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Holidays in Andros

Holidays in Andros

Holidays in Andros Island, Greece

Dressed in green, it stands out of the rest islands thanks to its lushful vegetation that Andros owes to its rich underground and surface water resources. Just a breath away from Athens, the island of Andros has something to offer to everyone! Like no other of the Cycladic islands, Andros is one of those places where the past and the present seem to coexist. An  island that will definitely seduce you!

It is an island full of contradictions with a great variety of scenery and amazing natural environment offering unique experiences.

Holidays in Gavrio

Heliades Villas are only 10 minutes by car from Gavrio Port in Andros (6 km). From the area of Gavrio, there is access to the north and northeast part of the island, where there are amazing villages (Fellos, Makrotantalo, Ammolochos, Varidi, Katakoilo, Remata) and also 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 northwest coast of Andros. It is a charming sandy beach with trees providing natural shade and clean waters. The place is ideal for fishing lovers! You will also find there a great variety of taverns and restaurants for an amazing local and international culinary experience, many bars to spend your nights having fun and all kind of shops to buy local products and souvenirs, like “FrouFrou” giftshop.

In the afternoon, go to Batsi, the most tourist village of Andros. Built around a small bay, Batsi has small traditional houses and nice coves around to swim.

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

Andros is considered to be today among the leading quality European destinations for hiking due to its mountainous nature and the variety of springs that offer a unique experience. These hiking tours are ideal for those who want to have a mild outdoor adventure, experience a hiking tour through the eyes and the storytelling of local guides and explore the nature of the island. The season ends with the famous Andros Trail Race which is scheduled to take part every October.

If you are a bike lover, then rent from Gavrio your mountain bikes and experience the adventure with a guide. Upward gravel roads crossing the slopes next to the stream of the river valleys, abundant streams and rivers, hills and mountain formations, abandoned villages and churches, idyllic landscapes are waiting for you to explore! The best way to explore the island… is to come out and play and feel the nature!

You definitely have to take a look at the island from the water to see how differently it looks. Therefore, we can highly recommend a boat tour exploring beautiful destinations and crystal blue waters. With a lot of stops for swimming, some local treats and refreshments, these boat excursions will give you the opportunity to explore the island by sea in the most relaxing way.

If you want to explore more the island and its underwater world, don’t miss the chance to do snorkel tours and scuba diving in Kypri, only 4 km from Gavrio. It is the ultimate diving base with the best facilities and gears.

For the lovers of Surf you can find the ideal spot in Kypri in Surfin to have fun, surf, exercise, and relax with the best instructors.

If you want to relax with a yoga or massage session, contact us so that we arrange it for you in your private Villa.

Where to swim

In Andros there are more than 40 amazing beaches. The most famous in the west side of the island, besides “Fellos”, is “Agios Petros” (St. Peters), “Chrisi Akti” (“Golden Coast”), “Kypri” and “Batsi”. In the east side of the island are “Tis Grias to Pidima”, “Korthi”, Gyalia” and “Ahla”. Also in 30 minutes distance from the Villas, we have “Vitali beach”, “Zorkos” and “Ateni beach”, which are open on the North winds. Very impressive is the beach of “Vori” with the shipwreck.

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 foods a sandy beach that will fascinate young people, since it has not only natural beauty but it’s also one of the most well organized beaches of the island with music all day around. “Chrisi Akti” beach will fascinate young people that except its natural beauty is very organized and they can enjoy music all day.

Holidays in Chora of Andros

No one should leave the amazing island of Andros without visiting the capital. “Chora”  located in the east of the island, looks like it came out of a cart postal. Chora is a very tranquil place with many nice taverns and coffee shops since it is mostly closed from traffic. Andros Town is located 35 kilometers east of the harbor (Gavrio). From there, some lovely and picturesque villages can be reached, such as Messaria, a lovely medieval village, Menites, Stenies and Apoikia, where the famous Sariza spring is situated.

The meddling of mid-age houses, Neoclassical and Cycladic buildings, narrow alleys, stone walkways museums and beaches gives to Chora a unique atmosphere. The gateway to the old city has been preserved and gives to the visitor the feeling of penetrating in another world and another time. The medieval atmosphere of the city co-exists in harmony with the modern one created by the new little shops, cafes and bars.

Walk along the paved paths and look at the famous Tourlitis lighthouse standing tall 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. The statue was created by the sculptor Mihail Tombros. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Kairios Library and Goulandris Art Museum with the amazing exhibitions that organizes every year.

Andros island in Cyclades is the perfect spot for travelers who want to have plenty to see and do during their trip.

For the visitors of the amazing island of Andros one thing is sure: They will never get bored even for a second especially when having Heliades Villas as a base.