The second largest island in the Cyclades chain of islands, Andros island was a gift from king Rhadamanthus to Andros, the grandson of Apollo, as Rhadamanthus was pleased with his service. Having seen many civilizations thrive on its soil, Andros has a varied history, having been under the rule of Carians, Persians, Athenians, Spartans, Venetians, under whom the island prospered immensely, followed by the Macedonians, the Turks and finally tasted liberation after, almost complete destruction at the hands of Germans in 1943.
All the civilizations have left imprints on this wonderful island and today is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination, without losing its natural charm. Being the northernmost island in the Cyclades chain, Andros island has two main villages Gavrion and Batsi. Gavrion is where the harbor is located and Batsi has many tourist facilities available.
Both these quaint fishing villages have managed to retain their rustic charm, while still providing the best comforts to its visitors. The capital town of Chora, is another significant place to visit, offering many sights of interest such as numerous museums like, the Archaeological Museum, containing some interesting artifacts from around the island, the Maritime Museum, which is a unique collection of diaries, photographs, lithographs, nautical objects and much more, and the most interesting and significant museum, the Museum of Modern Art, which contains some of the most spectacular work of famous artists and sculptors, from not just Andros but from all over Greece and even abroad.