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The Best Places to Visit

You’re planning to visit Andros during your next trip to Greece? You want to know everything about the best things to do in Andros?

You’re at the right place!

Authentic and peaceful, protected from mass tourism, the second largest island in the Cyclades is also the most fertile and greenest thanks to its many springs and streams. It’s a real paradise for hikers .

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared for you this guide of the best places to visit in Andros, with all points of interest and must-see attractions.

Best tips to make the most of your stay.

So, what to do in Andros? Where to stay?

Visit Andros or Hora

Hora (also named “Andros”, like the island) is the island’s capital. It’s clearly the village you have to visit in Andros!

You won’t find here the typical white washed houses with blue shutters. In Hora, most houses were built in a neoclassical architecture with red tiles roofs. 

When visiting Hora, wander in the main street, starting from the upper city. On this pedestrian street paved with marble, you will enjoy many shops and typical Greek taverns. Don’t miss Kairi Square, a nice shaded square with a large marble fountain. It’s a great place to have a drink on a terrace.

Follow the main street to arrive at the seaside. There, you will see the remains of an ancient Venetian Castle from the 13th century, built on a small rock. With its small broken stone bridge, it’s a lovely place to take pictures.

In Hora, you can also visit 2 great museums:

  • The Archaeological Museum, and its collection of ancient objects discovered on the island, mostly in Zagora and Paleopolis.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Arts, or MOCA: there, you will enjoy modern sculptures from famous Greek artists, and great painting exhibits.

Rent electric mountain bikes or hike!

If you’re a bicycle lover or a hiker, then Andros is the perfect island for you.

There are many marked trails on the island. Andros was awarded as a “Leading quality Trails – Best of Europe” destination, meaning that it’s one of the best places to hike in Europe.

You can walk on many trails or ride on dirty roads.

There are numerous itineraries you can follow during your hikes in Andros. Here are some of the island’s best hikes:

  • Hora – Lamyria – Menites – Monastery of Panachrantos: during this hike, you will discover one of the island’s most beautiful monasteries.
  • Hora – Apikia – Vourkoti – A 6.8 km-long walk, lasting around 2h30.
  • Hora – Sineti – Dipotama – Kohylou – Korthi: enjoy the lush vegetation of the Dipotama gorges!
  • Vourkoti – Moni Agios Nikolaos – Achla Beach, a splendid hike: you will see a beautiful monastery and end your walk at one of Andros’ best beaches.
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Boat trip around Andros

Boat trips are for sure one of the best things to do during your holidays in Andros.

Most cruises are starting from Chora . It’s clearly the best way to access remote beaches you can’t reach by car, go snorkeling and enjoy the island’s beautiful landscape!

During this cruises, you can discover the island and its many beaches. You can also choose a cruise at sunset, to admire it from the boat.

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An important note: some of Andros’ best beaches are only accessible by 4WD, on foot or by boat. For example, the beaches of Achla, RozouVori,Lefka,Vitali or Zorkos, located North East of Hora, can’t be reached by car but the best way is with a boat.

Where to stay in Andros

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Andros, we will have the choice for you …

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The other best villages to see around Andros

The island offers many other points of interest. During your trip, you can for example visit some of the most beautiful villages…

  • Stenies, close to Hora. There, you will admire many neoclassical houses.
  • Apikia: where Sariza spring ( mineral water, sold all around the island) is located.
  • Menites, a mountain village, famous for its springs
  • Aladinou where in the cave Foros
  • Sineti, at the end of Dipotama gorges. Don’t miss the many watermills!

Memories Book – Βιβλίο αναμνήσεων – Livre d’or

In this post you can make a comment about your experience and memories  from Andros and our place…

Εδώ μπορείτε να γράψετε κάποιο σχόλιο σχετικά με τις αναμνήσεις σας για την Άνδρο και την τοποθεσία μας…

Sur ce post vous pouvez nous laisser vos commentaires, partager vos souvenirs sur Andros et nos locations…

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 Vori Andros (with bicycle)

Andros Vori with bicycle .

Andros-Vori Beach-Andros. Of the most difficult and most beautiful courses! Good company…Target ,  one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Vori. A route that can be combined as a daily excursion for guests who are looking for something different! Enjoy…

Andros Vori : Video  from the track…

Start time: 06/10/2012 16:02 Finish time: 06/10/2012 22:03 Distance: 45,2 km (05:57)Moving time: 04:39 Average speed: 7,6 km/h Avg. Speed Mov.: 9,7 km/h  Max. Speed: 58,8 km/h Minimum altitude: 43 m Maximum altitude: 787 m Rise speed: 403,7 m/h Fall speed: -908,6 m/h Elevation gain: 1357 m Elevation loss: -1321 m Rise time: 03:21 Fall time: 01:27

Older ride to Vori beach  ,  Vori beach with our boats 

Mtb in Andros – Profitis Ilias – Ano Pitrofos with bike

Bike in Andros. One of my favorite tracks is Prophet Ilias above Pitrofo . This road by bicycle is one of the most beautiful because it has all the elements that make it exciting …Starting with good company, from the river near Nimporio beach and go to the cross of Mesaria, you understand the ride will have enough soil … The on road start from there (Mesaria) and reaches up to Pitrofos where it has another cross for Ano Pitrofos where you make left (about 5 km) .After that you will come back on road just before the Stayropeda,! Then just before Stavropeda you make right for the off-road part to climb at the church of Profitis Ilias. This is the most difficult and most beautiful point of the track, because of the large slope and especially in finishing just before the Church, makes you feel proud that you can climb this! The icing on the cake comes at the end of this off-road track (6-7 km) we are doing right and catch a wild and unfortunate path which comes out on Strapouries …

A path approximately 4 hours 30 km. overall, total climbing 884 m.  (Maximum altitude 652m.), very close to the town of Andros with incredible views! Anyone who wants more information, GPS maps, etc … I will be happy to help!

Andros Achla rent a bicycle – bike


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 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!

Faneromenis Castle in Andros

Andros : The Castle of Faneromenis in Andros was build from the Venetians, north from Korthi, in altitude around 600 m. It could protect one thousand people and it was considered impenetrable because of the high rocks that surround it. According to the legend, the Turks, that could not occupy it, sent in the castle a old woman with her pregnant girl to ask for help, however the evening the old woman opened the gate of the castle, and entered the Turks that slaughtered all the people. After that the old woman, regretted for her action, went up in a tall rock and jump in the sea. Today if you reach the castle from a path from Kochilou, you will see that exist ruins from homes and churches, and the church of Faneromenis. The most important thing to see is the fantastic view in light blue Aegean.

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Plant Aloe – Andros

Plant Aloe – Andros : They are plants bushy that bear in the drought and often we meet in Andros. They resemble with cactus with fleshy leaves, their flower it has yellow color. The name comes from the Arabic name ALLOEH.  Pharmaceutical attributes of Aloe. Purgative: The yellow bitter juice that comes out when you cut the leaves, it is used as purge. Palliative: The colorless and diaphanous gelatin known as Aloevergel it is used for care of solar burns and burns from fire, stings from insects and stings from jelly-fish of sea.  Tonic action: A lot of persons that use the Aloe report that they feel calm and strong!

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 .

Hiking and Trekking in Andros

Andros hiking , Andros Trekking

At this blog Yannis and Caroline will try to show you how beautiful is hiking in Andros .Soon you will have more post with many information about hiking in Andros island!Andros hiking, trekking or walking is the best way to explore the island. Every day you can put a different destination. The walks are so many that you will visit Andros more than one time,if you want to make all the paths ! Andros island has a lot of green and waters , from any other Island in Cyclades !

Exprore Agios Nikolaos Monastery Andros-Greece with our electric mountain bikes

Agios Nikolaos Andros : The Monastery of St. Nicholas in Andros was, according to tradition, built in the 8th century though it is not mentioned in any historical books until the 14th century. This monastery has an elaborate architectural structure, including a bell tower and complex arches completed during the recent restoration of the monastery in 1760. The monastery houses wonderful frescoes and an architecturally superb wooden screen. The Byzantine icon of Panagia Blachernae, donated in the 15th-century by the monastery in Constantinople of the same name, is still kept in here, known in Greece as the Panagia of Andros, a miraculous myrrh-bearing and scented icon of the Virgin of the Root of Jesse.The Panagia of Andros (the “Root of Jesse”) is an ancient and myrrh-streaming icon, always surrounded with a powerful sweet-spicy fragrance. Great wonders occur from this holy icon and myrrh streams from it endlessly. There are even reports that people have been resurrected from the dead through the miracle-working icon.

 There is also an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary that has significantly changed its facial expression over the last few years. The authorship has turned exceedingly sorrowful and tears have been flowing from her eyes. In 1999, this icon cried unceasingly coinciding with the bombardment of Serbia at that time. The monastery also houses the icon of St. Nicholas, and some of his relics; the icon was authored by a nun named Leondia who wove her own hair into the icon. According to the locals of this metropolis, this icon is the most active in the entire of Andros.

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.

Fabrika in Stenies-Andros

Fabrika was the bigger factory of production of pastas in the Balkans. In daily base it could process 36 tons wheat and produce the corresponding quantity of pastas. The factory from 1864 until 1923 functioned exclusively with the force of water, thanks to the bigger vertical watermill of Balkans. In 1923 and after a big period of drought, was particularly added also locomotive that functioned in step with the watermill. The factory closed in 1936 and in 1943 was destroyed by fire!

Pithara watersfalls in Andros

Hiking or trekking in Andros Pithara : The waterfall Pithara is found in distance of ten-minute walk from Apoikia .The path that leads to this, is smooth and drowned in the ivy and predisposes for that it follows! Her abundant waters run impetuously in to green all around landscape shaping waterfalls and lakes where the aquatic life abounds. Infrequent species of plants  sprout in all the  length of glen. From 1863 up to 1936 moves, little below in Stenies  village, the bigger watermill of Balkans, Fabrika!

Agia Marina Andros

The Monastery  of Agia Marina is located opposite Apoikia of Andros ,where comes the famous water Sariza , dates from a.d. 1325. Agia Marina shows herself to a Monk and indicates him to find her icon in a slot of a rock! During the 16th century, the monastery burns three times from the pirates, losing the old glamour, and at 1743 counts only 5 monks .Then Agia Marina make another miracles, and brings in the Monastery the monk Sofronio. He sells his property in Peloponnese and fully refurbishes the monastery and converts it to a female Monastery in 1746 a.d .

Agia Marina Monastery has been closed at 1833 a.d. The holy icon of Agia Marina , stay in the Holy Temple of Andros,  Panagia, where  remains for 146 years!!! The monastery has been fully destroyed at this period.

One and a half century after, the call of Agia Marina! Suddenly one day in 1975, the Metropolitan of Syros, Tinos, Andros Dorotheos, passing from the ruins of the monastery asks with pain from the monk Kypriano to rebuild the Monastery! In the begging he denies having other plans, but receives the visit of Agia Marina, which appears at the same night in his dreams and says: ‘ I am Marina, me and my two sisters’ lives above the monastery. You will see me every day. Together we will rebuild the monastery…’

So Monk Kiprianos, works hard for five years and rebuild the Monastery! Since then the monastery became famous, and Agia Marina protect all the children.

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


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 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!