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Northernmost and second largest of the Cyclades islands, it is relatively unknown beside its more famous Cycladic siblings (Santorini and Mykonos). It's also the closest to Athens, making it an easy choice for a quick getaway. 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 it's been a comfortable place to live for thousands of years.
What You'll Find
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 are 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.
Andros is also a good place for divers, sailors, snorkelling, horse-riding and bird watching.
What Not To Miss
- Be sure to pay a visit to Andros's well stocked Museum of Contemporary Art. Located centrally in Andros Town, it can boast works by Picasso, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec and Miro.
- Check out the ruins of a Venetian fortress, perched on an island linked to the tip of the headland by the remains of an arched stone bridge. Originally built to protect the island from pirates and Turks, this picturesque spot offers lovely sea views and is a great place to stop off and enjoy a picnic.
- The Andros Archaeological Museum houses some of the most impressive local finds, including artefacts ranging from the Mycenaean era to the Roman period. Don't miss the life-size marble statue of Hermes!
- Go for a tour through the Cave Foros which takes you through four spectacular cave chambers - make sure to remember your camera! Run by friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, it's an incredibly impressive visit.
As you can imagine, the island is busiest during the peak summer months. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Andros in July or August, you'll need to book well ahead. Alternatively plan your visit in quieter months, when the weather is still warm, but the crowds have gone.
The best places to stay in Andros
- Hotel Perrakis is a chic spot featuring a private beach and wonderful views. Their elegant whitewashed rooms feature luxurious bathrooms, whilst you can also enjoy candlelit evening meals at sunset after a day at the beach. A lovely romantic spot!
- Andros Prive Suites boasts a splendid location, perched atop a hill overlooking Kypri Bay. What's more, with just four suites, (decorated in a typically Cycladean manner), there's a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. Enjoy an evening tipple on your private terrace to fully unwind.
- The charming Onar comprises ten traditional cottages (sleeping 3-7 people) with chic interiors and lovely warm hues. This secluded spot is only a short walk away from Ahla beach, so you can spend your days lounging by the seaside as the kids play. Plus, there's a lovely restaurant on site.
- 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. Prices start from as little as €40 per night!
For a holiday Villa or apartment
- If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available with our partner, booking.com.
- Weather-wise, Andros is nicest in the summer months with the average temperature reaching 32℃ in July and August. But it's mild all year round with temperatures around 16℃ even in December.
- Andros doesn't have its own airport and so visitors should fly into Athens International Airport.
- There are direct flights from London Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow to Athens which take around 3 and a half hours. Easyjet and Aegean also offer direct flights.
- From the airport, head to the Rafina Port either by taxi (costing €25 during the day, €35 at night and lasting 20 minutes) or take the bus. This lasts 50 minutes, though it's considerably cheaper - costing €5 for adults and €2.50 for students, under 18s and over 65s.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in Andros
Onar 10 rooms from $194Andros
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.Great walks - Trekking on the ancient paths, Jogging to the lighthouse, Walking to St. Nicolas Byzantine Monastery plus moreHideaway - 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.Recommended by - I Escape
Paradise Lifestyle Andros 41 rooms from $33Andros
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.
Andros Prive Suites 4 rooms from $183Andros
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.
Hotel Perrakis 44 rooms from $69Andros 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.