Central Andros Hiking Tour at a Glance
Dive into some of Andros’ most significant hiking spots during an Central Andros Hiking Tour. Visit the villages of Apoikia, Stenies and also the sights of Pythara waterfalls and Gialia beach.
This hiking route will make you feel enchanted by the abundance and diversity of Andros Natural Treasures.
You will experience a fairytale atmosphere at the Pythara waterfalls, feel the healing powers of Sariza springwater.
And last have a dept vision of the plants and flowerkingdom at the botanical garden that enriches Andros island with beauty.
Central Andros Hiking Tour Highlights
- Visit the lovely village of Menites.
- Enjoy the small waterfalls of Pythara.
- Have a look at the magical village of Apoikia.
- Feel captivated by Andros nature at the votanical garden.
- Visit and have a taste of Saring healing springwater.
- Have a lovely end of the hiking by Gialia beach.
Central Andros Hiking Tour In Detail
You start your hike with a short and pleasant walk to Pythara Waterfall.
This easy and enchanting path takes you to an amazing oasis of coolness and serenity. Enormeous shaped rocks and an abundance on wildflowers will illuminate your senses in such a way that you even might feel the presence of fairies and elves.
This magical place is the home of the dragonflies, frogs and other amphibian creatures.
Enjoy the delicate and serene atmosphere and play with the light of green, the blue of the sky and the gold of the sun to make your most stunning pictures. The plentiful crystal clear water creates an invitation for you to refresh and relax.
In the village of Apoikia, we fill up our bottles on the Pigi Sariza as this fountain is rich on minerals and the water has therapeutic properties. Following a royal decree in 1932, it was announced that the gift of this water cures kidney problems and other diseases.
The source of Sariza springs to the village slope of Apoikia starts at mount Petalon at an altitude of 305 meters. It belongs to the class of limps called cold oligomaterials and is characterized by their low temperature, their stable chemical composition and the low concentration of carbonic acid.
While descending the valley and taking route number 8, we notice the settelement of Upper Stenies, the wispering sound of water from the stream that tells stories about the woman who lived alone for years in the “village without men”.
Captains and later on, shipowners were the owner of the large and beautiful houses built high due to the fear of pirates.
We visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN on our way as an opportunity to discover the diversity of the native plants and flowers on Andros island witch hosts 150 species planted on terraces and in various locations depending on their requirements.
Plenty of time to observe, take pictures and have a little snack.
We continue our walk through Lower Stenies were our main attraction is the Leon bridge and the Bistos-Mouvelas Tower, a solid rectangular building witch was mainly used by the locals for protection against the pirates.
The old wheat factory known as the Embirikos Watermill hosts a majestic grand mill. First build in 1876, the five story buiding evidently features great commercial activity in the region of Stenies. The factory was in production up until the war.
You continue our route through the valley until we reach the main road that leads us to the beach of Gialia. Here we meet the river again with its wetland floading into the sea.
Central Andros Hiking Tour Itinerary
- Begin the day tour from Vlm Travel Andros: Meet your leader at the Vlm Travel Andros office in Batsi and hit the road for a memorable hiking tour
- Drive by many old villages: Keep your eyes open during the drive as we pass by Palaiopoli, Pitrofos and learn about their history.
- Discover Stenies and Apoikia: Visit two wonderful and magical villages
- Experience Pythara waterfalls: Explore the small waterfalls of Pythara and enjoy the sight.
- Finish your day at the botanical garden: Explore the natural beauty of Andros in one place
* Hiking Equipment (hiking sticks)
* Andros Hiking Map
* Water Bottle
* Guided English, Dutch and French tour
* First Aid Kit Equipment
* Free Transfer from all Batsi, Gavrio, St Peter and Aprovato hotels
Taxes and services fee
State licensed guide
Personal travel insurance (contact us if you need)
Breakfast or lunch
Transportation by Peugeot minivan or Private vehicle
Bring your camera. You may take a lot of photos.
This hiking tour is considered of Easy difficulty. So it requires a reasonable physical and mental health on behalf of all participants!
Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation. Vlm Travel is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Pick-up from Vlm Travel Andros (Batsi)
4,5 hours (with the drive)
FAQs about the Central Andros Hiking Tour
What happens in the event of rain?
All our bus tours run regardless of the weather. If an activity is canceled because of extreme weather conditions, you have the option to change the date, switch activity, or cancel and receive a refund.
What time is the pick-up time for the tours?
The pick-up time for all tours is the same as the meeting time indicated on your vouchers and our website. Please note that there may be a slight delay of 5-10 minutes, depending on the number of pickups we have scheduled. Please be ready 10 minutes before your trip to facilitate that.
How late can I make a booking?
You can make a booking with us literally at the last minute! Just keep in mind that there may be no seats left on the tour if you do that! We recommend booking at least one week in advance, to have the best chances of finding availability.
Which tours can I join on the same day?
This is a day tour, so you cannot participate in any of our other tours if you book it.
Cancellations received within 5 days of the tour will incur a 50% penalty for each person.
Cancellations received within 2 days of the tour will incur a 100% penalty for each person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit the entire payment.
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