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Andros Greece is one of the closest Greek Islands to Athens (only an hour and a half away) and next to Tinos. Andros is a very attractive island of the Cyclades whith some traditional and very picturesque villages. The fortified capital of the island is a real jewel which combines Venetian and Cycladic architecture, narrow stone paved alleys, arcades and bright coloured flowers. Andros is a great holiday destination.
Andros is an island that has enough tourism to be quite well organised, but not so much that it has become too commercialised.
Getting Around Andros is quite a large island, so it is definitely a good idea to rent a vehicle. There are also local buses connecting some of the main villages, as well as taxis. From Gavrion the buses to Chora are at the exit of the port.
Geography : Andros is the most northerly and second largest island of the Cyclades after Naxos. Its size is 374 square kilometres, with a length of 39.8 kilometres and a width of 16.7 kilometres at
What to See In Andros' capital, Chora, there is a museum about the island's shipbuilding through times. There is also an archaeological museum with artefacts from many periods in history.
Gavrio :Gavrio is where all visitors enter the island and, although there is no known historical background to this town, it lseems it was an ancient port that connected Andros to Attica in the same way it does today. As the ship enters the port you can see the small town of Gavrio which has many kinds of shops, cafes, restaurants and tavernas on the seafront. Walking along the promenade you can find small sandy beaches. From Gavrio, buses depart to Hora. If you want to discover Andros under your own steam, you will find car hire firms and tourist offices at the portside. Also, if you are interested to buy land or property on Andros, here you will find many real estate agencies. A good idea is to visit Ano Gavrio, either by foot or car. The road takes you through glorious countryside and farmland, over babbling brooks and passes a fine example of the famed pigeon houses of Andros, the pigeon house of Manjoros is just past the first little bridge over a river and is easy to spot with its traditional quaint structure and decoration. Continuing along this road will lead you to the church of Agia Sofia, the main church of Gavrio.
Batsi :Next to Gavrio, towards Batsi, is the wonderful sandy beach of Agios Petros. Here is located the interesting Tower of Agios Petros which is worth a closer look. Batsi is probably the most developed tourist town of the island, although it must be said that it is nothing like the mass tourist developments that can be seen on other Cycladic islands. At Batsi you will find most of the hotels, apartments and the only camping site on the island. Batsi has a small marina where yachts and fishing boats berth. Around the marina and along the promenade you will find many restaurants, tavernas and clubs. Batsi, like Gavrio, belongs to the municipality of Hydrousa. The most beaches of Andros can be found here as well as many picturesque villages clustered on the slopes of the mountains and the bays.
What to Do :Andros is a perfect island not only for walkers but also for people who like to swim, snorkel, fish and sail. Every summer sailing races are organised and there are countless wonderful beaches for windsurfing on the island fuelled by the well-known Cycladic winds. At the little harbour town of Batsi there are various water sports available during the summer season. Recently the Town Council of Andros has developed a programme to develop and support low-key tourism. This has involved clearing and signposting the basic network of
Beaches The most popular beach is probably Batsi, but other places to recommend are also Agios Petros, Fellos, Korthi, Gavrio, Kypri, Lefka, Kaminaki.and the bay of Korthi.
Nighttlife :If you insist on "clubbing" a bit, there are music bars in Batsi and Gavrion, at least during high season. There are also many bars, and you can enjoy both Greek and foreign music, whatever you prefer. In Chora there is also an outdoor cinema: all films are shown in their original languages with Greek subtitles.
Food There are many taverns and restaurants on Andros, and quite a few local specialities. You should try the local sausages, sun dried wine and various mezedakia - tit bits. The pastries should not be missed: Andros is renowned for its excellent sweets especially those that are made of almonds the famous "kaltsounia". Coming out of the ferry in Gavrio the restaurant 'Konaki' right on the waterfront offers excellent Greek cuisine. In Chora you will find local meze dishes in 'Nefeli' opposite the church of Panagia, in Georgiou Empeirikou street that leads to the Archaeological museum in Korai square and further down to the Maritime Museum and the statue of the Unknown Sailor.
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