Batsi of Andros is an excellent destination that will offer you an unforgettable holiday experience. Besides, Andros is one of the most popular tourist destinations in our country that hosts thousands of visitors every year. It is the northernmost and the second-largest island of the Cyclades after Naxos. According to Andreas Empirikos, the island of Andros is “the queen of the Aegean; the most beautiful of all the world”.
The area of the island is 380 square kilometres and its geographical location is 1 nautical mile from Tinos and 6 nautical miles from Evia. The ferry connection with Rafina, a distance of 36 nautical miles and only 2 hours, serve the visit of several tourists every year.
The traditional Batsi – Andros
Batsi of Andros is a traditional settlement and the largest tourist area on our island. An exotic destination that will give you a magical holiday experience both during the summer months and of course the rest of the year. Its location is the biggest advantage since Batsi is located west of Andros and at a distance of about 8 km from the port of Gavrio.
A geographical location that provides access to some of the most beautiful beaches of the island, excellent entertainment options and enchanting getaways to nature and the remarkable parts of Andros. In particular, in Batsi you will find one of the most beautiful organized beaches which you may remember from the famous Greek movie “GIRLS IN THE SUN”. Of course, the beaches that are worth visiting are many more and we will analyze them in the future.
In terms of nightlife, the heart of the whole of Andros beats in Batsi, since the beautiful traditional taverns, restaurants, cafes and the best bars are here. Many options will meet your every need for a night out. In fact, one of the reasons that the village is full of life all hours of the day.
In this great location and specifically in the beautiful bay of Batsi just 200 meters from the settlement, is the hotel Paradise Design Apartments which promises to give you a wonderful stay with unique moments of relaxation and all the comforts.
Beaches in Batsi of Andros
The beaches in Batsi are a pole of attraction as their soft sand, unique view and clear blue waters will help you escape, relax and enjoy the baths with your friends or family. There are several beaches that you can visit with the main beach Batsi which is located within the picturesque settlement and Agia Marina. If you want something more secluded again, it is definitely worth a visit to Stivari beach.
The enchanting landscapes of Andros
Batsi of Andros is certainly the number one holiday destination, however, the island still offers many excellent escape options. After all, Andros is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and a miniature of Greece. Rich vegetation and forests with cypresses and oaks, high mountains, countless ravines and valleys with vineyards, running water and thermal springs. A unique landscape rich in geographical contrasts that combines abundant water and lush vegetation with the classic Cycladic landscape.
Thanks to the mild climate of the island, a walk in nature will bring you in contact with abundant trees and wildflowers that come to compose a landscape full of colours. The wonderful aromas of natural plants such as thyme and oregano come to complete a truly intoxicating atmosphere that will surely be unforgettable.
The history of Andros
Of course, it is not possible to know a place without learning a few things about its history and past. There are two main myths about how the island of Andros got its name. According to the first, about 3,000 years ago, the union of Apollo with Reo gave birth to Anios, who became king of Delos. In time, the king had two sons, Andros and Mykonos, from whom the homonymous islands took their names.
According to the second legend, the name of the island is due to General Andros who went to the island during the Minoan period. Of course, there are many references to the island with various names derived from its natural beauties.
During the Byzantine era and specifically in the 12th century, Andros was transformed into a centre for the export of silk and cobwebs to the West. After the Fall of Constantinople by the Franks, the island fell to the Venetian lot. Several castles were built at that time in order to protect the inhabitants from pirates, with the better known being the Lower Castle of today’s Chora.
In 1566 the island fell into the hands of the Ottomans, however, due to its privileged treatment, it managed to secure financial prosperity and develop its shipping. In 1821 and specifically on May 10, Theofilos Kairis started the revolution and the modern history of Andros began.