|The Greek islands
|The capital of the island of Andros island - Andros Chora
Andros Chora, about an hour drive from the ferry port of Gavrio on the east side of the island, is a lively and mondain kind of place, bursting with beautiful mansions, shops, tavernas and museums. It is build on a peninsula and originates from the Venetian time when it started as a small settlement that was build around a castle. In Chora you will also find all other amenities like supermarkets, banks, a post office and a police station. It has some long and wide streets, squares with terraces and beautiful churches (the main one was being restored when we were there in 2006). All the shops and the tavernas tell you that life is good here and that people have money. It's a rich city and the people are dressed accordingly, including the jewelry. At the end of the village at the bottom of some stairs you find one of the beautiful beaches of Andros Chora. At twenty minutes further walking distance south of the capital you can find another beach which is called Lidi Beach.
In Andros Chora you can also find the remains of a Venetian castle that dates from 1207 (build by Marino Dandolo) and a lighthouse standing on a pillar/rock in the sea. The venetian castle was build on a small island seperated from the peninsula by a 2 to 3 meter wide piece of sea and it was connected to the mainland by a bridge. The original wooden bridge was later replaced by a stone one. The Venetian castle was in pretty good condition until much of it was destroyed by vandalism in World war II. In Chora there are three museums: the Museum of Modern Art, the Archeological Museum with finds from excavations and the Nautical Museum which shows everything about Andros and its naval history. This last museum is found on the square with the statue of the unknown sailor. In the beginning of the 20th century Andros was an important maritime center and about 25% of the commercial fleet had its base on the island. On both sides of Chora you find a beach (Nemborio and Paraporti). Most of the accommodations you will find at the Nemborio beach.
The town is lively with both narrow streets and wider streets, some of them cobbled or up and down the hills, and there are plenty of shops and tavernas to choose from and fast food restaurants with really cheap prices (and often great food). Chora is also the place for people that are looking for a bit of night life. The main street of this small town is paved with marble. You can have a seat in the shade on a terrace and watch the people walk by. There is a mixture of Byzantine, neoclassical and Venetian buildings set in such a way that they formed a defense against invaders. In between these old houses you find the cycladic and the new buildings. In the old center of the town it is forbidden for cars, so it is a good place for a relaxed walk. There are tourists in Chora but it doesn't really feel like a tourist destination. The town beach is of a good size and it's sandy and also not very busy.
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|Hotels in the capital of Andros island - Andros Chora - Egli Hotel
The Egli Hotel is situated in a neoclassical mansion offering traditionally furnished rooms with balconies, in central Andros. Hotel Egli is walking distance from several main attractions and restaurants and right in the center of the capital. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. Egli provides air-conditioned rooms with LCD TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi and elegant furnishings. There are single rooms, doubles and triples. The Egli Hotel is a good and comfortable base from which to explore the other attractions and beaches of the island of Andros. The hotel gets very good reviews / ratings. It has got style yet it is still affordable.
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|Hotels in the capital of Andros island - Andros Chora - Rastoni Apartments
Nestled among beautiful greenery and mountains and very close to the sea, Rastoni Apartments are situated in the traditional region of Anemomiloi in Chora, in Andros. The newly constructed apartments are well equipped featuring air conditioning, satellite TV and wired internet connection. The nearby beaches Yialia, Piso Yialia and Nimporio are reached within a short walk from the Rastoni Apartments. Also very close by, is a supermarket. There are apartments available for two or three adults.
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|Hotels in the capital of Andros island - Andros Chora - Iro Suites
Offering great views of Mount Petalo and the Aegean Sea, the luxurious and quietly situated Iro Suites are only 1 km from Nimborio beach and Chora, the capital of Andros Island. Iro Suites have tasteful décor and feature private porch with direct garden access and sea view. They are modern in style and design. Each suite is equipped with a free internet connection, a fridge, satellite TV and spacious bathroom. Guests have free access to on-site barbeque and private parking. You can book your accommodation including the breakfast. There are Junior Suites and Family Suites available.
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