It’s well worth renting a car or scooter to explore Andros’ panorama-filled mountain roads and picturesque villages. The north of the island, with the lush watershed around Arni, gives way to raw, windswept hills as the road zigzags to Vourkoti and Agios Nikolaou with its sweeping views.
The island is cleaved by a sweeping agricultural valley, and loads of small villages with springs, often marked by marble lions’ heads and the like, surround Hora. The road winds through Apikia, Stenies, Mesathouri, Strapouries and Menites – all fun to explore.
In the south, visit quaint agricultural villages like Livadia, Kochilou, Piskopio and Aidonia, which has ruined tower houses. The area’s charming landscape of fields and cypresses encircle Ormos Korthiou, a relaxed beach town with a picturesque church.
There are some excellent large and easily accessible beaches on the main road between Gavrio and Batsi, including built-up Agios Petros (St Peter's), tucked away but popular Golden Beach (Hrisi Ammos) and long, sandy Kipri.
Attractive Halkolimionas – with grey sand and a tiny church – sits 2km down a stone-terraced valley near the junction for Hora. A small beach bar sets up here in summer. Near Hora, check out the clear waters of pebbly but gorgeous Gialia.
Many of the best beaches, such as Ahla, Vori and Vitali (all in the northeast), are only reached by 4WD, ATV or boat. Boat trips can usually be arranged (or boats hired) from Batsi and from Hora's Niborio beach.