Being an international meeting point of Greek and foreign artists, Andros island still pertains its rich cultural tradition, offering every summer to the public the opportunity to visit its exceptional museums with important modern art exhibitions and events. Given that the island claims rich archaeological and Byzantine discoveries and excavations are carried out in several places, worth visiting through Andros Routes.
Local gastronomy and both religious and cultural festivals, are significant part of our civilization.
The following museums may be found with more details in our Digital Guest Welcome Book that you’ll receive after the reservation, with links to visiting days and hours:
- The Archaeological Museum of Andros dedicated to the antiquities of the whole island
- The Archaeological Museum of Palaeopolis, dedicated to the antiquities of that area, with important excavations taking place.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art, with works of significant modern international artists (both permanent and annual exhibitions).
- The Maritime Museum dedicated to the life of the Andriots on the seas.
- Kydonieos Foundation organizing annual cultural events
- Olive Museum in one of the best preserved old olive mills in Cyclades, where visitors can get a view to the traditional oil production method in Cyclades.
The Folklore and Christian Art Museum in an old ice factory.
- The Digital Museum with digital content relevant to the island’s history.
- Kairios Library, with important collections.
A high standard museum/ Μουσείο Ευρωπαϊκού επιπέδου
Museum is a must seen place while visiting this Greek Aegean island. Every summer presents exhibitions of great artists European and Greek. Picasso, Dali, Toulouse Lautrec and may others were been presented in this modern museum.
A perhaps surprising oasis of cultural excellence on a small, mainly rural, Greek island.
A boldly varied cultural oasis (along with several others in Andros Town) which usually offers two exhibitions a year.
Over the years it has put on world class shows (Rodin, Miro, Henry Moore, Picasso etc etc) and continues to do the best it can in difficult financial times.
The permanent exhibition is interesting and includes fine examples of the work of Tombros (who has Andros heritage).
The Winter show (usually from the Museum's own collection) is usually interesting and well thought out. The Summer exhibition is often stunning.
Like another contributor, I was not a fan of modern art, but Andros's M.O.C.A. has opened my mind, for which I will be for ever grateful.
Superb....... A 'must' to visit in Andros!!
This Cyclades Olive Museum was lovingly restored by its present owner Dimitris. The knowledge and passion of this man brings to life an ancient and very important tradition of producing olive oil on this beautiful island.
We were greeted by Dimitris and enthralled by the explanation of all the stages of the oil production process that dates back more than 400 years. In addition, it was brought to life through a video of the entire process.
Knowing the different stages to produce olive oil and the different qualities means in future we shall be able to determine exactly what we want. We shall be able to read between the lines of jargon on Olive Oil bottles!
It is well signposted off the main road all the way up to the museum. A charge isn't made on entry, a donation is at your own discretion. We would certainly recommend you visit this fascinating place and Dimitris telling the history of making Olive Oil in Andros!!
Festivals and Cinemas
The recently founded International Festival of Andros, is an ultramodern theater in the heart of Andros town, inspired to host plenty of magnificent spectacles, such as ancient drama performances and concerts each July and August
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Tip - In Andros Town operates an open cinema during summer months and a very beautiful cinema during the rest of the year. Do not miss a cinefil movie and the local treats served! Since last year, the open cinema in Batsi also keeps us good company during summer!
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Local Cuisine on Andros
Our island offers excellent local meats, vegetables and cheeses, sausages and fabulous spoon sweets, sour cherry juice, pastries, pies and almond cookies.
In Villa Arni we welcome you with handmade marmelades and spoon sweets.
Supers studios tenue par Nana !!! Qui nous a accueilli avec de super confitures maison, super emplacement proche du centre et en même temps au calme !!! Je recommande cet établissement qui est un havre de paix !!!
• Do not miss the 'fourtalia' omelette with pork sausages and to digest, ask for SARIZA local soda which is great!!
• In Andros we love almond! Definitely visit Patisserie ‘Zairis’ at Messaria that makes delicious ice cream as well, Pastry Shop ‘Laskaris’ and ‘Lygizos’ in Chora for fresh pastries and 'amygdalota'.
• At Gavrio, at the end of the main harbour road, you will find local producers and it is worth buying watermelons, melons and vegetables (pumpkins, eggplants, figs) from the villages of western Andros.
• Local honey (thyme and heather-eriki) and capers are among the top local products to take home.
Monasteries and chapels on Andros
Chapels are scattered all over the island and this is something you will admire during hiking. Andros has rich religious tradition and well known monasteries that attract many visitors from abroad.
//Do not miss the following celebrations:
• Panagia Theoskepasti (celebrating 16 days before Easter Sunday)
• Monastery of Panagias Panachrantou (celebrating on July 27th and August 15th).
• Holy Monastery of Zoodoxos Pighi (celebrating on the 1st Friday after the Sunday of Orthodox Easter).
• Holy Monastery of Ag. Marina (celebrating on July 17th)
• Holy Monastery of Ag. Nicholas (celebrating on May 9th, December 6th and July 20th).
• Holy Monastery of Agia Irini (celebrating on May the 5th)
• Holy Monastery of Panagia Tromarchiani (celebrating on Easter Monday and August 15th).
• Ag. Sotira church, Arni village (celebrating on the 6th o August, with huge celebration, maybe the best local festival on the island
Panahrantos - A beautiful & respectful monastery
A must see on the island with very special architecture and excellent position. It may be visited easily by car and there is also access via mountain paths. A calm and soothing for the sense place with very kind, respectful and respected priests. Wonderful views of the mountainside and the main town, excellent for some nice photos. Kindly ensure dresscode is appropriate although it must be noted the priests are very tolerant and kind
Cave Foros is an impressive spectacle and it is worth the guided tour by the members of the local association, that especially for the kids, sounds like entering a world of fantastic creatures.
For more information and visiting hours, click here.
The visiting area may be smaller than other caves but you will experience it like a speleologist. Minimum light with a provided flashlight and helmet.
Extra credit for the speleologist who does the tour. She is very friendly and even though I kept bothering her to take some photos (no flash of course) she was the one apologizing!!! Lol.
Don't miss it.