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Andros Travel Guide
Andros Name

According to mythology the island was named after Andros, a hero and descendant of God Apollo.  Another version supports that Andros was a General from “Minoic” Crete, who settled on the island and became its first king.

Neolithic Period

The findings that certify the existence of a prehistoric settlement on the island are very few and information for the ancient years derives mostly from mythology. In the end of the Neolithic Period (4th millennium B.C.) the important settlements were those of Strofilas on the west coast and Microgialiou on the northeast coast.

Early Cycladic Period

During 3000-1600 B.C. the most important organized settlement was Plaka, a naturally protected and of strategic importance settlement on the west coast. The Geometric Period (10th-8th century B.C.) was an era of great prosperity for Andros, as reflected on the fortified settlements of Zagora and Ypsili, built on the hills of the west coast.

Archaic-Classical-Hellenistic Period

The cultural centre of the island during the Archaic Period (7th - 6th century B.C.) is the area of Paleopolis, a settlement with a citadel and main town, fertile land and natural ports. Andros founded the colonies of Stageira, Akanthos and Argillos in Halkidiki. The island took the side of the Persians in the Persian Wars and the Athenians attempted to punish it with a military campaign. Then, it joined the first Athenian Alliance of Delos, helped Athens in the Peloponnesian war and in 393 B.C. became independent. During the 4th century B.C. it came under Macedonian Rule until 199 B.C. when the Romans ruled in the Aegean Sea. During the 4th-6th century A.D. it was a part of the Byzantine Empire.

Byzantine Period

The Saracen pirates were a permanent menace to the island. Between the 11th and the 12th century A.D. though, the development of silk production and clothing trade, contributed to the economic prosperity of the island.

Venetian-Ottoman Period

Andros was ruled by Venice, after the fall of Constantinople in 1204 A.D. by the Franks. The Ottomans conquered the island in 1566 A.D. During the Ottoman rule the island was granted many privileges that contributed to economic prosperity. Andros, just like the rest of the Cyclades, came under the Russian rule in 1770 during the Turkish-Russian War. In 1821 the island took part in the Greek Revolution. Being part of the newly formed Greek State it developed a great shipping power.

Andros Mythology

Anios, king of Delos, son of God Apollo and Rhious, had three daughters and two sons whose names were named Andros and Mykonos. Each one of them gave its name to the island were he reigned over. Andros Island had other ancient names as well, such as Ydrousa (because of the abundance of water) and Lasia (meaning lush).

Tower of Agios Petros

The Tower of Agios Petros was built in the Hellenistic Era (4th - 3th Century B.C.). It has a cylindrical shape and the part that remains today is almost 20m high. Around the building facilities for copper extraction are found which were in service until the beginning of the 20th century. The tower is built in a strategic position overlooking the valley of Gavrio and the sea.

Monastery of Zoodohos Pigi

The monastery of Zoodohos Pigi is the largest on Andros and, according to a tradition, it used to be a School during the Byzantine Era before becoming a monastery in 842 A.D. by Empress Theodora. It was renovated in the 16th century and again in the 20th century. In 1928 it changed into a nunnery. Hosted in the monastery is a library, an exhibition with utensils and vestments and a collection of prehistoric tools.


Palaeopolis was an ancient settlement that prospered during the Classical Era. Today it is a charming village located on the hillside of mount Petalo, at the top of which waterfalls are formed. The ancient town was almost at sea level, near the port. There is a beautiful path leading towards the sea to the ancient port and passes near ancient ruins where one can admire some ancient Christian churches, huts partly made with ancient remnants and the old wall.

Ancient Zagora

Zagora peninsula can be reached after about 45’ hiking, following the path that starts from Stavropeda. The ancient Zagora (10th - 8th century B.C.) was located on a steep plateau on the Zagora peninsula. The settlement was protected by a strong wall. There is also a temple from the 8th century B.C. that operated until the Classical Era.

Pano Kastro

This castle was the largest and strongest settlement on the island, built by the Venetians on a plateau north form Korthi. Almost impregnable due to its fortification wall and difficult access, it fed a lot of rumors about its true story, as there is not enough information about its history. According to one theory, the Turks sent an old lady with her pregnant daughter to ask for help and to enter the castle. During the night she opened the gates and therefore the town was conquered. The old lady deeply regretted for her action and she committed suicide by dropping herself from a high rock into the sea. The castle took the name “castle of the old lady” (tis grias to kastro) and the beach “jump of the old lady” (tis grias to pidima).

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum was inaugurated in 1979 with its old wing exhibits sculptures of famous Greek artists. In 1986 the new building right opposite the old one was inaugurated, which is composed of a library, a projection room, a shop and an exhibition hall. Every summer since 1986, an exhibition is being organized here hosting important and famous artists’ works. Till nowadays there have been presented works of Greek and foreign artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Kadinsky, Giacometti, Chagall, Κlee, De Chirico, Rodin, Miro, Karagatsi, Paniaras, etc.

Archeological Museum of Andros

The Museum is operating since 1981 and its collection contains findings from the excavations in the ancient Zagora, as well as models and aero photographs. Sculptures from the Archaic and Roman era are also exhibited here, mainly coming from Paleopolis, together with inscribed plates, parts from Byzantine churches, the headless Kouroi, Hermes of Andros and the body of Goddess Artemis.

Archeological Museum of Paleopolis

Its collection contains sculptures, statues, coins and signs found in the excavations in Paleopolis. The most important exhibits are the marble lion, the marble statuette of Artemis and a marble plate with a hymn to Goddess Isis.

Kairios Library

The library was founded in 1987 and is housed since then in a neo-classical building in Andros Hora. It contains almost 60.000 volumes of scripts and manuscripts, a large archive about shipping tradition in Andros and other various works of art (pictures, paintings, ancient vases, statuettes and figures, etc). There is a department from which books can be lent and a fully equipped, modern workshop for bookbinding, book preservation and seminars.

Eat & Drink
TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cocktails Bar
Location: Gavrio

TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Korthi

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Alternative
Location: Gavrio

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Batsi

TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Kypri

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Batsi

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Ano Aprovato

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Batsi

TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Batsi

TYPE: Club,   STYLE: Mainstream
Location: Kato St Peter

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Lounge & Atmospheric
Location: Andros

TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Lounge & Atmospheric
Location: Andros

Practical info
General Info

Andros is the northernmost island of the Cyclades and the second biggest one following Naxos. It has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and cool summers because of the August northern winds.

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

The Area Code for Andros is: +30 22820.
If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Getting There

The port of Rafina in eastern Attica is connected with the port of Gavrio in Andros and the trip lasts about 2 hours. The island is also connected with the island of Tinos and from there with other Cycladic Islands like Syros, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos.

Blue star Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: www.bluestarferries.gr
Tel.: +30 210 3249 997, +30 210 3319 079, +30 211 2215502

Agoudimos Lines
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: www.agoudimos-lines.com

Fast Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: www.fastferries.com.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4182005, 4182163

Golden Star Ferries
For accurate timetables and ticket costs please visit: www.goldenstarferries.gr
Tel.: +30 212 222 4000

Andros Port Authority: +30 22820 22250
Rafina Port Authority Tel.: +030 22940 28888, 22940 22481, 22940 22487, 22940 22300

Tickets Rafina-Andros
Tel.: +30 22940 23561, 22940 22112, 22940 22700, 22940 24398

Tickets Andros-Rafina
Tel.: +30 22820 71222, 22820 72363, 22820 29220, 22820 71489, 22820 41198, 22820 41771

Local Transportation

Local buses connect the port of Gavrio with the towns of Andros, Batsi and Korthi and with the other villages of the island.

KTEL Andros Tel.:
+30 22820 22316

Gavrio Tel.: +30 22820 71561
Batsi Tel.: +30 22820 41081
Korthi Tel.: +30 22820 62171


The best way to discover the beauties the island of Andros has to offer is by renting a car or a motorbike. The roads though, are usually narrow, winding and not well maintained, so attention is always required.

Local Services

In the city of Andros you can find branches of many Greek banks. Bank branches or ATMs are also found in some villages.


Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.

The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Andros Post Office Tel.: +30 22820 22260
Gavrio Post Office Tel.: +30 22820 71254
Batsi Post Office Tel.: +30 22820 41423
Korthi Post Office Tel.: +30 22820 61286

Andros Police Station Hora, Tel.: +30 22820 22300
Gavrio Police Station Gavrio, Tel.: +30 22820 71220
Gavrio Police Station Gavrio, Tel.: +30 22820 41204
Korthi Police Station Korthi, Tel.: +30 22820 61211

Municipality of Andros
Tel.: +30 22820 22275

Municipality of Ydrousa
Gavrio Tel.: +30 22820 71250
Batsi Tel.: +30 22820 41343

Municipality of Korthi

Tel.: +30 22820.61360, 22820.61219

Useful Number

International Press can be found mainly in the big settlements of the island.


Andros Health Centre
Andros Town, Tel.: +30 22820 22222, 22820 33333, 22820 23703


You can find a pharmacy in every big village on the island. Pharmacists are well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints or to prepare prescriptions. The opening hours are listed at the front doors or in the windows of each Pharmacy. For your convenience find below an indicative list with pharmacies:

Gavrio Tel.: +30 22820 71329
Batsi Tel.: +30 22820 41541
Korthi Tel.: +30 22820 62058
Andros town Tel.: +30 22820 23203

Underwater caves

Close to Andros Town, heading south, Syneti beach is found. The beach is pebbled with crystal clear, clean waters and it also features some naturally carved caves under water. It is pretty tranquil and due to its special morphology it is ideal for snorkeling, while it provides natural shade after noon as it is nestled within high cliffs.  Syneti is also the mouth of Dipotamata, a very scenic gorge with traditional watermills within.

A family friendly beach

Ormos is located on the south eastern part of Andros, almost 37km from the port of Gavrio. The beach is sandy and pretty organized with showers and various other amenities. Swimming and windsurfing lessons can be attended here, so Mylos is a water sports' friendly beach. The name of the beach comes from an old windmill which stands right in the middle of its coast (Mylos means windmill in Greek). You will also find nearby various taverns and shops.

A prehistoric settlement

Plaka beach is located on the southwest coast of the island at Korthi area, almost 31km south from the port of Gavrio. After Zaganiaris village you should take a right turn and follow the dirt road. The beach is sandy, not very crowded and it also offers trees for natural, refreshing shade. Excavations have brought to light findings that testify that here existed a prehistoric settlement. Also ideal for fishing activities.

The most important area of ancient mines

Almost 24 km south from Gavrio on the west coast of the island Chalkolimionas beach is found. The beach is at places sandy and at places pebbled with crystal clear and calm waters, as it is naturally protected from strong northern winds. Its name, meaning the port of brass in Greek, comes from the mines that operated there in the ancient years.

Swimming among antiquities

After arriving at the settlement of Paleopolis located on the west coast of the island, you follow the path with the steps descending the hillside to this pebbly beach. The entire area is full of scattered antiquities, such as a great part of the ancient port and the ancient market (agora). An amazing experience swimming by the archeological remnants, into an ancient port!

A vibrant and famous spot for all ages!

Grias to Pidima beach, meaning the place where the old lady jumped in Greek, is located on the southeast coast of Andros, north from Ormos Kotrhiou, after the port of Vitzi. There is a path leading to this beautiful sandy beach with the characteristic rock which gave the name to the spot. It is believed that during Turk domination the Castle of Kohilos was given to the enemy by an old lady that asked shelter from its inhabitants but when she entered the castle, she opened the doors deliberately and the Turks dominated it. The old lady was so shameful that she jumped from the cliff and it is believed that she has been petrified ever since. Despite this "unpleasant" legend, the beach is a very beautiful cove and pretty popular among visitors and locals.

Hidden right under the tamarisk trees!

Agia Marina is located on the west coast of Andros, 8.5km south from Gavrio, next to Stivari beach. It is a sandy, long and narrow beach whose coast is well hidden under trees, so natural shade and a refreshing ambience is guaranteed. You will also find taverns nearby.

Just a breath away from crowds!

Stivari is located on the west coast of the island, 9.5 km south from Gavrio, right after Batsi. It is in reality a very small and narrow sandy bay with shallow waters, also ideal for fishing. Stivari is not organized and due to its size it is never crowded and, so, ideal for a tranquil swim.

Beautiful, endless sand!

Agios Petros beach is located on  the road to Stavropeda from Gavrio. The beach is very beautiful, with golden sand and warm shallow waters, that makes it ideal for families with young children. Some taverns can also be found here for a great meal with local delicacies and fresh fish. Right above the beach, on a cliff, you will also admire the cylindrical tower of St. Petros from which the beach was named after.

Among the most popular beaches on Andros

Almost 7km south from Gavrio on the northwest coast Chryssi Akti, the most crowded beach on the island, is located. Chryssi Akti is in reality the beach of Batsi, one of the most popular settlements of the island. A large, organized sandy beach, with water sports, taverns, cafes and shops nearby. Definitely not to be missed!

A long sandy beach with natural shade

This beach is located 5 km north from Gavrio on the northwest coast of Andros. It is a charming sandy beach with trees providing natural shade and clean waters. The place is ideal for fishing lovers and you will also find there some taverns for delicious meals and a short rest from a day under the sun!

A tranquil bay up north

Zorkos is a non organized large sandy beach nestled in a beautiful bay on the north part of the island, almost 17km from Gavrio following the road to Palaistou and then a dirt road towards Kato Varidi settlement. It is an untouched coast for a quiet and tranquil swim while, in summer time, a tavern on the coast offers delicious dishes and fish.

A secluded, pebbled beach for relaxation

Vitali beach is located almost 15 km northeast from Gavrio, following the road to Agios Petros and then to Vitali. Half of the road is a narrow dirt road which leads to a pebbly beach with big rocks providing natural shade and a tavern working in summer. A beach with crystal clear waters and quite tranquil, ideal also for fishing and for families.

A secluded haven providing total serenity

This beach is located on the northeast coast of Andros island in Achla region. Following the road from town to Arni, after Vourkoti there is a dirt road descending to this secluded beach. There is also the option of getting there by boat. The beach has fine pebbles and trees providing natural shade. The waters are ideal for snorkeling and fishing and the bay is protected from strong winds.

Two beautiful beaches in one

There are two beaches at the area of Stenies on the east coast of Andros, called Ebros Gialia and Piso Gialia (meaning front and back coast respectively in Greek) which are only a few minutes walk one from another. From Andros town you will follow the road to Niborio and take a left towards Stenies. Ebros Gialia is a pebbly beach and there is also a tavern on it. Piso Gialia is a sandy beach. Both beaches are popular and, as such, crowded in summer.

A quiet spot for a relaxing day on the beach

Close to the town of Andros, to the north, is located an organized sandy beach, ideal for families, with taverns, cafes and shops. The bay here used to be the old port of the island and it still serves as a harbour for fishermen boats and yachts. Niborio is partly organized with few sunbeds and umbrellas while the small taverns nearby maintain a discrete but really helpful presence with local delicacies and fresh fish.


Local Specialties & Recipes

Labriatis is an Easter traditional dish of Andros. A marinated goat is stuffed with a mixture of cheese, eggs, onions, butter, rice, spearmint, parsley and its own inwards which is first fried in a pan with olive oil. Then the goat is covered with rosemary branches and baked in the oven. The stuffing and the meat are served separately.


A mixture of crushed walnuts, breadcrumbs, peeled almonds, honey, nutmeg, clove pins, rose water and caster sugar is given the shape of little balls. The mixture is put in very thin dough which is then folded in an oblong shape and baked. When ready, caster sugar is added on top.


Potatoes are fried in a pan with sausage and pork meat. A mixture of eggs, salt, pepper, grinded cheese, oregano, spearmint is added in the pan and cooked till the mixture thickens. Then, it is turned upside down in the pan and cooked a little more, like the omelet.

Local Products
Bottled water

In the cyclades the natural mineral water springs are generally scarce. Andros though, is famous for its pure and high quality mineral water springs. Specifically in Apikia village, water is bottled under the label “Sariza”.


Andros has a tradition in fine quality honey production which is supported by the local Apicultural Cooperative.


Syneti village in Andros has a long tradition in wine production most of which is stored and bottled by the locals for self consumption and for friends.


Andros produces special types of cheese under traditional methods:

Analati/Armexia/Petroti Cheese
Rennet is added to the milk and kept in a casserole for a day. Then put in a cloth and hanged for several hours to lose its moisture and dry. Then, a flat heavy stone is put on the top of the cloth over the night, to lose even the last residues of moisture. Should be consumed fresh, because it doesn’t contain any salt and therefore it cannot be preserved.

Same process as the Analati, but it is being grinded, salted, shaped into small balls, put in a cheese cloth and finally left for a few days into a ventilated room.


Produced like Volakia but instead of cheese cloth a small basket is used which gives its characteristic shape to the cheese.

A thick and very spicy cheese made from mizithra cheese fermented three times with salt in a clay pot. The third time, a cloth soaked with vinegar is being placed over the top.

Festivals and Celebrations

Religious feasts

Usually the religious feasts, after the morning church services, are followed by traditional music, dancing, food and drink, offered at an open feast.

Cycladia Tips
Useful tips for a Pleasant Stay

The sun is very strong in summer and especially in August. Try to avoid the direct exposure for extended periods of time, especially from 11.00 to 16.00 and should always have a hat, a T-shirt and sunscreen with you.

As in most Greek islands, you should be very careful when you drive a car or a motorbike because the roads usually are not well maintained and they are often narrow and winding.

Shops & Galleries
Traditional Products

Appicultural Cooperative of Andros
Promotion and support of local honey production methods.
Kapparia, Andros
Tel.: +30 22820 62300

Women’s Cooperative of Korthi “Agromelissa”

Traditional recipes, Promotion of standardized local products.
Ormos Korthiou, Andros
Tel.: +30 22820 62100

Women’s Agricultural Cooperative of Ydrousa “The Lady of the Aegean”

Local products and traditional homemade recipes.
Batsi, Andros
Tel.: +30 22820 41834

Gifts & souvenirs

El Verano
Handmade Jewels, gifts
Kamara, Andros Town, Tel.: +30 22820 23669

Handmade gifts
Batsi, Tel.: +30 22820 42006

To Rodon

Accessories, clothing, gifts
Embirikou str., Andros Town