Destination guide

So close to the big city, yet a world away

The northernmost of the Cyclades, the island of Andros is a popular vacation destination for both tourists and locals looking for a quick weekend getaway, thanks to its close proximity to Athens. But while it may be the closest to the mainland of the famous Greek Isles, you'll find anything but big city life here. Quaint villages and stunning mansions are sprinkled among a picturesque landscape of waterfalls, natural springs, and mountains. The terrain is top-notch, drawing hikers from around the world. Whether you join them or not, you'll enjoy plenty of fresh air at an Andros vacation rental.

Things to do

Whatever your interest, there's a museum for it here

One thing's for sure: opting for an Andros vacation rental means there'll be no shortage of sightseeing for you. There's the beautiful village of Chora and the ancient capital, Palaeopolis, and beyond that you'll find 4 Byzantine monasteries, all featuring notable icons, as well as a 13th-century Venetian castle and the ancient Aladino Cave. And then there are all the museums. You'll find 2 archaeological museums, a couple of folklore museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Goulandris Museum of Modern Art, and even an olive museum. Be sure to stop by the Sariza spring to see if the waters springing from a lion's head really do have curative properties.

Activities

A mecca for hikers in the picture-perfect Greek Isles

Unique among the Greek Isles that are world-famous for their pristine beaches, Andros is full of mountains that make for world-class hiking. The countless trails will take you past waterfalls, historic bridges, rivers, and even a natural spring or two. But don't worry—there are still plenty of beaches, too. Some are great for swimming and working on your tan, like Golden Beach or Agios Petros, while others, like Agios Kiprianos, are ideal for fishing. You can even try your hand at windsurfing off the shores of Ormos beach.

Weather

All the mountains, but without the snow

The mountains on Andros may lure the hikers, but don't expect to see any snow-capped peaks. Even in the coldest months of January to March, low temps only dip into the 40s. That also happens to be the rainiest time of the year, so you can leave the snow boots at home, but don't forget your umbrella. April to September is the dry season, and highs are pleasantly in the 70s and 80s from May to October. Whether you're here for the hiking or the beaches, you'll find the perfect weather to suit your needs.

Natural features

Climb every mountain and ford every stream

Andros stands out from the other islands in the Cyclades due to its mountainous terrain, which makes it ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities. An Andros vacation rental will surround you with nature at every turn, from glittering waterfalls, to natural springs, to verdant valleys. You'll also find caves, ponds, and even a ravine that the locals call "Fairy Land." You should also expect to encounter rare plants, plenty of birds, and an abundance of colorful wildflowers. Of course, it's not all rocky—the island has its fair share of beaches, sunsets, and sea views to enjoy.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Andros

The nearest airport is in Ermoupolis (JSY-Syros Island National), located 29.7 mi (47.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Mykonos (JMK-Mykonos Island National), which is 39.3 mi (63.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Andros?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 241 vacation rentals near Andros. From 84 Villas to 87 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Andros for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Andros?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Andros. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Greek Islands: 15,800 vacation rentals
  • Mykonos: 1,556 vacation rentals
  • Kea: 259 vacation rentals
  • Syros: 202 vacation rentals
  • Mediterranean Sea: 167,312 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Andros! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Andros?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Andros:

  • Mykonos: 1,556 rentals
  • Kea: 259 rentals
  • Tinos: 1,050 rentals
  • Kythnos: 51 rentals
  • Idrousa: 195 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Andros?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Andros. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Saint Peter's Beach: 199 rentals
  • Batsi Beach: 198 rentals
  • Ermoupolis Town Square: 418 rentals
  • Church of Panagia Evangelistria: 1,797 rentals
  • Marmari Harbor: 319 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Andros listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.