Head for the beach, so many to choose from. The nearest are right by the Hora of Andros, only a few km from Ktima Lemonies. For the wild and unspoilt beaches on the eastern coast you need to drive further, but believe me, they are worth it. On the west-facing coast, between Batsi and Gavrio, you will find several organised beaches, with possibilities for water sports such stand-up peddling, windsurfing and scuba diving.
Walking and hiking
Bring your hiking boots to Andros. With over 300 km of paths and mule tracks, half of which are clearly signposted, the island is a walkers’ paradise. Choose from over twenty hiking routes, with varying lengths and difficulty levels. Walk route nr 9 – it starts in Lamyra – and make a stop at the Cyclades Olive Museum in Ano Pitrofos.
Maybe walking doesn’t go fast enough for you, and you want to cover more distance? Sign up for a mountain biking tour with Trekking Andros, and be prepared for the challenge of cycling some 25 km on dirt roads in mountainous landscapes.
Rent a small motorboat from the town (no licence required), and explore the western coast of Andros – the easiest way to get to some of the most beautiful secluded beaches.
Catch a performance during the all-summer international art festival at the open-air theatre in the town of Andros. Theatre plays are in Greek, but there are concerts too. And don’t miss the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art, also in the hora. Its permanent collection features perhaps the most impressive collection of modern sculptures in Greece. In the summer there are prestigious art exhibitions that have included oeuvres by Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Claudel, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Kandinsky.
Learn how to cook with indigenous herbs & veggies and to prepare local specialties in Katerina Remoundou’s cooking classes. Half-day courses include an introduction to Cycladic cuisine, the preparation of a three-course meal, wine tasting, and of course, enjoying the meal in the end.
Visit Cave Foros near the village of Aladino. It is not a huge cave, but worth visiting nevertheless. Slip-resistant shoes are recommended; helmets and flashlights are provided at the entrance.