If you are looking for great beaches, small
friendly villages, culture, nightlife, good food and a real
"greek island" experience - Andros is the island
Andros is the 2nd largest island of the Cycladic group, and
remains green in most areas all year thanks to the abundance
of spring water on the island.
Easily reached from Rafina (2 hours be ferry), with daily
connections between Tinos and Mykonos, and regular connections
with Paros - making Andros a good choice for island hoppers.
The port of Gavrion bustles into life every time
there is a ferry, and there is a good choice of tavernas and
bars. There are several beaches nearby. A fairly regular bus
service provides connections between Gavrion, Batsi, Andros
Town and Korthi Bay.
The first village after Gavrion is the rapidly expanding
Agios Petros, which has a long wide beach, some parts with
shade, several tavernas and the Tower of Agios Petros (probably
the oldest structure on the island).
Between Agios Petros and the village and beach of Kypri is
the ever-popular Golden Sands beach - shallow water, soft
sand, shade and a beach bar.
Above the village of Kypri is the Monastery of Zoodochou
Pighi (Life Giving Spring). You can visit the monastery before
12.00 and after 17.00.
Seven kilometres from Gavrion is the village and
harbour of Batsi, probably the most popular resort on the
island due it’s long, sandy beach, the picturesque harbour
and the exceptionally good choice of tavernas, restaurants,
cafes, bars, and dance bars. Greek Sun Holidays and Auto
Europe car hire are both based in Batsi.
Greek Sun Holidays offers accommodation,
ferry tickets, information, exchange services, excursions,
Western Union, and much more. Auto Europe has new cars for
hire and what better way to explore the island. Both offices
are situated in the centre of Batsi and are open every day.
Batsi has a chemist, doctor, post office,
one bank, an open air cinema (high season only), moped hire,
mountain bike hire, water taxi, bakeries, supermarkets and
plenty of souvenir shops.
The main connecting road between Batsi and Andros Town (Hora),
the present day capital, passes by many of the island’s 80
villages. Paleopolis, the ancient capital,
which has a small museum and a beach which is reached by 1039
At the crossroads (Stavropeda), there is a route which leads
to the Geometrical site of Zagora, although all the findings
from the site are now in the Archaeological Museum in Hora.
Two roads lead off to Hora and to Korthi Bay. The road to
Hora passes through the villages of Pitrofos, Aladinou, by
Menites - a beautifully green village with natural springs,
Messaria and finally to Hora.
Hora is a residential town, with a wide variety of
shops and exceptional museums - the Arachaeological, the Modern
Art, Nautical and Folklore. Other places of interest are the
Kairis Library, the Kydonieo’s Institute and the statue of
the Unknown Sailor. Hora is flanked by the beaches of Paraporti
and Nimborio. Lydi beach and Gialia and Piso Gialia are all
within close proximity.
The villages of Stenies, Lamira, Apoikia (Sariza) are close
to Hora and well worth a visit.
There are three monasteries nearby - Saint Nicholas, Panachrandou
and Saint Marina - the first two are open daily for visitors.
To get to St Nicholas and St Marina, take the Nimborio beach
road away from Hora towards Apoikia. For the Panachrandou,
take the road from Hora which leads to Korthi Bay until you
reach the village of Exo Vouni.
Just outside Hora is the connecting road to Korthi
Bay - passing by the Sineti Gorge, the villages of Sineti
and Kochylou, the old site of Paleocastro (Old Castle). Dramatic,
barren scenery in direct contrast with the lushness and wealthiness
of Hora and it’s surrounding villages.
Korthi Bay has a good beach and
is a quiet, very well kept village with a good choice of tavernas.
The Melissa beach and the beach of the Old Woman’s Leap are
close to Korthi Bay. During high season, there is a water
taxi service and also a windsurfing school.
Beaches - there is such a choice! Not all
of them have tavernas, so take water.
What to do - Greek Sun Holidays offer a
good choice of excursions.
A guided island tour which covers a lot of the island, including
inland villages, a monastery, the capital town, the springs
at Menites, and Korthi Bay.
Carefully planned walking excursions all over the island,
suiting all abilities, offering the chance to explore the
off-road villages, old churches, and gorgeous scenery, ending
up on one the islands beaches for lunch.
Come to our office for more details.
Hire a car from Auto
Europe and take your time to really experience all
that Andros has to offer. Take advantage of office staff to
give you advice of where to go.
Where to eat - there are several tavernas
in Gavion - try Carlos, just behind the port on a side road.
- Batsi has a great choice of tavernas
and restaurants, all along the main beach road, in the square
and down side roads. The outskirting villages also have
- Hora has tavernas inside the town, and
also on the beach of Nimbirio and behind the Paraporti beach.
|Andros Usefull phones
Rooms & hotels in Andros information:
......+30 22820 41198
Information for Andros Excursions:
......+30 22820 41771
......+30 22820 41995
Rafina port police: +30 2294
Information for Ferry tickets:
+30 2282 041636