Andros is a traditional island with picturesque villages, narrow tiled alleys, lots of trees, waterfalls, water sources, beautiful beaches but is also a modern island with shops, hotels, bars and clubs. Andros is always ready to offer its visitors excellent vacation with all the comforts. In Andros, there are areas and villages among the trees and the contact with nature will calm you and help you rest. However, there are more busy areas, like the Mpatsi, with the beautiful beach and the several bars, famous for its intense nightlife and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is worth spending several days in Andros so that you can explore the whole island. Andros can win even the most hesitant visitor with its beautiful beaches, the perennial trees, the incredible attractions, the monasteries and little churches. Visit the Agios Petros Tower, the Archaeological Museum in Palaiopoli, the Archaeological Museum in Hora, the areas with the natural water sources, the churches and the monasteries and admire the magnificence and the nobility of the island. The countless beaches of Andros, some organized and some not, will offer you relaxation and entertainment. If you too want to spend some unforgettable holidays in Andros, all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Andros Port
You can easily travel to Andros from Rafina and the surrounding islands. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr which will make your journey even more comfortable and carefree. It takes about 2 hours for a conventional ferry to reach Andros from Rafina while the journey with a speedboat lasts only 1 hour. Gavrio, the port of Andros, is 31km away from Hora and very close to the cosmopolitan Mpatsi. Gavrio too offers a tourist infrastructure, with hotels, rooms to let, restaurants and cafes. Gavrio also offers nightlife with several choices for all tastes.
Connection With Other Islands
Andros has a ferry connection with the following ports: Rafina, Mykonos, Syros, Tinos, Thessaloniki.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Andros via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
In Andros, you will find that there are regular bus itineraries towards almost all areas and beaches. There are regular bus itineraries from the harbor to Hora, Mpatsi and the other settlements of Andros. There are also taxis that will take you fast and comfortable to your destination. To visit some of the beaches, you can also use the sea taxis, available on the island. However, Andros is a big island and in order to explore it, you may need a vehicle for more comfortable transportation. You will, therefore, find several car or motorbike rental agencies on the island, although booking in advance will make it easier for you to find what you need.
Andros offers all the basic transportation options, but local buses, connecting Gavrio, Hora, Batsi and the rest of the island's villages and beaches, is the most practical. There are two bus stations, one located by the port, while the other in Hora. You can buy your ticket inside the bus as well, while their cost is no more than 7 euros, depending on your destination. In summer time, mini buses are added, to cover the passengers' increased needs to specific destinations.
A different island ...
Vivid, fertile, green, grand, Andros, differs to a great extent from the image that we have in mind for the Cyclades. It is the northernmost island of the complex, and is distinguished over decades for the seamanship of its inhabitants. The mansions of the captains and merchants, the watermills and the windmills scattered in the hinterland, the donations by shipowners and by noble persons of Andros , the lighthouses that adorn the capes and together with its famous museums and its exhibitions compose an ideal destination.
The old town of Andros, is built on a peninsula, combining traditional architecture and aesthetic with clear neoclassic influences. The medieval castle, located on a small island, connected with the old town, through a bridge. Its name dates back to Greek mythology. The prevailing version is the one that wants the island's first settler to be the mythical hero Andros. A visit to the archaeological site of Strofilas is necessary since this is the largest settlement of the Later Neolithic age found in the Aegean.
On the north side of the island one can see the seaside settlements Gavrio and Batsi. In these two villages we meet the main tourist infrastructure of the island. Special feature of the island, the existence of abundant waters. This element contributed essentially for several watermills to be created. Nowadays there are 22, some of which are in very good condition. These mills were active until the 1920s where barley and wheat were ground.
There are three biotopes on the island that stand out. One in the beautiful beach of Bori, where around a small creek, grow different plant species. In the beach of Achlas, in an area North of the Chora you will meet a small but impressive biotope. Many plane trees accompany almost to the sea, the small creek, which leads to the homonymous beach. In Dipotamata, there is a rare eco-protected biotope, featured as a rare natural beauty.
In Andros one can admire the waterfalls, such as Pithara, near the village of Apikia but also near the settlement of Paleopoli, the waterfall Horseshoe.
- Zorkos, on the north, is an isolated beach, which will remind you a "Pirates of the Caribbean" scenery.
- Nimporio beach, very close to Hora, is perhaps the most organized on the island and ideal for families, as well as for those who want to have comforts.
- Palaiopoli Waterfalls, 6 kilometers away from Batsi city, are the only waterfalls in Cyclades. Palaiopoli village is fully surrounded by vegetation and is similar to mountainous destinations. Menites is another magnificent village, with natural springs and palm-trees. The courses in mainland are available in printed maps, which are given for free in shops and hotels.
- Andros' favorite meal is so simple as well as unique. It's called "froutalia" and it's an omelet with anything you can imagine, as corned beef and local sausages, that will make forget everything you know about sausages.
- Try "pastitsakia", the local sweet (from baked almond copra), available everywhere.
The island's roads are in medium condition, but you'll have to drive carefully anyway and -above all- slowly. There are many turns and a lot of traffic during July and August.
Don't make the mistake to arrive in the island sure you'll find a car to rent. You better book one long ago, because the most possible scenario is that you won't find any, or you'll be forced to rent something far away from your needs. This is because Andros doesn't have many car rental agencies.
You'll have to visit the most popular and organized beaches early in the morning, if you want to find a good place to sit and be served.
Happy Holidays in Andros!!!