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“Great family adventure spot”
Review of Andros

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Mississauga, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
49 helpful votes
“Great family adventure spot”
Reviewed 21 September 2006

Andros is an excellent place for anyone who enjoys a little challenge and adventure. We're not exactly thrill-seekers, but our family of four (including two teenagers) is too independent-minded to enjoy tour groups and too easily bored by all-inclusive resorts. Andros offers lots of interesting places to explore, including secluded beaches and hiking trails which generated family memories that will last a lifetime. Tourist facilities are well-developed but not overwhelming - most visitors are Greeks and there are lots of country homes and no big hotels or resorts. Towns and villages have an authentic quality, and agriculture still seems to be important to the economy. Depending on which website you read, the locals are anything from friendly to dour. We found them polite, maybe a bit reserved, but quite friendly and helpful when approached. Prices are affordable. The only downsides were that footpaths need to be better marked (especially at access points), and we arrived in the midst of a garbage collectors strike. But then it's not Europe if someone isn't on strike. Rent a car and bring your hiking shoes and packs and you'll have a lovely time.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
172 reviews
236 helpful votes
“The perfect Greek island!”
Reviewed 4 August 2003

This is the loveliest island imagineable. It's 2 hours by ferry from Rafina, a ferry port on the Eastern side of the Attica peninsula about 45 minutes from Athens. There's little tourist trade, although the Athenians love it, arriving in large numbers for the weekends.
Otherwise it's really quiet - a few Germans, a few Brits but no lager louts! There's a little sleepy resort town called Batsi - about 600 people live there, so it's a nice functioning village. The "Town Beach" is lovely, sandy and clean, and there's other nearby bays and coves that are shingles, pebbles or sand. Lots of nice tavernas, reasonably priced - about E16 for a meal for two. A few bars, an open-air cinema, a disco on the edge of the village, and that's it - no wild nightlife!The amazing thing is how green it is. There are lots of springs and streams. Consequently the wildlife is fabulous - especially the flowers and the insect life - I watched humming bird hawk moths sip nectar from the flowers of the silk trees! In the main town or "Hora" there's a couple of good museum, including a modern art museum that holds annual special exhibitions - this year it's Georges Braque, one of the best exhibitions I've ever seen.All-in-all, it's my favourite island. And if you want wild nightlife, Mykonos is only 3 hours away by ferry!

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