Top 10 things to do in Andros

Visiter Andros, Grèce

Visit Andros: discover our selection of 10 things to see or do during your trip to this beautiful, little-known Greek island!

Located in the Cyclades in Greece’s Aegean Sea, Andros is the northernmost and second-largest island in the archipelago. Yet not far by boat from the capital Athens, it is the least known and one of the least visited of the Cyclades. Travelers in search of authenticity and tranquility are sure to be seduced by this verdant island, untouched by mass tourism.

The island is lush and fertile, thanks to the many streams and springs that flow from its mountains. But Andros is also characterized by mountainous folds that run the length and breadth of the island, with superb ridges jutting out into the sea, making the island a hiker’s paradise! So what to do on Andros during your trip? What must you discover on this dreamlike island?

To help you get the most out of your visit to Andros, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to see and do!

1. Andros Chora

Chora, Andros

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So what’s on Andros? To start your discovery, we recommend you begin with the island’s capital: Andros Chora, sometimes spelled Hora.

Unlike other Cycladic capitals, Andros Chora is not populated by whitewashed houses with blue shutters, but rather by neoclassical-style mansions with red-tiled roofs. These are the former homes of wealthy Greek shipowners, who took advantage of the island’s proximity to Athens to take refuge here.

Take advantage of your visit to this charming town to wander the cobbled streets, admire the buildings and, above all, enjoy a drink on the terrace of Kairi Square, a lovely shady square featuring a large marble fountain dating back to Ottoman times!

2. The ruins of the Venetian castle

Château vénitien, Andros, Grèce

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Still in the capital Andros Chora, on an islet connected to the town by a charming stone bridge, are the remains of a 13th-century Venetian castle. Destroyed during the Second World War, all you can do today is admire the ruins. This is one of the most photogenic spots on the island, and you’ll soon discover why.

3. Museums of Chora

Before leaving the capital, you should visit the city’s museums. Among them, the most interesting is undoubtedly the Archaeological Museum, with its collection of objects and relics discovered on the island, particularly at the sites of Paléopolis and Zagora.

The Museum of Contemporary Art features sculptures by Greek artists as well as painting exhibitions. There’s also a maritime museum in town.

4. Batsi

Batsi, Andros

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This is the most touristic town on the island of Andros. Clinging to the hillside and set in a small bay, you’ll find postcard-perfect scenery. Its landscaped seafront, fishing port and charming little beach add to its charm.

In Batsi, you’ll also find hotels, restaurants and bars. Take advantage of your stay in Batsi to sample the local wines. Andros has been famous for its wine since antiquity, and was even dedicated to Dionysus – the god of the vine, wine and its excesses, madness and excess.

5. Gavrio

Gavrio, Andros

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Gavrios willprobably be your gateway to the island of Andros. With the exception of the landing stages and back-and-forth boat traffic, this town still retains a certain charm, thanks to its typical restaurants and tavernas.

Here you can sample local specialties such as Froutalia d’Andros, an omelette with smoked pork sausage, or coq au vin with long macaroni. You’ll also find car rental agencies on site: the best way to visit Andros and discover its beaches, villages and exceptional sites.

6. The best walks in Andros

Monastery Panachrantou, Andros

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Andros is one of the best islands in the Cyclades for hiking! It’s also the best way to visit Andros in depth and discover the island’s hidden treasures. There are several paths leading to monasteries in the hills, such as the Monastery of Panahrantos, or to wild beaches, such as Achla.

With over 100 kilometers of marked footpaths, Andros deserves its place among the « Leading quality Trails – Best of Europe »: Europe’s top destinations for hiking. To help you find your way around, the island has a French-language website listing the routes, their difficulties, times and distances: Andros Routes.

7. Andros beaches

Plage à Andros

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What to do in Andros during your stay? Discover its most beautiful beaches, of course! Between Gavrio and Batsi are a number of fine sandy beaches, often equipped with parasols and deckchairs.

These include the beaches of Agios Petros, Psili Ammos, Kypri and Agios Kyprianos. All around the island, you’ll find some of the most charming coves and small beaches, such as Tis Grias to Pidima and its immense 15-metre-high rocky spur, Giala between Chora and Stenies or Fellos and its pebbles.

But the most beautiful of all are the beaches of Achla, Vori, Vitali or Zorkos. You’ll find them to the north-east of Andros Chora. They are often only accessible on foot, by boat or by 4×4. Remember, a visit to Andros is a plunge into a wild world where exploration still has its place!

8. Pitrofos

Pitrofos is a town known for its lush vegetation. It is probably the most beautiful village on the island. Nestled in the mountains, it is also home to the Cyclades Olive Museum, a highly interesting museum that explains the history and techniques of olive oil production.

9. Messaria

Messaria, Andros, Grèce

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Messaria was once one of the island’s largest villages. Located not far from the capital, it is famous for its typical houses, picturesque churches and springs with arches made of flat stones. Not far from Messaria, Menitès is another charming village to discover during your stay. Here, you’ll be able to admire the astonishing lion-head-shaped springs!

10. A boat trip

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To make the most of the island and its crystal-clear waters, what could be better than a boat trip?

Indeed, hiring a boat will allow you to visit Andros from a different angle, and at the same time gain access to some hidden beaches.

And having your own small boat gives you the choice of stopping wherever you like to explore the rich seabed all around the island. An unforgettable experience for families and friends!

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11. What else can you do in Andros?

Île d'Evia, Grèce

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Still wondering what to do in Andros? Then discover the activities and other places to discover during your stay:

  • Visit Paleopolis, a charming hilltop village that also boasts an archaeological site.
  • Watch the sunset on theisland of Evia, in the north: one of the most beautiful panoramas on the island!
  • Have fun discovering even more hidden beaches along the Andros coast!

How do I get to Andros?

To visit Andros, you’ll first need to travel to Athens or another Cycladic island, such as Mykonos – the nearest. To find the best price for a flight to Athens or another Greek destination, please consult the website of our partner Ulysse.

Once in Athens, you’ll need to go to the nearby town of Rafína to catch a ferry. It takes an average of 2 hours to reach the port of Gavrio. You can also reach Andros by ferry from Mykonos. The journey takes an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The best way to get around Andros is by car, which you can rent on arrival in Gavrio. The roads on the island are well maintained.

Where to stay in Andros?

If you’d like to visit Andros, there are plenty of accommodation options. Despite its relative isolation from tourism, the island offers a wide range of hotels and private accommodation (the best rates are available on this hotel comparison site).

For your accommodation in Andros, we recommend the towns of Batsi, Andros Chora and Korthiou. But you can also choose an establishment nestled in the mountains, on the edge of a deserted beach or in a picturesque village for more authenticity or tranquility. You’ll have no trouble finding your dream accommodation on Andros, whatever your budget!

Map of hotels and accommodation – Cyclades