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Northern most and second largest of the Cyclades islands, it is relatively unknown beside its more famous Cycladic siblings (Santorini and Mykonos). The best places to stay in Andros are mainly situated around the towns of Batsi and Andros town.
Andros also has a lot more fresh water than the other islands in the group - so much that it cascades from the rocks in places - so it's much greener. Some of the green is natural forest, or fields of coloured wildflowers, but some is terraced citrus and olive groves. As well as the verdant land, Andros is also rich in history, the water means its been a comfortable place to live for thousands of years.
It's also closest to Athens, making it an easy choice for a quick getaway.
Trade in the island's fresh produce has made Andros wealthy and the charming main town, Andros Town has some beautiful neoclassical mansions. Some of them were built by traders, many by shipbuilders. The sparkling main port, Gavrio is another 'well off' destination, and if you have a boat yourself, this is probably where you'll want to moor it.
But it's walkers who're the main visitors to Andros. Well, walkers and people looking for a beautiful sandy Cycladic beach to themselves. This island is covered in a spider's web of cobbled footpaths which lead up the hillsides and down into cool valleys, past waterfalls, wildflower meadows and interesting archaeological sites.
As for the beach-lovers, Andros has more than a hundred beaches. Everything from lively stretches of sand lined with pumping, thumping beach bars, sun loungers and beautiful young things, to isolated coves you can only reach if you have a 4x4.
You don't need a car on Andros, but it's a useful thing to have access to - this is an island with landscape and attractions worth travelling to see.
As well as the scenery, Andros has:
- A well stocked Museum of Contemporary Art, complete with works by Picasso, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec and Miro - in Andros Town;
- the ruins of a Venetian fortress;
- the Andros Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the most impressive local finds;
- and a Hellenistic tower.
Andros is also a good place for divers, sailors, snorkelers, horse riders and bird watchers.
- The name sounds kind of kooky, but the Paradise Lifestyle Andros is anything but - it's a very stylish mansion retreat where the decor is pale and elegant, the views are beautiful and the beaches are within walking distance.
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Best Hotels in Andros
Paradise Lifestyle Andros 41 rooms from $30Andros
A peaceful mansion retreat. Elegant rooms feature high ceilings, four poster beds, crisp white linen and private balconies. A lovely pool has stunning views over the island. Beaches within walking distance. A wonderful tranquil spot and very reasonably priced.Beach Life - Walking distance from two beaches with soft sand and crystal clear Aegean water, plus a range of beachside activities.Value chic - Lovely tranquil spot to unwind in style- chic suites with private balconies and poolside bar with spectacular views.Birdwatching - Bring your binoculars, partridges, hawks, eagles, wild pigeons and martins can all be spotted on the island.Great walks - Lovely countryside to explore with olive groves, lemon trees, springs, rivers and seaviews.
Hotel Perrakis 44 rooms from $63Andros Island
A chic property boasting a private beach and stunning sea views. Evenings spent overlooking the ocean dining on modern Mediterranean cuisine and days basking under the sun. Elegant white washed rooms feature lovely luxurious bathrooms. Not only wonderfully romantic but also reasonably priced. Bliss.Romantic Break - An indulgent getaway for two with romantic candlelit dinners, days basking under the sun and wonderfully romantic rooms.Beach Life - This nautical themed hotel boasts a stunning private beach; think white sands and turquoise seas.Great walks - Whether it's a morning stroll along the beach or a full days hike- there is something for everyone on this rugged coast.Diving - Discover Aegean treasures under the seas with local diving instructors.
Onar 10 rooms from $177Andros
A charming hotel comprising ten traditional cottages (sleeping from 3 to 7) with spectacular views over a secluded cove on the east coast of Andros. Stone walls and whitewashed interiors maintain the authenticity and the restaurant serves traditional cuisine with many ingredients grown onsite.Beach Life - The Ahla beach is a few steps from the hotel and has some of the clearest waters around.Hideaway - Situated in a secluded spot on Andros' East coast, just steps from one of its best beachesBirdwatching - Several migratory birds and dragonflies can be seen at the wetlands of Ahla.Great walks - Go for excursions through the plane trees in the wetlands of Ahla.Recommended by - I Escape
Andros Prive Suites 4 rooms from $180Andros
An intimate hotel perched on a hill overlooking the stunning Kypri bay. Four simple suites in the traditional Cycladic style. Private terraces provide the perfect space for a relaxed breakfast or evening tipple. Numerous stunning beaches to be explored. An ideal spot to relax and unwind.Beach Life - The island offers over 100 beaches to choose from with crystal clear water and white sands.Great walks - The island's stunning scenery makes for lovely walks with waterfalls, rivers, lush valleys and craggy mountains to be explored.Restrictions on children - Over 14s only.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.