Andros

Cyclades

The architecture and landscape of Andros are very different to that of the rest of the Cyclades with green hillsides covered in stone terracing, crystal clear streams and natural springs, unusual dove cots with square towers whose pigeon holes are decorated with geometric designs, rustic stone villages and handsome stone houses. The main town of the island, known as Hora (Chora), is particularly attractive with an impressive marble promenade where there are some very elegant restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique shops but without the price tag of comparable islands such as Mykonos or Santorini. The coastline has many lovely, sandy beaches and the island offers watersports and sailing.

The Pretty Good Guide

  • map
  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Gefsis Me Thea Restaurant

Upper Livadia

The tavern is located in Upper Livadia is excellent and with a verandah overlooking the main town of Chora.
The taverna is actually called ‘Geusis Me Thea’ (Tastes with View).

Tel: (+30) 2282 023931
(+30) 2282 023531

www.facebook.com/Γε?σεις-με-θ?α-1664748517077623/

 

 

O Nonas Seafood Restaurant (Mezedopoleio)

Chora of Andros

A fish taverna in Chora next to the sea-shore. This small restaurant is run by the same family for many years and offers a limited but very good variety of local specialties made with care and love. There are very few tables so a reservation is recommended.

Tel: (+30) 2282 023577
Mob: (+30) 693 9198914

www.facebook.com/mezedopoleio.ononas/

 

 

 

Ta Skalakia Restaurant

Chora of Andros

Lovely Greek traditional dishes, local recipes and highly recommended.

Tel: (+30) 2282 022822

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Greek-Restaurant/Τα-Σκαλακια-197539736951373/

 

 

Paraporti Taverna

Chora of Andros

Located on Paraporti beach uses beef from their own cattle and is excellent. Specialized in grilled meat aswell as the pork patties and lamb and goat spit.

Tel: (+30) 2282 023515
Mob: (+30) 693 2204912

www.facebook.com/pages/Ταβερνα-Παραπορτι/439975839503798

 

 

Endochora Restaurant

Chora of Andros

The restaurant offers international cuisine and is well worth visiting. There are few tables so reservations are essential.

Tel: (+30) 2282 023207
Mob: (+30) 693 2462487

www.endochora.com/en/
www.facebook.com/endochora/

 

 

I Parea Restaurant

Chora of Andros

Mediteranean cuisine right in the centre of Chora with a beautiful view over Paraporti Beach.

Tel: (+30) 2282 023721

www.facebook.com/parea.andros/

 

 

Dolly's Bar Restaurant

Chora of Andros

An upscale restaurant inside the Migra Anglia Boutique Hotel in Chora. The restaurant offers a distinctive gastronomic experience in a warm and luxurious Art Nouveau space.

Tel: (+30) 2282 022207

www.micra-anglia.gr/gastronomy/
www.facebook.com/dollysrestaurantandros/

 

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum is located at the Chora of Andros. It has two buildings across the street/steps from each other. The left side as you look towards the sea contains a numbers of interesting sculptures, both modern and classical by Tombras as well as some contemporary pieces. The right building, the larger one, every summer holds a different exhibition.
A visit to the Museum is a must!

Tel: (+30) 2282 022444

www.goulandris.gr/en/about/begoulandris-andros

 

 

Cyclades Olive Museum

Every Saturday-Sunday-Monday, the museum is open with a guided tour of the history and function of the animal-powered olive mill.
Guided tour's start time is 12:00.
Duration (tour and projection of a relative video) is 1 hour.
If you want to arrange a visit on a different day and time,
please contact:

Mob: (+30) 693 2731776 Mr. Dimitris Chelmis.

www.musioelias.gr/en/node/25

 

 

 

The Archaeological Museum

The Archeological Museum of Andros lies in Chora, in Kari square. The museum owns a collection of fascinating finds from the geometric era, the ancient town of Paleopolis and other areas of the island that were brought to light during the excavations. The most important artwork found in the museum is the statue of Hermes by Praxiteles.
Tel: (+30) 2282 023664

www.odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh155.jsp?obj_id=3282

 

 

 

Institution of Marika and Petros Kydonieos

Kydonieos Institution is located Chora, along Kari Street. It has become the cultural centre of Andros being the main host of several art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. The old renovated house of Theofilos Kairis, one of the leaders of the Greek revolution in 1821, is open to the public displaying a great photo archive and thousands of books from his private collection.

Tel: (+30) 2282 024598

 

 

Monastery of Panachrantos

Byzantium monastery founded in approx 950AD by Byzantium Emperor Nikiforos Fokas. It is like a miniature castle surrounded by fountains of fresh water and ancient sycamore trees. There is a very old Byzantium church with paintings dating from the 10th Century and bones from local saint St. Panteleimon. The monastery has a superb view and Pater Eudokimos who lives there is renowned for his hospitality.

Tel: (+30) 2282 051090

 

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 780 3203

Buses:
Tel: (+30) 2282 024288
(+30) 2282 022316
Taxi:
Tel: (+30) 2282 022171

 

 

Health

Health Centre :
Tel: (+30) 2282 022222
(+30) 2282 023333
(+30) 2282 023703

Ambulance:
Tel: (+30) 2282 061219
(+30) 2282 062085

 

 

Emergency

Local Police Station:
Tel: (+30) 2282 022300
(+30) 2282 022307

Port Authority:
Tel: (+30) 2282 022250

Emergency Call:
112

Police:
100

Fire:
199

Doctors SOS:
1016

Road Assistance:
10400 (ELPA)

 

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

Please use bottled water for drinking. It is perfectly safe to brush your teeth, wash up or cook with the tap water. In Porto Heli, water is not on the mains and it comes in via truck. We would therefore appreciate it if you could be careful with your use.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on the dining table and then close the doors after you.

 

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com
www.flightcomparison.co.uk
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports:
www.easyjet.com


For non-UK flights, a good website is 
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

 

 

There are two ways to get to Andros:

Fly to Athens, hire a car in Athens, drive to Rafina port and board the ferry to Andros
Fly to Athens, use public transport/taxi to get to Rafina port and hire a car on Andros

 

Transport in greece

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi Prices from Athens Airport to Rafina:

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi up to 4 passengers

€55

Luxury Car 1-3 passengers

€60

           Minibus up to 8 passengers

€95

Minibus up to 14 passengers

€145

Minibus up to 21 passengers

€160

 

 

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

The drive time from Athens Airport to Rafina ferry port is 26 mins via the new Attiki Odos motorway.

 

The map below shows the layout of Rafina Port

 

 

For guests who are interested in booking car hire through Pretty Greek Villas from Athens Airport, please see price list below.

2020 Car Hire Rates Athens per week
(please add Euro 20 for pick up/drop off at Athens Airport)
 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 30/6

 

1/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 31/3

 

A

 

 

NISSAN Pixo

 

€133

 

€213

 

€326

 

€173

 

€115

 

B

 

 

HYUNDAI i10

 

€150

 

€225

 

€248

 

€184

 

€127

 

C

 

 

NISSAN Micra

 

€156

 

€242

 

€265

 

€196

 

€133

 

CD

 

 

FIAT Panda

Diesel

 

€265

 

€322

 

€357

 

€276

 

€225

 

D

 

 

NISSAN Note

 

€207

 

€288

 

€317

 

€225

 

€156

 

DD

 

 

TOYOTA Yaris

Diesel

 

€294

 

€363

 

€403

 

€305

 

€253

 

DDD

 

 

FORD Focus

Station wagon

 

€322

 

€391

 

€437

 

€345

 

€282

 

JD

 

 

FIAT 500X Diesel

 

€357

 

€414

 

€449

 

€391

 

€305

 

K

 

 

NISSAN TIIDA

 

€288

 

€368

 

€426

 

€311

 

€253

 

K1

 

AUDI A4

 

€322

 

€403

 

€449

 

€357

 

€294

 

KD

 

 

BMW 116 Diesel

 

€333

 

€460

 

€552

 

€403

 

€311

 

KDD

 

 

SKODA OCTAVIA

Diesel

 

€425

 

€541

 

€610

 

€472

 

€397

 

HD

 

NISSAN Qashqai Diesel 2X4

 

€449

 

€575

 

€644

 

€483

 

€403

 

GM

 

 

SKODA Citigo Automatic

 

€230

 

€322

 

€357

 

€265

 

€196

 
Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Taking the bus from Athens Airport to Rafina is straightforward.

The terminal for the KTEL Attikis buses is outside the Arrivals Hall opposite the Sofitel Hotel.
Tickets cost € 3.00 and the trip takes about 30 mins. KTEL Attikis telephone number: +30 210 88 08 000
Rafina Bus terminal telephone number: +30 22940 23440
Website: www.ktelattikis.gr
 

 

Hire a car in Andros

Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.

On Andros, we can organize car hire through Euro Car Andros.

http://www.rentacareuro.com

Their office is located very close to where the ferry docks as shown on the map below:

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Car Type

Seats

April - 22 June

&

From 15 Sept

23 June - 17 July

&

30 Aug - 14 Sept

18 July - 29 August

 

Fiat Panda

5

175/week

231/week

280/week

Hyundai i20

5

NA/week

266/week

357/week

Lancia Ypsilon

5

217/week

252 /week

350/week

 

Car Type

Seats

April - 22 June

&

From 15 Sept

23 June - 17 July

&

30 Aug - 14 Sept

18 July - 29 August

 

Fiat Panda Automatic A/C

5

175/week

252/week

336/week

Hyundai Getz automatic A/C

5

210/week

266/week

357/week

  Hyundai i20 Automatic A/C

 

 

        

 

5

NA/week

301/week

371/week

Fiat Panda 4X4 A/C

4

196/week

259/week

371/week

Suzuki Jimny 4X4 Cabrio

4

231/week

301/week

371/week

Daihatsu Terios 4X4 A/C

5

301/week

371/week

469/week

Suzuki Vitara 4X4 A/C

5

NA/week

392/week

525/week

Additional Information:
Prices include delivery and collection from the port of Gavrio.
Unlimited mileage.
Insurance package includes CDW.
Undercarriage of car and tires are not included in the insurance. Extra insurance can be purchased at Euro 5 per day extra.
Baby seats and booster seats are available.


 

Ferry from Rafina Port to Andros

Ferries from Rafina to Andros take 1 hour 55 mins. The port on Andros is known as Gavrio.

Ferry information can be found on the following websites:
www.danae.gr
www.agoudimos-lines.com/default.aspx?lang=en-US
www.fastferries.com.gr/en/home-page
travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

Recommend boat hire

Please reserve your boat hire through the 'Manage Your Booking' section to our website. If you require your access codes, please contact one of the PGV team.
arrivals@prettygreekvillas.com.

Boat Hire on Andros

To rent a small boat call Mr. Karaoulanis.

Tel: +30 697446330