Andros, the northernmost island in the Cyclades and the second largest in the group, is also among the most beautiful. In the southeast is Andros or Hora, the capital of the island and its second most important harbour. This is a most attractive town, with neoclassical mansions side-by-side with Cycladic houses, steep and narrow alleys lined with arcades, fine churches and two pretty squares in the centre of a town, which will make a lasting impression.
Among the most important monuments of Hora are the castle, now ruined, and the church of Our LadyTalatiani' within its walls. On the cultural side, there is an Archaeological Museum, a Museum of Modern Art, and a Nautical Museum with a rich collection of ship models, photographs and ship's instruments. Andros is home to many of Greece's seamen, and interesting cultural events take place there all year round Gavrio is the island's principal harbour, on the west side of Andros. Among the interesting features in the vicinity is the tower of Agios Petros.
Andros has numerous interesting things to see: the church of the Archangel at Messaria, the monasteries of Zoodohos Pigi at Batsi, of St Kicholas at Apikia (which is also the site of the Sariza mineral spring), of Our Lady 'Panahrantou' at Falika and the Apano Kastro or "Tis grias to Kastro" (Upper Castle) to the north of the village of Kohilos. Special mention should be made of the ruins of an ancient city, which have survived at Paleopoli. At Zagora, to the south of Paleopoli, one of the most important Geometric temples to have been discovered anywhere in Greece has come to light. There are good swimming beaches at Nimborio, Paraporti, Korthi bay near Batsi, Gavrio, Vitali and elsewhere. Andros offers tourist amenities of good standard and can easily deal with the steadily increasing numbers of visitors who choose it for its natural beauties, its attractive villages, its historical monuments, its superb beaches and its medicinal springs.
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