Andros Greece is one of the Cyclades islands closest to Athens. Because of its proximity to the Greek capital, it has become one of the most popular Greek island destinations.
Andros has lush vegetation, mountains, beaches, and quaint villages. Andros is a great destination for a getaway near Athens.
Chora is the gem of the island, with mansions, narrow alleys and a cosmopolitan feel. In Chora, you can learn about the island’s history, and the surrounding villages will give you the essence of Andros’ tradition.
Hop on a ferry from Athens to Andros and explore Andros! Continue reading our Andros Island Vacations guide and start planning today! You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.
Andros Weather – When to Visit
Temperatures in Andros are mild all year long, even in the mountains, due to the proximity of the sea. Even in the summer, the weather stays cool with the meltemi winds blowing from the north. In the western part of Andros (from Gavrio to Steno), the temperatures are warmer as the winds are less strong than in the east.
Andros has the highest levels of rainfall of all the Cyclades, but in summer rain will rarely occur. Snow can be spotted on the mountains in January and February. The best time to visit Andros is in the spring and Easter time. You’ll have the best weather and avoid the touristy summer rush. During the week it will be less crowded than on weekends since a lot of Athenians visit Andros on the weekends.
Best Andros Beaches
Vitali Beach has fine pebbles and small and stones, which is great during the days when the wind is strong. The waters are deep and crystal clear, but not as cold as in other beaches on the island. Vitali Beach offers natural shade all day, from a rock on its right side. You will also find umbrellas at this beach and a beach bar that provides sun loungers.
Grias to Pidima
One of the most characteristic and popular beaches of Andros. The beach “tis Grias to Pidima” or else “The Old Lady’s Jump” it is located on the southeastern coast of the island and it gathers the interest of many tourists, not only for its unique sandy beach but also for its … strange name as well as the myth that it carries.
Zorkos Beach lies in the northeastern part of the island. It is a beautiful beach with a golden sandy shore. The waters are crystal clear and transparent. Where the sand stops there is vegetation with an unusual landscape, mountains surrounding, and flowers with a wonderful fragrance. This beach is very peaceful and quiet.
Achla Beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Andros. The shore is covered with white shiny pebbles and crystal clear aquamarine water. A small river ends close to this beach, with plantain tress all around. The cove is well-protected, although summer winds may usually blow in the evenings.
Kypri beach is one of the most beautiful and windless beaches of Andros Island. It is ideal, even when the summer breeze is strong, to enjoy a swim in the calm waters without the waves. Aside from relaxation and rest, the beach offers activities and water sports. Lessons or equipment rentals for windsurfing, SUP, water skiing, and wake boarding.
Andros Recommended Tours & Activites by Viator
Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Tour
The Achla beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and for a good reason since it is much more than a beach. In fact, it is also an unusually rich environment with impressive plantain trees. In Achla Beach flows the Achla river, one of the three most big rivers of Andros, whose streams run even in summer, making it a significant attraction. It is vast, so it offers plenty of space for everyone. Learn more about the Achla Beach and Gria Lighthouse Tour.
Andros Half Day Sightseeing Tour
The Andros Half-Day Sightseeing Tour gives you the opportunity to get the most of your visit on Andros and familiarize yourself with the area. The driver-guide will help you make unique and priceless memories to bring back home! This tour is recommended for those who are short of time and want to get a great taste of Andros. Learn more about the Andros Half Day Sightseeing Tour.
Vori Beach & Shipwreck Tour
The Vori beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andros and for a good reason since it is much more than a beach. In fact, it is also an unusually rich environment with impressive plantain trees and a shipwreck. A well hidden spot in Andros that has a lot of things to discover. Learn more about the Vori Beach & Shipwreck Tour.
Achla River Trekking
Discover one of the most breathtaking & nature places of Andros, Achla River. Trek through the river and explore this magical place, an oasis full of trees and river outlets that will make you feel like you are in a fairy land. End the trekking on the breathtaking ”Gerolimni Waterfall” where you can also swim! Learn more about the Achla River Trekking Tour.
Discover Via Ferrata – The Biggest Waterfall of the Cyclades
Explore Palaipolis Waterfall in a different way. Live a unique experience on a protected climbing path. Open to people of all levels, anybody can enjoy this activity. So whether you are a beginner with little to no experience, or a via ferrata enthusiast, you can have an amazing experience. All you need to participate on this trip is a lot of energy and to be in good physical condition. Learn more about the Discover Via Ferrata Tour.
Best Andros Restaurants
Ta Skalakia $11 – 30
Great food and amazing service. Wonderful location on the steps of a side street in town. Try the baked feta with tomato or meatballs which are wonderful. They also do half portions of appetizers if you want to try different tastes. Telephone: 30 2282 022822 Web: Ta Skalakia
Lithi $11 – 30
Top quality breakfast and brunch, as well as late evening snacks and cocktails. Service is very attentive yet casual, making you feel at home. Probably the best for drinks in Chora. Telephone: 30 2282 029293 Web: Lithi
Stamatis Taverna $11 – 30
Definitely must go for dinner here. Just up one level from the waterfront, the ambiance is felt inside and outside this restaurant. Very popular with locals and visitors. The food is delicious, presented in absolute style. The service is polished and efficient. Telephone: 30 2282 041283 Web: Stamatis Taverna
Gefsis me Thea $11 – 30
A secret gem, only a 5 minute drive from Chora of Andros. Tasteful local Greek cuisine. Try eggplants (melitzanes imam) and roasted lamp with petimezi. Tip: you need to preorder froutalia. Telephone: 30 2282 023531 Web: Gefsis me Thea
Cavo Meze $11 – 30
This attractive harbour-side taverna offers a very warm welcome and good choice of traditional food at very reasonable prices. The signature fish moussaka is an absolute delight! Telephone: 30 2282 029426 Web: Cavo Meze
Best Andros Beach Bars
Piso Gialia Beach Bar
Piso Gialia Beach Bar is located on one of the most popular beaches of Andros, the Piso Gialia Beach, in the eastern part of the island. The crystal clear waters of the sea and the golden sand create the perfect setting for an unforgettable and relaxing experience. Telephone: 30 6946 656134 Web: Piso Gialia Beach Bar
Ateni Beach Bar
Just 30 minutes from the harbor of Gavrio and the island’s downtown, Ateni beach bar offers you the chance to enjoy cool cocktails and delicious snacks under the sun, all made from pure local products, and while admiring the Aegean sea. Telephone: 30 6979 890011 Web: Ateni Beach Bar
Kampos Beach Bar Vitali
Kampos Beach Bar is located in one of the most beautiful beaches of Andros, Vitali beach. In a ‘playful’ and at the same time stylish and beautifully designed environment, one can enjoy a cool juice of locally produced lemons and delicious appetizers from local pure products. Telephone: 30 6947 623420 Web: Kampos Beach Bar Vitali
Kypri Beach Bar
The Kypri Beach Bar is located in Perrakis hotel. The beach bar is one of the most popular places on the island, offering all the comforts and fun that you are looking for. The relaxing atmosphere and good music add to the scene and accompany the fresh juices as well as the unique cocktails offered at the beach bar. Telephone: 30 2282 071456 Web: Kypri Beach Bar
Kaliva Beach Bar
Lovely beach bar with a beautiful sandy beach + crystal clear waters. The service is great. A nice place to have beach side snacks and drinks. You’ll love the soft house music vibes. Telephone: 30 6937 101695 Web: Kaliva Beach Bar