Andros & Tinos walking holiday
"Explore the greenest and most diverse yet undiscovered islands of the Cyclades!.."
If you are a nature lover or one who seeks an unfrequented walking adventure, we cannot think of a better holiday to recommend than our Andros and Tinos walking holiday!
Andros is mountainous and is intersected with a number of mountain ridges which create numerous fertile valleys, steep ravines and deep gorges. In comparison to the rest of the Cyclades it rains a lot and there are numerous rivers, streams, springs and waterfalls. As a result Andros is remarkably green and characterised by a rich flora and diverse landscape which are waiting for you to be explored.
Areas covering almost half of the island are Natura 2000, Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) or wildlife sanctuaries where many rare or endemic species find refuge. Oak trees, cypresses, plane, chestnut & walnut trees, weeping willows, poplar and olive trees, fields of thyme, oregano & sage, unique wild flowers… can be observed along the ancient paved paths which reach 150km in length that connect the 60 picturesque villages, castles, churches, watermills, farms, byzantine monasteries, solitary golden beaches…
Andros received the European Certification Hiking Trail «Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe» and is the first island in Europe which has been nominated this certification.
You’ll continue to explore the “unknown” Cycladic island of Tinos with its numerous deserted ancient paths and trails, enjoy the architecture of pigeon houses, windmills and countless churches, stone walls, fountains, giant rocks with strange shapes…
You will walk through villages untouched by time with picturesque houses, arches, carved doorways, marble fountains, cobbled streets… you will reach and swim at stunning, secluded beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters… you will taste Cycladic delicacies such as local cheeses and proscuito “Louza”, froutalia omelette… you will observe and appreciate the unique flora and fauna of this mountainous island…
The philosopher Kastoriadis called the island “hand-made Tinos” as it’s the homeland of renowned great artists of marble carving. According to the legend, the famous sculptor of the ancient times, Fidias, had taught the secrets of his art to the locals. Their admirable craft is displayed in chapels, fountains, arches and pigeon lofts.
Our local hiking guides look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to these enchanting, verdant and “hidden” parts of the Cyclades…
Please find below our recommended itinerary during our Andros & Tinos walking holiday…
Join our Andros & Tinos walking holiday and you will:
Explore the greenest and most diverse yet undiscovered islands of the Cyclades,
Walk along the ancient paved paths which reach 150km in length connecting the 60 picturesque villages, castles, churches, watermills, farms, byzantine monasteries…
Discover villages untouched by time with picturesque houses, arches, carved doorways, marble fountains, cobbled streets…
Enjoy stunning mountain views and dramatic coastal scenery,
Come across ravishing flora and fauna,
Reach remote solitary beaches with crystal clear waters,
Taste Cycladic delicacies such as local cheeses and proscuito “Louza”, froutalia omelette…
Rest at traditional family-run guesthouses,
Learn and enjoy the company of friendly, naturalist guides.
Our walks of this walking holiday in Andros and Tinos in the Cyclades are graded as moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 5-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch.
Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Aegean sea.
Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.
We have reserved for you lovely authentic family-run guesthouses. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts.
Andros & Tinos are very central located and are well connected with other islands in the Cyclades if you wish to continue your holiday. We’ll be very happy to help with advice.
The combination of natural beauty, culture but also the hospitality of the residents will make this Andros and Tinos walking holiday in Greece, unforgettable for you.
We organise our Andros & Tinos walking holiday all year round apart from July and August when it’s too hot.
Spring and autumn are the best times of year for walking. In spring nature is at its most abundant. The Judas tree and the broom are flowering and the island is covered with a blanket of wild flowers. During the walks you can also discover rare orchids. The colorful butterflies are a feast for the eyes; you smell herbs like thyme, oregano and sage. In the summer, it is a little drier but in autumn the first rains bring a new shower of flowers and amazing autumn colors.
The best time to visit:
- March: blossom is out.
- April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
- September to end of November: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANDROS & TINOS WALKING HOLIDAY FEES
7-day or 10-day walking holiday staying at traditional family-run guesthouses:
All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.
- 7 nights – Low Season EUR 682 High Season EUR 737
- 10 nights – Low Season EUR 981 High Season EUR 1,090
Supplement for single rooms:
- 7 nights – Low Season EUR 90 High Season EUR 90
- 10 nights – Low Season EUR 129 High Season EUR 129
We offer group and special offers. Please contact us for further information…
The fee includes:
- 5 or 8 guided walks at the islands of Andros & Tinos
- Two picnics
- 24% VAT
- Transfer to the accommodation at the islands of Andros & Tinos
- Ferry tickets to Andros & Tinos
- Transfers to and from our starting and ending walking points
- Client’s information brief by e-mail
- An arrival briefing on the island of Andros & Tinos
- Introduction to the Aegean biodiversity & local flora and fauna
- 24 hour support on the island for any troubleshooting or advise
- Transfer from the accommodation to the ferry on departure
Book your walking holiday at Andros & Tinos…
(Walking time: 3 hours hours. Actual walking: 5 hours.)
The unspoilt natural environment offers shelter to a variety of animals and birds… as well as plants, such as oaks, ivies, fig trees and various herbs. You’ll be impressed by the 22 watermills which survive along the entire gorge. The old path leads us to Kochilou, a traditional seamen’s village, where we can stop to admire the stunning view to Korthi Bay. We’ll finally take the picturesque downhill cobbled footpath and end our walk at Korthi where we can rest, swim at one of its beautiful beaches and have lunch. Transfer to Chora.
(Walking time: 4.5 hours hours. Actual walking: 6 hours.)
(Walking time: 5 hours hours. Actual walking: 7 hours.)
We’ll take the paved footpath through the settlements of Messaria, the old Byzantine center of the island, we’ll cross the legendary arched bridge of Stichiomeni and explore the abandoned village of Petrias. We’ll reach Panachrantou Monastery at 590m, an important historical and architectural monument in Andros. The hospitable monks will show us around. After a short rest and picnic under the old plane tree we will descend towards the riverbed of the “Big River” and the lushly vegetated valley of Livadia. The excellent path along the river, which flows into the beach Paraporti creating a particularly interesting wetland, leads you to the center of the city.
(Walking time: 6.5 hours. Actual walking time: 8 hours.)
We’ll then continue our hike to an area of outstanding natural beauty towards the village of Volax. Large, almost perfectly round grey rocks dot the plateau and slopes around Volax, creating a stunning sight and unique geological phenomenon. Its unique surrounding of big round rocks gives the whole landscape a lunar appearance. We’ll have supper at one of the oldest taverns of the village where you will have the chance to try their own cheeses, vegetables, meat and of course raki! Perfect ending of the day.
(Walking time: 3,5 hours hours. Actual walking with lunch and stops: 6 hours. Grade: easy.)
We’ll continue our walk towards Xombourgo, a huge granite mountain 640m high, passing through the ruins of the Venetian castle of St. Helen, which used to be very powerful and protected the island from enemies and pirates. We’ll walk to the top to admire the impressive views and have a picnic.
(Walking time: 3,5 hours hours. Actual walking with lunch and stops: 6 hours. Grade: easy.)
We’ll continue our walk towards the lighthouse on the northeastern tip of Tinos where you will have the chance to admire the magnificent views to the deep blue of the Aegean sea and surrounding Cycladic islands. You’re likely to spot on the way many sea birds, predators and passerines as the Aegean islands are a stopover on the long migratory journey of birds.
(Walking time: 4 hours. Actual walking time: 6 hours. Grade: moderate.)
Our day’s hike will end with a visit to the the biggest “marble” village of Tinos, Pyrghos. Apart from its spectacular views you will admire plenty of marble adornments on houses, churches and in the pretty town square, as this village has a long tradition of carving and is home to many marble artists. The lovely Platanos square awaits for you to enjoy a delicious meal prepared with local ingredients!
(Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 4,5 hours.)
“Thank you for a wonderful visit to Tinos. I have so enjoyed the walks, and learnt so much about the island’s unique culture. Thank you for planning a fantastic itinerary every day. I feel inspired and invigorated!”
“Annie, you have the magic touch when it comes to holidays… and people… a rare gift but very precious. Thank you again for a week full of fun, laughter, seeing amazing Greece and your company.”
“Thank you for beatiful days in the sun, with great food, marvelous landscapes, a lot of knowledge, atmosphere, culture, landscapes, botany, the people. You make us feel welcome and comfortable.”