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Welcome to my travel blog about Andros, Greece. A beautiful, green, unspoilt island in the Cyclades. An excellent choice for those fond of walking, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. A far cry from some of the overcrowded and expensive tourism hotspots. I hope the information and resources on this blog help you in planning your trip. Most of the information is contained in the ‘Blog posts’ section.

Please comment below if you have a question and I will do my best to help out. Alternatively, tweet me a question @atridimas. Please note this is a non-commercial blog.

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  1. Hi there,I was looking to book a hotel in Andros in august. A nice clean and kid friendly hotel preferably walking distance to the main strip. Not sure if the beaches are walking distance as well. Please let me know if you recommend this island.

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    • Hi Pen. I would recommend Andros for children yes. I think staying in Batsi would be the best idea as it has a beach within walking distance, plenty of places to eat and stay. Batsi is the main tourism hub of the island and has plenty of families staying with children during the summer months. Krinos suites, Mare vista and Chrissi Akti are some of the more popular hotels in Batsi. Have a look at trip advisor for ideas. Batsi is built in a bay which has a nice beach in the middle of it. The whole coastline on that side of the island has many other beaches you could visit also (ideally accessed by car or taxi however). Other options to stay would be in Gávrio or Chora however with a family I would probably recommend Batsi as it is well geared towards keeping young children entertained. Hope that helps. Andreas

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  2. Hi
    We staying in Ktima lemons in August. two teenage children. We enjoy water sports and food/wine. Can u suggest where to go and eat/drink. Also can we hire motorboats to go to other islands ?

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  3. Hi. I am returning to Andros in September for the first time since the early 90’s staying in Batsi. Really looking forward to it but I have a few concerns. How do the prices in tavernas compare to other islands? Also does the meltimi still blow in September? We used to get about my moped but probably will hire a small car.

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    • Hello Julie,
      I have been visiting Andros a few times a year since around that time and it has changed a fair bit since the early 90’s. More buildings but still the same character and people. Price wise it is still very reasonable for a Greek Island. Cheaper than the more popular islands like Mykonos. Taking a popular restaurant like O’Kossis you can expect to pay about € 15 – €20 per head for a meal and drink. If you want a few more examples of prices, the link below has some costings: http://www.alpha-guide.gr/en/restaurants/restaurant.aspx?id=10005547&lan=2

      Regarding the meltemi winds, the Aegean basin still gets these intermittent winds between May to September. Most of the time they are just a cooling breeze but at times they can get quite strong. Usually lasting only a day or two though. Plenty of people still rent mopeds from places like Dinos rent-a-bike in Batsi but a car will allow you to see more of the island, comfortably. If you are going to quieter beaches many of the roads are still dirt-track making them a bit exciting on moped. Hope that helps, Andreas

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  4. Staying in Andros for 3 nights in June . Not sure if I will be better basing in Chora the main town or Batsi. Thinking of hiring a car for a couple of days. Advice would be great. Thanks Ruth

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    • Hi Ruth,
      I will list a few pros and cons of each to see if that can help you decide:

      Batsi – Main tourism base so a large number of tavernas, bars and other attractions. Has a nice beach centrally within Batsi. Close to the port town of Gavrio where you will arrive from the mainland (about 10 minute drive). Batsi is the most lively place to be in summer on the island with many bars/restaurants being open late into the night. It can however get quite busy. Batsi is close to the main beaches on the island such as agios petros and chrissi ammos. These beaches have amenities and you can rent watersports equipment. There are many accommodation options in and around Batsi with a large number of hotels and apartments to stay. Batsi is well placed for exploring the rest of the island with a rent a car as it centrally located on the island.

      Chora- The islands capital has many neoclassical mansions, an art gallery and a variety of other tourist attractions making it a great place to explore and learn about the history of the island. It does have two beaches within walking distance and it also has a range of places to eat and drink. It is however about 45 mins-1hr drive from the port of Gavrio. To get here you would need to catch a bus from Gavrio or rent a car. Chora is the starting point of many of the Andros routes walks, making it an ideal base for any hiking/walking holidays. A visit to Andros isn’t complete without having a look around Chora. It is the historic center.

      Hope that gives you some food for thought, Andreas

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  5. Hey there. Im thinking about visiting Andros by the end of july along with my girlfriend. Where would you recommend us to book a room? We are mostly looking for some quiet and peaceful vacation but we also want to have options for bars , restaurants and shops. Note that none of us owns a driver’s license so hiring a car/moto is impossible. Would be really grateful of you if you could provide some official info about andros’s bus stops/schedule etc . Thanks in advance!

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    • Hi there,

      If you want to have an option of bars, restaurants and shops then you would be best basing yourself in either Batsi, Gavrio or the capital Chora. Chora is 45mins-1hr away from the port of Gavrio where you will arrive. Batsi is about 10-15mins away. For bus timetables have a look at this website and scroll down to bus timetables:http://andros.gr/en/how-to-get-there.html The bus runs several times a day and links up Gavrio/Batsi/Chora so don’t worry about not having a car. They generally co-ordinate these buses with the boats so you shouldn’t have to wait long. What about staying somewhere close to Batsi but a little bit out of the centre? There are many Airbnb rentals in the surrounding area. This will give you the option of many restaurants and bars if you fancy this one some of your evenings. Batsi centre is the liveliest place to be on the island in the evenings during summer. Hope that helps.

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  6. Hi. Can you tell me if pre paid money cards are widely used in Batsi in tavernas and shops. Also how many ATM machines are there. Thanks Julie

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    • Dear Julie, there are plenty of ATMs on the island. Batsi, Gavrio and Chora have several 24hr ATM’s so getting cash isn’t a problem. Regarding prepaid cards my understanding is that most prepaid cards are Mastercard or Visa, meaning just like credit or debit cards, they’re accepted by most retailers abroad. I haven’t used one myself but cards are widely accepted in shops and the larger tavernas so I can’t foresee a problem. Hope that helps, Regards, Andreas

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  7. I visit the island about 3-4 times a year and have never had an issue getting cash out. I normally withdraw from an ATM in Gavrio on arrival with the ferry. As I mentioned above there are several ATMs to choose from, in each of the larger towns on the island.

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  8. For peaceful and high quality accommodation services in Andros you could also try St.Peter’s beach area which is not mentioned in the previous proposals. It is just a KM away from the port and 10’ by car to Batsi. It has the most wind protected beaches of the island (when meltemi is present) which are ideal especially for families and a walking distance from most of the apartments of the area. There are beach bars, water sports etc, ideal for relaxation purposes. Do your research online on booking or TripAdvisor for apartments and you will come up with some worth noticing options.

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  9. Hi Andreas,

    We are considering a family holiday at the end of May / beginning of June, in Batsi.

    From what I’ve seen and read on the web it looks an absolutely amazing place, however, i’m concerned if there will be enough to keep my 12 & 15-year old son’s occupied.

    On Batsi Beach or nearby, are there any watersport activities on offer? I’m thinking snorkelling, speedboats (to hire or the ones that tow the inflatable rides)?

    Are there also any child friendly bars that have games (pool table, air hockey etc) to keep the boys occupied whilst their Mum & I have a quiet drink.

    Any recommendations / advice / help on the above, plus any other general information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tim

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    • Hi Tim,

      Most of the watersport activities are located in Agios Petros beach not far from Batsi. Andros Surf club (see their facebook page) rent surf boards, SUP boards, kayaks etc. There is plenty in this area to keep kids entertained. Kypri beach also has similar equipment and it also has scuba diving. There are plenty of shops in Batsi selling snorkels and it is a large sheltered bay good for exploring. The coastline either side is also littered with beaches that have plenty of interesting rocky coastline to explore with a snorkel. Vitali beach has some great diving rocks if you wanted to go for a trip further afield.

      I must say, there are often lots of windsurfers out on the coast around there but I haven’t seen many speedboats towing inflatables but maybe message Andros Surf Club on facebook and I am sure they can advise. I know boats can be rented for touring through Mamais Marine (http://www.androsmoto.gr/index.php/info-3).

      Batsi has large numbers of family groups during summer so I am sure the bars/tavernas on the shore have options to keep kids entertained but I would recommend asking this question in the Andros Trip Advisor forum for a more specific answer.

      I spent all of my summer holidays as a teenager in Andros and was never bored provided you have a few resources like snorkels, bat & balls etc.

      Hope that helps, Andreas

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  10. Thanks for your kind reply Andreas.

    You’ve given me some really helpful advice there & the surf club looks fantastic

    We’re very keen to visit and hopefully we get can get something booked.

    Thanks again

    Tim

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