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Andros: The Island Getaway on the Doorstep of Athens

The iconic lighthouse on the Greek island of Andros. Credit: Anjci/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Accolades for the island of Andros, situated in the Cyclades archipelago just ten kilometers (six miles) off the tip of Euboea Island, keep coming in the major international media, which continue to sing its many praises.
The Sunday Times recently named Andros the top tourist destination for uncrowded vacations in one of their stories, and the Daily Telegraph likewise urged travelers who seek the most secluded places in Greece to consider Andros.
In its glowing review, the Sunday Times recommended hiking the island’s heights along “Ancient shepherds’ tracks restored a decade ago by the volunteer group Andros Routes,” while touting Andros’ easy access from Athens.
The Times also mentioned visiting Andros’ “Byzantine forts on terraced hills, meeting locals in nicely ramshackle villages and ambling through chestnut valleys spanned by stone bridges” in its recent story. There is also an important museum of antiquities on the island as well as a Venetian fort.
The Telegraph included Andros on its list of the most magical destinations in Greece for 2020.
Although arid, like the the other Cycladic islands, the Telegraphs states, Tinos “produces an amazing variety of cheeses, honey, and some of Greece’s most interesting wines at the T-Oinos, Volacus and Domaine de Kalathas wineries.”

Andros Island. Getty Images

The municipality of Andros has adopted an original way to promote the island this year, aimed at those Greek citizens who may only be able to travel a short distance from Athens, called “Far away, and yet so near!”
The campaign, which will last two weeks, comprises glowing photographs with stories from past Andros vacation experiences, to be displayed throughout the Athens metro system.
The posters and informational material will be displayed in a total of 17 metro stations across the Greek capital in August.
The deputy mayor of Andros, Nikos Moustakas, pointed out to Athenians at the unveiling of the new campaign “The quality, the proximity to Athens, the safety and the hospitality are the ingredients that make the island of Andros ideal for excursions to friends of quality tourism, so share a special experience with us this year.”
With information from AMNA

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