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A Closing Note

AndrosA Closing Note

This little guide to Andros is more of a “Letter from Andros” than an exhaustive tourist’s guide to the island. Personally, I do not recommend that Western visitors spend more than three or four days on Andros, primarily because the Andriotes are so distinctly unreceptive to tourism. It’s not that they are hostile to visitors: well-mannered, well-heeled families are welcomed. Well-heeled, Greek-speaking visitors are embraced. But it is not an easy ambience one encounters here, for the most part, and I advise friends to make arrangements through my travel agents, plan their time carefully, and then move on, by ferry, to other Cycladic islands. My friend, Diana Farr Louis, has a little yellow guide titled “Andros: Only The Best,” which is somewhat out of date now, but still available on the waterfront in Gavrion. Diana, who makes Andros her home for part of the year, has a wonderful chapter on Andros’s best beaches, and sections on hikes and monasteries, as well. Sophia Halla, at the Hotel Myrto, can alert her guests to upcoming feast days—and these are many and truly festive on Andros. So, plan your stay well ahead of time, and insinuate yourself carefully into this island’s guarded and private, but rich and rewarding heart.

Changeless Hora, off-season

Andriotes and faithful steed