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.
Prices are based on Sunday lunchtime flights from Heathrow to Athens, with an evening return. Other days and flights from Gatwick and Manchester available (prices on request). An overnight hotel in Athens or Rafina for the first night is required and included in the price. Early morning ferry or high speed to island, local transfers to accommodation (max 30 mins). On the return the reverse applies (no overnight should be required if ferry schedules remain as 2014). All transfers, overnight hotel and ferry tickets are included (note Andros clients - you will need to walk the 5 mins (450m) from the Rafina hotel which is just above the harbour to the ferry, or ask the hotel to call a local taxi at a cost of just a few Euros).
2 hours by ferry from Rafina (Athens)