfast is offered at Krinos Art Cafe everyday from 8:00-11:00 and you can choose to enjoy your breakfast in the garden of the hotel that overlooks the sea or in the beautiful interior breakfast room. The products used for the breakfast are mostly local. Whenever this is not possible, products from other parts of Greece are served, preferring those of fair trade. Some of the delicacies you will find in the breakfast buffet are: kneaded bread with yeast, homemade cookies and cakes, amygdalota, strapatsada, cherry tomatoes, plateau of Greek cheeses, (volaki from Andros, soft local cheese , fresh myzithra, petroti and kopanisti from the island) and cured meats, organic yoghurt, fresh fruit, local honey, homemade Krinos marmalades (strawberry, bitter orange, fig, bergamot, orange, apricot, blackberry, quince). The Art Cafe is open until 22:00 serving delicious homemade italian pizza and an amazing green salad with a unique bergamot salsa. You must try the delicious ice cream, which you can taste on its own or combined with the mouthwatering chocolate fondant. Don't forget to ask about the dessert of day. Homemade pannacotta with fresh raspberry coulis is to die for. edit
Private traditional house in Andros, Andros, Greece, (003022820 71456, fax: 003022820 71459), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Greek traditional house with 2 bedrooms one sitting room and dinning room, one big kitchen, parking. There is washing machine for your convenience. Also, big veranda. Sea view 45EUR. edit
Andros Prive Suites, PO box 19, Kypri, 84501, Andros, Greece (located at Kypri village 3kms from Gavrio port), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Andros Prive Suites is an upper class escape for elite adult only guests. It includes four independent spacious suites three of them double floored and one single floored with private furnished verandas and respect to the privacy of their inhabitants, offering uninterrupted breathtaking views of the Aegean sea. They are individually decorated while are harmonically blended in the landscape of the 4500 squares meters plot within terraces, patios, stony walkways and gardens of olive trees, palm trees, bougainvilleas, roses, lavenders and jasmines.Lowest price 150€/suite. edit
Hotel Perrakis, Kypri Bay - Gavrio (2.8 km from Gavrio), ☎ 0030 22820 71456, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. The most famous hotel in Andros. Offers very nice rooms all overlooking the sea. A good breakfast on a veranda over the sea, and the trendy Cyclades restaurant. The pool and beach are ideal for cooling off during the summer. They do many trekking tours and scuba diving excursions. Ask for free transfer from the port.40 euros to 140 euros for a double room with breakfast. edit
Krinos Suites Hotel, Andrea Empeirikou Street, Batsi (6km from the port of Gavrio), ☎ tel: +3022820 42038, fax: +30 22820 41787, email: email@example.com, url: www.krinoshotel.com, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Krinos Suites Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel, located in the picturesque coastal village of Batsi, the heart of the Cycladic island of Andros. Easily accessible, Krinos Suites Hotel is located inside the historical centre, 20 metres from a beach and a few minutes’ walk from restaurants and bars of the area. The carefully restored main building boasts unique architectural elements of the 19th century, when it used to function as a sericulture workshop. During the 20th century it was transformed into a hotel unit under the name Krinos meaning lilly of the sea, a name inspired by the scented lilies flourishing in the nearby beach. The hotel operated successfully for several years and has paid host to famous guests, artists and seekers of the Aegean beauty, from all over the world. The sight of a derelict building with such a magnificent and historical past was the main inspiration behind the effort to revive its original function. In 2007, an architect and an archaeologist, a couple in real life, decided to unite in business life as well and joined forces together with their love for the island, their creativity, and passion to inspire others, in order to bring this beautiful building back to life. The design of Krinos Suites Hotel is a blend of relaxing elements and style of the original building. Smooth hues add a welcoming touch of the Cyclades; but above all, Krinos Suites Hotel is a canvas upon which visitors can colour their island dreams. 96€-300€. edit
Niriides Hotel, St. Peter Beach (2km from Gavrio), ☎ +3022820 71600, . Luxurious apartments-suites of 4-6 beds each, with spacious areas, many verandas and a panoramic view of the sea, at 50 meters away from the quite clean sea, air-conditioning, heating, kitchen, TV set, internet, spacious parking and room service on a daily basis.edit