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From cultural and historic delights to stunning beaches and exciting culinary offerings

there are plenty of choices both for those who are short of time and those who have more flexibility.

The ring road around the island

Follow the ring road around the island and make yourself familiar with the coastal areas, beaches, hills and island settlements.

A walk through picturesque Batsi

Experience a walk through picturesque Batsi, where the old meets the new in its characteristic narrow streets (stenies) and stone walls (aimasies). Observe the small traditional chapels and dovecotes surrounded by fully blossomed gardens and running streams. Follow the old stone road, to enjoy the serene atmosphere and admire some of the oldest most beautiful houses in the area. Don’t miss the chance to stop and taste the homemade delicacies at the traditional kafeneio where you can also participate in cooking lessons or screenings of documentaries. Once you are in Batsi, a visit to Krinos Suites Hotel is mandatory. This imposing building is a witness of the history of Batsi throughout the ages. Inside you will find rich photographic material and literature through which you can get acquainted with the attractive topography and history of the island in all its expressions. Adorable original features and artefacts from Krinos’ past carry the visitor to an emotional journey through its unique history. A walk at the beach will bring you back to the atmosphere of the historic movie Girls in the sun, which won four awards at the 1968 Thessaloniki Film Festival and was the official Greek submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 1970.
In the same year, the movie was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1970.

Open air Sanctuary of Zeus

Hike towards the imposing hill above Batsi, a place devoted to the worship of Zeus in prehistoric times, and head towards Katakoilos with its characteristic gorge and fantastic tavernas.

Paleopolis

Stroll through the ancient island capital of Paleopolis, where the local archaeological museum will provide insights of the past.

Chora

Set aside a considerable amount of time to wander in the neo-classical settlement of Chora, where you can admire its unique architectural style. On the buildings’ facades and entrances you can see their year of construction and coat-of-arms being displayed. Narrow streets and private courtyards, arched windows and ornate doors, roofs, pediments, and balconies with artistic iron bars, highlight the long history and cultural development of the town, which bears influences from the historical Venetian hegemony of the Aegean archipelago.
Distinguished foundations denote the financial wealth and sophistication of the town’s benefactors. This is evident in the number of Byzantine chapels & elaborate temples present, as well as the existence of the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and various galleries, exhibition spaces and cultural venues. The main square, covered by the shade of the perennial plane tree, is a meeting place for a cup of coffee and friendly chat. Further down the road one can find the Square of the Unknown Sailor, hosting a grand bronze statue commemorating the island’s historical naval supremacy, as well as the remains of the old Venetian castle.

Western Andros

Acquaint yourself with the ever-changing landscapes, picturesque settlements and scenic beaches of western Andros.

Northern and eastern Andros

Discover the picturesque settlements of northern and eastern Andros.

Blessed with many alluring beaches fringed with crystal clear waters, Andros combines pure tranquility with an absolute sophisticated experience.

Batsi:

A lovely sandy beach, a stone's throw from the hotel. For several consecutive years the beach in Batsi has been awarded the internationally acclaimed "Blue Flag", meeting strict criteria for water quality, environmental management and safety. Batsi beach is an organized beach with safe waters, ideal also for families with children. The facilities at the beach include sunbeds, umbrellas, cafés and tavernas.

Golden Beach:

The most famous beach of Andros located on the south coast in between Gavrio and Batsi. This is where everyone flocks to party all day and night.

Ag.Petros & Kypri:

Overlooking a superb stretch of golden sand in the south side of the island, these two beaches offer amazing experiences to their selective guests. With a variety of water activities such as SUP, Canoe Kayak, Kite surf, Water sports, Thai massage, and Pilates on the beach, Wesurfin' club, taking pride in their windsurfing world champion instructor George Fragos, offers all kinds of surf lessons. For those who seek an underwater adventure, Scubandros Dive Center will take you on a journey to the crystal clear waters of the Aegean and help you create a memorable diving experience exploring shipwrecks, reefs, caves, rocky small islands, walls, and spectacular biodiversity in underwater life.

Apothikes

This is the place to relax and enjoy the crystal sapphire waters of the Aegean. Located east of Batsi, this beach is of unparalleled beauty.

Achla, Zorkos and Vitali:

Three of the island's most beautiful beaches but not as easily accessible as others. Idyllic atmosphere and sense of complete freedom. Admire the natural beauty with the river flowing into the sea.

Beaches

  • Batsi (umbrellas & sunbeds, showers, cafés, restaurants)
  • Agios Petros Beach (umbrellas & sunbeds, showers, beach bar)
  • Golden Beach (umbrellas & sunbeds, showers, beach bar)
  • Fellos (restaurant)
  • Agia Marina (umbrellas & sunbeds, restaurant)
  • Stivari (restaurant)
  • Paleopoli
  • Ateni
  • Halkolimnionas (umbrellas & sunbeds, beach bar)
  • Apothikes (umbrellas & sunbeds, beach bar)
  • Gyalia (restaurant)
  • Piso Gyalia (umbrellas & sunbeds, beach bar)
  • Paraporti
  • Korthi
  • Tis Grias to Pidima
  • Achla (beach bar)
  • Vitali (umbrellas & sunbeds, taverna)
  • Zorkos (umbrellas & sunbeds, taverna)
  • Pisolimnionas
  • Leyka
  • Vori (shipwreck)
  • Gides
  • Mikri Peza
  • Megali Peza
  • and plenty more...

The island of Andros successfully combines the cosmopolitan character of a contemporary resort with strong cultural values, history and deeply rooted local traditions. This is evident from a wide range of museums, institutes, archaeological sites and buildings of exceptional beauty. The local authorities, in collaboration with private and public institutions, oversee and protect the indigenous cultural heritage and foster quality initiatives and events, making the island a pole of attraction for travellers.

Archaeological sites

Tower of Agios Petros ( around Gavrio )

pillar building of the 4th – 3rd BC; a fortress in a strategic location, safeguarding the area from enemy attack by sea.

Open air Sanctuary of Zeus (Area of Katakoilos)

prehistoric sanctuary dedicated to Zeus.

Geometric period settlement of Ypsili (Area of Aprovatou)

Fortified settlement 10th – 8th BC; you can see remains of house foundations, temples and the fortified citadel. It is an organised archaeological site.

Paleopoli (Area of Paleopoli)

A settlement which flourished between the classical (6th BC) and the early byzantine (6th AD) period; it was the capital of Andros and a large fortified settlement; remains of house foundations, temples and fortification walls are preserved. Important archaeological finds are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Andros.

Geometric period settlement of Zagora ( Area of Zagora )

Fortified settlement between 10th – 8th BC; parts of the strong fortifications still remain, together with houses, benches, storage units, courtyards and stables. There is evidence of earlier and later period settlements.

Strofillas ( Area of Strofillas )

Traces of prehistoric settlements (4th century BC); a cave painting of a shipwreck has been salvaged inside a cave.

Byzantine Churches

  • The Temple of Taxiarchis (Area of Messaria).
  • The Temple of Taxiarchis (Area of Melida).
  • The Temple of Taxiarchis (Area of Ypsilou).

Monasteries

Monastery of Agia (14th century A.D).

Dedicated to Zoodocho Pighi (around the area of Batsi).

Panachrantou Monastery (1442 A.D).

Dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary (access from the nearby village Ekso Vouni).

Museums

Archaeological Museum

Location: Andros Chora
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30-15:00 Monday closed
Tel: (+30) 22820 23664
Fax: (+30) 22820 23664

Archaeological Museum of Paleopoli

Location: Paleopoli
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30-15:00 Monday closed.
Tel: (+30) 22820 41985

Museum of Contemporary Art

Location: Andros Chora.
Opening hours:
Daily (except Tuesday), 10:00 – 14:00
During temporary exhibitions:
Daily (except Tuesday), 10:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 20:00
Sunday : 10:00-14:00
Tuesday closed.
Tel: (+30) 22820 23664
Fax: (+30) 22820 23664
Andros Chora: www.moca-andros.gr
E-mail: info@goulandris.gr

Nautical Museum of Andros

Location: Andros Chora.
Opening hours:Daily, 8:00 – 22:00
Tel: (+30) 22820 22275
Fax: (+30) 22820 24166

Kairis Library

Location: Andros Chora.
Opening hours: Daily 9:30-13:00, 18:30-20:30
Tel: (+30) 22820 22262
Fax: (+30) 22820 24504
E-mail: kaireios@otenet.gr

Kydonieos Foundation

Exhibitions of famous artists.
Location: Andros Chora.
Opening hours: Daily (except Tuesday), 10:00 – 14:00
Tel: (+30) 22820 24598
E-mail: kydoniefs@hol.gr

Folk Cultural Heritage Museum of Syneti

Location: Syneti, Municipality of Korthi.
Opening hours: Daily 9:00- 13:00 & 17:30-21:30
Tel: (+30) 22820 22954
Fax: (+30) 22820 61419
Andros Chora: www.korthi.gr

Olive Museum (Chelmis Olive Mill)

Location: Ano Pitrofos
Opening hours: Every Sunday from 10:00 till 12:00. You can also contact the museum to schedule a visit.
Tel: 6932 731776
Andros Chora: www.musioelias.gr
E-mail: info@musioelias.gr

Agadaki Tower

An 18th century stately home restored and now used for seminars and conferences as well as a cultural space for the exhibition of traditional agricultural tools. Together with the nearby traditional olive mill and the two natural water springs, this 8-acre plot offers the imagery of a traditional estate of the island.
Location: Apatouria, 5km north of Chora.
Tel: (+30) 22820 22262
Fax: (+30) 22820 24504
E-mail: kaireios@otenet.gr

Museum of Folk and Christian Art

The restored old ice factory presents a typical urban house of the island and is a fine example of industrial archeology, living history of machinery and working conditions of the past. The upper area of the building that served as an oil press is dedicated to Christian art from the 18th century to the early 19th century. The building is divided into three sub-units and has made a significant contribution to cultural awareness of post-Byzantine iconography in Andros.

For nature lovers and those looking for alternative activities, the island has several approved trails for hiking and biking, which can be enjoyed by visitors on their own or with experienced guides. These trips will reveal a less travelled side of the island, with abundant natural springs, watermills and windmills, charming stone houses and an unparalleled natural beauty. Deep gorges, green valleys, waterfalls and streams, running springs and sea caves, represent an island of myths, legends and explorations. There are 85 km of hiking trails in Andros, which include many interesting tours: (www.cycladen.be/AndrosEng.htm).
It is worth noting that the island's mountain area, enclosed between Kouvara,Vourkoti and Arni up to the gulf of Vitali, is protected by the network Natura 2000, the largest European network regarding protection of nature and biodiversity.
The mountainous area Kouvara-Petalo with the valley of Katakoilos - Batsi is characterized by its rich flora and thrive there, 80 species of endemic plants. The same area serves as a stopover for numerous species, since it is part of the bird migration trail, from Africa to northern Europe, and therefore is an ideal place for bird-watching.

Other areas worth visiting, in view of their outstanding natural beauty, are:

The gorge valley of Dipotamata at the steep slope of Mount Gerakones between settlements Syneti – Kohylou and Ekso- Mesa Vouni. Two rivers flowing in parallel from the mountain Gianissaio unify and flow into the bay of Syneti; an arched bridge, an old paved path and 22 watermills among lush vegetation set the scenery; a unique habitat for the survival of stavraetos (a greek bird specimen) and of a rare specimen of butterfly; thousands of them flock to the area in their reproduction season during spring.

The Remata Valley with its running waters, mills and beautiful vegetation.

The stream of Achla with its lush ravine with small waterfalls leading to small pools, colorful dragonflies and rich vegetation and a river surrounded by plane trees which flows into the idyllic beach of Achla.

The stream of Pithara with springs, ponds, lush vegetation and the natural water spring Sariza, on the route from Chora to Vourkoti, near the settlements Stenies - Apoikia.

The stream in the area Frousaious near the settlement of Amolochos, with its network of windmills, typical examples of pre-industrial technology.

Vori and Vitali bays, accessible from the village Arni, where ravines with lush vegetation flow into the beach.

Caves in the area of Aladinou, rich with stalactites and stalagmites, in Vitali, near the riverbed that flows into the bay.

The 15m. rock on the beach "Tis Grias to pidima" on the NE part of the island; according to a local myth, the rock represents an old lady who jumped into the sea, out of remorse, after her betrayal of the Greeks by leading the Turks inside the castle near the village Kohylou.

Indulge the mouth-watering delicacies of the traditional Greek cuisine and let yourself enjoy a delicious voyage across the Mediterranean. Enjoy cooking lessons where you can learn about the local herbs, cook and taste local recipes with the guidance and assistance of professionals. We promise that all the secrets of Greek cuisine will be revealed to its enthusiasts. If you could have a taste of the island, it would be a bitter almond, thyme honey and rosewater flavor. If you tried to smell it, it would be a lemon blossom, wild thyme, toasted marzipan scent.

Authentic flavors, homemade dishes, fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden, wild roosters that live freely on the island, delicious local lamb and fresh fish can please any palate. Don’t miss the chance to taste the famous fourtalia, which is an amazing traditional omellette, made with variations. The making of the cheese in Andros is a family affair. In most of the tavernas they will serve you their ‘own’ local cheese. Armeksia (the local soft cheese), petroti and volaki are three distinct types of cheese you won’t find elsewhere.

Once you are in Andros, you will notice that everybody on the island loves sweets. In the many - some very old - patisseries in Andros island, tradition meets urban pastry with European influences brought by the inhabitants that traveled all around the world. Amygdalota ( ground almonds , egg whites , rosewater ) being made since 1900, kaltsounia (mixed nuts, honey and spices , wrapped in foil and powdered ) , pastelia ( soft blend of nutty sesame and honey ), which in some places are served in lemon leaves, amazing ice cream flavors and numerous sweet preserves, belong to the most famous sweets of Andros.

In Andros, there is always a reason to celebrate

The Carnival, known as the Apokries, is a festive season which occurs about three weeks before the orthodox Easter. Throughout the Carnival season, people dress up and organise various events as well as competitions for best costume. One of the season's high points is Tsiknopempti when everyone enjoys roast beef dinners at tavernas or friends' homes before the start of the fasting period for Easter. The celebration of the carnival finishes with a grand street parade with parading troupes, floats, a treasure hunt and many events for children.

Greek Orthodox Easter in Andros is a unique experience, from the majestic Orthodox services held in the byzantine monasteries on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, to local customs like the procession of the Epitaph on Good Friday evening, and the maskoula where the old iron cannons are filled with gunpowder and are fired all afternoon on Easter Sunday. Don’t miss out on the traditional Easter Sunday lunch which includes the amazing labriatis, a local dish of lamb stuffed with vegetables and cheese and cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven for many hours.

Local festivals throughout the summer months, with the 15th August festival for the celebration of the Virgin Mary being the most popular of all, are a great opportunity to taste local dishes and enjoy local custom dances and fireworks at night.

The vine harvesting and the grape pressing happening in September is a great opportunity to participate in the creation of the grape must, the way it was done by the old inhabitants of the island. The grape crushing is carried out early in the morning in an internal or external winepress and finishes with the collection of the grape stalks in order to make the traditional tsipouro drink, an experience not to be missed.

At the end of autumn and before Christmas, you can experience an old custom of the Cyclades called Chirosfagia, which in Andros has maintained the original character of the celebration. Friends and relatives are invited to the "sacrifice" of a pig, accompanied by consumption of fresh snacks and abundant wine drinking. Once you’re there, you can learn how to prepare different kinds of sausages and then learn how to smoke them. The celebration lasts for three whole days of different activities, traditional cooking lessons and Greek island dances.

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