Greece the ideal destination


Andros the Ideal Destination

Natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage dating back in the centuries

Andros

The northernmost of the Cyclades Island Group and second in size only to Naxos, Andros beguiles visitors with its natural beauty and vast cultural heritage, the product of a centuries-long history going back to 3000 B.C.

Andros

Following along with the other Aegean islands the fate of the mainland, Andros was successively under the Macedonians, the Romans, the Francs and the Turks. Not exhausted in the Cycladic tradition, local architecture includes typical Aegean samples harmoniously co-eisting with neoclassic mansions, tower-houses and stone buildings. Today, one can visit four monasteries of the 14th and 15th century A.D., as well as a plethora of churches dating back at the time of Nikiforos Fokas, such as the Sanctuary of Taxiarches at the Messaria village that is of great historical value.

Andros

Andros is blessed with a ''waterproof'' rocky ground that bestows it with many water-fountains, brooks, waterfalls and rivers with rich vegetation, maple trees and walnut trees growing on their banks. The valley of Dipotamaton is the site of tens of watermills and other water-powered industries in good condition. The valley has been proclaimed a protected area and its structures pre-industrial-era monuments.

Andros

Vegetation on the island hosts the typical fauna of the Mediterranean, as well as partridge, falcons and rare predatory birds.
Large sweeps of sandy beaches, easily accessible and with developed tourist infrastructure are located mostly on the western coastline of the island. Visitors seeking peace and wild natural beauty will find it at the beaches located on the northeastern and southeastern coastlines.

Andros

In spite of an extended rural road network, a large part of the old cobble-stone alleys and paths connecting the settlements and the villages survives in good condition, nowadays used by nature lovers that want to visit some of the isolated beauties of the island on foot. The events that compose the identity of the island establish Andros as the cultural capital of the Cyclades. The Museum of Contemporary Art organizes on a yearly basis exhibitions with artworks of internationally accredited artists. During the summer of 2004, the museum will host the International Art Exhibition with the works of Pablo Picaso. The choir festival in June is an institution; the local cultural associations during the summer months organize traditional feasts with local dances, food and drink. Also, in Andros takes place the International Festival of traditional dances and folklore traditions and the International Festival of Aegean cuisine.

Andros

The traditional Andriotic dish is ''fourtalia'', an omelet made with potatoes and home made sausage accompanied with local cheese and wine. Visitors should not miss the famous sweets ( ''amygdalota'' and ''kaltsounia''), the local ecological honey variety and the fruit preserves.

Andros