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Andros Island Travel Guide: 66 reviews and 171 photos
I've been visiting Andros since 1992, almost every year. We're in fact among the lucky people to have a summer residence there.
I've seen the island gradually transforming itself into a remote suburb of Athens. About the only thing missing is a continuous ferry service - ship schedules are still of the "sometimes-per-day" type. But many new homes, especially holiday or weekend homes are being built, especially in the few kilometres around the port of Gavrio and the nearby touristy village of Batsi.
One thing that never changes is the annual high winds to be experienced at midsummer (mid July to mid August). Hence, if you're bothered by the wind (some people aren't), the best time to visit the island is outside these periods.
Andros is known as an island of shipowners and seamen. However, an interesting segment of the population originates from a distinct linguistic group called Arvanites. The Arvanitika language is related to Albanian and used to be spoken by rural populations in various parts of Greece, with significant concentrations a.o. around Athens. The descendants of the Arvanites on Andros live in the north part of the island and are mostly active in agriculture.
The villages of the Arvanites on Andros are atypical for Greece: no village square, no dense buildup. In fact they're no true villages but settlements of scattered homes+farms. The undulating landscape is full of rivers and at some locations gives the impression of a "wild west" (especially if cows are hanging around).
Some of those villages are: Sidontas, Amolochos, Varidi, Kalyvari, Chartes, Vitali, Gides, Agios Petros, Arni, Katakilos, Aprovatou and Vourkoti.
The small seaside towns of Gavrio and Batsi, where tourism and new development is concentrated, are relatively newer (19th century) settlements.
A typical landscape of East Andros is as shown in the picture (here in Syneti, near Andros town): rocky, dry & windy.
- Pros:Culture, Beaches, Not Too Faraway
- Cons:Where is the village square?
- In a nutshell:The island of winds
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