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.

Andros excursion in Achla with our boats

Andros excursion in Achla : Everyone was on time and ready to go on a boat…Andros excursion . After a quick theoretical lesson, adventure can now begin! First we stop at the rock of Theotokos and we see the famous Mavropetritis hawk and then we visit at Vori beach… At the end we go to the magnificent beach of Axla! Really fast we secure the boats ,we fix the tents, the fire lit and the evening ran deliciously over a good meal to the fire, and then ended on a few notes of guitar and songs shared on the corner of fire.If you want to visit Achla  beach with our  boats ,always you can call us.

Andros Achla rent a bicycle – bike

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Andros Achla rent a bicycle – rent a bike

In our shop in the main beach of Chora Andros (Nimporio) we created a new benefit of renting cyclist… One of the better ways for exercise and exploration of the island can become with bicycle! We have made many tracks of the island, with GPS, and we are in the position to offer you all the information you will need!

One of the most beautiful sports you can do on our beautiful island is mountain bikingUnlimited 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 beautifulA 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 islanddifficult route but so beautiful, that one time is not enough!

Andros Theoskepasti

Andros – church Theoskepasti.

Two weekends before Easter and concretely Friday celebrates the church Theoskepasti. Many people come in Andros each year in to celebrate the miraculous icon. Theoskepasti is the protector of Andros and especially for the sailors of the island.

Theotokos Andros visit with our boats

Theotokos beach in Andros .

Theotokos beach is located near Chora of Andros. Main characteristic of this beach is the pebble and a small river in the middle of beach. In distance of 100 meters from the beach you find the rocky island of Theotokos with a small church . The rocky island of Theotokos is acquaintance for the big colony of Mavropetriti, protected species of falcon, that each year it migrates from Madagascar to Andros for reproduction. The rocky island Theotokos is characterized absolute protection area .That means that the visit in this place must be without to the falcon to be bothered . The sea bottom round the beach is amazing and is offered for free diving and fishing by boat or land. You can visit Theotokos with our boats that you can rent for fishing, swimming, and you can try to take a photo from Mavropetriti that lives in this place.

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.