2 hours by ferry from Rafina (Athens)
Andros is the second largest island of the group (after Naxos). Due to the many underground springs much of the island remains green and fresh throughout the summer, making Andros a paradise for walkers: there are mountains, valleys, monasteries and some 70 villages to explore.
Andros’ many beaches are mostly superb, ranging from long sandy crescents (such as that at Batsi) to secluded coves, all lapped by a turquoise-clear sea. And it is Batsi where most visitors choose to stay. This small resort-village has a friendly relaxed Greek air, fine beaches to either side, a good choice of restaurants and cafés, a handful of bars, even an open-air cinema showing the latest releases (in English!).
Holidays In Andros
Andros Town, the atmospheric island capital since the Venetians arrived in the 13th century, makes a good day-trip by local bus. Old meets new here as its Archaeological Museum and Museum of Modern Art are each highly regarded. For trips further afield ferries run to Tinos and Mykonos.
Unlike the more famous Cycladic islands, tourism to Andros is pretty low-key (albeit busy with Athenians at weekends and in August). Coupled with its fine beaches, verdant countryside, authentic Greek atmosphere and ease of access, a visit here is highly recommended.
Daily scheduled flights to Athens to connect with the early morning or late afternoon ferry. Taxi transfers to Rafina port (20 mins). Then 2 hours by ferry (included) to Andros and 15 minutes taxi transfer. On return the reverse applies to connect with an evening flight back to the UK. A night or two in Athens can be arranged if desired.
Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos can all be combined – the minimum stay on each is 3 nights. For transfer reasons the island from which you are flying home from should be booked as your last centre.
Andros can be combined with Mykonos. Amorgos can be twinned with Naxos or Paros as a second centre.
Representation & Ferries
On Andros we have appointed local agents who arrange your transfers, can give information, book cars and excursions, and can be contacted if required. However, it is important to state that we do not employ our own representatives, nor are transfers escorted, so our holidays here are recommended for the more independent traveller.
Please also bear in mind that travel plans involving ferries can be disrupted at short notice due to the vagaries of ferry timetables, high winds etc. Although rare, should this occur we will rebook your hotels and transfers accordingly