Andros is the northernmost Cycladic island and second in area after Naxos. It has an area of 374 sq. km and an elongated shape stretching from N-NW to S-SE. Whole island is mountainous, with a central range reaching its highest at Petalo and Kouvara (highest peak is Profitis Ilias, 997 m.).
The main port is at Gavrio, with a regular connection to Rafina, while the ports of Batsi, Hora and Korthi can facilitate fishing and touristic boats.
At the western part of Andros are the big sandy beaches of the island, easily accesible and developed. Those seeking quiet beaches and rough landscapes should visit the northeastern and southeastern parts. Near Batsi, where the villa is situated, you can choose between “Golden Beach”, the large well-organized beach by the town, or the exceptional beaches nearby, like Stivari, Agia Marina and Agios Kyprianos.
There are many rivers and torrents and plenty of springs. Ravines have rich vegetation with plane and walnut trees, while the slopes (especialy at the south) are full of oak trees. Around the villages there are olive and lemon trees groves and many vineyards. Andros owes its ancient names “Idrousa”, “Lasia”, “Nonagria” and “Epagris” to water and its rich vegetation.
Andros is also an island of culture and of the arts. Moreover as many shipowner families originate from it there is a cosmopolitan flair , for those interested.
The goulandris museum at the Capital or Chora is a world class museum, each year hosting high caliber artists (www.moca-andros.gr).
The archaeological museum at the capital Chora and at Paleopolis (the ancient capital) have important exhibits of the past . Kydoniefs museum specializes in modern greek painting.
Andros has also 6 monasteries dating to the byzantine times with important icon collections (www.islandandros.com, then go to sightseeing and monasteries).
The island is a paradise for walkers throughout the year. Many walks are signed and all of them easy to find and follow. For us the two hour walk to the cliff of its highest mountain (Kouvara 990m), where the ruins of an ancient temple and a small church , gave an existential view over the blue aegean sea.