Andros is the greenest of all the Cyclades, Greece. Both natural and traditional, Andros Island is a perfect getaway in the Greek sun, far from the noise and intensity of tourist crowds. There are some wonderful Andros holiday villas, and due to the wonderful lack of large hotels, Andros is always peaceful and always spectacular.
There are more than 300 little beaches surrounding the Island of Andros, Greece. Catering to all tastes of beach lover, a holiday rental in Andros provides the perfect base for a week or more of long, lazy days stretched out on the sand. Whether you are looking for long, open tourist beaches with sun beds, parasols and plentiful water sports or just a secluded little bay to call your own for the day, Andros has it all. Much of the sand on the beaches is dark and coarse, with the most popular beaches found on the west coast, especially around Batsi, with the most beautiful, and often most inaccessible, beaches found along the north coast.
The interior of the island, a lush green expanse of mountains and hidden valleys, watered by natural springs, is a walker’s paradise. There are a maze of paths crossing the island, taking you both up onto the dramatic mountain ranges and down into the secret valleys, which hide some of the most beautifully secluded spots in Andros. There are also some excellent coastal paths to take, as well as well worn donkey trails.
There are many delightful villages on Andros, which, amazingly have managed to develop completely different atmospheres. Batsi is the largest tourist destination, and the island’s major beach resort, with magnificent beaches and a vast range of facilities. Chora, Andros’ capital, is a charming village, filled with history as well as having an excellent beach.
Andros has a fantastically mild climate. Temperatures remain between 25 and 35˚C during the day from the beginning of June until the end of August, with warm temperatures lasting long into the evening. The air is kept refreshingly cool during the summer by reliable breezes blowing on-shore, and even during the winter months, you are unlikely to experience temperatures dipping below the 10˚C mark. Sea temperatures stay between 15 and 25˚C for the majority of the year, easily warm enough to swim in right through until late November.
There is no airport in the island, but that does not mean that it is going to be hard to reach a self catering Andros property. The island is extremely well connected by sea to both Athens and the port of Rafina, as it operates as the first port of call for most ferries heading into the Cyclades.