At the end of August, we visited Andros. The trip from Rafina lasted two hours. I was looking forward to these holidays, but my joy had fled away since I waited so long. Thus, when the ship’s door started to descend I cast a casual glance to the landscape and I remained indifferent and negative to what came into my view.
Nevertheless, nobody can but be moved in front of the Noblewoman! Before the end of the day, the island had unfolded its nets and I had begun to feel enchanted of what I saw.
The previous days, the holidaymakers’ hordes had gone away and people like us – who were on leave – were enjoying the quietness, the beauties and the island sights.
If you visit Andros for the first time you have to know that the distances are long so you’ll definitely need a car.
So in order to help you, I prepared a list with the 10 most important sights that you mustn’t miss to visit.
1. CHORA OF ANDROS
Built on a peninsula is stretching indolently up to the edge of the sea.
Walk across the large marble pedestrian street with the restaurants and the shops. Admire the majestic public buildings. Most of them are donations from eminent habitats of the island.
Get into the narrow alleys with the wonderful mansions and the trim yards. Get to Riva’s square where the statue of the Unknown Sailor is situated. On the opposite side, you’ll see the remains of the Venetian castle and the Tourlitis Lighthouse. It is built on a rock into the sea and has been standing there since 1887. It is world- wide unique.
You can swim in Niborio or in Paraporti. These are two beaches on the right and on the left of the island.
Walk to the Panagia Thalassini and do not miss to have a coffee in the central square under the trees shade.
Archaeological Museum: It was established in 1981 and it’s a Goulandris Foundation donation. It is situated at Kairis square.
Nautical Museum: It is located at the edge of Chora at Rivas square. The admission fee for the adults is 3 Euros and for the children is free.
Museum of Contemporary Art: It was established in 1979 by the Goulandris Foundation and is the Cultural Ornament of the island.
Kidonieos Foundation: It is situated at Kairis street and it was established by Peter and Marika Kidonieos. Its prime concern is plastic arts, literature, theatre and music. It often hosts work of arts exhibitions of great painters.
This is one of the most beautiful Andros villages. It is located too close to Chora. It’s hidden in a lush green landscape with running waters. If you’d like to enjoy your lunch in this magic place there are two taverns.
Another wonderful village which is situated just 2 km away from Chora. The mansions in the lush green landscape make your walk through its alleys just a pleasure.
Apikia is spreading over a green clad of mount overlooking Aegean Sea.
Here, is located the spring Sariza and the factory where the homonymous water is bottled.
6. PYTHARAS FALLS
By the time you’ll find yourself in Apikia don’t miss to visit the Pythara ravine as well as the waterfall.
There is a sign that will show you the way. You’ll leave the car and then you’ll follow the narrow but passable trail that will lead you in a lush green landscape. There, you’ll see the waterfall’s running water.
7. HOLY MONASTERY OF PANACHRANTOY
You can easily reach there by car following the road from the village Exo Vouni. The view is unique.
The Monastery’s contribution through the centuries has been inestimable.
After the Minor Asia Catastrophe, the Monastery conceded land for the refugee’s rehabilitation and during German occupation rescued many children of malnutrition.
In Monastery, you can bow the Saint Panteleimon skull.
8. CAVE FOROS
It is located at Aladino village which is 4km away from Chora. It’s 500 square meters in extent.
The tour is done in groups of 6 persons and the tour guide will give you helmet and flashlight. The admission fee is 5 Euros.
9. ZOODOCHOS PIGI MONASTERY
It is situated 7, 5 km over Batsi. From there you can enjoy the unique view.
Initially, it was a castle but during the 16th century and after the great find of the Holy Icon it was made into a convent.
It is a coastal fish village which amphitheatrically is spreading on the rocky Cycladic landscape and is the most important Andros’ resort.
Taverns, bars and all sorts of stores edge the small port where all kinds of crafts tie up.
The beach is sandy and windless.
These are for me the 10 most important sights you have to visit in Andros.
Have you ever been there?
Do you have any other place to suggest?