Andros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea and the second largest in the Cyclades complex that comprises over 220 islands. The island is well connected to the port of Rafina, from where it is only located 37 nautical miles away. It offers visitors a relaxing and laid back destination and is ideal for sailing holidays.
Andros is known as a nature lover’s paradise with extensive hiking trails that span the whole island. Visitors can look forward to exploring a diverse landscape where mountainscapes meet remote bays and scenic coves.
Due to its remote nature, Andros is a great island for Greek yacht charter holidays. Some of the best swimming spots on the island can only be accessed by boat or a jeep safari, so chartering a yacht gives you access to secluded and idyllic spots away from the crowds.
The main harbour on the island, where ferries bring visitors from Athens twice a day, is in Gavrio on the NW side of the island. Night approaches can pose a threat due to reefs and unlit islets to the S of the entrance. For anchoring stern to it is best to use the NW corner. During meltemi season, the west side of the island can make the approach difficult in certain parts.
Other anchorages that offer a quieter spot where you can anchor your yacht on the island of Andros are Kastro, Korthion, Ormos Plaka and Ormos Fournos.
Andros is one of the lesser-known islands of the Cyclades and is considered a hidden gem for sailing holidays. It is one of the largest and one of the greenest islands in this part of Greece with dense vegetation, high mountains, deep gorges and running waters. The island is famous as a go-to escape for wealthy Athenians. Stunning neoclassical mansions frame the Chora, which is best explored on foot and offers a wealth of attractions.
History of Andros
Andros has been inhabited since ancient years, where it held the name Gavros but also Hydroussa for its abundance of water streams. According to Greek mythology, Andros was a grandson of the god Apollo. There is also evidence of the worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, pleasure and festivities.
Andros was active in the silkworm trade, starting during the Byzantine times and even under Venetian and Ottoman occupation. After the Greek Revolution of 1821, the shipping industry played a pivotal role in the development of the island and brought great wealth and prosperity to the inhabitants.
This long tradition of seafaring continues to live on nowadays together with a passionate community of locals that love to showcase their island.
Places of Interest
Beach “Tis Grias To Pidima”
One of the most photographed beaches on the island due to the peculiarly shaped rock in the middle of the bay and the myth surrounding its name. Located on the eastern side of the island and near Ormos Korthi, the beach can be reached after a small hike and offers limited shade but stunning waters.
One of the best beaches on the island which is named after the river Achla and creates an impressive and wild wetland. Although reaching this beach can be a challenge, the destination is more than worth it. There are boats sailing to this beach daily from Chora, weather permitting. Alternatively, you can rent an SUV since the dirt roads are not suitable for conventional cars.
A small village tucked between plane trees and charming hills with countless streams. Visitors come to dine under the shade of the trees next to the streams that flow from the lion’s heads. The water is fresh and locals can often be seen filling up bottles for personal use.
A landmark of the island of Andros, Tourlitis Lighthouse stands on a distance from the Square of the Unknown Sailor and is partially hidden by the Lower Venetian Castle. This is an abandoned settlement that can be reached by climbing on a steep bridge. The lighthouse has been in operation since 1897 and is the only one of its kind in Europe. This was also the first automatic lighthouse in Greece and is still in operation.
Here is where you will find the Archeological Museum of Andros and the Goulandris Museum of Modern Art. Charming cobblestone alleyways with excellent tavernas and places to relax and unwind.