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Andros is between Eubea island (10 km) and Tinos (3 km), it is the most septentrional island of the archipelago of Cyclades and also one of largest.
Its surface is about 380 km² with 40 km of coasts. There are approximately 10 000 inhabitants.

Andros is famous for its wine, the island is indeed devoted to Dionysos. Its ground is mountainous, with fertile and well-sprinkled valleys.
During antiquity the island was settled by Ionians people and perhaps Thraces too. The ruins of Palaeopolis, the ancient capital, are on the Western coast; the city had a famous temple, devoted to Dionisios.
The island remained several centuries of its history under Venetian protectorate.

The Andros capital is on a headland between two beaches of the East coast, the places of the city are paved with marble. At the end of the headland are two islands, one with a Venetian castle in ruin, the other with a headlight. There are four museums: the archaeological museum, a museum of modern art, a nautical museum and a museum of folklore.
The main economic city is Batsi on the Western coast, estival station attended especially by Greek tourists. The principal port is Gavrio on the West coast. Palaeopolis, the ancient capital, is established on a sloping hillside, the break-blade of its port can still be seen under the water.
Stenies, on the Eastern coast of the island close to the beaches of Yialia and Piso Yialia, is probably the most picturesque village of the island.

However, the coast of the island has few tourist infrastructures, and nothing is made to increase tourism to not lose the traditional frame as it is the case in the close islands like Mykonos.




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