Our experience in the Andros Route

Andros island has a very extensive network of trekking routes, while the EU level certified Andros Route, established the island as one of the leading quality destinations for hiking in Europe.
Your hiking experience in the Cyclades, starts here!

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What follows is a collection of our personal experience in Andros Routes.
We’d love to help you explore as well, so stay tuned for more hikes!

Mega Tip – Especially during hot summer season, choose among hinterland routes, that end up in deserted beaches!!
Carry with you cotton bags and collect oregano and thyme.

One map for all the hiking experience around Andros Island.

The map is exhaustive and offers route combinations to explore. The signs in all routes are well maintained, so that you can hike on your own. You may buy the map, either online or in selected local shops.

Andros Route No 1 & 17

CHORA – IPSILOU – MESATHOURI - LAMYRA - PANACHRADOS MONASTERY

This one is a long route from Chora, through the picturesque villages of Lamyra, Menites and Mesaria, the tower (mansion) of Theofilos Kairis, the ‘Bridge of Stihiomeni (haunted woman)’ and then up the mountain to the Monastery. There are difficult parts, such as the uphill step track towards the Panachrados monastery, while apart from summer months, part of the route has passages with waters. There are many shades to relax before the village of Messaria and ‘Karydies Springs’ in Menites village for the supply of drinking water.
Then, travel along path No 17, through the valley of Livadia, leading to Paraporti beach. In Livadia you will find the most fertile fields with fruit trees and clusters of towering cypress trees - hedges of farmhouses and mansions, as well as beautiful horses.

Tip – A bit before the arched bridge, lie under the trees into the dry river springs during summer and have a rest. End your hike in Chora and taste local pastries ('pastes') in Lygizos, Laskaris or Ermis shops.

Andros Routes No 2 & 8

APIKIA (PYTHARA) - STENIES – GIALIA BEACH & CHORA – NIMPORIO

Part of this route is kids’ friendly, especially from ‘Pythara’ waterfalls down to the wetland with many turtles at the beach of Gialia. Passing through the impressive villages of Apikia, Apatouria and Stenies, you will literally explore buildings that are characterized as monuments such as the towers (old mansions) of ‘Agadaki’ and ‘Bisti Mouvelas’, the "Fabrica" watermill with the large upright iron impeller that has been declared protected monument. The path has several stairs, but the dense vegetation protects from the sun during summer. Impressive as well, is the distance of many houses from central road access, while the landscape around them justifies this choice.
Our parade and guide was a friendly dog!!

Tip – Hang your hammocks next to Pythara waterfalls and enjoy the fresh running waters. During low season, you may be alone!

Andros Route No 3

CHORA-SYNETI-DIPOTAMATA-KOHYLOU-ORMOS KORTHIOU (WITH A DETOUR TO THE CASTLE)

Having several kids with us, we chose to make the route shorter, starting after the village of Sineti, at the entrance to the valley of ‘Dipotamata’ with many watermills, however only a few being in good condition. The tour was taken over by Trekking Andros Tours, which, apart from historical data, taught us to eat various flowers (eg morning glory), to collect myristics and herbs. George, representative of the LIFE Andros program, joined our team, spoke about the endangered species – birds, that find shelter on our island and gave binoculars to the children to observe them. The route has enough ascent and limited vegetation, but most of us managed to get to 'Faneromeni Castle' with the panoramic views of Aegean sea and Ormos Korthi. Descending was easier and ended up with swimming at the famous beach 'Grias Pidima'.

Tip – Considering time constraint, let the kids climb the rocky upper castle and visit the old coffee shop of Kochilos village to get refreshments.

Andros Route No 4

TROMARCHION MONASTERY-PISO MERIA-AMONAKLEIOU-MOUSIONAS-AIDONIA

Maybe the most spectacular and emotional moments of our trekking tours, through the beautiful stone-built villages of Aidonia and Mousiona, the settlement of Petria and without a doubt, the most hospitable inhabitants of the island. The path is quite easy and is combined with the circular of Tromarchion Monastery with the impressive views of the Aegean Sea and the dry stone walls all over the slopes. The treats were rich all the way (we still remember Mr. Antonis' tomatoes and the local tsipouro at Mrs Anna's house) and we promised a winter ride to try this year's production. The crops in the surrounding mountains betray the rural character of the area, all seasons. It is impressive the initiative of the local Cultural Associations for the renovation of community infrastructures (springs, bridges).

Tip – Considering time constraint, let the kids climb the rocky upper castle and visit the old coffee shop of Kochilos village to get refreshments.

Andros Route No 6

VOURKOTI-AGIOS NICOLAOS MONASTERY

This is the hike to remember, with all our children, a dozen kids from 5 years old. We covered the nicest part on the edge of the Achla River, inside the largest plantain of the Cyclades, diving and swimming in river springs 'vathres'. The route is quite difficult and unmarked, with many big rocks and requires mostly climbing than walking. We reached the stunning lake'Gerolimni', dipped from high rocks and swam in the icy waters.
Achla is an important biotope with impressive plane trees just a breath away from the sea.

AGIOS NICOLAOS MONASTERY-ACHLA BEACH

Day hike at the lower part of Andros Route No 6, down to the beach of Achla. This part of the route is the easiest, but not in the shadows. The beach is rated among the best of Greece and the kids had the chance to swim both in the river and the sea. After swimming, we walked into the woods and met with swans!

Tip – Must be quite fit to manage this footpath and be careful with insects close to the river. You will get amazing shots and the best swimming ever. The kids get mad with the rocks!

Andros Route No 7

PANACHRADOS MONASTERY-KOURELI-SASA-ALADOU-AGIA TRIADA-ZAGORA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

This is a route of archaelogical spirit! We did the part of the route towards the ancient city of Strofilas, down to the excavation site, with breathtaking views of the ancient port, today being a secluded magic beach. The rocks are steep under your feet and the feeling of how special this place is, is enormous. If you are a keen hiker then walking down to the beach is definitely a challenge.

Tip – You will definitely take amazing shots.

Andros Routes No 9 & 9a

PALAIOPOLIS - ANO APROVATOU - MENITES VILLAGE

A journey with a lot of myth and history, quite difficult when it is hot due to the location of the old capital of the island and with few fountains for water supply. In the village there is an archaeological museum, an archaelogical site of excavations and a beach, usually deserted. Do not miss the island's finest sunsets and if you have time, approach neighbouring small bays.
On top of the village, the mountainous part heading from Aprovatou village to Palaiopolis, is called 'Ntrassa' and offers magnificent views, shadows, ideal pic nic stops and natural fountains like 'Turk's' spring.
We also had to climb a bit to get a panoramic shot of this beach at the right side of the village, which was the capital of the island during ancestry for over 1000 years. The excavations taking place here revealed much about the history of the islanders.

Tip – The old coffee shop on the street serves splendid sweets (ask for 'lemon blossom') and the Archaeological Museum

Andros Route No 10

APIKIA-EVROUSES-STRAPOURIES-MESATHOURI

This hiking was carried out during the maintenance of the path by Andros Routes, and it has several difficult points, both for ascenting and descenting and many alternations in the landscape. Much of the route is in dense vegetation, literally forest, but also part of the climb, in a dry landscape. We finished the route to the village of Strapourgies in "Egkremnistra" spring.
Many visitors from France, Germany and Greece along with local people did the clearing of the path.

Tip of the route - "Egkremnistra" spring is a relieving spot during this long and quite tough trail. However, since it is located toward the end of the route, you may rest next to the river springs much earlier.

Andros Route No 12

ARNI - REMATA - LEFKA BEACH

A dreamy footpath, starting from the mountainous Arni (my grandfather's village), in dense vegetation all the way to Remata and then more exposed to the sun up to Lefka beach. Trekking Andros Tours was also here with us for historical information like the separate detached chapels, matching the Orthodox and Catholic Christian church. However, we will not forget the abandoned houses of the farmers, the arrangement of the farmhouses (main rooms, stable, threshing floor), especially the one that, thanks to the surviving roof of cypress trunks, was preserved inside as the owner left it (see photograph).
At the end, we were exhausted and swimming in Lefka beach was not enough, so we also reached for a second dive the beaches of Ateni (small and large one).

Tip – Get a professional guide for this one, not to miss anything!! like Trekking Andros that will show you the Energy Tree!, open the old chapels and teach you about dry stone wall building.

Andros Route No 14

GAVRIO-ANO GAVRIO-AMOLOCHOS-FROUSEI MILL VILLAGE

Another footpath that takes your breath away due to rare nature sights. Landscapes not distinguishable from the main streets, ruins still telling stories, towers (old mansions) and, of course, the watermills of Frouseoi Valley. Approximately 6.5 km of hiking in unique vegetation and running waters, next to the river for half the route. During the walk we did some clearing as well. We also had the chance to meet with new people from different countries that voluntarily follow Andros Routes often. No 14 is a medium to difficult level path but an 11 year old boy managed to become an expert guide for quite a distance.

Tip - Begin the route at Amolohos village and have a shower at the river springs. After this route, it is worth visiting the beach of Zorgos, an island top destination. Close to the beach begins the Path No 20 with the caves - 'Trypes' that we will see this year!

Andros Route No 15

GAVRIO-KYPRI-BATSI

This is one of the many routes that offer panoramic views to the hills and the beaches of Andros island. There are many spots to enter this route, but we propose to begin by the part next to Villa Arni and head towards Ag. Petros village and tower, during early morning or afternoon because there are little shadows. It was with the Greek Instagrammers' team that we did part of the route and the best moments to remember were during our visit to Zoodochos Pigi Monastery and Ag Petros tower. It was interesting to watch the group of photographers shooting around the monuments for the project #my_andros. Visit Instagram to admire their work around the island of Andros.

Tip of the route - Opposite the monastery there is a small road leading to the remnants of an old house and church. Follow this to enjoy the views to Kypri bay.

Andros Route No 18

VACONI (with Foros cave detour)-VRACHNOU-LIVADIA

Getting familiar with Andros Trail Race 2018 routes, we followed this route with a few official race participants starting from the monastery where we had delicious pastries to get strong!!! The most impressive part of this route was our acquaintance with the local cultural association of the village of Aladinos, that manages the Cave "Foros", 4.5 - 5 million years old. It was discovered in 1932 and its name probably stems from the missing animals that fell into the deep cave and thus 'paid the tax to the gods'. Needless to say that we missed eye contact with the athletes quickly!! so we followed our pace and discovered thick vegetation jungle like tunnels that you can see in the photos. The terrain is quite diverse.

Tip - The picturesque village of Vrachnou and the stunning views to Chora for the most part of the journey.

Route Arni Circular

Circular Route in Arni Village

A quite easy route, that we did with lots of kids, in shadows. The landscape is such vast vegetation, high trees and thick bushes. This route is part of a park called Karnavas, at the hills of Arni village and we got the impression of being in jungle.
Epameinondas Bridge is one of the most impressive spots.
This may be combined with routes No 12 & 13.

Tip of the route - The beach of Vori is worth visiting after Arni village routes for a magic swim in the river & the sea.

Route Aprovato circular

Circular Route in Aprovato village

This is a wonderful opportunity to reach both a mountainous area and a secluded beach, Koutsi beach, which remains a secret among locals. The route is quite easy on the lower part leading to the sea. Early in the morning or during low season, you will enjoy a private amazing swim ... sssshhh do not tell others!

Tip of the route - Do not miss Koutsi beach at the end.

Route Kapparia circular

Circular Route leading to Korthi

A short route through the settlements of Kapparia and Morakaoi with beautiful old buildings. The route offers the option of either walking down to Korthi bay through vast vegetation and running waters or walk up the route and head to Episkopio village and the famous Bridge of Love.

Tip of the route - The Bridge of Love is a must closeby.

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