Andros

Andros is an island in Aegean Sea, southeast of Evia. It is the northern island of Cyclades and the second biggest in extent, after Naxos. It is extended from northwest to southeast occupying an extent of 381 sq. km. The capital of the island is Andros or Chora, whereas its port is Gavrio.

There are many museums in Andros. The most known is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chora, which was found in 1979 from the foundation Vasili and Eliza Goulandri. In Chora, there are also the Archaeological Museum of Andros, where there are the exhibits from the ancient settlement of Zamora, the Maritime Museum, with photographs and ship carpets, the Digital Museum, the Folklore Museum and Christian Art and the Foundation Kidonieos in which an exhibition with painters’ art is held every year.

Out of Chora there are three museums. In Sinetithere is the Folklore Museum, which exhibits various objects and clothing of an older era of Andro’s residents. In Palaiopolithere is an Archeological museum with findings from the excavations of ancient Palaiopoli and in Pitrofos there is the Museum of Olive Cyclades which is housed in an old oil press.

Androshas also special gastronomic elements. The tradition dish of the island is froutalia, an omelette which contains fries and traditional sausages of Andros. Another traditional dish of Androscuisine is lambriatis, a food that is cooked at Easter and it is a goat with cheese filling. The traditional sweets of the island are the spoon sweets and the nougat, like kalitsounia and pastitsies, while due to the small farms that has, Andros produces local cheese. Finally, Androsproduces wine, liquor, soumadaand raki in local associations.

The beaches of Andros provide big variety, as anyone can find beaches with sand or rocky ones, organised or not, crowded or deserted. Special feature of the island is the lush vegetation but the strong winds too that many times make swimming difficult especially in the north beaches of the island.

Gria’s Pidima, is one of the most known beaches of the island, with a distinctive beautiful sandy beach and clear blue green waters. The landscape becomes more interesting with steep rocks that surround it, but also the “landmark” rock in the sea from where according to the legend an old woman jumped from the rock giving the name to the beach.

However, the beach is hard to be found and also a bit inaccessible since if someone wants to go there a small descent is needed.

Achla is the most famous beach in Andros and fair enough, since the magic of nature creates an impressive landscape. The turquoise waters of Aegean are combined with the white pebble and the white sand, whereas the river Achlas whose waters are running in the summer too flows in the beach creating a remarkable sight.

Equally beautiful and picturesque are other beaches in the island like Batsi, with golden sand, the tamarisks and the white houses, Chrissi Ammos, ideal for those who desire loud music, deck chairs and water sports, Agios Petros, which consists the biggest beach of Andros and it is ideal for families and many more.