Andros island is one of the most northern of central Cyclades group of Greek holiday islands and a popular choice for weekending Greeks as it's a short hop from the mainland and on a good ferry route.
The island of Andros has a character all of its own, if a little one-dimensional. Variety may not be the island's long suit but it has plenty of good points.
It has a popular tourist beach resort at Batsi, another less popular at the fairly humdrum capital of Hora and the rest is remote beaches scattered around the coast.
Hora is located on a spectacular finger of rock with sea lapping the cliffs on either side and the main street dotted with cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries.
Natural springs give rise to lush green valleys nestled between majestic mountain peaks. The best of Andros island's beaches can be spectacular - but they are all relatively remote.
An extensive network of donkey paths criss-cross the interior, making this an ideal destination for hikers. Although some paths can be choked with scrub and thorns, many are well maintained.
Andros is easy to reach from mainland Greece as ferries leave Rafina every day and Andros is usually their first port of call.