It was Maria’s birthday, and we decided to spend two days on Andros Island, Greece.
Andros is one of those islands that are close to Athens and the northernmost island of the Greek Cyclades archipelago, at about 10km southeast of Evoia island (Euboea).
Sightseeing in Andros includes (but is not limited) monasteries, and ancient sites. Most of them are accessible through well-marked hiking paths or via organized jeep safari trips.
In Ormos beach, you will find lots of people engaging in another popular activity: Windsurfing.
How to Get to Andros Island Greece?
You can take a public bus up to Rafina port. Hop on a ferry and with just 15 euro per person you arrive on Andros in under 2 hours trip.
It is best to make a plan before arriving there, as there are many places you can visit. If you are an avid hiker, then this island is for you.
What Things to Do in Andros Island Greece?
There is 300 Km of footpaths with 160km of them being well marked.
One is called the Andros Routes and is a continuous 100km footpath (check here for more details and a helpful map).
All paths are from easy to moderate level. To walk them all, you will need to stay around 30 days on the island, but the main one (100km) can take ten days.
Make sure to get the map mentioned above with all routes.
That is a unique map with all info, made with a laminated paper that won’t get wet and is hard to tear apart.
If you plan it correctly, then you can do lots of things in 2 days. The island is not under mass tourism so that you can have lots of fun without the crowds.
Most places are close to each other to visit. The only thing that can take up much time but is rewarding is hiking.
As said, there are numerous routes.
You do want to read these extra posts about things to do in Andros island, Greece.
The Chora (Capital) of Andros Island Greece
Maybe one of the most photographed places of Andros island.
White and blue colors dominate here.
Do allocate time to sit in the main square for a beverage or a snack under the shade.
Do walk through the different alleys and narrow streets of Chora Andros.
You will have lots and lots of photo opportunities.
Andros island belongs to Cyclades island complex, and this can be seen everywhere around.
One of the best views towards Chora is from outside of it.
You need to walk all the way through to end up in an alley with a stone bridge ahead. There is a castle on the small island. That is the Venetian Castle.
That is the main castle, built by Dandalo on the eastern side of the island on this naturally fortified rock.
The rock was fortified with an additional wall all the way around. On the rock was a palace along with a large water storage area.
Later on, the rock has connected the mainland with this arch-shaped bridge.
Be careful when you cross that bridge as it is more an arch than a bridge.
Walk the short path, and you will end up in a small cave that looks directly towards Chora.
From there, you will be able to take one of the most popular photos that relate to Andros. There you are. The secret is out!
Archaeological Museum of Paleopolis, Andros, Greece
Outside of Chora is Paleopolis village.
That is a rather small village with few things to see, except the museum and charming small coffee house with shade.
Paleopolis is additionally a starting point for one beautiful hiking route (which we did).
If you are into museums (like we are), then you can also visit the famous Cyclades Olive Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
Our Andros island hiking experience
We decided to go after a single circular hiking route in Andros Island.
That started from Paleopolis and went through pastures and golden fields, ending up to the sea and then goes up again from a different route.
You don’t get bored as you continuously have a panoramic view of the hill and the sea in front of you.
Just make sure you take some water with you. There are no springs along the route.
If you care for a guided tour, then these options are helpful:
- Andros Walking Tour in Magical Lush Valley
- Walking Tour to Lamira Village
- Guided Walking Tour of Andros Town
- 4-Hour Private Andros Island Sightseeing Tour
Where to stay in Andros island Greece
Where to stay in Andros island depends on if you have means to move around and the kind of beaches you like.
We decided to stay at a relatively remote resort named Aegea Blue Cycladic resort at Zorgos Bay. It was a birthday weekend, and some luxury was what we wanted.
Zorgos bay is very famous, even among locals.
It takes some time to go there from the harbor and the last 40 minutes is through a dusty dirt road, but when you get there, you will appreciate the place and its beauty.
What you will see is the resort, with different ways to access the isolated sandy beach and a tavern and that’s that.
The whole bay is secluded, really peaceful, and stylish.
If you want to relax then, this is the place for you, additionally spiced with some affordable luxury.
There is a pool and all, but most walk their way to the beach (5 minutes). Seeing the photos, you understand why.
Dining in Batsi Andros, Greece
We ate at different places.
The food in our hotel was excellent too. But the one that we will remember was Themelos restaurant in the famous Batsi village.
Themelos was a small gourmet restaurant, recommended by a Greek friend (thank you Alexandra) who specifically said: You Must Eat at Themelos.
Fantastic modern Greek cuisine. We would leave for Athens in a few hours, and that was the best bye-bye to Andros Island Greece.
Best Andros Beaches to Visit
There are more than 20 beaches in Andros, for you to swim in the Aegean sea. The ones suitable for families are Kypri, Batsi, and Neimporio.
For the overall popular ones go to Grias Pidima, Achla beach, Zorkos, Ateni, Paraporti, and Fellos.
For fun and activities, go to Ormos, Agios Petros, Golden Sand (Chrisi Akti) or Piso Gialia.
There are more but not accessible by car; only with a boat.
Is Andros just for a two days trip? It is not.
Most Greek islands need at least five days to fully experience them and walk around; especially islands with such an extensive hiking network.
That was the first taste of Andros island Greece for us. Now we know that we have to go back and explore more.
Have fun with all the things to do in Andros island!