Get to to know the greenest and most enchanting, yet unknown island of the Cyclades!
Andros, the northernmost Cycladic island is steeped in green – especially in spring time – mainly because of its surface and underground waterstreams, with a mountainous terrain and an extremely varied scenery and important flora and fauna. Fertile valleys, numerous beaches, ravines with continuous water flow, small waterfalls, areas designated Natura IBA sites (important sites for birds) .
Break from your regular routine & come out to discover the surroundings, familiarise yourself with the tradition of Andros, explore ancient footpaths, visit historic monuments, admire the cycladic architecture, discover the unique nature of the island
Andros. Gray, green and white, the Northernmost Island in Cyclades. Andros is the northernmost Cycladic island (374 sq. km) and second in area after Naxos. The main port is at Gavrio, with a regular connection to Rafina ( 2 hrs ), while the ports of Batsi, Hora and Korthi can facilitate fishing and touristic boats. The land in Andros is covered with consecutive mountain ranges with steep slopes and in between gorges and ravines and valleys full with olive trees, fig trees, orange and lemon trees, vineyards and plenty of running waters, that usually end in soft sandy beaches.
The island has many torrents and plenty of spring waters gush out, since the geology of the ground favors the containment of rain and snow water. Many of the spring-waters are rich in minerals and have curative properties (Sariza, Arni spring, Petrenia, etc). Andros owes its ancient names "Idrousa", "Lasia", "Nonagria" and "Epagris" to water and its rich vegetation.Since a long time ago, big parts of the slopes have been transformed, using stone walls, to step-like shapes locally called "emasies " .
At the western part of Andros are the big sandy beaches of the island, easily accessible and developed. Those seeking quiet beaches and rough landscapes should visit the northeastern and southeastern parts. The northwestern part of the island is bushy and somebody can see partidges, hawks or even rarer predatory birds, like eagles, wild pigeons and martins.
The whole island is mountainous, with a central range reaching its highest at Petalo and Kouvara (highest peak is Profitis Ilias, 997 m.). The coastline is generally rocky and it has several protected bays: Mikrogiali, Vitali, Kastro, Melissa, Korthi, Ai-Gianni in Kremmydes, Gavrio, Batsi, Chalkolimnionas, Plaka.
Small rock islets surround the island: Gavrionisia, Kapitita, Makedona, Tourlitis, Theotokos, Plati, Lagonisi, Prasouda, Kastro in Chora. Andros is also related to the distant Kalogeros, dreaded rocks for the old sailors.
Cape Kampanos is the northern end of the island, while cape Steno (Avlon) is the southern. In the east coast we come across capes Frigelo or Kato Kosmos, Akamatis, Grias. Cape Artemidi in the north, Stroggylo in the west. The north part forms the mountainous region of Agioi Saranta (height 716), in the center mount Petalo (height 994). In the south extends the mountainous region Katafygi - Gerakones and more south the mountain Rachi. In the north part of the island Arni region has thick vegetation and plenty of water. The southern slopes of Petalo have water and fertile soil (Livadia valley, Pitrofos fields).
Korthi lies in the southern part of the island. It is crossed by two mountain massives, Gerakones in the north and Rachi in the south. In between lies the fertile Korthi valley and the impressive gorge in Dipotamata, with plenty of running water and the numerous water-mills. The area dominates the Kastro Faneromenis (Faneromeni Castle), old middle-ages fortification, with spectacular view of the Aegean Sea.
In the area you will find many sandy beaches, and the most known Grias Pidima beach. Following the old path-ways you will see wind and water mills, pigeon houses (peristeriones), monasteries and churches, bridges, lovely mansions with flowery balconies and bright green yards.