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Top Ten things to do in Andros!

Top Ten things to do in Andros!

When traveling to Andros island Greece, you’ll quickly realize that the island offers a wide variety of things to do and sites to see. Here a top ten list with the must things to do the amazing island of Cyclades! One thing is sure, that you will fall in love with the island!

Visit Chora, the old town of Andros

The capital of the island, Chora (which means “main village”) is home to famous Greek captains and ship owners, and there is a remarkable combination of medieval, neoclassical and island style evident in its houses. This lovely little town is the capital of Andros and also the nicest and more interesting village of the island. Go for a wander down the marble pavements and stop for a coffee to admire the view. Don’t forget to take a picture next to “Afanis Naftis”, the huge bronze sailor, standing in the square at the tip of the promontory and celebrating Chora’s seagoing traditions.

 

Go to beautiful Batsi

It is the main tourism base of Andros. The town is cosmopolitan but maintaining the local colors, and a main destination for the visitors. Despite its touristy character, Batsi has kept a traditional and picturesque charm.  In summer, it is lively and vibrant with several bars open late in to the night.

 

Explore the amazing beaches

On Andros you can find a great number of both organized beaches or tranquil or almost private beaches. Andros has top-quality beaches that suit all tastes. There are fully organized, easily accessible and ideal beaches for families, but also secluded ones. Some with cold crystal waters and others much warmer. There are also plenty sandy beaches, as well as rocky ones for those who love fishing. One of the best is Fellos beach, with trees that provide shade, very close to our amazing Heliades Villas.

 

Book your private daily boat tour

Cruises around Andros are an unforgettable experience where not only you will get to admire the lacy coasts of the island, but also enjoy a relaxing and indulging day aboard a luxurious yacht.

 

A visit to the Monastery of Panachrantou

Built in the 10th century by Emperor Fokas and hanging on the side of the Gerakones Mountains, the monastery has been well maintained, while maintaining its original architecture and charm. It contains the skull of St. Panteleimon and offers outstanding views of the sea below.

 

 

Visit Cyclades Olive Museum

The museum at Ano Pitrofos is a well-preserved olive-mill was restored and transformed into a museum to offer visitors a chance to come closer to the olive oil tradition and techniques used in its creation. It is situated at the centre of the village, at the ground floor of an old stone built complex. It is one of the bigger and more complete animal powered oil mills of Andros island. With a modern presentation, video and plenty of informative and educational material, the process of olive oil production in past times traditional communities of Andros island, revives again. At the end of your visit you may take books and other printed material, reminding your visit and supplementing your knowledge on olives and olive oil.

 

Visit Museum of Contemporary Art

On the 28th of July 1979 the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation inaugurated the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hora, capital of Andros and birthplace of Basil P. Goulandris. The main objective of the museum is to continue to actively contribute its own creative proposals to the current debates on the visual arts aligned with the international trends and developments in visual arts and aesthetic education, to promote Greek and international modern and contemporary art to the general public. The Greek collection in particular is constantly updated with newer inputs, while it has also been showcasing the works of renowned international artists.

 

Must see the Tower Agios Petros

The tower of Agios Petros is a quite well-preserved tower, placed on a hill overlooking the bay of Gavrio  It is in the midst of a restoration project, but is still considered the best preserved of the Cycladic Towers. Take the winding staircase to the top for spectacular views of everything below.

Take one of the many guided walking tours to walk the amazing routes of Andros

Andros Routes are a network of clearly marked ancient paths that provide access to the landscape, forts, and even a Venetian castle. Whether you are hiking or simply walking through town, be sure to look for the Sariza wells. You can drink water straight out of them!

Taste the local cuisine

Gastronomy in Andros is characterized by the main elements of Greek and Cycladic cuisine. Even though it’s an island, Andros is more famous for its fresh meat rather than for fish. The most popular dish is fourtalia’, an omelet with potatoes, pork and sausages cooked in a type of animal fat called ‘glina’ instead of oil, with numerous variations.

Last but not least keep Andros to your heart forever!   

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