Ancient Palaiopolis was the original ancient capital of Andros and lies 10 km down the coast from Batsi. It was destroyed by earthquake. Its partially submerged ruins may be seen including its walls, parts of the acropolis and buildings and temples. A steep path of 1040 steps leads up to modern Palaiopolis and the road continues on to Hora through a rolling landscape interspersed with dovecotes and the remains of Venetian and Byzantine habitations.
Dovecotes dot the entire island, and are one of interesting features of Andros. They were first built by the Venetians.
There are good eateries in Andros Town, Gavrion, Batsi, Apikia, and Kothion. At night you can find bars and discos running full steam ahead.
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Inhabited first by the Ionians in 1000 BC, Andros has been populated ever since. In the 5th Century BC, Andros sided with Sparta during the Peloponnesian War. The Venetians ruled it later, and the Turks took power in 1522, ruling until the War of Independence.
In modern times, Andros has become the holiday haunt of wealthy Athenian families.