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About Andros

The northernmost and second-largest of the Cyclades, Andros remains relatively unknown in comparison to the far more famous Santorini and Mykonos. Boasting more fresh water sources, it’s far greener than most of the other islands in the group, with forests, fields of wildflowers, and groves of olives and citrus trees. Just a short ferry ride from Athens, the island is brilliant for a weekend getaway, with most of the best places to stay in Andros clustered close to the ferry port at Gavrio, or in Andros Town.

Delve into Andros’ history with a wander through its wealthy port towns: Gavrio is the mooring point of choice for sailors, whilst Andros Town has some striking neoclassical mansions, many of which originally belonged to traders and shipbuilders. The Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec and Miro, whilst the Andros Archaeological Museum has pieces dating back to the from the Mycenaean era to the Roman period.

It’s walkers, however, who are the main visitors to Andros. The island is criss-crossed with cobbled footpaths leading up hillsides and down into valleys with waterfalls, flower-filled meadows and some impressive archaeological sites. The ruins of a Venetian fortress are an excellent picnic spot on a hiking or horse riding day and not to be missed. Adventurers will be fascinated by the Foros Cave — one of the earliest to be discovered in Greece — as well as by diving, sailing and snorkelling opportunities. Return to one of the best places to stay in Andros to unwind after days of outdoorsy exploring.

The Best Places to Stay in Andros

For Romance

  • Hotel Perrakis, on the western coast near Gavrio, has contemporary interiors with clean lines, bright pops of colour and private balconies facing the Aegean. Candlelit dinners are perfect for romantic couples eager to unwind after days on the private beach.
  • Andros Prive Suites, perched atop a hill overlooking Kypri Bay, has just four simple suites. Wonderfully intimate, this little hotel promises dazzling views, generous breakfasts and appealing private terraces for soaking up panoramic vistas with an evening tipple or two. Ideal for couples.
  • Micra Anglia is a lovely boutique property in the heart of Andros Town. White-on-white interiors are sleek and stylish, and there's a soothing spa as well as a great restaurant and bar. One for romantics eager to stay within reach of all the action.

For a Rural Retreat

  • Onar is a collection of 14 traditional cottages (sleeping 3-7 people) with chic, pared-back interiors and a real sense of seclusion. Stroll down to Ahla beach with family and friends, exploring the protected park of the Ahla wetlands. A wonderful rural escape with plenty of character and a real respect for its surroundings.

For Great Value

  • Paradise Art Hotel Andros is an elegant yet affordable mansion with beautiful views and a laid-back sense of charm. With a swimming pool and tennis court, as well as child-friendly spaces, it's an excellent choice for a family holiday.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Athens International Airport, as Andros does not have its own airport. Travel by bus or taxi from the airport to Rafina Port, and hop aboard a ferry to Andros from there.
  • There's lots to see if you're happy to explore Andros independently! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 32°C between June and August, which is also peak season. Winters are mild, with temperatures hovering close to 16°C even in December. For fewer crowds and cooler weather travel in April, May or late September, when you'll also find great hotel deals.

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Best Hotels in Andros

  • Paradise Art Hotel Andros Andros 41 rooms from £52

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Perrakis Andros Island 44 rooms from £52

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Andros Prive Suites Andros 4 rooms from £139

    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.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    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. See More

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  • Micra Anglia Andros island 17 rooms from £185

    Local exploring  -  A fantastic base to explore all the island has to offer.
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise around the island and stop along the way for a dip in the ocean.
    Great walks  -  Discover lush fields, waterfalls and streams on long scenic walks.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the the ruins of the ancient city of Ipsili.
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    A luxury boutique property set in an historic mansion. A collection of suites and rooms are light and bright with white on white style and contemporary design. Feast on Aegean cuisine in the fantastic restaurant, take a dip in the pool and unwind in the tranquil gardens. A fabulous stay. See More

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  • Onar Andros 16 rooms from £174

    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​, ​Walk​ing​ to St. Nicolas Byzantine Monastery​ plus more
    Hideaway  -  Situated in a secluded spot on Andros' East coast, just steps from one of its best beaches
    Restaurant  -  Authentic traditional cuisine with many of the organic ingredients grown on site
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    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. See More

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