Although neighbouring Tinos is considered to have both more and better, there are still enough intricately designed dovecotes on Andros to make them a holiday island highlight.
Dovecotes are dotted all over the island and are a legacy of the Venetians who kept their doves for both sport and for meat.
If the dovecote towers on Andros are nowhere near as impressive as those on neighbouring Tinos, they are still very fine nevertheless.
Most are two-storey affairs; the upper part housing the doves and the lower is usually used as a storeroom.
Entrances for the doves were created by triangular arrangements of the slate-like schist stone that is found all over Andros.
The triangle motif is found everywhere on Andros island buildings as a decorative feature. On the quayside at Gavrio a dovecote has been turned into a tourist office.