Easter with insular atmosphere in Andros
Easter in Andros is celebrated with great solemnity. The liturgies of Holy Week in the churches and monasteries, the procession of the Epitaph in the streets of Chora, the Resurrection on Holy Saturday and the Sunday’s festive atmosphere, can make you feel that Easter is celebrated best in insular atmosphere…
On Holy Tuesday, we will enjoy Kassiani’s hymn at the church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Chora.
On Holy Thursday, after the 12 Gospels, follows the decoration of the Epitaph.
On Good Friday, we will make an excursion to the mountainous villages to worship their epitaphs. In the same afternoon, in Chora, the epitaphs of the three parishes are joined together in Kairis Square, an extraordinary sight! For ouzo and appetizers, we will find many taverns and ouzo bars in the whole island.
At noon on Holy Saturday (11.00 - 13.00) takes place the Feast of Lemon, in Chora, because the island is famous for its many lemon trees. Saturday night, the Resurrection in the parishes is impressive with countless fireworks and firecrackers. The young people place iron pipes in the soil and fill them with gunpowder and then they set them off. The evening continues with the traditional soup “Magiritsa”, red eggs and fun till the morning.
Sunday morning is the second Resurrection and the appointment takes place in the square of Unknown Sailor to crack red eggs and eat Lazaraki, watching the explosions of the old Venetian castle cannons. At noon in the taverns, we will enjoy Andros flavors and of course the traditional "lampriati" (goat or lamb stuffed, baked in oven).
In the afternoon we take the car to go to Stenies village. Here, the captains of the village have been provided with many sparklers and firecrackers. The two parishes of the village are processing the icons of the Resurrection in the picturesque neighborhoods, which smell of the blooming lemon trees, to reach the village square. The moment they meet, it is given the slogan and the “Maskoula" burst in whole village with a deafening noise. Unique experience!
In Paleopoli, in Korthi and in other villages, in the afternoon of Easter Sunday, people play in the street the "Tsounia", a traditional game similar to bowling.
In the evening, the biggest fun in the island takes place in Batsi, with the picturesque, bustling harbor, with cafes, taverns and bars. Before leaving the island of Andros, we will buy traditional sweets (macaroons, kaltsounia, sweets, nougat, pastitsakia), local sausages and cheese (Petroti, Malachto).
- Menites village with the crystal springs
- Stenies village with the imposing captain houses
- Apikia and the sources of Sariza water
- The Archaeological Museum in Chora
- The Maritime Museum in Chora
- The Museum of Folklore and Christian Art
- The Museum of Modern Art in Chora
- The Kaireios Library in Chora
- The square with the statue of the "Unknown Sailor" by the sculptor Michael Tobros
- The church of Panagia of the sea in the port of Chora
- Vourkoti village
- Panahrantos Monastery
- The Life Giving Spring Monastery
- Batsi for nightlife
- Strapouries village with the stone church of St. Nicholas
- Lamyra village with the beautiful mansions and gardens
For your stay in Andros, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Andros (Chora), as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can access Andros from Rafina by ship and fast ferry every day. Andros is also linked by coast with Andros, Ios, Paros, Tinos and Mykonos.
Through the route Rafina - Cyclades, Andros is connected during summer with Andros, Ios, Paros, Siros and Tinos.
Through the route Rafina - Piraeus - Siros - Mykonos, Andros is connected with Lemnos, Kea and Siros.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.