Those who know us well can confirm that we are not the fittest people on the planet. Yet, we always embrace new experiences with immense enthusiasm. That’s why we were thrilled to find out that Andros, one of our favourite Cyclades islands, provides unique hiking opportunities alongside its breathtaking beaches. Andros Routes, the team that restored and maintains the island’s wide network of ancient paths, have made sure that hiking trails are accessible to all. From absolute beginners to the most skilled hikers. 

It's all trip to me goes hiking on Andros Island, Cyclades, Greece. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
Andros Routes have made it possible for everyone to enjoy island hiking. Can you spot me hiking route number 7?

After getting a first taste of hiking in Andros, we couldn’t wait to go again. So, during our most recent trip to the island, we walked the part of route number 7 from the chapel of Agia Triada at Stavropeda to the archaelogical site of Zagora.

This photo shows the point from where hiking route number seven begins at Stavropeda, Andros, Cyclades, Greece. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
The church of Agia Triada at Stavropeda is right on the main road to Korthi.

It is a fairly easy route but try to avoid it when the weather is hot. There is some uphill hiking involved that can be tiring under the scorching sun. The trails on this route coincide with the paths used in ancient times. The route concludes at Zagora, an ancient settlement dating back to the 10th century BC. It is built on a steep peninsula overlooking the big blue of the Aegean Sea.

Andros route number 7 in Andros, Cyclades, Greece offers magnificent views. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
Andros Route number 7 offers magnificent views.

Once more impressed by the fabulous work done by Andros Routes in clearing, signposting and maintaining the trails, we decided we had to meet these guys. We contacted Olga Karayiannis, who was more than happy to meet us and chat with us. Olga is literally the soul of Andros Routes. Falling in love with the island a few years back, she decided to move there permanently. She now calls home a traditional stone house situated in a tiny village in the mountains. Right from the start, she became aware of the hidden treasure of Andros: its wide network of paths. She enjoyed hiking them herself and she thought that this treasure should become known to the outer world.

The treasure of andros island, Cyclades Greece is its wide network of ancient paths. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
The treasure of Andros is its wide network of ancient paths.

From then on, she commited herself to restoring the trails and promoting hiking on Andros island. It was a lonely road at first but soon she found allies in locals and foreigners alike. Nowadays, Andros Routes take pride in having restored and signposted more than 160km of paths. Among those, the exciting Andros Route, a 100km long continuous hiking trail. It offers the chance to hike the entire length of the island, from north to south, in 10 days staying on a different village each night, tasting homemade delicacies and being immersed in local life.

The treasure of andros island, Cyclades Greece is its wide network of ancient paths. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
This is the kind of views you enjoy while hiking on Andros island.

A handful of years after the first baby steps, Andros Routes proudly present the 1st On Foot Festival on Andros island this October. From 06 to 28 October 2018 the festival will celebrate the treasure of the island: its paths. Andros Routes have prepared a 23-day programme with different hiking routes for each day. Alongside hiking, participants will have the chance to explore the island’s natural beauties, historic sites and laid-back traditional villages. At the end of each hiking day, participants will enjoy traditional feasts with handmade local dishes, singing and dancing.

This is a panoramic picture of Chora andros, Cyclades, Greece. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
View to Chora, Andros.

Greek islands are simply stunning but they tend to be overcrowded during summer months. Therefore, attending the 1st On Foot Festival in October is a great opportunity to get to know the real Andros. Mild weather, still warm for a swim but so pleasantly cool throughout the day. Smiling locals, happy to have put yet another stressful high tourist season behind them. Fantastic beaches all to yourselves. Those are only a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Andros during fall. We know we won’t.

This photo shows beautiful, remote Vitali beach on Andros island, Cyclades, Greece. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
Vitali is only one of the unbelievably beautiful beaches you can have to yourselves in the autumn.

Not entirely convinced yet? Then you should know that Fast Ferries, the company we always prefer for our frequent trips to Andros for having the newest and more comfortable ships on this route, offer a 30% discount on all fares for journeys from 10.09.2018 to 31.10.2018. The discount is applicable on all tickets to and from the islands of Andros, Tinos and Mykonos.

This photo shows Gavrio, the port of Andros island, Cyclades, Greece at sunset. In the background, a Fast Ferries ship is ready to sail leaving the tranquil harbour behind. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
Gavrio, the port of Andros, in total autumn serenity awaits you.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your ferry tickets and register at the 1st On Foot Festival. See you there!

Read all about the Andros Routes mission on the official website.

This photo shows a breathtaking rural landscape at sunset near Ano Fellos village in Andros, cyclades, Greece. Andros Routes offer everyone unique hiking opportunities on one of the most beautiful greek islands.
Breathtaking sunsets and amazing rural landscapes is what you come across while hiking on Andros island.

Disclosure: Fast Ferries kindly offered us tickets to and from Andros for our recent trip free of charge but, as always, we express nothing but our very own and honest opinion about the experience we had. 

28 Comments

  1. hi ,
    such an interesting concept , i would have loved to explore the routes espeicially the 100 km thru the entire island and the quint villages

    rgds

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hi Sumit, we couldn’t agree with you more. We’d love to hike the 100km Andros Route. I’m sure we will some day!

  2. I actually love hiking and yes I am also not the fittiest person, although I think I will try this route also 🙂
    Is it possible to go there by bike?

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Kamile. You can take your bike to the island but hiking trails are not bike-friendly as they almost always include some steps.

  3. This place looks so picturesque and tranquil! I loved all the pics a lot!
    I suppose this area is not overcrowded with tourists too, am I right? How much time did you spend hiking in Andros?

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Thank you Inna! With the exception of the month of August, Andros is not as crowded as other Greek islands. However, even in peak season the hikes are always tranquil and offer unique opportunities for wonderful walks in nature. We are lucky to be able to visit Andros very often so we try to hike at least one of its trails every time.

  4. Wow,
    The Arndros Route number remind me a little bit of od of the roads or Ireland in Connemara National Park. Of course in Ireland are different view, than in Greece, but I see some common. Is the roads good for walking with parents or Kids?

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Andrew! Many routes are easy and perfectly safe for parents and kids. Have a look at the Andros Routes website. You can find information for all available routes there.

  5. Greece must be my favourite summer destination in the entire world, but it is certainly crowded. My Mediterranean hubby always claims that it’s impossible to visit in the off-season cuz it’s too windy for swimming, so it’s nice to hear otherwise. Will definitely add this to my neverending list of Greek islands to visit!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hi Shelley! Thanks for your comment. Greek islands are most windy in August. So by avoiding high season, you avoid both the winds and the crowds! The best time to visit is May, June, September and early October. No crowds at all and mild weather. Do let us know when you plan a trip to Andros!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Thank you Smita! Few things can beat a nice swim after a hike!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Thank you Claire! We are lucky to be so close to the Greek islands!

  6. Oh wow! The On Foot Festival sounds very inviting. The sunsets look amazing, hopefully they will have this annually so I can plan a visit next time!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Chandni, thanks for your comment! The festival is held for the first time but, yes, the plan is for it to be held annually. So, perhaps we’ll meet you there next year!

  7. All your pictures were amazing but that beach! Wow! Makes me want to go and book some plane tickets and visit. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Plane tickets to Athens, then just 2 hours by ship and you’re there! Thanks for your kind words Jess!

  8. You definitely sold it to me……..
    Did not know about the 30% off on ferries, sincerely appealing, thinking about booking know!
    Stunning pictures!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Simone, thank you! I’m so glad we inspired you to come join us in Andros for this amazing hiking event! Do let us know if you book your tickets after all!

  9. As someone who can’t even back a hill, I’m so glad to see that this gorgeous place is accessible to all! Those views are absolutely stunning and it’d be such a shame to miss it all.

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hi Pinar, thanks for your comment! That’s what we love about those trails, too. There are so many easy routes for everyone to enjoy!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Celine, thanks for your comment! It really is a fantastic way to start your day!

  10. Amazing! I had no idea that someone has dedicated their life to restoring the ancient pathways on Andros. What a great calling. I love your pictures from your day hike along Andros Route number 7! That looks like a remarkable way to discover the island, its rich heritage, and amazing natural beauty. I think I could just look at the Aegean Sea all day! Definitely adding the Andros Routes to my hiking bucket list!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Eric, we’re very glad you enjoyed our post, thanks! Views are indeed amazing and they add to the overall unique experience. If you plan a trip to Andros, do let us know!

  11. This was a very interesting read. We were hiking a few days ago in Slovakia, and we were talking about how much work must go into maintaining the trails so people can enjoy them. Sounds like Olga and the team at Andros Routes are doing some great work. We’d love to visit ourselves some day – hiking is our favourite thing, despite the fact we’re not exactly the fittest either!

    • Maria Spyrou Reply

      Hey Alex, good to know that there are other not-so-fit-people who enjoy hiking too! Olga and the rest of the team really do their best for the trails in Andros. I hope you see them for yourselves soon. You will be impressed! Do let us know when you plan a trip to Andros. We’d love to hike with you guys!

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