Things to do in Andros are actually limited as the island is not largely open to tourism. An organized activity is windsurfing, due to the strong wind that blows in Andros on summer afternoons. A couple of windsurfing centers are located in Ormos Korthiou, on the eastern side of the island.
Andros is also a great place for hiking. Actually, there are some signposted hiking trails in the center of the island that lead to valleys, waterfalls, mountainous villages, secluded beaches, and abandoned chapels. The best hiking periods are autumn and spring when the weather is not very hot.
While visiting Andros, you will have the opportunity to discover numerous landmarks that are scattered all around the island. Some of them are conveniently located in Chora, the capital town, including mostly cultural institutions, such as the Nautical Museum, the Archeological Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. In Chora, you will also find a photogenic Lighthouse and a few charming churches. The countryside of the island houses various archeological sites, among which you will find the ancient Geometric Settlement of Zagora and the medieval Castle of Faneromeni.
The beaches of Andros are famous for their crystal clear turquoise waters and their long sandy seashores. You will find a wide variety of scenic places, including both organized and totally unspoiled coves where you can sunbathe, swim and enjoy the summer breeze. The most popular ones include Tis Grias to Pidima, with the photogenic rock formation, the well-organized Chrissi Ammos, the peaceful Zorkos and the family-friendly Batsi Beach. You will find many hidden gems among the lesser known, remote and unorganized beaches, such as the pebbled seashores of Agios Sostis and Pyrgos.
On the small island of Andros, one can find several lovely villages that combine an authentic atmosphere with traditional architecture. The most visited one is certainly Chora, which is the island's most significant settlement and capital, followed by the charming seaside resort Batsi. Ormos and Gavrio are other beautiful seaside villages, while you may also visit mountainous villages for a change, such as Stenies and Mesathouri.
When it comes to dining, Andros offers plenty of options that mostly include traditional taverns and restaurants that are located in Chora, Batsi and other popular villages. In restaurants such as Endochora and Kantouni, you will have the opportunity to try traditional delicacies and get to know the gastronomy of Andros and the Cyclades. In addition to the restaurants, there are a few amazing cafes where you can have a drink or light snack. You will find them in Chora, Batsi and Gavrio.
Those who enjoy finding ways to stay active during their holidays will not be disappointed in Andros. A great option is hiking to explore the island's magnificent natural landscapes. The best option is to go hiking or trekking with a group so that you can have a guide who knows the island. If you are more interested in watersports, windsurfing, scuba diving, SUP, wakeboarding and other similar activities are offered at watersport centers in Kipri and Ormos.