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'Secret' Andros

A peaceful walkers’ paradise
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • lovingly preserved ancient walking trails 
  • rugged scenery
  • superlative views
  • the Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman charm of Chora

 

Simple, quiet, authentic and unspoiled... Who would have thought it possible to find such a place, just a short hop from Athens and the Greek mainland? This surprisingly large and green island, a lush oasis occupying the northernmost reaches of the Cyclades archipelago, possesses quiet beaches, hills criss-crossed by walking trails, and a rare, understated beauty.

The scent of orange blossom and honeysuckle hung thick in the still air. Every so often, Chora appeared like a mirage on the horizon, framed by cypress trees. We drank from a 200-year-old fountain, rolled fallen lemons down the lanes and feasted on foraged mulberries that turned our fingers purple.
     
The Guardian

The landscape, riven by brooks that burble through waterfall-blessed valleys during spring, and dotted with arched stone bridges and venerable chestnut groves, is perhaps not what you might expect here. But the enticing coastline, a multitude of old olive presses and windmills, and the luminous evening light are all reassuringly and quintessentially Greek. Add to this a generous, warm-hearted people, and a network of ancient paths undergoing sensitive and painstaking restoration, and you have an island to enchant – and even thrill – the most demanding of walkers.

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