Andros


Andros has approximately 10000 inhabitants. It has an area of 400 km˛ making it the second largest of the Cycladic island (after Naxos). The island is the closest to Athens making it a popular destination for Athenians. Andros has a lot of sweet is relatively green and is abundant with water (at least by Greek islands standards). Only few international holidaymakers come here. English is not widely understood.

Batsi

Unlike on most other islands the port town is not the commercial centre of the island. On Andros the "main town" is Batsi and it is 8 kilometers east of the port town Gavrio. Especially on weekends Batsi is packed with people from Athens. The busy nightlife is aimed at a Greek audience. Accommodation is rather expensive; especially when you come here during high season and/or the weekend. The town is rather pretty and built on a hill side. At the seafront is a large square with cafes, restaurants and bars.

Andros Greece



Andros City
Andros town is situated on a narrow peninsula in the north of the island. It is lot quieter and – believe it or not – prettier than Batsi. Most visitors are day trippers from Batsi but it does actually worth staying there. There are a number of museums in town (maritime, modern art and a museum of local history) but it is good fun to actually just walk around. As mentioned earlier; the town is rather pretty.

Gavrio
Andros' local port at this stage is the islands second most important tourist destination. There has been a lot of construction work in recent years. The town has a few all right beaches and nice restaurants. Most visitors still prefer going to Batsi.

Korthion
Korthion is a small, quiet and sleepy little fishing village in the south of the island. There are a few rooms to rent and a few restaurants. The beach is average at most though.


Busses on Andros
The three major towns on the island are connected by bus. There 6-8 busses a day. The schedule is aligned with the ferries arrivals. From Batsi there are also busses down south. Final stop for these busses is Ormos Korthiou.

Ferries
to Andros
Ferries to Andros leave from Rafina (about 1 hour east from Athens). There are up to three a day. 2 out of three only stop in Andros and then continue to Tinos and Mykonos. Ferries to other islands are rather rare but during high season you can catch one of the (more expensive) fast ferries to the main Cycladic islands like Naxos,
Mykonos
, Paros and Santorini.

Accomodation
on Andros

At the port: Highly recommended by a reader was the hotel Galaxy (Tel.: 22820-71228). A double cost about 40 Euro.

Recommended in Batsi was Villa Aegeo. They have studios and apartments with kitchen, balcony and air condition for 30-65 Euros depending on the season. Tel.: 22820-41327

Considerably cheaper is "The Yellow Rose" (also in Batsi). They have basic rooms that cost 20-30 Euro. Tel.: 22820-41455

The number one place to stay in Korthion is the Hotel Korthion (22820- 61218). A room there will cost you about 35-50 Euro. If you travel on a tighter budget best shop around a little bit. You most likely will find a cheaper private room.

 

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