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Andros in Greece

Andros in Swedish.

Andros is the northernmost island of the Cyclades, just north of Tinos. It is the second largest island of the Cyclades, only Naxos is bigger. Andros has about 9,220 inhabitants and the island's area is 380 km2. The two main villages are Chora with 1,430 inhabitants and Batsi which is home to 1,110 people. Highest mountain is Petalo, and measures 908 meters above sea level.


Batsi is the best village to stay on Andros in the Cyclades.

View of my favorite village Batsi.


It is not completely wrong to compare Andros with Naxos, and I am not only talking about the size. Just as Naxos, Andros is a verdant island and offers an incredibly beautiful scenery. And just like Naxos, Andros is blessed with numerous of amazing beaches.


Andros has just as fine sandy beaches as Naxos, of which Agios Petros beach is a good example.

Andros has just as nice beaches as Naxos. This is called Agios Petros beach.


There are also opposites. Naxos is visited by thousands and thousands of tourists every year, while Andros only receive a few foreign tourists. Ever since I came to Andros the first time, I have believed that tourism would explode on Andros. But this has not happened. Andros is still a relatively untouched island.


Genuine villages on Andros in Greece.

The countryside is full of genuine villages.


For a long time, Andros was a white spot on the Greek map for me. I do not know why I waited so long to get there. What I do know, is that as once as I visited Andros, I was hooked. What an amazing island!

I believe that I never before have been so surprised by an island. Things that impressed me the most was the beautiful scenery, the extremely hospitable people and the delicious food. The biggest surprise was that there were so many good beaches.


There is no airport on Andros, yet it is easier to travel to Andros than most other islands of the Cyclades. Even so, few people travel here. Explain that if you can.


The port of Gavrio on Andros has ferry connections with Kea, Kithnos, Crete, Lavrio, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rafina, Santorini, Syros and Tinos in the Cyclades.

Gavrio is the port of Andros.


The fastest way to come to Andros is to go by air to Athens, continue by bus (or taxi) to Rafina, and travel on by boat to Andros. You find the bus stop for the busses to Rafina outside the arrival terminal, close to Hotel Sofitel. At the bottom of the page you will find a link to a boat timetable.

Ferry timetable for Andros »

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The buses are plying all major villages. I recommend you to rent a car if you are going to do excursions on Andros. Distances are big and therefore a scooter is not as good as a car. But if you only plan to do short trips, you can rent a scooter. Car- and scooter rental services are available in all major tourist resorts. Gavrio have the biggest selection.


Rent a car, moped and bicycle on Andros and drive to Gialia beach.

Discovering beautiful Andros by car is a must. The beach is called Gialia.



The four largest villages are Gavrio and Batsi on the west coast, and Chora and Ormos Korthi on the east coast. There are also many small villages, many of them are very nice and very Greek, Stenies and Aidonia are two examples of nice villages.


Ormos Korthiou is one of several cozy villages on the island of Andros.

Ormos Korthiou in eastern Andros.

The countryside is relatively unspoilt and many of the small villages do not have any taverna. But it is never far from villages that have all facilities. One of the advantage that Andros do not attract so many foreign tourists, is that the villages look like villages did before on other more touristic islands. It is a pleasure to slowly stroll around the alleys in the small mountain-villages and see how time has stood still.


The beautiful village of Aidonia on Andros in the Cyclades.

I believe that the beautiful nature and the fine villages are Andros largest attraction. Picture from Aidonia.


Gavrio is the first village you get acquainted with seeing that it is Andros' port. Why the port is in Gavrio, and not in the capital, Chora, is because Chora is exposed to strong winds, and therefore not suitable as a port. If you pass Andros with ferry and just look at Gavrio it is easy to be disappointed. The village is beautifully located in a nice bay, but the village is not much to have, at least I think so. I would not want to stay there. However, there are many good tavernas in Gavrio.

Batsi is the total opposite of Gavrio. When you see Batsi for the first time, you will feel like everything you want is to settle down there. Although it is the main tourist resort it feels not touristic at all.


The beach in Batsi on Andros is one of the island's most child-friendly sandy beaches.

The beach in Batsi.


The village is beautifully set around a large bay with a long sandy beach. Along the beach there are several of pensions and tavernas. At the far end of the village - above the marina - there are several tavernas and cafes. The tavernas looks wonderfully inviting, and so they are. It does not matter which taverna you choose, all have great views and all serving good food. The evenings in Batsi is magical. There are three beaches in Batsi, the one you see in the picture above, as well as Kolona and Aneroussa beaches.


Along the harbor promenade in Batsi there are many good restaurants, taverns and bars.

Batsi in the evening.


f you like good homemade Greek food, you will love Andros and Batsi.

Two of several cozy tavernas in Batsi.

Chora is the capital of Andros and lies on the east coast and has to be one of the most attractive villages in the Cyclades. It is a beautiful and trimmed town set on a narrow spur between two sandy beaches.


Beaches in and near Chora on Andros in the Cyclades archipelago.

Chora on Andros.


Parts of Chora is free of motor vehicles. It is a cosy town to aimlessly wander through the alleys and enjoy the beautiful buildings. Another nice village not far from Chora is Ormos Korthi.


The entrance to beautiful Chora, or Andros Town as the village is also called.

The entrance to beautiful Chora, or Andros Town as the village is also called.



Andros is a beach paradise of great proportions, and there are plenty of beaches to choose from. A number of the beaches are child friendly, and really, really nice, in the same class as the beaches on Naxos and Mykonos. The best beaches are the ones between Gavrio and Batsi, like Liopesi, Psili Amos (Chrissi Ammos), Agios Petros and Kypri.


Psili Amos beach on Andros between Gavrio and Batsi is one of the Cyclades most child-friendly sandy beaches.

Psili Amos between Gavrio and Batsi is very child friendly.


Read about the 15 best beaches on Andros here »


Some of the beaches, like Vitali, Ateni and Zorkos, are difficult of access and are only reached if you have a vehicle of your own. The advantage of these beaches is that you usually get to have them for yourself. It's a wonderful feeling to arrive to a paradise beach and it turns out that no one else is there. In how many islands is it like that? Very few, if you ask me.


Ateni beach on northeastern Andros.

Ateni beach on northeastern Andros.


Read more about Ateni beach here »


 Vitali beach on northeastern Andros.

Vitali beach on northeastern Andros.


Read more about Vitali beach here »


My favourite beach is called Grias to Pidima just north of the small resort of Ormos Korthi on eastern Andros. What makes this beach special is the remarkable rock rising out of the sea.


Tis Grias to Pidima beach near Ormos Korthi on Andros is one of the best beaches in the Cyclades.

My favourite beach is Tis Grias to Pidima close to Ormos Korthi.


Read about Tis Grias to Pidima here »


Personally, I think the biggest sight on Andros is the natural scenery. In fact, Andros is one of the most beautiful islands I have been to. You absolutely must not miss the Pithara Waterfalls located near Chora.


Don't miss hiking to the meditative Pithara Waterfalls near Chora on Andros.

Don't miss hiking to the meditative Pithara Waterfalls near Chora.


The thing most worth seeing is the tower of Agios Petros placed on a hill above the beach with the same name. My favourite sight is a ruined factory building called Fabrika outside the village of Stenies. But that's mostly because I like disused factories. :-)


Agios Petros tower on Andros.

Inside the mighty tower of Agios Petros.


Read about the tower of Agios Petros here »


If you go around Andros on your own, you will see many old stone bridges, churches and monasteries. But, as I said, the natural scenery is the main attraction on Andros.


Hotels and pensions are only available in the larger villages, and at some of the most popular beaches between Gavrio and Batsi. The largest selection are in Batsi. I think it is best to stay in Batsi. It is a very nice village, and it is close to very nice beaches and the beach in Batsi is good. A perfect village if you ask me.

Below we have hand-picked some very good hotels in Batsi.

Bella Vista »

Blue Dolphin »

Chryssi Akti »

Elpida »

Mare E Vista »

Meltemi »

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