A self-guided hike on the verdant Cycladic island of Andros, single centre.
Andros is one of the islands in the northern Cyclades which tends to be overlooked by the traveller; for a walker this should be remedied, as the well signposted old mule tracks and surprisingly verdant landscapes of the island make for an excellent walking environment.
In this our second Cycladic route (the other being Naxos and Amorgos), you are based in the old Venetian capital of Chora, unspoilt and authentically Greek, yet beautifully preserved too. Not for you the crowds of the resort of Batsi; instead the quiet beaches and hills of the south eastern part of the island, all within easy reach of your accommodation.
For this route we make use of local buses to take you to the start of each walk (or back from the end); where these fail, our local driver Stelios and his son Dimitris will be on hand to fill in the gaps. And always at hand, the knowledgeable Ariana, who will brief you on the best way to spend your days. We offer not just one but two cross-island walks (for the hardy), one starting at Batsi and the other at the archaeological (Geometric period) site of Zagora, and taking in the monastery of Panachradou on the way back to Chora. Three other shorter walks take you to parts closer to Chora, notably to the eminently swimmable beaches of Korthi and Gialia.
This island route is offered from April to the end of November, though we suspect your walking will be limited by the heat in July and August, and your swimming and relaxation likewise increased.
Standard option: 5 nights, but you can choose to stay longer, and hire a car locally if you wish to explore the island more fully. Additionally you may add on the adjoining island of Tinos (we have a friendly pension there for you - again by hiring a car you can explore this unusual island) and we recommend visiting Mykonos, which has flights to the UK and most major European cities.
Note that ferry transfers between the Athens port of Rafina and Andros, and between Andros and Mykonos (alternative airport) take 2-2½ hours. We advise you to discuss your flight plans with On Foot Holidays first.
Read Franki Black's article about her trip here (go to pp 30-34).