Andros Dipotamata

Andros Dipotamata

Dipotamata in Andros island, is a river-basin of extreme natural beauty, with a length of about 7 kilometers, in the south-east side of the island, between Syneti, Paleokastro and Kochylou. Water these days is less, but even in drought times it doesn’t stop. The natural environment is unspoiled, since the traffic has stopped since the last 35 years. As a consequence the vegetation is very thick (oleanders, mulberry-trees, fig-trees, oak-trees, bushes, reeds, rushes, blackberries, mint, osiers, ivies). The whole area is a shelter for a variety of animals, such as weasels, badgers, hares, snakes and birds (partridges mainly).

The gorge 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. In good condition there are also (apart from the paths, the stone-walls, the water-mills and their auxiliary constructions) sheep-cotes, stables, lodgings, barns, threshing floors and country churches. But the most important structures of the area are the water-mills.

The reason that in Dipotamata was built a large number of water-mills, was the particularly favourable conditions for establishing and operating them: plenty of running water, good access through the paths, protected environment, small distance from villages, etc. Today can be seen (in good condition, in ruins or in traces) 22 water-mills in all the gorge. Most of them are in very good shape. In a few of them there are neighbouring or adjacent auxiliary buildings, such as a room for the miller to spend the night, sheep-cote, stable or store room. Hydraulic works of big importance and extent for the time and its technological level were supplying and often netting the water-mills. In narrow places of the gorge there were dams, which were forming lakes, to collect water for watering purposes and the functioning of the water-mills. From there, canals were guiding the water in the millpond and eventually into the hole of the machinery of the mill. The remaining water and water coming out of the mill (having rotated its wheel) was guided to the canal of the next water-mill.

Panachrantos Monastery Andros, Greece

The Holy Skull and Icon of St. Panteleimon the Greatmartyr and Unmercenary, Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece

The dome of the Katholikon of Panachrantou Monastery, Andros, Greece

The Panachrantos Monastery of Andros (also Monastery of St. Panteleimon) is located on the Greek island of Andros in the Aegean Sea, an island of the Cyclades. “Panachrantos” refers to the monastery’s dedication to the “Immaculate” Theotokos. The monastery celebrates July 27 and August 15.

The establishment of the monastery is attributed to Stragegos (General) Nicephorus II Phocas in the tenth century, who subsequently became emperor of the Eastern Roman empire (ruled 963 to 969). By legend, two monks, promising to pray for his victory, asked Nikephoros for financial aid when he stopped on the island on his way to battle in Crete. He agreed and promised aid for them to build a monastery provided he was victorious. With his victory, he fulfilled his promise.

The monastery is located in the Geronakas mountainous area high on the side of Mount Katafigio at an elevation of about 2,500 feet (750 meters). Surrounded by a strong wall, the monastery appears like a “Byzantine” fortress. The site provides an exceptional view of Chora and the surrounding area.

According to tradition, the monastery was built in a place shown by the icon of the Holy Mother (Panachrantos). The icon is attributed to St. Luke. The icon is still kept at the monastery on a stand next to the southern door to the altar of the main church of the monastery. This monastery also possesses the relic skull of St. Panteleimon.[1][2] The relic and an icon of Panteleimon stand next the Panachrantos and are the pride of the monastery as well as the island of Andros.

Vori beach in Andros

Vori beach is as a small paradise. It a little way from Chora – Andros but you can go easily with a boat. The aquamarine waters are incredibly diaphanous and it’s a very quit place! It is ideal beach to explore the bottom of the sea, and if you are lucky can you see until marine turtles! Behind the rocks, near Vori you will find a impressive shipwreck (from 1996 ) . The valley of Vori is green all around because of a river that crosses the beach, and for this reason is not particularly infrequent you see small turtles around. A fantastic beach to discover with a boat !

Vori beach in Andros from Google maps .

Visit Achla beach Andros with our boats

Achla beach Andros

Achla beach is located in the north-eastern coast of Andros island. It has fine white sand in good proportion, while trees give shade and render this beach ideal for rest. Here it is the small church of Saint Nikolaos, and “Grias” lighthouse. The sea has lull even with possible wind. There is a small but impressive biotope, with rill and plane that leads near the sea.

Source Sariza Andros

The legend says Pasha with name San-rizas, living on the island of Evia, lost his fez in a stream which came to the village Apikia of Andros on a source which took its name … So say that the source Sarizais connected with Evia.

 The exact restoration of the marble fountain, of the source remains unknown, we know that the source Sariza founded in 1787 with expenses and supervision of Makarios Polemis. The water source was used for three reasons:  water of the residents,  for watering the land, and for the washing clothes by the women of the village!

The source Sariza of Andros is rich in various metals. The spring water has cured properties  … A sign near the source also says this: “Hello stranger remember when you get back home that first of all you live because of me . “

The amount of water from this source is stable. In the village its a factory for bottling this precious water and sometimes made exports abroad … Note also that the quality and reputation is often compared to the popular French water, Evian .

mtb in andros

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mtb in andros

One of the most beautiful sports you can do on our beautiful island is mountain biking! Unlimited tracks and paths that some of them I have mapped to http://el.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.doname=YannisKaraoulanisAndros Andros has a hard way for cyclists in general … Every trip a unique experience … The route Chora – Vourkoti Achla Apikia – Chora is really beautiful! A total of 41 km with at least 16 of them ground and green … The goal is of course Achla beach, which is one of the most beautiful on the island! A difficult route but so beautiful, that one time is not enough!