A unique self guided walk on the authentic Cyclades Island of Andros, help maintain this ancient network of paths.
Hike Greek Island of Andros with nights spent in four different destinations. On this self guided Cyclades hiking holiday you have the flexibility to walk every day or alternate your days with sightseeing or relaxing by the beach.
In 2012, a group of volunteers with a passion for the Cycladic island of Andros set about restoring and maintaining an ancient network of paths as a sustainable tourism project. Long before motorised transport, these old footpaths were the only way of travelling from village to village.
As you walk along the well signposted route, the stonework and monuments are a testament to their historic legacy. Unspoilt beaches, classic coastal views and a multitude of natural features enrich the experience as you ascend mountain trails with sweeping vistas.
At the end of the day, feast on typical Greek dishes at local tavernas and experience the warm hospitality of the island in handpicked accommodation. A truly rewarding walk on an unspoilt Greek Island that is easily accessible from Athens by ferry. It is of course well worth spending a few days in the Greek capital at the start or end of this Andros hiking holiday.
Hike Greek Island of Andros: Itinerary
Day 1: Meet in Athens for a transfer to the port of Rafina from where you will depart by ferry in the late afternoon to Andros (ferry: approx 2hrs). Once on Andros, travel by local bus to Ormos Korthiou (bus: approx 1hr) and receive a welcome package including a small pruner and gloves at your accommodation. Overnight in Ormos Korthiou.
Day 2: Today's walk today starts at Tromarchion monastery, situated high upon a cliff near the west coast of Andros and most of the walk is on old footpaths. The route is mostly hilly with ascents and descents but without too many height variations. Distance 8km/5mi, +130m/426ft, -260m/853ft. Overnight in Ormos Korthiou.
Day 3: As you walk from Ormos Korthiou to Andros Chora today, you will encounter outstanding views, tiny, well-hidden villages, old watermills and beautiful stony trails. Crossing the town will come down to the beach of Nimborio, where your accommodation is situated. Distance 14-15km/8.7-9.3mi, +530/700m (+1740ft/2296ft), -530/700m (-1740ft/2296ft). Overnight in Chora.
Day 4: For walkers there are two options to choose from today. Option 1: You can take the wide paved paths ('kalerimia') through the forest to Apikia, a village situated in a green valley that is famous for its spring water.
Hike Greek Island of Andros - Option 2: Walk via great walled footpaths to ascend to the charming villages of . Cross the arched Venetian bridge of Stichiomeni from where the pathway climbs steadily to the monastery of Panachrantou (590m) - the descent back to Chora goes via a river, beach and interesting wetland. Otherwise Andros Chora has two fine museums and is a great town to stroll through or relax in a local cafe. Overnight in Chora.
Day 5: Today's walk will take you to the west coast of Andros. Take a taxi transfer to either Messaria or Ano Pitrofos (shorten 5km) continue up and then descend to the charming seaside resort of Batsi, where you will stay overnight. There is a third option for today that includes monastery of Panacharantou, then an onward walk to Stavropeda and the afternoon bus or a taxi to Batsi. Distance 16-18.5km (10-11.5mi), +560/600m (+1840/1968ft), -400/700m (-1312/2296ft). Overnight in Batsi.
Day 6: Free day on this Self guided Cyclades hiking holiday to spend at your leisure. Or in the morning take a taxi to the nearby village of Remata to start your walk. Following a lush, shaded stream bed you ascend to the villages of Arni and Katakilos. After enjoying the great views from the hills over Batsi, descend to Batsi and the sea.
Alternative walk: if you didn't walk to Ano Pitrofos village yesterday you can take the morning bus to Paleopolis and follow the route above the coast to this lovely village before continuing to Batsi. Distance 11-12km (6.9/7.5mi), +400m (+1312ft) -600m (-1968ft). Overnight in Batsi.
Day 7: A lovely walk today above and parallel to the coastline. On your way you can visit the fortress-like monastery of Zoodochou Pigis. Further along is the imposing spring at Aguis Petros. Distance 11.5km (7mi), +450 (+1476ft) -450m (-1476ft). Overnight near the beach at Aguis Petros or at nearby Gavrio (dependent on availability).
Day 8: On the last day of your Andros Route you will walk below the beautifully located village of Ano Gavrio and ascend via a pleasant but steep path to the summit of a hill where there are spectacular views of the area. After descending into the valley of Agios Petros you walk past the imposing Hellenistic Tower back to the beach, or continue to Gavrio. Distance 12km (7.5mi), +400 (+1312ft) -400m (-1312ft). Overnight Agios Petros or Gavrio.
Day 9: The self guided Cyclades hiking holiday concludes after breakfast. The transfer from Agios Petros to Gavrio port is included. Make your own way back to the mainland.