Andros, the most northerly of the Greek Cyclades islands, is known for its lush vegetation, distinctive historic architecture and stone-terraced hillsides. The 144-square-mile island is green and mountainous with pretty, secluded bays on the east and larger, more developed beaches and resort towns on the west.
Andros is about 2.5 h from Athens Airport (port of Rafina). The villa is situated on a hillside 400 m above the sea level with a panoramic sea view. Andros is the greenest among all the Cycladic islands. Its lush vegetation is made up of oaks, centuries old plane trees, cypresses, olive, walnut and lemon trees.
Andros is also famous for its numerous springs.The most famous of all are the “Sariza Springs” with the small waterfall of Pithára. Sariza mineral water is best known for properties aiding kidney problems.The water is bottled in Apoikia. The villages of Andros are ideal for touring. The busiest of them are Andros town (Chora), which is the capital of the island, Gavrio, Batsi, Korthi, Apoikia and Paleopolis. Driving from one village to the other you will come across beautiful beaches with fine white sand and small pebbles. There are also remote beaches that can only be approached by caique.
The present day visitor to Andros can easily observe the traces of the old footpaths which traverse the island along its length and across its width. Ancient footpaths follow the natural passes over mountains and alongside streams, and used to connect the areas of the social and economic concerns of the island. We can without doubt claim that these footpaths, at least in the basic lay out, have remained the same since deep antiquity till the present day. Where do these paths lead? Everywhere: every chapel, monastery, watermill and windmill, pasture, farming region, spring, beach, bay and natural settlement, no matter how small, have at least one footpath which leads to it. Upon these trails, the ancient pavements have supported the social and economic life of the island from pre-historic times until the post-war years.
Whoever wishes to know the authentic Andros, they need do no more than hike the trails.
Andros is truly a trekkers paradise more information see: http://www.cycladen.be/AndrosEng.htm. Andros has long been known to the selected few for its off season hiking trips and Villa Apoikia is ideally situated for such holidays.
Andros includes many options for excursion and it responds to every requirement for calm, relaxed, and carefree holidays. Andros is famous mostly for its enchanting beaches. Some of them are easy to find like Achla Beach, Golden Beach, Saint Petros, Saint Marina, Kypri, Saint kyprianos) while some others are a little bit difficult to find but are suitable to our adventurous friends (like Zorkos, Vitali, Achia, Vori, Ateni and Gria’s Pidima).
Moreover, Andros has plenty of cultural resorts to visit like: The Vassilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation organizes every summer at the Museum of Modern Arts exhibitions of international stature. The Petros and Marika Kydoniefs Foundation organizes modern art and musical fairs mostly known as “Ploes”.
Just 4 km from the villa by car is the Andros capital (Chora). Chóra (sometimes also called Andros), on the east side of the island, is really a whole world of difference. This town is very picturesque,
Situated on a protruding rock, between the beaches of Nimborió and Parapórti. The long, central street, with marble pavement is a pedestrian area. It runs between beautiful, large houses and along a couple of pleasant squares with peaceful restaurants and many zacharoplastía (pastry shops). This street goes all the way to the summit of the protruding rock, with remnants of the Venetian kástro, established in 1207 by Marino Dandolo. Especially in spring and autumn Chóra is a haven of peace. The town boasts of imposing Neoclassic architecture, museums of international fame, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Archaeological Museum. There is also a Naval Museum since Andros has a great maritime tradition.
The town also features a number of restaurants, bars, nightlife and a delightful outdoor cinema. The island offers many local tavernas offering delicious traditional food, various monuments, Byzantine monasteries and churches, and superb natural environment. It is a green island, with a lot of water, many beaches and emerald blue sea. Added to that, a visitor can combine the worldliness or tranquility of the nearby sea with the wildlife of the mountain.
You can reach Gavrio, the main port of the island, by a boat from Rafina (distance 37 n.m.). The trip takes 2 hours (1 hour by a fast ship). There is a frequent service, which intensifies during summer (Rafina Port Authority: +30 2294 028888).