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A natural zone of absolute protection

Hiking Tour to Achla Beach

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  • Andros-Route-no6-Achla
  • Achla-Bridge-Andros
  • Agios-Nikolaos
  • Achla-Beach-Andros
  • Hiking-to-Achla-beach-Andros
  • Achla-River-Andros-Cyclades

Our Route.

Blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing streams

This exciting hiking tour starts from the remote village «Vourkoti». Meet your guide in the morning and get to the authentic rural village with the highest altitude in the Cyclades (620m). The hiking route moves parallel to the slope that borders the long valley of Achla from the north. With your local naturalist guide you learn all about the rich flora as we descend, gradually to the river, which springs from Zenios and from a narrow path we pass to the opposite side crossing the beautiful old stone bridge. After a short break at the small waterfalls to enjoy the surrounding, we continue our hike to the historical Monastery of St. Nicholas.


We visit the monastery and then, after filling our spouts with fresh water from the source, the guide leads you back on a path heading north and to the valley and the river again, a nature conservation area, the most important of Andros. The river is drowned by dense forest of plane trees and wrecks. The shady walk across the riverbed leads us to the beach. A virgin sandy beach with dunes and caves, where the estuary forms a small lagoon. This important area for the biodiversity of the island hosts migratory and other birds. A zone of absolute protection! Time for a swim and a light picnic.

Return :

  1. Walk back another 6 km to Agios Nikolaos Monastery.
  2. Get to the meeting point by jeep cars. (with an extra cost)

For those who wish to walk less, there is an alternative starting point at St.Nikolaos Monastery. The hiking route distance is 6km to Achla Beach. 

It was great fun walking in the countryside and the information you gave us was so interesting! Definetely we will come back

Ana, Norway


  • Departure:

    upon request

  • Persons:

    min 4- max 8

  • Hiking Route Starting Point:

    Vourkoti or Saint Nicolaos Monastery

  • Hiking Route Ending Point:

    Achla Beach or Saint Nicolaos Monastery

Technical description

  • Andros Route Hiking Network:

  • Distance:

    14 km (long hike, return to St.Nikolaos Monastery)

    6 km (short hike) + 6km for the way back

  • Walking Time:

    around 4 hrs (long hike)

    around 2,5 hours (short hike) + the way back

  • Difficulty:



For guests from other parts of the island, pick up from their accommodation upon request

For less than 4 people the hiking tour will take place with an extra charge.


The valley of Achla and the river

The stone arched bridge

The St.Nicolas Monastery

Achla Beach


A guided hiking tour with a local naturalist leader

English, French, Italian-speaking tour leader

Snacks and water

Safety & First Aid equipment


Gratuities (optional)

Pic nic (optional)

Know before you go:

  • The hikes offer a moderate hike with a maximum of 4-5 hours walk. This tour requires a reasonable physical and mental health on behalf of all participants!
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
  • Necessary: long trousers, appropriate shoes and socks, hat and sunscreen.
  • Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation. One Foot Forward is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour. (See Terms & Conditions)
  • Children over 9 years old can book when accompanied by an adult.
  • Confirmation and meeting point info upon booking

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