Andros, the most northerly island in the Cyclades and the second
largest in the group, is also among the most beautiful.
Successive ranges of mountains with steep sides, separated by
gorges, riverbeds and three large valleys planted with olive
trees, figs, oranges, lemons and vines through which run
numerous streams go to make this a landscape which often goes
beyond what we think of as typically “Cycladic”.
The mountains end as rocky cliffs or steep promontories, while
at the mouths of the valleys are sandy beaches.
In the southeast is Andros or Bora, the capital of the island
and its second most important harbour.
This is a most attractive town, with neo-classical mansions
side-by-side with Cycladic houses, steep and narrow alleys lined
with arcades, fine churches and two pretty squares in the centre
of a town which will make a lasting impression.
Among the most important monuments of Hora are the castle, now
ruined, and the church of Our Lady “Palatiani” within its walls.
On the cultural side, there is an Archaeological Museum with
finds from the Geometric, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and
Byzantine periods, a Museum of Modern Art with works by the
sculptor Michalis Tombros, and a Nautical Museum with a rich
collection of ship models, photographs and ship’s instruments.
Andros is home to many of Greece’s seamen, and interesting
cultural events take place there all the year round.
Gavrio is the island’s principal harbour, on the west side of
Andros. Among the interesting features in the vicinity is the
tower of Aghios Petros.
Andros has numerous interesting things to see: the church of the
Archangel at Messaria, the monasteries of Zoodohos Pigi at Batsi,
of St Nicholas at Apikia (which is also the site of the Sariza
mineral spring), of Our Lady “Panahrantou” at Falika, and the
Apano Kastro or “Tis grias to Kastro” (Upper Castle) to the
north of the village of Kohilos.
Special mention should be made of the ruins of an ancient city,
which have survived at Paleopoli. At Zagora, to the south of
Paleopoli, one of the most important Geometric temples to have
been discovered anywhere in Greece has come to light.
There are good swimming beaches at Nimborio, Paraporti, Korthi
bay near Batsi, Gavrio, Vitali and elsewhere.
Andros has good tourist amenities and can easily deal with the
steadily increasing numbers of visitors who choose it for its
natural beauties, its attractive villages, its historical
monuments, its superb beaches and its medicinal springs.