WITH ONE GLANCE
A rock that springs water seems be joining the island of Evia while leaning towards the island of Tinos. A small yet largely unexplored “continent” that resides just 2 hours away from the port of Rafina. With well hidden beauties and a unique landscape that is genuinely Cycladic yet in some parts, it looks like the one from Pelion. Under the imperious plane trees and mulberry trees one can enjoy the unknown to many, western Andros and the area of Korthi with plenty of running waters, the wonderful beaches, the old pathways and watermills. And a Chora, the capital of the island as it is called, that stands out for its elegance, beauty and wealth of the sea captains and ship owners that have been residing there for generations.
Traditional in shipping
The nautical history of Andros is very important, having shipping flourishing particularly during the 19th century. The main naval and ship owning families of the island were the Embirikos, the Polemi, the Goulandris, the Kambani and the Vogiatzidi families. All of them have played an important role and their ship owning companies monopolized the transportation of people and cargo to the Danubian countries, to India, to America and other destinations around the world for years. The people of Andros became sea men mainly during the interwar period and Andros’s Chora port became Greece’s 2nd port in terms of ship registrations. However these golden days came to an end after Chora’s bombardment during the 2nd World War.
Andros through the eyes of Embirikos
“Andros Hyrdousa”, “Beautiful Andros through the century”. The island of Andros played an important part in the life and poetry of Andreas Embirikos. Another great name of Andros’s offspring is that of Theofilos Kairis, the virtuous, wise clergyman, philosopher and fighter of the 1821 revolution against the Turks, who bequeathed his priceless and personal book collection.
Andros seems to have taken its name from General Andros, a mythical settler of the Minoan historical period. It is the northernmost island of the Cyclades island complex, second in size after the island of Naxos. It marks the sea passage from the southern to the northern Aegean, known as the Strait of Kafireas or Cavo d’Oro which separates it from the island of Evia. A narrow strait also separates it from the island of Tinos (strait of Andros – Tinos). It holds a total space of 374 square kilometers, a coastal line length of 177 kilometers and has an elongated shape.
Its coastline is rocky, has several sheltered bays and is surrounded by small and rocky islets (Gavrionisia, Kapitita, Makedona, Tourlitis, Theotokos, Plati, Lagonisi, Prasouda and more)
It has continuous mountains with deep slopes and among them there are gorges, ravines, valleys filled with olive, fig and citrus trees and lots of running water that usually ends up at the sea. Andros owes its many ancient names (Hydrousa, Lasia, Nonagria, Epargis) to its vast sprouting and running waters, some of which are rich in metallic ingredients (Sariza, Arna Spring, Alasa etc.)
A large part of the island’s slopes, just like the slopes of the island of Tinos, have terraces built with dry stone walls and are called Aimasies.