ANDROS - THE ISLAND OF ECSTASY
Andros, or Idrousa as it was called in antiquity due to its many waters, combines mountain and sea. Andros was one of the largest commercial and economic centers in antiquity and developed a large fleet, something that characterizes the island to this day. Andros Town is an impressive settlement, with a long history and remarkable architecture. One of the top attractions of the island is the cave in "Aladino" in which the hanging rocks, stalactites and stalagmites offer a special spectacle. Also, the Castle of Andros, from which after the bombing by the Germans in 1943, only the ruins are left is a point of reference.
To the left of the castle there is the lighthouse Tourlitis, the only lighthouse in the world that is built on a rock, in the sea which was built in 1887. Stenies, is the village of the captains, with the picturesque streets, the common laundry, and the old factory pasta with the largest watermill in the Balkans. Paleopolis is a coastal settlement in which the ruins of ancient Andros and the geometric settlement of Zagora are preserved. The cosmopolitan Batsi is the most touristic fishing village of Andros, with Stivari being a place of unique beauty.
The village of Pitrofos is also built on the slope of Mount Petalo and there you will find the olive museum. The villages of Strapourgies and Ypsilou are two green villages, built on the slope of Mount Petalo, with stunning views to Chora. In the settlement of Apoikia, there is the famous spring Sariza, whose water is considered thermal. In the village of Apoikia is also the ravine of Pythara which is called, according to tradition, and "Fairyland". Of great interest is the Tower of Agios Petros in the homonymous village which is cylindrical and is made entirely of local slate. Pano Kastro, or Castle of Faneromeni, was built in 1207 and is located on an impressive plateau. The ancient city of Ypsili with the sanctuary, in the center of the acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Dimitra while it is the only organized archeological site to be visited in Andros.
The beaches in Andros are spread on an extremely diverse and long coastline. The visitor can find more than 30 different beaches sandy or rocky, deserted or organized, easily accessible or inaccessible. Destinations and their combinations are virtually inexhaustible. In the strait of Cape Doro are the Small & Large Peza and Agios Ioannis in Kremmides. Among the secular ones are Batsi, Neiborio, Chrysi Ammos, Achla and Gria's leap. Also popular beaches are Piso Gialia, Chalkolimionas, Agios Petros, Apothiki up to the dreamy blonde beaches of Zorkos, Ateni, and Vori.
Andros is rich in local products the most famous are the milkshake, the manousos and the volaki. Also famous are its macaroons with flower water, kalisouni, pastel with thyme honey of Andros. Another dessert of Andros is pastellaries, made with dried figs and cinnamon, pastitsaki and spoon sweets with the most special Lemonanthos. There are excellent local meats and cheeses, while women's clubs make pasta, pastries and liqueurs. Andros also produces good wine and products from the must, such as petimezi, mustalefria, "dry", soutzoukia. Of the drinks, it is worth trying the soumada, which is almond pulp and is served at weddings, as well as the pozzi, raki with honey and a wide variety of handmade liqueurs from seasonal fruits. There are also excellent local cheeses such as kopanisti, petroti from cow's or goat's milk, volaki, fresh white cheese and manouso.