About Andros island
Andros is the northern island of the Cyclades Islands cluster, located in the centre of the famous Aegean Sea. The surface of Andros is mostly mountainous, with many fruitful and well-watered valleys. The charm of this intriguing land stems from the unique combination of diverse natural environment, superior cultural quality and abundance of activity options, with a relaxing and rejuvenating energy flow.
Want to know why Andros is a fantastic holiday destination?
- It is only 2 hours away from Athens, with easy access in two hours by ferry, and also easily accessible from Mykonos island
- It has amazing, natural beaches
- It manages to remain unspoiled from vast tourism and yet offers a variety of activities for all tastes
- It has kept its unique culture and tradition
- It is the greenest island of the Cyclades
- It is the first island in Europe to have its quality of hiking paths recognized by the European Ramblers Association
Our luxury & family villa complex, Heliades Villas, is located in a peaceful environment within the island:
- Only 10 min drive from Gavrio, the port of Andros, which is also one of the two main towns on the island
- With easy access to a variety of beautiful beaches, restaurants and taverns, entertainment and shopping areas, sports facilities and medical care
- Close to the exceptional, remote beach of Fellos, only 15-20 min walk away
- The villa construction on a hill slope offers privacy and fantastic sea view, without feeling excluded
- The location joins harmoniously the beauty of the sea with the calm of the mountainside, offering breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the green valley below
Key Facts about Andros
The name of the island most probably originates from General Andros from Crete, legendary colonizer of the Minoan times. Archaeological excavations prove the existence of developed settlements, dating back to Mycenaean times or even earlier. The island becomes historically known during the Geometric period (9th-7th century BC), as it is proved by traces of a settlement found in Zagora, at the south-western part of the island, close to Zaganiari. On May 10th, 1821, Theofilos Kairis declared the War of Independence, thus marking the starting point of the island’s recent history, during which Andros reached the peak of its economic prosperity, thanks to its ships. It is worth mentioning that Andriot Dimitris Moraitis initiated Greece-North America line in the beginning of the 20th century, while in 1939 Andros was second to Piraeus regarding ship registration.
Geography and more
The island of Andros covers 374 sq. km (147 sq.miles). Its highest mountains are Petalo and Kouvara (highest peak Prof. Ilias 997 m). There are four rivers which run across the island from west to east through fertile green valleys ideal for farming. These are the Arni River, which flows into the Bay of Levka, the Big River that flows by the beach at Paraporti (Hora), the Achla River that flows into the Achla Bay and the Double River which runs into the Sineti Bay.
The nature of Andros has a lot to offer. The lush vegetation includes oaks, centuries old plane trees, cypresses, olive trees, walnut and lemon trees. Andros island in Greece is also famous for its numerous springs. The most famous is the Spring of Sariza. The mineral water of Sariza is best known for properties which aid kidney problems, is bottled in Sariza and distributed all over Greece. Other renowned springs of Andros are Lezina, Zenio at Kouvara, Koumoulos at Menites, Meliti and Metohi at Strapourgies, Abyssos at Levadia, and Akoe and Levada at Lamyra. The villages of Andros are ideal for touring. The busiest and most beautiful is Andros Town (Hora), the capital of the island, while nice places are also Gavrion, Batsi, Korthi, Apoikia and Paleopolis. The beaches of Andros are made of fine white sand and small pebbles. Some of them are so remote that they can be accessed only by boat.