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This Google map shows the beach-lined, 7-km stretch of Andros coastline we walked between the port town of Gavrio (top left) and the Agia Marina area near Stivari (bottom right)
Our beach tour began with this view of Delavoyia beach, from our veranda at the Aneroussa Beach Hotel. The clouds would provide welcome breaks of shade during our 3-hour trek to Gavrio.
While walking along the coastal road from our hotel to Batsi, we saw that one couple had nearby Agia Marina beach all to themselves …
… while there was just one couple at Delavoyia beach, too — a woman relaxing on one of the hotel’s lounge chairs …
… and her companion taking a dip in the sea
The main section of Batsi beach was beginning to get busy with families arriving to spend their Saturday afternoon at the seaside …
… but the northern end of Batsi beach was still quiet
There was only one person at Kolona beach on Batsi bay
The Kolona beach canteen was not yet open for the tourist season
From the top of a hill just beyond Batsi we had this view of the coast we would be walking along all the way to Gavrio
A view of the coast in the other direction (south, toward Batsi)
Steps zig-zag down a steep hill to the first cove we saw during our trek
There wasn’t a soul in sight at this small sandy beach
Another view of the cove and the coastline beyond it
From a bend in the road we catch our first glimpse of Kypri beach
Another view toward Kypri beach
A short walk further along the road brought Agios Kyprianos beach (foreground) into sight, along with Kypri in the background
Agios Kyprianos was quiet. A couple had set up their umbrella and beach chairs at one end of the beach ….
… while a sunbather had the other side of the beach all to herself
Sunbathers snooze on the seaside at Agios Kyprianos
Just behind Agios Kyprianos is an inlet with a smooth rock shoreline where several nude sunbathers were working on their all-over tans.
A nice view of the coast with Agios Kyprianos in the foreground, Kypri at upper right, and Chrissi Ammos beach at upper left.
The Perrakis Hotel complex is just across the road from Kypri beach
From May through September, Perrakis Hotel operates a beach bar that sells snacks, light food and beverages. It also runs a water sports facility that offers windsurfing , sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Perrakis Hotel guests get free use of the sunbeds and umbrellas in front of their bar on Kypri beach. There’s plenty of room elsewhere on the sand for people to set up their own loungers and umbrellas.
Side view of Kypri beach and Perrakis Hotel
Some of the hotel’s sunbeds at Kypri beach
Sea and island views from Kypri beach
View from the hill at the north end of Kypri beach
Another view from the hill behind the organized north end of Kypri beach
A view of the beach, bay and surrounding mountainsides
A golden sand beach in a cove close to Kypri
Another quiet cove just a short walk from Kypri beach
View of Kypri beach and bay from a headland just past the small coves
Chrissi Ammos, often described as the most popular beach on Andros
Chrissi Ammos is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, a beach bar, volleyball and water sports
More people were swimming at Chrissi Ammos than at any of the other beaches we saw that day. It also was the loudest seashore — we could hear music from the bar long before we could see the beach.
Most of the sunbeds were occupied at Chrissi Ammos. As we approached the beach, we could tell it was busy when we saw long lines of vehicles parked on both sides of the highway.
Agios Petros is the longest beach on Andros
The beach boasts shallow waters, and is fully organized with sunbeds, bars and water sports facilities
The south end of Agios Petros is barely visible from the hill at the north end of the beach
A wide expanse of open sand at the north end of the beach
There is a good variety of accommodations nearby, as well as several tavernas on the road behind Agios Petros beach
The broad bay tends to get windy, so it’s popular with windsurfers
The turquoise sea and long arc of golden sand at Agios Petros
A view of Agios Petros from farther north along the coast
Approaching Liopessi beach, which is easily identified by the distinctive rock formation on the coast
View from a spot near the north end of Liopessi beach, which is a mix of sand, pebbles and stones. A sunbather had the entire beach all to herself.
Looking out to sea from Liopessi beach
The rocky coastline at the south end of Liopessi
View from the north end of Liopessi beach. Gavrio port is about 20 minutes’ walking distance from here.
View of Liopessi from a hillside at the north end of the beach
A view of Stivari beach, which we passed while walking from Batsi to the Aneroussa Beach Hotel at the end of our afternoon beach tour. Two people were laying on towels on the shingle strand, while two others were sunbathing on rocks on the side of Stivari bay.
Agia Marina beach, seen from the road to Aneroussa Beach Hotel
Mastrozannes Restaurant at Agia Marina beach — where we would be having dinner for the second consecutive night. It was our favourite restaurant on the island; you can read about it (and other tavernas where we dined) in my post Good eats on Andros.
The sunbeds and beach bar are operated by the Aneroussa Beach Hotel
The Delavoyia beaches are a mix of soft sand, pebbles and stones
View from the Aneroussa’s beach bar
Approaching Agia Marina beach shortly before sunset
Agia Marina beach is a narrow, curved ribbon of brown sand
Tamarisk trees and loungers on Agia Marina beach
Kids playing on the beach in front of Mastrozannes Restaurant
Agia Marina beach and bay shortly before sunset
Sunset view from Agia Marina beach
Another sunset view from Agia Marina beach
Links to Andros beach photos and guides
Achla beach, seen in a photo from Through the Interface. The website ranked hard-to-reach Achla as one of the top 5 beaches on Andros.
If you’re planning an Andros holiday, you can find beach information and photos at these links:
♦ the Municipality of Andros website describes the island’s major beaches — and how to get to them;
♦ the Greeka.com travel portal has an online guide to 22 Andros beaches;
♦ the Andros beach page on the Thomson Holidays website includes descriptions of beaches and nearby attractions.
I also discovered two blogs that published interesting articles with photos and useful information: Top 5 beaches on the island of Andros, by Kean Walmsley, and The Greek island of Andros — Beach Guides and Photos by foxysislandwalks.
Photos of Tis Grias to Pidima beach (Old Lady’s Leap) appear on scores of postcards and travel sites. This picture of the beach is from the Discover Greece website.