Aerial view of a small peninsula with a traditional Cycladic settlement at sunset. In the background you can see a beach and hills.

Andros

NOW 25 °C

Next 5 days

  • THURS 20 °C
  • FRI 22 °C
  • SAT 25 °C
  • SUN 27 °C
  • MON 26 °C

Climatic Data

Source: National Observatory of Athens /meteo.gr

It is the northernmost island of the group with a great naval tradition and no landscape like the postcards from the Cyclades: apart from the sandy beaches, there are rocky coastlines, mountain ranges alternating with fertile plains, lush vegetation and abundantly flowing streams.

The capital of the island, Hοra (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. Flights of stairs, a spacious square with trees, narrow streets, remarkable churches and museums, shops, cafes and restaurants play their part in the beauty of the place. To top that beauty off, there is a Frankish castle on an islet connected to the main island with an arched stone bridge of the 13th century.
NATURAL BEAUTY
TRAILS
Cobblestone paths run along the island through meadows giving off sents of thyme, saffron and sage.

Touring the Island

Enjoy the flora of the main island: chestnut, walnut, sycamore, oak, weeping willows, poplar, mulberry, osier and olive trees, fields of thyme, crocus and sage, and, in between, paved paths connect them to the beautiful village of Messaria and the village of Faneromeni within a castle that is ten centuries old and perched at an elevation of 600 m. Don’t forget to pay a visit at the monasteries of Zoodochos Pigi in Batsi and of Panagia Tomarhiani in Korthi.

Paleopolis lies at 16 km west of Hora, and used to be the ancient capital town of Andros, having prospered from the classical to the late roman times. The prehistoric settlement of Pláka, the settlement of Zagora dating to the Geometric period, and the fortified settlement of the Neolithic times (4,500-3,300 BC) with rock paintings of animals, ships and linear designs have all been unearthed in the wider area.

Andros is definitely worth a visit and can be seen solely as a cultural tourism destination, thanks to its museums. The globally acknowledged Museum of Modern Art, managed by the Vassilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation, houses unique collections of paintings and sculptures, whereas the archaeological museums in Hοra and Paleοpolis represent the ancient history of the island with their exhibits. The Cyclades Olive Museum is a fine example of a small pre-industrial, animal powered, olive oil producing unit that is definitely a must-see site.

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Andros is connected to Piraeus and other Aegean ports. The conventional ferries make the route ""Piraeus - Andros"" in about 5.5 hours while the high-speed ones in about 3.5. Andro is also connected with the ports of Lavrio and Rafina's.

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