Things to do in Andros

Our most recommended things to do in Andros

Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Andros: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the local partner's office in Batsi. Your first stop will be at the village of Paleopolis where you will witness views from high above the ancient capital of Andros. Get to learn the history of the village and see the remains from an aerial perspective - a truly great vantage point for fantastic photos. Whilst travelling to your next stop, take in breathtaking views of the villages of Pitrofos and Stavropeda. Arrive at your destination of the village of Menites. There, you will see the famous lion springs and the walnut forest. Witnessing a forest on a Cycladic island is a very rare sight, but one you will get to experience on this tour. Continue on your tour to the village of Strabouries, here, you will get to see the Pithara waterfalls after a 15-minute hike. Pithara waterfalls are a one of a kind spectacle and a great opportunity for photos.  Travel on to the Foros Cave or Aladinou Cave, a small but really exciting cave that you will get to explore with a professional cave guide. Learn about the many different rock formations and hear of the legends and myths that have existed since medieval times. Continue on to the modern capital of Andros, Chora. Walk around the graphic and romantic pavement paths of Chora and its market. You will get to see and learn the history of the "Unseen Sailor" monument and the Venezian castles. After the mini tour, you will have 45-minutes of free time before your next stop.  To finish up your day, head to the village of Korthi, a small graphic village that has romantic alleys and an original Cycladic style. Learn the history of the old Korthi and Korthi bay. After that, you will enjoy some free time to yourself before heading back to the local partner's office in Batsi.

Batsi: 5-Hour Andros Monasteries Tour

2. Batsi: 5-Hour Andros Monasteries Tour

Your tour begins at the office in Batsi in the morning. From there, you will head to the southern part of the island where where you will pass by the villages of Aprovato and Aghia Eleousa. Your first small stop will be at the ancient capital of Andros, Paleopolis, where you will learn the history of ancient Andros and can also make the most of some great photo opportunities. On the way to your next stop, you will pass through the villages of Pitrofos and Stavropeda. Your second stop will be at the Aghia Marina Monastery, which is a wondrous image. You will then head to the Aghios Nikolaos Monastery, where you will see the images and the remains of holy men. You will also learn the history and the wonders of the monastery from the local monks. Your next stop will be to the Aghia Irene Monastery, which is a newly and fully restored monastery. Your final stop will be to the capital of Andros, Chora. There you will walk at the lovely alleys, the statue of the Unseen Sailor, the Venezian castle, and the lovely churches. You will finally have 45 minutes of free time, after which you will return back to Batsi.

Batsi: Andros Island Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Batsi: Andros Island Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your tour will begin from Batsi, from where you will enjoy the lovely route to Chora. You will see many beautiful and historical villages such as Aprovato, Paleopoli, and more, with your local tour leader on hand to inform you about the villages' histories. When you eventually arrive to Chora, you will walk the sidewalk to the Micra Anglia neighborhood where you will learn about its history. Following this, you will head to the Panaghia Thalassini Church, passing by the Greek Modern Art Museum. Following that, you will go to the Unfound Sailor's Statue and the Venezian Castle, where you will learn about its history and meaning. You will then head to the bay area where you can see the Tourlitis Lighthouse and take pictures before heading to the Sariza Spring in Apikia. Later, your tour will eventually end back in Batsi.

From Athens: Day Trip to Andros Island

4. From Athens: Day Trip to Andros Island

After arriving at the meeting point in Athens, travel to the port of Rafina to take the morning ferry to Andros. Enjoy a relaxing journey of about 2 hours before you arrive at the island.  First drive to the old capital of the island, Paleopolis. See the remains of the old town and learn about its history from your expert guide. Next stop is at Menites village where you will see the "lion springs", and the walnut forest. Visit the traditional villages of Strabouries and Apikia village, before taking a 15-minute hike to where you will see one of the greatest spectacles in a Cycladic island, the Pythara Waterfalls. After discovering the natural beauty of the waterfalls, make your way to the Aghia Irene Monastery where you will learn about the history, culture, and religion of Andros Island from a local theologist. The monastery features small museums including a writing museum and a floral museum. Your final stop will be at the present-day capital of Andros, Chora. Wander around the beautiful streets of Chora, visit the Venezian Castle. Learn about the history of the island from medieval times. After this, you can opt to have lunch in a local restaurant or return to the port to take the ferry back to Athens.

Mpatsi: Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Off-Road Tour

5. Mpatsi: Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Off-Road Tour

You begin your off road activity at our office in Batsi Andros. You start off the activity by driving through the villages of Katakoilos, Remata and Vourkoti. 3 very beautiful villages with rich nature and rivers. When you reach Vourkoti village the off road and bumpy part of the road begins. After a 45 minutes bumpy off road tour we will reach Achla beach. The spectacle until we reach the beach is unique. You are at the edge of the island and you will experience the wild beauty of Andros. Before we reach the beach you will go to Gria lighthouse which is just above the beach. It is 15 minutes hiking until you reach there and when you get there you will be at the eastern edge of the island. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the Eastern Aegean islands which are at the Greek frontier. Then you will head to the beach where you will enjoy the crystal clear waters, the swimming swans. If you want, you can walk about 20 minutes and get to the small forest behind the beach. Then you will head back to Batsi.

From Batsi: Guided 5-Hour Off-Road Trip to Vitali Beach

6. From Batsi: Guided 5-Hour Off-Road Trip to Vitali Beach

Enjoy spending time on beautiful beaches and swimming in crystalline waters. Explore the charming Vitalie village and learn about the area from your knowledgeable guide. Your tour will start when you meet your expert guide for the day in front of the tour operator's office in Batsi.  You’ll then begin the journey to Vitali, traveling through the picturesque port of Gavrio and catching a glimpse of St. Peter's tower in the distance. After some time, you’ll veer off from the main streets onto a dirt road in your Jeep. Along this bumpy off-road adventure, your guide will ensure your comfort and safety at all times.  7 kilometers later, you’ll reach the charming village of Vitali and its beekeepers before hitting the shores of Vitali beach. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing swim and wander around this gorgeous area at your leisure for up to 2.5 hours, with beach umbrellas to rent and stalls serving coffee nearby. At the end of the day, you’ll head back to Batsi feeling relaxed and rejuvenated by the sun and fresh sea air.

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What people are saying about Andros

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

A perfect guide, a tailor-made visit and a perfect organization... This is not a visit like any other like in a museum or on an island. You enter the intimacy of a high spiritual place closed to the public. Discretion, respect, and dress (trousers and long clothing are required). The Vlm basti team is great with anecdotes, and will make you want to know this magical island better. Magical and Great moment with VLM Travel. Thanks so much to purpose a experience!

Our host Chantal was great and very knowledgeable of the island and its attractions and history. Given it was only us on the tour, she also went out of her way to make sure the tour is as tailored to our needs and interests as possible. Definitely recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see a lot of different aspects of the island in a relatively short amount of time.

Our guide, Angela (english version of her Greek name) was wonderful. Her English is very good, she explained not only the history of the island but gave us a wonderful insight into the culture as well as introducing us to delicious local foods and customs. My husband and I were very happy with this tour and felt we got to see a lot of this beautiful island.

Awesome tour, highly recommended!!

The tour guide was really good, she knew a lot about the island and its history, it was a really interesting tour and funny.