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AEGEAN ISLANDS

Ano Aprovato

A small agricultural village, built among olive and pine trees, with a beautiful panoramic view of the sea. It has several permanent residents who are cattle breeders and farmers and supply Batsi with their products. There is also a tavern in the village.
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Arni

The area around the village of Arni (or Arnas) is very fertile and the village once prospered. It is located in one of the highest points on the island. Its population had reached 1000 residents and it used to be the centre of the area. It was the only big village with two squares (one has been destroyed since then) and two churches. Nowadays, it has very few permanent residents. The verdant area of Remata (or Revmata) is located near Arni. You can go there on foot and visit the restored old olive oil mill of Lembesis.    
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Aidonia

The tower houses of this densely built up village with the interesting architecture make it stand out from the rest. Potamos, with its old wall fountain, is one of its coolest and most beautiful spots. There is a verdant area at its center. Follow the sound of the flowing water from there and you will reach Potamos, where you will see the old marble wall fountain and troughs that are still being used.  
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The Villages of Korthi

After Aidonia, an uphill asphalt road passes through Ano Korthi, part of which can be seen from the road, though most of its houses are hidden amidst the lush vegetation of the landscape (in fact, you can actually get to know the village, only if you walk around it). Ano Korthi used to be the capital of the region in the past. You will find a very beautiful old square in the village with houses and shops all around it. The shops, for example a traditional café that used to liven up the village and was one of the best on the island, are no longer in operation. A bit further down the road, you will see the church of Agios Nikolaos (12th century) that has two altars and a second church (the church of Agios Charalambos) inside it. You will also come across the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis Theologos that has a tree growing on its roof and an old wall fountain under it.  
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Aladino

A beautiful, small village, near Chora, with an elegant stone bridge passing over the stream of Megalos Potamos. The bridge is believed to have been built by craftsmen from Epirus. The area around it is called Gefyri. A cave has been also discovered at Aladino.    
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Apoikia and the Spring of Sariza

The route towards Apoikia is enjoyable and very refreshing, as you are surrounded by plane trees and plenty of flowing water; a landscape that is rare in the Cyclades. Just before you enter the settlement, you will see a small sign showing the way towards the spring of Pithara. Going there on foot is definitely worth the trouble. Afterwards, you can make a stop and drink some water from the stone wall fountain of the settlement. As you leave the village, you will come across a water bottling plant, where “Sariza Spring” water is bottled. After walking past the bottling plant, you will notice the bell tower of Panagia Katasyrti on your right.   Info Apoikia was a well-known spa tourism resort from 1970 to 1980. 
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Vourkoti

Even in the heart of the summer, the area of Vourkoti is hidden in thick white clouds and the temperature there is several degrees lower than that on the rest island. The landscape is arid and full of dry stone walls. Many visitors pass through Vourkoti in order to reach the impressive Achla beach. The village is small and most of its residents are livestock farmers. A festival called the chirosfagia (pig slaughter festival) is held in Vourkoti in September.  
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Gavrio

The port of Gavrio developed in the early ‘70s, when liners stopped docking at the port of Chora. There are shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, accommodation facilities and campgrounds in the village. The large church of Agios Nikolaos and the elementary school stand tall above the port. Gavrio is the best starting point for those who want to get to know western Andros, an unexplored part of the island with significant traces of its history, such as old watermills, threshing floors, towers, abandoned stone house settlements and “kelia”. There are also beautiful beaches, such as Fellos, Pisolimionas, Vlychada with its Castle, Vitali and Zorkos, on this part of the island.     
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Gianisseo

As you make your way up towards the village of Gianisseo in Korthi, you will see the impressive church of the Presentation of Mary (Agridiotissa) next to the road. The church is a symbol of Korthi and can be seen from any point of the area around it. A trail leading to Kato Chorio and a road with a beautiful view leading to Pano Chorio, begin at the church. You can leave your car in the parking lot of the small mountain village of Gianisseo (that is also named Stavros in the census records of the island), which is located at the centre of Paleokastro. It is a rural settlement with a few houses with gardens and melon fields.
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Episkopeio (or Piskopeio)

This is one of the most beautiful villages of Korthi, with impressive house compounds, some of which were built using dark stones, and skillfully crafted dovecotes. Its buildings are spread out above the asphalt road, among olive trees, cypresses, fig trees and pines. You should make a stop here and take a stroll in the alleys of the village.      
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Kapparia

A beautiful village with a pastry workshop in the area of Korthi. Mikro Chorio, Tzeo and Vorina are all located nearby. If you want to discover the hidden charms of the area, you should take a stroll among its gardens, vineyards and dovecotes. For further information please visit: www.kapparia-andros.gr
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Katakalaioi

A small, quiet and verdant village with a beautiful view of Chora. You will see it on your left as you drive towards Vourkoti and Achla beach. 
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Kochylou.

Built on a slope with a panoramic view, it stands out for its well-maintained houses with their tile roofs.
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Lardia

Travelers of the 15th century mentioned the existence of this settlement, thus it was probably built before that time. It used to have an enclosed aqueduct that was later destroyed. Walking around the village, you will see many flowery gardens with climbing vines, mansions, dovecotes and old stone bridges. The village also has an impressive view of the cove of Korthi. The church of the Savior is also located at Lardia.
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Lamyra

It is said that the village of Embirikos and Kairis families owes its current name to the explorer Tournefort, who had called the settlement the Myra of Andros. It is a quiet village, full of houses and villas hidden amidst the lush vegetation. Its main narrow street, named after the teachers Ioannis and Eirini Gialouri, passes by a marble wall fountain with a lion's head and ends at the Girls’ School. From that point, you can take a beautiful trail and ascend towards Ypsila and Menites.   
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Menites

This is a beautiful and verdant village. The famous wall fountains with the lion heads, from where the water springs out, are located near the church of Panagia Koumoulou. There are restaurants and cafés right across them.   
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Mousiona

Moussionas is practically adjacent to Ano Korthi. It is another village with traditional stone houses, as well as new ones that have recently been built. It also has a big fountain called Vrysara. Agia Triada, an old monastery that became the first school of the island, is located next to the road behind a large stone fence at the entrance of the village.
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Mesaria

Messaria used to be the main agricultural village of the area. It still supplies Chora’s market with products from its fertile farms. Make sure you don’t miss the tower houses of Lorentzos Kairis (built in 1760), Athanasios and Kambanis. You should also pay a visit to the Byzantine church of Taxiarchis (12th century) located amidst a serene and verdant landscape.
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Batsi

This former fishing village with the onion warehouses has evolved over the years and turned into a lively tourist settlement, where visitors can find lodging, restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, supermarkets and an organized beach. If you want to explore Batsi, you can take the cobblestone trail towards Ano Batsi and Piso Vrysi. You should also take a stroll along the waterfront towards Stivari and the beach of Agia Marina. The Monastery of the Mother of God of the Life-giving Spring (Zoodochos Pigi) is located high above the village.  
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Ormos Korthiou

This settlement is the largest one in the area of Korthi. It has accommodation facilities, restaurants, grocery stores, travel agencies, cafés and bars. It was the old harbor of the island, where liners coming from Chora docked. The settlement was built during the 19th and 20th century. Some of its old houses still stand along the coast. Its main pedestrian street will lead you to the Iroon Square where the elementary school and the Yacht Club are located.    
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Palaiopoli

The main asphalt road passes through this settlement that is divided into the neighborhoods of Ano Palaiopoli and Kato Palaiopoli. This is where the ancient capital of the island was located. Hence, there is a significant archaeological site and a museum in the settlement. The building where the Archaeological collection of Palaiopoli is housed and the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos are located in Ano Palaiopoli. This church is the starting point of an uphill climb leading to a waterfall that flows down the slope. The verdant Kato Palaiopoli has beautiful houses. Trails leading to the beach and the archaeological site start from this neighborhood. From a certain altitude, you can also discern an ancient jetty in the water.     
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Remata

If you take a stroll in this verdant area near the village of Arni, you will discover the restored Lembesis olive oil mill and come across a small river that forms a number of lakes. The shady part of the area is full of plane trees, cypresses and olive trees. An old trail connects the area to Arni. 
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Strapouries

Strapouries is connected to Mesathouri and Ypsila via beautiful trails. There is plenty of water, lush vegetation and many churches in the village. Make sure you don’t miss the impressive vertical cliff of Gremnistra and the neoclassical tower house of Athinaios.   
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Stenies

You can have an impressive view of this big and rich village built on a slope from afar. The settlement is divided into Ano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Stenies. As you walk around the upper part of the settlement, you will come across the impressive houses of shipping magnates and captains, some of which belong to the Embirikos, Goulandris, Polemis, and Paleokrassas families. You will also see wall fountains built in 1968, arcades, the square that was built in 1953 and the elementary school of the village. In Kato Stenies, the imposing Bistis-Mouvelas tower house, which is believed to date back to the 17th century, stands out. The stone bridge of the Lion is located nearby. The large pasta factory that was built by the Embirikos family in the 19th century and is now deserted is also worth visiting.       
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Syneti

A village of sailors. It is blessed with lush vegetation and plenty of water that always flows in abundance from the gorge of Dipotamata. It has beautiful alleys and old houses, a coffee shop, a taverna and a cove with deep waters near the settlement. A trail leading to the river begins after the parking lot at the end of the village. At that point, you will also see the steps leading to the chapel of Agios Ioannis.     
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Piso meria

Piso Meria, which includes the Pyrgi settlement, is one of the small and hidden villages of Ano Korthi. You will find old watermills on the slope behind the church of Agia Paraskevi. In the tablelands between them, among walnut trees, fig trees and laurels, the locals built tanks (the so-called “havouzes”) in order to irrigate the orchards. They are so well-made that they look like pools.
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