QUEEN OF THE AEGEAN

Lush valleys, imposing mountains, 300 sandy beaches and rich cultural heritage make Andros a destination like no other. The northernmost island of the Cycladic complex was once described as “the queen of the Aegean… the most beautiful of all in the world” by the Greek poet Andreas Embirikos.

WILD AND GENUINE

Location: Cyclades
Capital: Hora
Size: 380 km²
Accessibility: By ferry from Rafina port

Although it belongs to the mostly infertile Cycladic complex, Andros is a verdant island. A network of footpaths and country roads, via the pine and mulberry forests, lead to pretty villages and mountain springs.The island has a fascinating archaeological and cultural heritage, with plenty of museums to visit and historic sites to explore. The entertainment options are far and few but satisfactory. Andros also carries a rich naval tradition which is eminent in its architecture. The neoclassical 19th century mansions which belonged to the captains grant the main town, Hora, an air of old-style elegance. Together with Hora, the unpretentious port of Gavrio and the colorful resort of Batsi are the settings that attract most of the visitors.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The contrast between the elements: wild land meets waterfalls and natural springs.The secluded beaches, known to be among the best in Cyclades.The Goulandris Museum of Modern Art, where exhibits range from the work of artists such as Picasso to upcoming talents.

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LOCAL TIPS

Go to Kossis family farm and enjoy true organic meat and cheese from home-grown cows and goats. Go hiking and explore an impressive network of over 300km footpaths. Don’t miss the famous “Fourtalia” a type of omelet made with local potatoes and sausage. Go off-road to discover the many isolated beaches on the Northern and Eastern parts of the island.

Events calendar

ST. FANOURIOS LOCAL FEAST

Taking place in August 27th at Korthi bay in the South of Andros

Chirosfagia

Traditional preparation and storage of pork meat from Oct. 25th-26th

Gavriotika cultural festival

A summer festival in August with a plethora of events and exhibitions

St. John Prodromos festival

A folk feast with food and wine taking place on the 29th of August