The history of Andros has its roots in the era of Cycladic Civilization and it has followed the same historical path but in more favorable way to the rest of the islands of Cyclades due to the strong economy established with naval power and trading. Andros establishes its economy under the Venetian Rule by trading silk textiles. By the end of the 18th century, Andros is the second most important port after Pireus, counting hundreds of vessels and played a key role in the Greek Revolution.
Andros spans an area of 380 sq. km. with a total population of 10.000 residents. It is in the north point of Cyclades and is the second island in size after the island of Naxos. It is the island closer to the mainland of Athens.
Hora is one of the loveliest towns in Cyclades with great architecture. Hora can also boast for two outstanding museums: Andros Archaeological Museum and Museum of Modern Art that both were donated to the state by Goulandris family, one of the wealthy ship-owning families of Andros Island.
Batsi is the most popular resort in the summer months as there are a lot of choices of accommodation and amusement. Batsi has a big sandy beach that is ideal for swimming and marine sports.
The village of Apikia is worth a visit for its famous water source Sariza.
Try Kaltsounia which are the local handmade marzipans and the local types of cheese xerotiri and kopanisti cheese.
How to get to Andros:
By ferry or catamaran boats departing from Rafina Port in Athens. The island is also connected directly with Tinos and Mykonos islands on daily basis.
Police: +30 22820 22300
Andros Port Authority: +30 22820 22250
Andros Bus Service: +30 22820 22316
Health Care Centre: +30 22820 22222