The past of Andros Island and its history

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The history of Andros Island

Andros has a rich history and while you are on the island you can learn more about its past, the silkworms, the pirates, the oldest city in Europe, the Arvanites and the captains. The story of Andros Island can enchant you. Learn more here.

Find out about the archaeological sites and the newest monuments located on Andros Island and near your location in the Archaeological Land Registry.


Andros through books

Kairos Library suggests books that will bring you closer to Andros and its history. Find them here.

Kairos Library operates both a lending department and a department with children’s books.


Visit places by hiking trails

Andros has an extensive network of trails which are marked and maintained by the Andros Routes initiative. Following we suggest hiking routes to combine hiking with the history of the island.

Suggested routes:

3b, Epano Kastro: Visit to Epano Kastro, the strongest and largest medieval state of Andros.

9a, Paleopolis (circular): Visit to the archaeological site of Paleopolis, the capital of the island for over a millennium.

14, Watermills of Frousaion – Gavrio: Visit to the ruins of watermills along the stream in Frousaion with the chain water supply system.

15, Gavrio – Agios Petros Beach: Visit to the Tower of Agios Petros, an ancient tower from the Hellenistic period.

In case you are interested in an organized hike you can participate in the open to the public hikes organized by Andros Routes on the island and the Andros on Foot Festival that is organized every year on the island. You can plan your own excursion in collaboration with local businesses: One Foot Forward.*

* Businesses are presented in alphabetical order. In case your business offers this activity and has not been included in the list, accept our apologies for the omission and please contact us ( to include it.