Walcome to Andros

Andros Island

A fairly green island for the Cyclades, Andros offers some really nice beaches, pretty villages and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. It is the second largest island among the Cyclades, and its high mountains and deep valleys make an unforgettable impression.
Although not a party island, the nightlife here is quite varied and those who love fishing, sailing and snorkeling will certainly find their paradise

Andros is the most northerly and second largest island of the Cyclades after Naxos. Its size is 374 square kilometers, with a length of 39.8 kilometers and a width of 16.7 kilometers at its widest. There is approximately 110 kilometers of coastline. The terrain is mountainous but the habited areas are relatively level.

 

Historical facts about the island

According to mythology, Andros was a grandson of Apollo and general under the Cretan king Rhadamanthus. Because he had served the king well, he was given this island.Archeological excavations prove the existence of developed settlements, dating back to Mycenaean times or even earlier. The island becomes historically known during the Geometric period (9th-7th century B.C.), as it is proved by traces of a settlement found in Zagora, at the south-western part of the island, close to Zaganiari.

The capital of Andros island, during the classical times, was Paleopolis. The prosperity during that period is shown by the big production of coins. Relevant findings together with Hermes of Andros statue are exhibited in the Archeological Museum in Hora. In 7th century B.C. Andros island participated with Chalkideans to the colonization of Chalkidiki and coastal areas of Thrace in northern Greece.

Andros, following with the rest Aegean islands the fate of continental Greece, consecutively fell under Roman, Frank and Ottoman occupation. Dating back to 11th century, Byzantine style churches are found around the island, like Taxiarchis in Ipsilou, Melida and Messaria and Kimisi Theotokou (Assumption) in Mesathouri. In the 14th century, the "Agias Monastery" (Zoodochos Pigi) was built near Batsi, while Agios Nikolaos monastery was founded in 1560 and rebuilt in 18th century. Panachrantou monastery was founded in mid-17th century. At Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) in Korthi, a school has been established in 1813, before the Greek War of Independence against the Ottomans. It was founded by Samuel Plasimis and it incorporates a separate building, serving as the teacher's house and library.

On May 10th, 1821, Theofilos Kairis declared the War of Independence, thus marking the starting point of the island's recent history, during which Andros reached the peak of its economic prosperity, thanks to its ships. It is worth noting that Andriot Dimitris Moraitis initiated Greece-North America line in the beginning of the 20th century, while Andros was in 1939 second to Piraeus regarding ship registration.

 

Museums

Archaeological Museum in Chora is  located at Kairi Square and you will admire the exhibitions  from the Geometric, Classical, Roman and Byzantine eras that  have left distinct surface finds as well as finds from excavations. 

The Museum of Modern Art (just like the Archaeological museum) was donated to the state by Vasilis and Elise Goulandris of a wealthy ship-owning Andriot family and it's earned Andros an international reputation in the art world. It usually features the work of several promising Greek artists, but each year, from July to September, the gallery stages an exhibition of one of the world's greatest artists. 

As you leave the Square and walk under the archway you will arrive at  Afanis Naftis square with the Statue of the Unknown Sailor  created by M.Tompros. 

There you will also find the Nautical Museum  which has a rich display of ship models, photos and ship instruments.

At the entrance of the town you can visit the Folk Art Museum, with local men's and women's costumes on display.

From the square you will view the remnants of the Venetian Castle, on a small island which is connected to the town with a small stone  bridge.  Built in the 13th century, period of the Venetian occupation, by Marinos Dandolos.

 

Monasteries

Moni Agiou Nickolaou at Vidou-Apikia. Built in the 16th century by two monks that arrived in Andros from Saint Oros. At Saint Nickolas you should see the miraculous head of  Saint Nickolas the New. An amazing embroidery icon from hair representing Saint Nickolas is displayed created by the Nun  Leondia from Smyrni, dated 1770. 

Moni Agias Marinas (Ipsilou at Apikia) 

Moni Panachrandou is positioned on the mountain side of  Gerakones. While visiting Messaria looking south to the island on the mountain top you will see the huge Monastery. From Messa Vouni you will follow signs to arrive at the Monastery. During the summer time the monastery celebrates  Agiou Pandeleimona, the head of Saint Pandeleimona is kept at the monastery for worship.

 

Chora the capital of Andros

The history of Chora begins from the times of the Venetian rule. It was a small settlement under the protection of the castle whose ruins can still be seen at the Cape.  In the beginning, the settlement was connected to the castle by a wooden bridge which was later replaced by the existing stone one.  The entrance to the castle can be seen today and is still the main entrance to the old city.  The picturesque old city of Andros, Hora, maintains its original medieval road layout and the architecture is an excellent example of a combination of Byzantine, Venetian and neoclassical styles. 

The town started to slowly expand outside of its ancient walls, flourishing especially at the start of the C20th when the ship owners of Andros controlled almost a quarter of the Greek merchant fleet. It was during this time that the beautifully elegant neo-classical mansions were built making Andros, Chora, one of the most charming capitals in the Aegean.  The moderate tourist development is mainly in the area of Emborios.  Here you will find most of the accommodation to rent, restaurants and clubs.   There are two beaches in Hora that can be reached by foot.  To the south is the beach of Paraporti and to the north is the beach of Nemborios.  A further very picturesque beach is 20 minutes walk from the track that begins at the end of the beach of Paraporti, taking you to the beach of Lidi.  Two other beaches worth visiting are the beaches of Gyalia and Piso Gyalia which are about 15 minutes drive from Hora. 

In the summer months you should take a boat trip to the beautiful beach of Achla where the river Achla empties into the sea, creating a wonderful wildlife sanctuary that sees many varieties of flora and fauna as well as hundreds of visiting migrating birds.

Andros is the home of  Sariza Springs. Sariza mineral water is bottled in Sariza-Andros and distributed all over Greece.

 

Trekking.

for more information concerning trekking at Andros Island

http://www.cycladen.be/AndrosEng.htm

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