information, regions, beaches, attractions
Andros lies in the heart of the Aegean Sea and is the northnernmost island of the Cyclades.
You can reach Andros by ferry boat from Rafina, two hours for conventional ferries and one hour for high speed boats. Gavrio is the main port of the island. Also there are daily connections to Tinos (1 hour 50 minutes) and Mykonos (2 hours 30 minutes).
Andros is characterised by its wild natural beauty and Cycladic architecture. Landscapes and views are varying and multiple.
It is an ideal destination for retreats or quiet family vacations, but also offers opportunities for nightlife and outings.
Alternative forms of tourism in Andros
Regions of Andros
(with distance from Althea in kilometres)
Attractions in Andros :
- Kairi square– statue of merchant marine sailor
- Kaireios Library
- Archaeological museum of Andros
- Archaeological museum of Palaiopoli
- Nautical museum of Andros
- Goulandris modern art museum (Goulandri permanent collection)
- Folklore museum of Andros
- Kydonieos foundation
- Menites lion water foutains
- Sariza spring in Apoikia
- Agios Petros tower
- Byzantine churches
Beaches of Andros
Andros has many beaches, quiet and secluded, organised with umbrellas, sunbeds and beach bars, water sports.
Within 5 km of Althea you will surely find a beach to your taste.
If you prefer natural shade with trees try Agia Marina, Fellos or Batsi beaches.
For those who prefer organised beaches with beach bars and sunbeds Gold beach, Agios Petros, Kolona, Delavogia, Copper beach, Apothikes and Ateni.
For water sports, windsurf, sup, diving Kypri beach is ideal.
Other secluded beaches are the small Ateni beach, Agios Kyprianos, Agia Eleousa, Palaiopoli, Prasini Ammos, Koutsi, Kourtali and Pisolimionas.
Venture further north and find noteworthy beaches such as Vitali, Zorkos, Vlichada, Peza, Pirgos. To the south are Pidima Grias, Paraporti, Nimborio, Gialia, Piso Gialia, Syneti. Lefka and Achla beaches are also beautiful but further away and can make a day trip getaway.
Ypsili the ancient settlement
The ancient city of Ypsili is located in Aprovatou and was discovered in the early 1980s. The first excavations brought to light limited but important ancient relics, such as the temple in the center of the citadel, buildings and part of the wall, as well as a variety of artifacts. The excavation yielded very important findings, valuable for the Geometric and Archaic era in the Cyclades and wider in the Aegean. The sanctuary, in the center of the citadel, probably dedicated to the goddess Demeter, was founded in the 8th century BC. and continued its operation at least until the second quarter of the 5th century BC. It is one of the most important fortified settlements of the early Iron Age in the South Aegean. A large part of the urban fabric of the archaic phase of the acropolis has been revealed, as well as the fortifications of the geometric era. Farmhouses of historical times have come to light in the wider area of Ypsili.