Achla Beach is one of the most beautiful of Greece
Access by the dirt road
Achla beach is located northeast on the island of Andros, north of Chora and under the village of Vourkotis. It is no coincidence that Achla beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beach of Greece. Achla beach has some special features that make it stand out from the other beaches. You can approach it by taking the dirt road that starts shortly after the Vourkoti village, where you will find the new Monastery of St. Mama. The monastery was built on the ruins of an old temple of 1600 and is a property of the Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of Andros. Shortly after, there is a high point, where the beach is revealed in front of your eyes. The image you look at, raises the heart’s beats and overwhelms you with a feeling of impatience.
Access by the sea
Access to Achla Beach from the sea is indeed a unique experience. The route is very charming, with the rocky caves and islets. The wave breaks on the rocks and the you hear the sound of the sea as it goes in and out from the caves. Starting from the port of Chora in Neimborio, you pass the Gyalia and the Piso Gialia, you reach the Theotokos and later the Platanos and then you will arrive at the beach. On the one side, is the land, while on the other side, is the endless blue as far as it reaches the eye. On the big rock with the chapel of Theotokos, it nests in September a seabird, named Mavropetritis. It’s a rare species of hawk under protection and it comes to be reproduced, before commencing his trip to overwinter in Madagascar. The rocks have been formed by the waves, while many sea gulls visit the rocky islands around.
Approaching the Achla Beach from the sea as soon as you enter the beautiful bay, you will surely want to dive before you even reach the coast. The beach has fine white pebbles and sand while the emerald sea color is unique and the waves of water are peaceful even with strong wind. At one end there is the small chapel of Agios Nikolaos and on the other end the imposing lighthouse of Gria. Achla Beach in August is full of boats, yachts and boats.
Achla… is more than a beach!
Achla is not just a beach, it is an important piece of natural environment and animal life, with impressive plane trees, a short away from the sea. In Achla Beach, flows out the Achla River, one of the 3 major rivers of Andros. Its has running water even in the summer season until the August. The river springs from the slopes of the Vourkotis mountains and flows into the Aegean. A lush full ravine and an enchanting route to the plane forest, spreads behind Achla Beach. Small waterfalls ending in pedestals suitable for swimming under ancient plane trees, a rare phenomenon in the Cyclades. If you are lucky you will find crabs of freshwater as well as eels, water slides, hares, partridges and rare migratory birds and colorful dragonflies.
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