The Castle of Faneromeni in Andros is one of the most important sights of the island and has several other names, such as the Upper Castle or “tis Grias to kastro”. The castle of Faneromeni was the largest medieval town on the island in which there are still obvious signs of Roman fortification.
In the northern part of the island and at a height of about 600 meters you will find the castle of Faneromeni in Andros. Around it, you will have the opportunity to see ruins of houses, aqueducts, and walls. The castle protected the island from pirates; for this reason, it was built by the Venetians, the conquerors of the island at the time.
The rocks and steep cliffs give an imposing aesthetic to anyone visiting the castle. Moreover, the site and the multiple walls created an impregnable fortress from enemies.
The Castle of Faneromeni in Andros – The history behind it
The most famous story behind the Castle of Faneromeni in Andros is about an old woman who fell off a mountain cliff. Some say the old woman committed suicide out of remorse, as she had betrayed the Greeks to the Turks. Others claim that the old woman fell off the cliff in an attempt to escape from the Turks. This is where the beach, “Tis Grias to pidima”, takes its name from.
How do you get there?
You can reach the Castle of Faneromeni by a path from the village, but also by car from Chora. You will enjoy excellent views, and just 200 meters from the entrance you will find a magnificent cave with stalactites. The surrounding area of the island is excellent for beautiful walks and relaxation. Finally, on the 15th of August, the church of Faneromeni is celebrated and various events and festivals follow.