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Andros, unlike the other islands of Cyclades, is ideal for hiking due to its mountainous nature and the variety of springs that offer a unique experience. In recent years, there has been a systematic effort by the “Andros Routes” network (www.androsroutes.gr) to record, maintain and promote these routes. These actions have increased the number of foreign (mainly) visitors who love this form of tourism. Trekking Andros and outdoor activities (www.trekkingandros.gr) is another network of people and enterprises who love nature look at life holistically and promote responsible eco-tourism.
Hikers in Andros can enjoy everything: Old bridges, watermills, valleys or even small waterfalls! You can walk beside rivers (Achla, Vori, Pythara), have the opportunity to admire “stenes” (stone-walled paths) and enjoy a unique view. Some of these routes almost reach the island’s mountain ridge.
In Andros, there have been recorded over 25 hiking trails of varying difficulty that, both experienced and novice, hikers can enjoy. The estimated total length of the hiking paths network is 300 km! In 1997, the Cyclades Prefecture in cooperation with the Andros Agency of Development undertook a project to clear and signpost 12 hiking routes of 85 km long, most of which are located in the central and southern part of the island. Recently, some particularly interesting routes were added in the northern and western parts.
Andros has a great tradition in sports. It has been recorded that Aristaechmos Hieronymos and Proklis won the ancient Olympic Games, while in modern times many Andriots played a significant role in Greek sports.
There are several clubs of different sports in the island (mainly football clubs), like Andriakos. There are many football and basketball fields, yet the absence of an indoor hall is evident.
Andros particularly stands out in nautical athletics. The nautical clubs of Andros and Korthi are members of the Hellenic Sailing Federation, having a significant presence in races. Alongside, they have organized major sailing races with great success.
NAUTICAL CLUB OF ANDROS
Nautical Club of Andros was founded in 1957 and has active departments of Open Sea Sailing and Sailing Triangles (Optimist and Laser). It is a member of the Hellenic Sailing Federation. Lots of the Club’s athletes have gone on to excel in top positions at national competitions, with greater example that of the Andriot Nikos Kaklamanakis, gold medalist in the Olympic Games of Atlanta (1996). The next year, he accomplished the crossing of the Aegean, having as starting point the premises of the Nautical Club of Andros. Every year, on early June, the Club hosts the Andros International Yacht Race with great success.
Occasionally, the Club organizes various activities, such as beach volley tournaments, scuba diving lessons, etc.
NAUTICAL CLUB OF KORTHI
The Nautical Club of Korthi Andros was founded in 1989 as a non-profit athletic association, based in Korthi. Its main goal is the propagation of nautical sports. It is an active member of the Hellenic Sailing Federation, having departments in windsurfing and swimming. It has a windsurfing team, consisting of children aged 7-19 years old who are trained at Ormos Korthiou. Most of these young athletes have participated and excelled in National championships. Among others, it hosted the Mistral Junior World Championship at Ormos Korthiou.
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4×4 OFF ROAD
For the 4-wheel fans, Andros is the place that offers the opportunity to enjoy touring. Unique and adventure routes off the beaten track call for exploration and discovery of the natural beauties of mountainous and coastal Andros! Marvel at the stunning views, unwind and swim in the sky-blue sea.
On the island, where the wind switches from Northern to Southern and Zephyr gives its place to North-westerly winds (meltemia) in summer, the sea- sport enthusiasts find their Paradise on Earth.
Andros is the real Surfworld for both advanced and novice in windsurfing.
Taking advantage of the strong winds and sea currents, Andros has developed a wealth of amenities and services all around the world of the board.
Spots for jumping, places for wave style or flat for speed urge experienced surfers to trim their sails and get started.
On the other hand, various sailing enterprises, associations and clubs offer tuition and equipment available for rent to the novice of all ages as well as the necessary modern accessories for professionals.
It is no coincidence that, some well-known world champions have at times chosen Andros waters to train and in the past the World Windsurf Championship took place in Korthio Bay.
Discover the treasures and the amazing cities which spread underwater, hidden in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea around Andros.
The shipwrecks took refuge at the bottom of the island of Andros thus creating an impressive underwater marine life.
Information at www.scubandros.gr
By Andros.gr / Municipality of Andros.