Close to Athens from the Rafina side (only two hours), Andros is a comparatively green Cycladic island with abundant water. A centuries-old, rich naval tradition and strong cultural heritage make it a highly interesting spot for cultural travellers.
In addition to Cycladic architecture, there are neoclassical mansions and many houses with red-tiled roofs, straying away from the typical Cyclades island. Most tourists end up in the coastal settlements of Gavrio (main harbour) and Batsi in the north, as well as Korthi in the south. The Hora or main town features streets of black marble, four museums and a Venetian castle.
Andros is rich in flora such as blackberry bushes, fig trees, ivies, myrtle, wild acorn trees, wild mint and much more. Its fauna include badgers, hares, snakes, partridges and weasels.
Many of the island's valleys are Natura 2000 regions, such as Amolchos-Varidou-Zorkou, Evrouson-Apoikias-Stenion, Mountain Dipotamata, and Vourkoti-Achla. The Bay of Moni is also a Natura 2000 region. The gorge and valley in Dipotama a natural ecological museum, complete with streams, rich vegetation, rustic stone bridges and old watermills.