The following is an outline of some significant archaeological remains on the site. For further details, a guidebook from the ticket office is advised, or take a guided tour The rock-encrusted Mt Kythnos (113m) rises elegantly to the southeast of the harbour. It's worth the steep climb, even in the heat.
Amorgos is defined by the iconic Moni Hozoviotissis, a dazzling white building embedded in an awesome cliff face high above the sea. It lies on the precipitous east coast below Hora.
The island's major 'sight' is the Cave of the Sacred Icon of Agios Giannis. The icon is said to have been discovered in the cave by a shepherd at the end of the 19th century, and is now kept in the little church in Hora village.A yearly festival celebrating the icon is held in Hora on the last weekend of August.
This atmospheric museum is housed in a handsome old tower house of the 13th century. If it feels as if someone still lives here but has just stepped out, it's because it's true; the owners (direct decendents of the original Italian aristocrat owners) continue to live here a few months of each winter.
The handsome towerlike building of Bazeos Castle stands prominently in the landscape about 2km east of the village of Sangri. The castle was built in its original form as the Monastery of Timios Stavros (True Cross) during the 17th century, but monks abandoned the site in the early 19th century.
First settled by the Dorians in the 9th century BC, Ancient Thira consists of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine ruins and is an atmospheric and rewarding site to visit. The ruins include temples, houses with mosaics, an agora (market), a theatre and a gymnasium. There are splendid views from the site.
Tucked behind the Panagia Ekatondapyliani, this museum is a cool escape into the island's past. It harbours some marvellous pieces, including a 5th-century Nike on the point of alighting and a 6th-century Gorgon also barely in touch with the surly earth.
In 1967, excavations began at the site of Akrotiri. What they uncovered was phenomenal: an ancient Minoan city buried deep beneath volcanic ash from the catastrophic eruption of 1613 BC. Today, the site retains a strong sense of place and reverent awe.
At the heart of village life, Deli belies the simple life of Schinousa. Its gourmet menu includes dishes like local veal seasoned with cinnamon and orange, and fried feta cheese wrapped in a crunchy filo dough with honey and local sesame.
Andros is crisscrossed by trails. For example, hike up the dramatic Dipotamata Gorge , signposted as you drive inland, after Sineti. The trail, cobbled part of the way, leads past ancient bridges and water mills and through vivid foliage, water burbling below.
Apiranthos is an atmospheric mountain village of unadorned stone houses, marble-paved streets and alleyways that scramble up the slopes of Mt Fanari. Its inhabitants are descendants of refugees who fled Crete to escape Turkish repression; they retain a strong individuality and a rich dialect, and the village has always been noted for its spirited politics and populism.
This gallery displays the exquisite work of Naxian potter Katharina Bolesch and her partner, artist and craftsman Alexander Reichardt.