The Hiking Paths
Network


Introduction

Andros has an impressive network of over 300km of footpaths. The network extends across all parts of the island and until the arrival of the motor car it was the main transport infrastructure for the 30,000 people who once lived on Andros. About 160km of hiking routes have been restored and are fully way marked and sign posted according to European standards.

The varied landscape of Andros offers a treasure trove of hiking experiences. In one day it is possible to pass through lush green landscapes with gushing waterfalls, cross a rugged mountain and descend through ancient walled terraces on a hillside to a sandy beach on the shores of the Aegean.

Most of the restored paths can be walked in a day. Each path has been given a route number which is regularly way marked along the path.

Map

To plan your trip we recommend purchasing our map (details here) which has all of the walking routes marked on it.

Online Resources

Please go to our Detailed Descriptions of Hiking Routes for more information on each of our 29 different day hikes.

Our certified 100km Andros Route, can be walked 10 distinct day sections. More details here: http://www.androsroutes.gr/andros-route/

The certified 100 km Andros Route


Introduction

One hundred kilometers of our paths forms a continuous walking route across the island. Known as the Andros Route this continuous path can be walked at a reasonable pace in 10 daily sections. Like all our restored paths the Andros Route is fully way marked and sign posted according to European standards.

In 2015 the Andros Route received the hiking quality certification “Leading Quality Trails- Best of Europe” from the European Ramblers Association. Andros is the first and so far the only island in Europe to hold this distinguished hiking certification.

Map

To plan your trip we recommend purchasing our map (details here) which has all of the walking routes marked on it.

Online Resources

Visit the special section of our website for more information on the certified Andros Route with details on each daily section here : http://www.androsroutes.gr/andros-route/

Useful Information
for Hikers

Essentials

  • Make sure you’ve got plenty of food and drink and wear suitable clothing.
  • Although snake bites are rare on Andros consider wearing boots and long trousers even in warmer weather as a precaution.
  • Check the weather forecast before you set out. In spring temperatures can rise significantly by the afternoon so always take plenty of water and a hat.
  • There are many springs and rivers with safe drinking water on the routes of Andros. Look for the safe water pictogram. 
  • At certain times of the year Andros will experience strong winds. Some of the paths have exposed sections at high elevations  so you may want to choose lower altitude routes on windy days.
  • Don’t take risks by attempting long or difficult routes without preparation
  • Take a map and know how to read it. Click here to get our walking map
  • Be aware of any ‘escape routes’ if you’re walking long-distance paths and need to cut the walk short
  • Tell someone when you expect to be back and where you are going

Emergencies

Fire +30 2282042199
Health Emergency +30 22820360000

Difficulties along the way

On the tracks, you may find doors or metallic grids used as doors. You are advised to open them and close them again behind you – they are mostly used for keeping out or herding goats.

Sometimes parts of the paths coincide with ravines or small streams, so it is important to have the necessary gear and preferably waterproof hiking boots.

Take into consideration the weather forecast, especially regarding the prevailing winds.

You are most welcome to contact us for further information !

There are several types of paths and trails on Andros, stone or cement-paved.

Most of Andros’ paths are walled and are called in the local language “stenes” (plural), “steni” (singular).

Usually, when passing through settlements the paths are cement-paved though in rare cases they are maintained in their initial form – stone-paved.

Some connecting parts between several of the routes proposed are dirt tracks and some cases include small parts along asphalt roads. There are definitely many crossings of roads, either dirt tracks or asphalt in most of the routes, allowing hikers to start or end their hiking in many more spots then the ones proposed.
Andros is a mountainous island with a sharp relief. The highest mountain, Petalon, rises to 1,000m altitude. The paths of Andros are of small to medium difficulty level. Nevertheless most of the footpaths include steep parts, so one should keep that in mind.

Each of the routes presented on this website is characterised with a difficulty classification based on the standards of the European Ramblers Association

Transportation, parking & luggage service

Andros has not been adequately developed as a hiking destination yet. There are no special parking lots for hikers. Transportation to and from hiking routes can be mostly done by rented cars, taxis and buses. The
public buses itineraries mostly connect the major urban centres of the island between them and with the port of Gavrio. Only a few exist that serve the smaller villages and mostly during the summer period. Useful phone
numbers for buses and taxis and for renting cars, motorbikes or bicycles are listed here.

Many routes start from the major urban centres of the island, Chora, Ormos Korthiou, Batsi and Gavrio, so one may not need a means of transportation for starting a hike but rather after ending it. No specialized luggage service company exists on Andros for people wishing to organize trekking holidays. Groups of hikers requiring a luggage service contact us for a special arrangement.

The Andros
Climate


Overview

The Andros climate is mild, characterised by the prevalence of north winds, a significant percentage of rainfall during the winter months and dry and warm summers with cool winds, the so called ‘meltemia’. A comfortable hike is possible in all months except July and August. In these months with temperatures around 25 to 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes higher, it can be a little too hot for most people to enjoy a long hike. However in the summer when the moon is full, or close to full, night hikes are possible.

Local Weather Forecasts

Weather Underground Forecast – Two local weather stations on Andros provide data to Weather Underground. The Weather Underground forecasting algorithm mixes this local data with the official weather data to provide a more accurate local forecast.

Weather Underground Weather History – Provides historic weather data up to the current hour from weather station ISOUTHAE3 near the port of Gavrio on Andros.

Meteo.gr – A neat and easy to read 5 day forecast.

Poseidon.hcmr.gr – Weather information on the Greek Seas.

Windguru – A site used by sailors and windsurfers. Provides wind/gust speed and direction.

Webcam

Gavrio Webcam – If you want to see the current weather there is a webcam at the ferry port in Gavrio. Has a link to a time lapse film of the previous 24 hours.

Landscape

Nature & Biodiversity -Andros is the northernmost, second largest, greenest and among the Cycladic islands closest to the Greek capital, with a surface area of 384km2 and a coastline of 148km. It is unigue among the Cycladic islands because of its plentiful water reserves, mountainous terrain, sharp relief and extremely varied scenery. Small forests, fertile valleys, numerous beaches, ravines where water flows all year, gushing waterfalls and springs are to be found in almost every slope and valley. The coastline has more than 70 small and larger beaches. Areas comprising almost half of the island are designated Natura, Important Bird Areas (IBAs) or wildlife sanctuaries, where many rare or endemic species of flora and fauna find refuge.

An ancient, man-made landscape- Human presence in Andros has probably been continuous since the 4th century B.C. with numerous settlements developed over the course of time. The human presence has left signs visible even in the remotest and steepest parts of the island, with stone as the raw material in a man-made landscape. The variety of rural architecture is quite astounding: dry stone walls, terraced hillsides (“emasies” in the local dialect), oil mills, threshing floors, more than 200 recorded water mills, 69 windmills, scores of stone bridges some of which are arched and hundreds of rural chapels are scattered everywhere around the island.

People & Culture

People & occupations- Agriculture, stock farming, silk production and shipping have been the main occupations of the inhabitants for centuries. About 9000 people (2011 cencus) live on the island today and in their majority are occupied in services, construction, agriculture, live stock farming and fishing. Tourism development on Andros has been rather limited compared to the other islands of the Cyclades. Due to Andros’ proximity to Athens, many vacation homes have been built, whose residents revive the local economy and community during week-ends and holidays.

Culture & activities -Andros has many important archaeological sites most of them open and under excavation. Many of their findings are exhibited in the 2 archaeological museums. There is also a maritime Museum, 2 folklore Museums, the Olive Museum, a contemporary digital Museum, an accessible cave, and several historical monasteries and Castles. The Kairis Library holds many important documents from Andros’ history. Numerous cultural events and festivals are organised mostly during the summer period. There is a wide range of activities that are available for visitors. For example, organised hiking routes, bicycle tours, scuba diving, sea tours, sports, cooking lessons and lessons on how to make local products as well as local products tasting events.

History & Monuments

Information coming soon!