How to get the most from your holidays in Andros

How to get the most from your holidays in Andros

Dressed in green, Andros island stands out of the rest Cyclades islands thanks to its lustful vegetation and the water resources. Just a breath away from Athens, the island of Andros has something to offer to everyone! Andros is one of those places where the past and the present seem to coexist. An island that will definitely seduce you, full of contradictions with a great variety of landscapes. Learm more about how to get the most from your holidays in Andros

Holidays in Gavrio 

Heliades Villas are only 10 minutes by car from Gavrio, the main port of Andros (6 km). From Gavrio you can access the north and northwestern part of the island leading to the amazing villages  of Fellos, Makrotantalo, Ammolochos, Varidi, Katakoilo, Remata. In Gavrio you can find some of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Zorkos, Vori, Vitali, St. Peters, Golden Coast.

Fellos beach is located 5 km north of Gavrio and next to Heliades Villas, on the northwestern coast of Andros. This is a charming sandy beach with trees and crystal clear waters. The place is ideal for fishing lovers!

In Fellos there is a great variety of taverns and restaurants for mouth-watering culinary experiences. Bars where you can spend your nights with cocktails and good music. And all kinds of shops where you can buy local products and souvenirs. You can spend your afternoons in Batsi, one of the most visited villages in Andros. Built around a small bay, Batsi is famous for its small traditional houses and its beautiful coves.

Activities in Andros

If you are a lover of sports and adventure, Andros offers a great variety of sports and activities.

Hiking

Andros is considered one of the leading European destinations for hiking due to its mountainous nature and the variety of springs.  These hiking tours are ideal if you prefer mild outdoor adventures. Experience a hiking tour through the eyes and the storytelling of the local guides. Explore the island’s natural beauty. And don’t forget: Andros Trail Race is taking place every October.

Mountain Biking

If you love bicycles and tours, you can rent a mountain bike from Gavrio and experience the adventure with a local guide. Upward gravel roads. Slopes next to streams and small rivers. Hills and mountain formations. Abandoned villages and churches, and many idyllic landscapes are waiting for you to explore them! At Heliades Villas, we will be happy to help you organize a hiking or mountain biking tour around the island, just ask us!

Boat tours

We highly recommend a boat tour. Explore beautiful destinations and crystal clear blue waters. The boat stops wherever you want to take a dive and will offer you local treats and refreshments. These boat excursions will give you the opportunity to visit beaches that are accessible only by boat. 

Sea sports

If you want to explore the island’s underwater world, don’t miss the the snorkeling tours and scuba diving in Kypri, only 4 km from Gavrio. This is the ultimate diving destination with the best facilities and gears. For the lovers of surfing, you can find the ideal spot in Kypri  (WeSurfin) If you want to relax with a yoga or massage session, contact us so that we arrange it for you in your private Villa.

The beaches of Andros

In Andros there are more than 40 amazing beaches. The most famous of them are located on the western side of the island (Fellos Beach, Agios Petros (St. Peters), Chrisi Akti (Golden Coast), Kypri and Batsi). On the eastern side of the island you can find the beaches: Tis Grias to Pidima, Korthi, Gyalia and Ahla. Also in 30 minutes from Heliades Villas, we have the totally secluded beaches Vitali, Zorkos and Ateni, which are open to the northern winds. Also very impressive is the beach called Vori. 

In the organized sandy beach of Agios Petros (St. Peter’s), located three minutes away from Gavrio, you can enjoy swimming with music, seating under umbrellas, and enjoying a drink or light snack. This is a sandy beach that will fascinate young people, since it combines natural beauty and beach bars. 

A stroll around Chora Andros

No one should leave the amazing island of Andros without visiting the capital town Chora, which is located on the eastern side of the island. This is a very tranquil place with nice taverns and coffee shops. Andros capital is located 35 kilometers east of the harbor (Gavrio).

The meddling of mid-age houses, Neoclassical and Cycladic buildings, narrow alleys, stone walkways museums and beaches give to Chora a unique atmosphere.

Walk along the paved paths and look at the famous Tourlitis lighthouse, standing at the entrance of the port since 1887. Climb up to Rivas Square and see the statue of the Unknown Sailor. The view from up there is really magnificent. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Kairios Library and Goulandris Modern Art Museum.