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Aghios Andreas is a picturesque town built on the slopes of mountain Parnonas, 6 km. from the historical Astros. The beach of the same name lies 3 km away, with its clear waters and a beautiful small port.

This town is the first we come across in the wider region called Tsakonia and it is one of the few places where the local dialect is still spoken, in combination with the observance of the Tsakonian customs. Its typical features include beautiful stone houses and picturesque alleys, which are ideal for strolls; nearby you can visit the Monastery of Panaghia Artokosta and the Monastery of Aghios Georgios of Endyssena.

The scenic village of Agios Andreas is built at the foot of Mount Parnon and is the first in the wider area of Tsakonia. It belongs to the municipality of Northern Kynouria and has a population of approximately 1,500 people. Agios Andreas is one of the very few places where people -mostly the older ones- still speak the Tsakonian dialect and preserve many of the Tsakonian customs. The settlement consists of incredible stone houses, which are old, yet brilliantly maintained.

The location of Agios Andreas is idyllic. On one side there is a verdant plain, filled with olive trees, and, just across, there is an amazing beach and a picturesque little port, about 3 kilometres from the village. Their access is easy through the road that goes along the eastern bank of River Vrasiatis. In the middle of the riverbed we see a double-arch stone bridge, which is an excellent example of the local traditional architecture. On the way to the beach, we see a hill, where the acropolis of ancient Anthini used to be. It was a fortified settlement, as evidenced by the remnants of the Cyclopean walls, while many archaeological findings that were brought to light clearly indicate that the area was inhabited. By continuing our journey, we see the whitewashed tower-house of Sarantaris and, a little further down, a deserted windmill. On the way to Tyros, we see a chapel dedicated to Agios Trionarchos, which was recently renovated. Near the chapel there is a deserted tower and both were once part of a monastery complex. Further down, in a verdant ravine filled with plain trees, we see sections of the old convent of Endyssena, which has existed -as documented- at least since 1698.

The notable Monastery of Artokostas is located near the village and possesses a metochion close to the beach. It consists of the tower of the Annunciation, a tall building of most probably Venetian structure which accommodates the nuns during the winter, as well as a small church, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The impressive gorge of Zarbanitsa is only few kilometres away from the village and is ideal for rappel, with its beautiful lakes and waterfalls creating a stunning backdrop.

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