A bevy of beaches & coves on the scenic west coast of Andros

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Google map of Andros coastline

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)

  

Delavoyia beach on Andros

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.

 

Agia Marina beach on Andros

While walking along the coastal road from our hotel to Batsi, we saw that one couple had nearby Agia Marina beach all to themselves …

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros

… while there was just one couple at Delavoyia beach, too — a woman relaxing on one of the hotel’s lounge chairs …

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros island

… and  her companion taking a dip in the sea 

 Batsi beach on Andros

The main section of Batsi beach was beginning to get busy with families arriving to spend their Saturday afternoon at the seaside …

 

north end of Batsi beach on Andros IMG_1042

… but the northern end of Batsi beach was still quiet

 

Kolona beach on Andros

There was only one person at Kolona beach on Batsi bay

 

Kolona beach at Batsi

The Kolona beach canteen was not yet open for the tourist season

 

 

 

Andros west coast

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

 

Andros coast near Batsi

A view of the coast in the other direction (south, toward Batsi)

 

steps leading to a cove on Andros

Steps zig-zag down a steep hill to the first cove we saw during our trek

 

a cove on Andros

There wasn’t a soul in sight at this small sandy beach

 

a cove between Batsi and Kipri

Another view of the cove and the coastline beyond it

 

Kipri beach on Andros

From a bend in the road we catch our first glimpse of Kypri beach

 

Kipri beach on Andros

Another view toward Kypri beach

 

Agios Kiprianos beach on Andros

A short walk further along the road brought Agios Kyprianos beach (foreground) into sight, along with Kypri in the background

 

Agios Kiprianos beach on Andros

Agios Kyprianos was quiet. A couple had set up their umbrella and beach chairs at one end of the beach ….

 

Agios Kiprianos beach on Andros

… while a sunbather had the other side of the beach all to herself

 

Agios Kiprianos beach on Andros

Sunbathers snooze on the seaside at Agios Kyprianos

 

coast at Agios Kiprianos

Just behind Agios Kyprianos is an inlet with a smooth rock shoreline where several nude sunbathers were working on their all-over tans. 

 

Kipri and Agios Kiprianos

A nice view of the coast with Agios Kyprianos in the foreground, Kypri at upper right, and Chrissi Ammos beach at upper left.

 

Perrakis Hotel Andros

The Perrakis Hotel complex is just across the road from Kypri beach 

 

Kipri beach on Andros

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.

 

Kipri beach on Andros

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.

 

Kipri beach on Andros

Side view of Kypri beach and Perrakis Hotel

 

Kipri beach on Andros

Some of the hotel’s sunbeds at Kypri beach

 

Kipri beach on Andros

Sea and island views from Kypri beach

 

Kipri beach on Andros

View from the hill at the north end of Kypri beach

 

Kipri beach on Andros

Another view from the hill behind the organized north end of Kypri beach

  

Kipri beach Andros

A view of the beach, bay and surrounding mountainsides

 

 

 

 a cove near Kipri beach on Andros

A golden sand beach in a cove close to Kypri

 

a cove near Kipri beach

Another quiet cove just a short walk from Kypri beach

 

Kypri beach on Andros

View of Kypri beach and bay from a headland just past the small coves

 

Chrissi Ammos beach on Andros

Chrissi Ammos, often described as the most popular beach on Andros

 

Chrissi Ammos beach on Andros

Chrissi Ammos is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, a beach bar, volleyball and water sports

 

Chrisi Ammos beach on Andros

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.

 

Chrisi Ammos beach on Andros

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 beach on Andros

Agios Petros is the longest beach on Andros

 

Agios Petros beach on Andros

The beach boasts shallow waters, and is fully organized with sunbeds, bars and water sports facilities 

 

Agios Petros beach on Andros

The south end of Agios Petros is barely visible from the hill at the north end of the beach 

 Agios Petros beach on Andros

A wide expanse of open sand at the north end of the beach

 

Agios Petros beach on  Andros

There is a good variety of accommodations nearby, as well as several tavernas on the road behind Agios Petros beach

 

Agios Petros beach on Andros

The broad bay tends to get windy, so it’s popular with windsurfers

 

Agios Petros beach on Andros

The turquoise sea and long arc of golden sand at Agios Petros

 

Agios Petros beach

A view of Agios Petros from farther north along the coast

 

Liopessi beach on Andros

Approaching Liopessi beach, which is easily identified by the distinctive rock formation on the coast

 

Liopessi beach on Andros

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.

 

sea view from Liopessi beach Andros

Looking out to sea from Liopessi beach

  

Liopessi beach on Andros

The rocky coastline at the south end of Liopessi

 

Liopessi beach on Andros

View from the north end of Liopessi beach.  Gavrio port is about 20 minutes’ walking distance from here.

  

Liopessi beach on Andros

View of Liopessi from a hillside at the north end of the beach

 

 

Stivari beach on Andros

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 on Andros

 Agia Marina beach, seen from  the road to Aneroussa Beach Hotel

 

Agia Marina Taverna Andros

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

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros

The sandy coves of Delavoyia beach. You can see more photos of Delavoyia in my posts Where to hit the beach at Batsi, and  Our stay at Aneroussa Beach Hotel on Andros.

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros island

The sunbeds and beach bar are operated by the Aneroussa Beach Hotel

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros

The Delavoyia beaches are a mix of soft sand, pebbles and stones

 

Delavoyia beach on Andros

View from the Aneroussa’s beach bar

 

Agia Marina beach Andros

 Approaching Agia Marina beach shortly before sunset

 

Agia Marina beach on Andros

Agia Marina beach is a narrow, curved ribbon of brown sand

 

Agia Marina beach on Andros

Tamarisk trees and loungers on Agia Marina beach

 

Agia Marina beach on Andros

Kids playing on the beach in front of Mastrozannes Restaurant

 

Agia Marina beach on Andros

Agia Marina beach and bay shortly before sunset

 

sunset view from Agia Marina beach

Sunset view from Agia Marina beach

 

sunset view from Agia Marina beach

Another sunset view from Agia Marina beach

 

 

Links to Andros beach photos and guides

 

Achla beach Andros photo from through-the-interface blog

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.

 

Grias Pidima beach photo from DiscoverGreece website

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.

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1 Comment

  1. Marissa _My Greece, My Travels

    March 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, what a comprehensive post. Great photos! I feel like I have swam and enjoyed the view at the beaches of Andros today. I have never been to that island and it is on my list actually. Love how in the Greek islands you can get a beach all to yourself sometimes.

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