There are plenty of beaches in Andros so visitors can pick and mix the type they want: lively or quiet, busy or secluded, huge or tiny. The more sheltered western coast has the biggest sandy beaches. There are small coves too. Venture off the beaten track and you might find a deserted beach, even at peak times. Andros is a great choice if you're looking for a beach holiday in Greece.
Agios Petros Beach
This golden sand beach on the western coast is the longest on the island. The beach, named after a watch tower of St Peter, is so big it doesn’t get crowded in August There are water sports, tavernas and shops.
Near Vourkotis on the northeast coast, Achla is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The Achlas River flows into it via a ravine and a wood of plane trees where it’s possible to swim. Look out for the freshwater crabs and dragonflies.
A large sandy bay, protected from the wind, and with a shallow sea makes this popular with families. There are water sports and beach bars, making it popular with youngsters. But the beach is so big it rarely gets crowded.
This is the busy golden sand beach on the west coast near the port of Gavrio. It has sunbeds and sunshades, a beach bar and water sports. The sand is said to be perfect for sand castles.
Neimporio Beach is the seaside area of the main town. A river flows across the beach which is sandy at one end and pebbly at the other. There are tavernas and shops nearby as well as bars and a sailing school on the beach.
Paraporti Beach on the south side of the town is a long, sometimes windy beach which provides excellent views of Chora and the Tourlitis lighthouse. Another river flows across this beach and there are trees for shade.
Soft sand in a sheltered bay alongside the main road between Gavrio and Batsi. Three beach bars and car parking.
This family-friendly beach at Ormos Korthiou on the south-east coast is named after the old windmill which still sits in the middle of the sand. Mylos means mill. It’s an organised beach with some water sports, showers, tavernas and shops nearby.
A lovely long curve of golden sand in the largely untouched northeast of the island above Gavrio that rarely gets busy.