Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The famous resort of Batsi is located almost 7 km south from Gavrio. It has been built on twin hills over a magnificent natural harbor. The homonymous beach is very popular among tourists. Batsi beach is in close proximity to the harbor at the southern end.
Medium Months: April, October
Wind Type: Frontal Winds
Best Direction: S
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
Best with strong southern wind, in winter. The beach is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern.
In summertime only northern Meltemi wind blows.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Flat conditions with N, wavy with S.
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
The fine sand at Batsi beach is very nice, soft with golden hue. The beach is protected from the strong Meltemi winds, and it has no dearth of shade due to the abundance of tamarisks lining the shore at the northern end of the beach.
Access to Batsi: From Gavrio drive south, all the way to to Batsi. The distance is about 7 km. Of course, there are frequent bus schedules to all the main destinations in Andros. Also, you can call a taxi from the port.
Access to Andros:
Arrival by Airplane: Andros does not have its own airport. If you are coming to Andros from the International Airport of Athens, in Spata, you can use the Green Public Bus (KTEL of Attica) to the port of Rafina. The bus departs from the Arrivals Level, between Gates 2 and 3, just opposite the hotel of the airport (Sofitel). The distance is 10 km (20 minutes). Otherwise you can catch a taxi to Rafina Port. Then travel to Andros by ferry boat.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: A ferry to Gavrio, the main port of Andros located in the northwest side of the island, departs from the port of Rafina, on the northern side of Athens. There is no ferry to Andros from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. Rafina is the closest port to the International Airport of Athens. The ferry takes 2 hours to reach Gavrio.
There are daily ferries all year round, but schedules are more frequent in summertime (1-2 daily during winter and up to 6 in the summer). Andros is also connected with other Cyclades Islands by ferry boat, including Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, and Tinos.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: By private car via Attica Avenue in the direction of Markopoulo, exiting at the sign that says Rafina. Drive along Marathonos Avenue until you reach Rafina. The distance from Athens to Rafina is 32 km.
Arrival by Bus: You can reach Rafina Port by Suburban KTEL bus from the Green Park in Athens.