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Andros Car Hire Greece Greek Rentals

Car or moped hire is advisable on Andros because bus services are limited and you'll be hard pushed to cover all the island's many places of interest on foot. Buses go regularly from the port of Gavrio to the capital, Andros Town, on the east coast via the major resort area of Batsi. Water taxis connect all the popular beaches on the west and local travel agents organise excursions inland. But to really make the most of all Andros has to offer, it's best to have your own set of wheels.

If you pre book and prepay for your car hire when you reserve your holiday accommodation you may receive a substantial discount (10% or more in some cases). Ensure the price includes adequate insurance cover and if you're hiring a motorbike check that your personal travel insurance policy covers you for motorbike accidents (many policies don't).

Before you set out to explore the island, check the vehicle for dents and scratches with a representative of the car hire firm. Make sure a note is made of any existing vehicle damage so you don't foot the bill on your return.

With the freedom of a rental car you'll be able to visit the island's many beautiful, unspoilt beaches, explore its archaeological and historic sites and travel to some charming inland villages.

If you're staying on the west coast of the island, take a trip over to the capital, Andros Town, 35 kilometres south east of Gavrio. It's a delightful place with an old world elegance emanating from the 19th century sea captains' mansions which line its streets. The town has some interesting museums and a multitude of gifts shops selling local pottery, embroidery, various other handicrafts and the candies for which is the island is renowned. The ruins of a 13th century Venetian castle stand on the small island at the end of the narrow peninsula on which the town is built.

At the pretty village of Menites, to the south west of the capital, you can dine in a shady taverna by a stream and listen to the nightingales. Drink the cooling mountain spring water which gushes from the village's distinctive marble fountains with lion head spouts.

At Apoikia, to the north west of the capital, you can taste the mineral water from the Sariza Spring which is bottled here for export throughout Greece. Nearby Stenies is a beautiful town, popular with wealthy Greek shipping families. If you're a seafood fan, stop for lunch at Gialia beach, below Stenies, which is flanked by eucalyptus trees and boasts a fine fish taverna.

If you're travelling by moped head to beautiful Ahia Beach further north along the coast it's one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Europe but can't be reached by car.

The west coast of the island has two archaeological sites of interest. Palaiopolis, nine kilometres south of Batsi, was the original capital of the island and was inhabited until around 1000 AD. In the 4th century it was largely destroyed by an earthquake and sank below the sea but you can still see the site of the ancient acropolis and some of the temple ruins beneath the water. This is the site where the 2nd century BC statue of Hermes, now on display in the capital's archaeological museum, was found by a local farmer in 1832.

At Zagora, to the south of Palaiopolis, you can see the excavated site of a temple and fortified town dating back to the Geometric age (1050 750 BC). It's one of the most important sites of its kind ever uncovered in Greece and is unique in that it has never been built upon. It's located on a flat topped promontory with steep cliffs on three sides the view alone makes it worth the visit.