Several findings in the region of Korthi, like a Mycenaean
vase that today is kept in the Archaeological Museum, the
Byzantine churches, the medieval fortress city of PaniKastro, as
well as several settlements and monasteries prove that the life
of the area continued from antiquity until the present day. The
PanoKastro was the strongest and largest medieval city of
Andros. It was built by the Venetians on a high plateau north
of the Gulf of Korthi at a height of 1800'. It gave shelter to
around 1,000 inhabitants and was seen as a very secure
stronghold due to its lofty location and strength of structure.
There is a legend associated with the castle that, during the
Middle Ages, the invading Turks, in an effort to siege the
castle, sent an old woman and her pregnant daughter inside to
ask for shelter. The inhabitants welcomed them in and during
the night she opened the gates to let in the Turkish invaders.
However, her conscience got the better of her because, the
legend claims, that following the invasion she committed suicide
by hurling herself from a rock into the sea. Today, this area
is known as 'The Jump of the Old Woman'.
The area of Korthi is an ideal place for exploring by foot or
car. The Bay of Korthi is the economical and tourist centre of
the region. Here the visitor will find most of the available
accommodation, restaurants, bars and even a summer cinema.
Also, the usual amenities of post office, medical centre,
pharmacy and banks can be found.
The picturesque town of Korthi lies along the shore where
most of the restaurants, tavernas and bars are located. The
road behind the seafront is a pedestrianised area where you will
find all the public services as well as a market. On both sides
of the bay, the beaches are perfect for swimming as well as
offering ideal conditions for windsurfing. A windsurfing school
is also located here where surfboards can be hired. As is the
whole of Andros, Korthi is an outstanding place for walking.
There exists a network of ancient footpaths across the region
and many of the nearby villages, such as Idonia, Mousionas, Piso
Maria and Amonakliou, can be reached by these tracks. Korthi is
also connected by bus to Hora, Batsi and Gavrio.