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 8 °C

Next 5 days

  • THURS 18 °C
  • FRI 18 °C
  • SAT 18 °C
  • SUN 18 °C
  • MON 16 °C

Climatic Data

Source: National Observatory of Athens /meteo.gr

Andros, the northernmost island of the Cyclades, has a long maritime tradition. Explore sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, water springs, hills and green plains!

The capital of the island, Chοra (which means “main village”) is home to many famous Greek captains and ship owners; Take a look at the remarkable combination of medieval, neoclassical and island style houses. Walk the village down the flights of stairs, around the public square and its narrow streets, visit some remarkable churches and museums, and take a break in its beautiful shops, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss the Frankish castle located on an islet across the main island connected with an arched stone bridge dating back to the 13th century.
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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, plane, oak, weeping willows, poplar, mulberry, chased and olive trees. Follow the sign posted stone paved trails that run around the island’s fields and enjoy the aromas of thyme, crocus and sage along the way. Make a point in visiting the inland village of Messaria, which was of great significance during the Byzantine Period, as well as Faneromeni’s castle built in the 11 century at  600 m. Stop by the monasteries of Zoodochos Pigi in Batsi and Panagia Tomarhiani in Korthi and admire stunning views as well as important collections of heirlooms and manuscripts.

At a distance of 16 km west of Chora you can visit the ancient capital town of Andros, Paleopolis, which prospered from the classical to the late roman times. The prehistoric settlement of Plaka, the settlement of Zagora dating to the Geometric period, and a fortified settlement dating back to Neolithic times (4,500-3,300 BC) where rock paintings of animals, ships and linear designs have 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 Chοra and Paleοpolis showcase the island’s long turbulent history. The Cyclades Olive Museum located at Pitrofos village is a fine example of a small pre-industrial olive oil producing unit that is definitely a must-see site.

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