Andros Island Guide

Andros Island Overview

Being the northernmost island of the Cyclades group has kept Andros away from the endless hoards of tourists that descend on its more fashionable neighbours (Mykonos and Santorini, for those less familiar with Greece). That’s not to say it isn’t well-known amongst certain circles: it has a deserved reputation as a hiker’s paradise with over 300km of footpaths, of which 170km are fully signposted.

The interactive map below shows some of our favourite hotels, restaurants, beaches and places of interest on Andros. Click the markers to see more details.

Easily accessible from mainland Greece via a 2-hour ferry from Rafina, Andros offers a convenient taste of Greek island life. From here, you can continue south to Tinos, known as the Holy Island for its many pilgrim visitors heading for the church of Evagelistrias, onto the much more famous Mykonos and beyond. Whether you would want to though, is a question of what kind of Greek experience you’re looking for?

Those interested in more hedonistic pursuits: drinking, sunbathing and partying into the small hours, will do better elsewhere. Andros does have its share of good beaches, but that’s not really why you come here. Its unspoiled nature, relaxed atmosphere and sense of the outdoors are what bring regulars back year after year.

Andros Hotel Reviews

Mare Vista Hotel, Batsi, Andros

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Review Rating: 4/5 Date of Visit: September 2020 My friend and I had originally planned to stay at Andros Holiday Hotel in Gavrio, but due to COVID-19, they chose not…

Ostria Hotel and Apartments, Gavrio, Andros

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Review Rating: 5/5 Date of Visit: September 2020 It’s hard to review a hotel from a single night stay, but it’s also hard to fault Ostria Hotel even from such…

Andros Holiday Hotel, Gavrio, Andros

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Review Rating: 5/5 Date of Review: August 2017 Andros Holiday Hotel was the first stop on my multi-island Greek adventure. It’s walking distance from the ferry port in Gavrio, set…

Andros Blog Posts

Day 20: Rafina, Athens and Flying Home

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Monday 21st September 2020 Time to Pack Today is the last day of our trip, by 8pm I should be back home in my own apartment. But first, breakfast! After…

Day 19: Last Day on Andros

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Sunday 20th September 2020 Final Day of the Trip Today was not only our final day on Andros but also the last full day of my trip. Naturally, it’s a…

Day 18: Andros Bad Weather

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Saturday 19th September 2020 Breakfast and Rain The weather forecast for today was pretty bad. There had been storms overnight and quite a decent amount of rain – it was…

Day 17: Southern Andros Hiking

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Friday 18th September 2020 Decisions on the Day Ahead Given the unpredictable weather forecast, we weren’t sure what today’s plans would end up like until we set off after breakfast….

Day 16: Syros, Tinos, Andros

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Thursday 17th September 2020 Morning Plans Having decided to leave Syros today instead of tomorrow, I went down to breakfast and told the staff at reception I would be moving…

Day 2: Andros hiking goes slightly awry!

After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we walked to the nearest bus stop (with the guidance of the hotel receptionist) and boarded the main bus that runs between Gavrio…

Day 1: Athens flight, Rafina and Andros arrival

The holiday began with a smooth outbound Easyjet flight (the benefit of departing at 5:45 am: less chance of a delay). Athens airport was surprisingly nice; I suppose you can’t really…