KorthiKorthio 845 02, Greece
Some 5km after Palaeopolis, at the junction of Stravropeda, you can either turn left to Chora or drive straight ahead to the bay of Korthi. To the right, you will see the beach of Chalkolimiona, the organized beach of Apothikes and Plaka. This is also the location of the Zagora peninsula and the same-named Geometric settlement. The finds from this site are displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Andros.
As you drive along to Korthi, you will come across the village of Zaganiari; a little further is the quaint Church of St. George Faralis, with its picturesque fountain and plane trees.
The next villages on your way are Kapparia, Piso Meria, Aipatia, Amonaklio, Moussiona and Aidonia, where you’ll find beautiful mansions, marble fountains and dove-cots. The Church of the Forty Martyrs (Agioi Saranta) in Aidonia houses an ecclesiastic museum featuring gospels, religious vestments, old icons and other artefacts.
In the same area, you will find the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (Source of Life) or Fletron and that of Our Lady Tromarchiani. The Agia Moni –a dependency of the Panachrantou monastery-is located further south.
Korthi is the seat of one of Andros’ three municipalities. It is a strikingly beautiful village overlooking a wide sandy shore with a small port to shelter boats, caiques and yachts.
Its stone-paved main shopping street is lined with restaurants, taverns, pastry shops and clubs and the same is true on the sea front.
Must-sees include the Heroon square, its small folk museum, the St. Nicholas Church and the sailing club.
Note that Korthi has a well-deserved reputation of outstanding hospitality, making it a good place to enjoy fresh fish at one of its taverns or restaurants, or to taste a soumada (orgeat syrup).
Korthi beach itself is excellent for windsurfing and you’ll find many more remote creeks all along the bay, such as St. Fanourios, the small port of St. Catherine, Molos Bay, Kalamonari, Bouro and Ag. Ioannis in Kremmides. Not to forget the “Tis Grias to Pidima” beach, which is a unique experience.