This description provides information of ancient sites, seaside resorts, churches, monasteries, landscapes and small towns and villages. Additional details can be found in various books printed on Greece, such as the 'Blue Guide to Greece.' The names of places conform to the accented Greek pronounciation which would be the one a traveller would face upon a potential visit.
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Andros is the most northern and largest of the Kyklades. Its area is 445 square kilometers and it is 38 kilometers by 20 kilometers. The tallest peak is Petalon at 1003 meters and there are three more peaks, Agioi Saránta (714meters), Kouvara (975 meters) and Gerakones (760 meters).
The island is rather hilly and there is no flat land to speak of except for the numerous valleys that abound.
Andros was originally inhabited by Káres followed by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Cretans, Kares (again), Pelasgians and finally the Ionians. In fact, Thoukidides did indicate that during his time (about 5th century BC) there were tombs of the Kares on the island. The Cretans who followed, arrived about a century after the Trojan war.
Pelasgians, according to the locals, are the true ascendants of the islanders today. Many ruins are found all over the island.
Transport: From Rafína there are 1-3 ferry boats per day depending on the season. There are also frequenct crossing to Gávros, a port near the mainland. From Pireaus, there are 3 ferries per day which continue to Tínos and then to Mykonos.
Hora is the main town on the island (it took over from Palaiopolis (old city-see below).
Hora, constructed underneath a beautiful Venetian castle, contains a very rich museum full of wall frescos and icons found in the many ruins of the island.
Palaiopolis was the ancient town of Andros, just underneath the tallest peak, Petalon, built right on the seaside on the Western side of the Island.
This is presumed to be the only ancient town on the island. Here used to be an Acropolis with a very thick wall, parts of which can be seen today.
Parts of the town, including sarcophagi, frescos, sculptures and icons are all in the museum, in Hora.
One of the most impressive finds is the statue of Hermes, built during the 4th century BC which is now on view at the Athens Archaeological museum.
This town, near to the main island town of Hora is famous, because most of the inhabitants are either Captains of ships of shipping magnates. Having more than 2000 inhabitants, it is ful of modern expensive houses admired by everyone.
Paradissos, 0282/ 22187 (Apr-Oct)
Xenia, 0282/ 22270, (Apr-Oct)
Aegli, 0282/ 22303
Pigi Sariza, 0282/ 23799
Aneroussa Beach, 0282/ 41044 (May-Oct)
Chryssi Akti, 0282/ 41236
Karanassos, 0282/ 41480
Skouna, 0282/ 41240
Villa Arni, 0282/ 41360
Andros Holiday, 0282/ 71384
Perrakis, 0282/ 71456 (Apr-Oct)
ElDoSo, 0282/ 71296
Gavrion Beach, 0282/ 71312
Ostria, 0282/ 71551
Korthon, 0282/ 61218
Villa Korthi, 0282/61122, fax: 0282/62022
Apartments, rooms for rent
Aktio Studio, 0285/ 71607
ElDoSo, 0285/71296, (Jun-Oct)
Villa Korthi, 0285/61122
Villa Arni, 0285/41360 (May-Oct)
Nereids, 0285/71600 (Apr-Oct)