Andros is the northernmost island in Cyclades, the second in size after Naxos Island. It’s area is 380 sq. It is 6 Nautical miles from Euboea and less than 1 nautical mile from Tinos Island. It is linked by ferry with Rafina port in a distance of 36 nautical miles. The length of the trip is only 2 hours. According to the famous poet Andreas Embirikos, “Andros is the most beautiful island in the world, the queen of the Aegean Sea”.
Andros | History
Before 3000 B.C. since the joining of Apollonas with Roio, Anios was born, whom Apollonas made the King of Dilos Island. Anios had three daughters and two sons, Andros and Mykonos. They were the Kings of the two islands and they gave their names to them. Another myth says that the name of Andros comes from the Military General Andros who came from Crete in the Minoan Period. Andros has ancient names, like Idrousa (with abundant waters) Epagris, Nonagria (wet field) Lasia (with rich greenery) and Gavros. In the Bronze Age, the settlements of Mikrogiali, Plaka and Strofilos met great flourishing. Strofilas is considered to be the biggest saved settlement in the Neolithic Aegean Era.
In the Byzantine Years, the development of silk in the period of the Empire of the Komnenian (12th century) converted the island center of exporting silky fabrics in the East. With the Fall of Constantinople from the Franks. Andros fell to the clergy of Venice. Some castles were built to protect the island from the pirates. That is how the first castle (Castel a basso) was built in Chora. The name Riva survived since that period as it was the main port of Chora.
In 1566 the island fell to the clergy of the Ottomans. During the Ottoman rule, Andros was preferential treated and that ensured an economic prosperity.
In the same period a great development of shining has occurred. In 1813 Andros has 40 ships and 400 seamen. On May 10th, 1821, Theofilos Kairis one of the pioneers of Modern Greek Enlightenment, raised the flag of the revolution and Recent History begins. That’s when the island, thanks to the strong shipping and to the insight of the shipowners, has a prosperous economy.
Andros | Nature • Geography • Environment
The island is a miniature of Greece, with high mountains, small rivers, valleys planted with grapes, running waters, cypress trees, oaks, fruits trees, olive trees and therapeutic springs. The Island combines the dry cycladic landscape with the profuse vegetation and abundant water – springs.
Andros | Batsi Village
Batsi is located in the west side of the island, in a short distance, only 8 Km from the port, Gavrio. It is the most touristic resort of the island. It’s location is ideal as the well organised beach, which is famous from the Greek film “Girls in the sun”, offers a lot of choices with the bars, cafes and restaurants. Batsi is full of life all day long and that creates an excellent atmosphere for your holidays. In that ideal scenery is located the Paradise Design Apartments Hotel. In the beautiful bay of Batsi, the hotel is only 200m from the traditional Cycladic settlement of Batsi.