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Andros

Description

Two hours by ferry from the harbour of Rafina are enough to arrive to Andros. It is an island with particular personality, which combines Cycladic characteristics, with the calm self-sufficiency of a place with a rich hinterland, a long history and a rich tradition. It is the most northern island of Cyclades and second in size after Naxos, with an extent of 373 square kilometres. In comparison to most Cycladic islands, Andros is full of green, thanks to its abundance in water.

In this particular natural environment you will find a gracious cultural heritage and a rich naval tradition, which begins many centuries ago and still continues by many local ship owners and seamen, painters, sculptors and scholars. Andros has masterfully been characterized as a “floating museum of culture”. The visitor has a chance to combine his vacations with events of high quality and variety.

Capital of island is the Hora of Andros, built on a peninsula in the eastern coast of the island. It is a beautiful settlement (built precisely next to the sea) that combines its traditional Cycladic architecture with neoclassical mansions. On Andros,houses have red tiled roofs, something that adds an individual brushstroke to the allready colourful palette of the Cycladic landscape.

At the northern part of the island you will meet the coastal settlements of Gavrio and Mpatsi, which both constitute the main tourist infrastructure of the island. Gavrio is the basic harbour of Andros. The Bay of Korthi dominates settlements of the southern part of the island. It is a picturesque village with a long beach, which has developed into a vacation centre.

Andros is suitable for hiking, having enough green and a variety of highlands and valleys. The signed path network of the island includes 12 routes of paved streets and paths of a total length of 85 kilometres. It gives the possibility to the sightseer of getting closer to the history and culture of the island.
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