Batsi, Andros is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Batsi is an old, traditional fishing village, which in recent years has been transformed into a tourist resort. It is just 7 km from Gavrio, the main port of Andros, and is really worth a visit. Indeed Batsi is one of the most popular tourist villages on the island, surpassing many times Gavrio and Chora, the capital of Andros.
With the traditional whitewashed red-roofed houses that surround the place, the shops, and the lively nightlife, Batsi attracts visitors of all kinds. Therefore, its tourist development is not surprising, but neither are the many hotels and accommodation facilities in the place.
Batsi, Andros is known for its picturesque bay, which once made it the ideal location to create a fishing village. Even today, its small fishing port is reminiscent of the old days, but now, apart from fishing boats, there are modern ones too. Today, Batsi is an impressive, modern, seaside place with a vibrant, summer life.
There are many restaurants, cafes and shops and of course, the wonderful nightlife that the place is known for. Finally, the stunning views and the village’s awesome beach complete the magical experience that Batsi offers. Today, its permanent population is about 1,000 people, about 10% of the total population of the island.
Batsi Beach – A unique beauty
The deep blue waters along the coast of the village are among the clearest in the world. In fact, Batsi beach is a 9-time winner of the Blue Flag Award, one of the most prestigious awards for the cleanest beaches in the world.
Its vast sand looks like gold spread out on the beach. The view from the beach is also breathtaking especially when you are in the water. It is ideal for children and families as it is very easily accessible, but of course, it is also ideal for groups of friends. The beach is also organized with umbrellas and sunbeds. Because of its location, it is protected from the winds. Finally, the waters are not very deep so children can safely swim.
Opposite the beach is the marina, with boats and fishing boats of all sizes, but also a number of shops. Batsi beach is also known for night swimming. It is one of the most charming and impressive things to do on the beautiful island of Andros. Diving into the dark waters, gazing at the lights of the village, which look like shining stars in the sky.
Other nearby beaches in the area:
- Kolona: A small beach, very quiet and relaxing opposite Batsi. It seems to embrace the place and has a wonderful view across the settlement.
- Stivari: Stivari is just one kilometer away from the busy port of Batsi. The small but very beautiful beach is pretty sandy, but also has rocks and pebbles. Finally, it is quiet and secluded, offering tranquility.
- Agia Marina: Agia Marina, mainly attracts families, as it is very easily accessible and has a soft sandy beach.
Nightlife and activities
Apart from its wonderful beach, Batsi is also popular for the intense nightlife it offers to its visitors. If you like long, leisurely walks, you can take a stroll along the village path with its stunning natural scenery and traditional island houses. The local cuisine of the island will fascinate you, as will the great ouzo restaurants, with their delicious meze and quality ouzo. In addition, the various souvenir shops with local products will provide you with the necessary gifts for your return.
Batsi of Andros also has, as mentioned above, a lively nightlife, with many bars and loud music to keep the party going. Most bars and clubs stay open late into the night, so don’t worry if you stay longer on the beach. There are also quaint cafes for those who prefer a quieter holiday.
Attractions close to Batsi
The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is the largest monastery of Andros. You will find it between Batsi and Gavrio. The interesting history of the monastery is that in 1928 was converted into a women’s monastery. The Byzantine style prevails, and there is a wonderful library with books and manuscripts. The monastery also hosts a museum with unique exhibits such as sacred vestments and a small collection of prehistoric tools.
The Archaeological site of Ypsili is one of the most important fortified settlements of the early Iron Age in the South Aegean and was discovered in the early 1980s. The first excavations brought to light important ancient remains, as well as many movable finds. The excavation yielded important finds, valuable for the Geometric and Archaic period in the Cyclades and the wider Aegean, showing the very important history of Andros since ancient times.