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Why Should I Visit Agistri?

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Agistri at a glance

Just 55 minutes from Piraeus, this little piece of heaven on earth in the Saronic Gulf is an ideal choice for a day trip or a weekend away from it all.

Agistri island is blessed with abundant greenery – so much so that it resembles a floating pine forest – and pristine beaches with exotic turquoise and emerald waters, this welcoming island is a haven of tranquillity for romantics and nature lovers.

If you dream of hiking and cycling through the woods, horseback riding in the shade of pine trees, and playing endlessly in the sea, there is nowhere like Agistri. And it also makes an ideal base if you want to discover the other beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. Take the ferry to Agistri and visit it.

5 reasons to visit Agistri
  1. To take an atmospheric walk around Megalochori (also known as Milos), the picturesque capital of the island, with its paved streets, stone houses with flower-filled courtyards, traditional cafes, and a distinctive windmill at the edge of the harbour.
  2. To watch the sunset from the beautiful Church of the Virgin Mary in the picturesque village of Metochi, in a unique location on a hill at the foot of a mountain. The route to get here is especially popular with hiking enthusiasts as it offers spectacular views of the sea.
  3. Τo explore the unspoiled pine-covered interior of Agistri along some of its wonderful trails. At sunset, the route from Skala to Megalochori via Metochi is one of the most enchanting walks on the island.
  4. To discover the exotic beauty of Aponisos, a pine-covered islet with turquoise waters and a tourist beach with small flat rocks for diving off. Connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge, it can also be reached by boat. It is ideal for snorkelling and is the best place in the Saronic Gulf from which to admire the sunset.
  5. To enjoy a panoramic view of all the islands in the Saronic Gulf from the tiny Church of All Saints situated on the highest point of the island above Megalochori.
The top 5 beaches

Dragonera: One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, with sand and pebbles, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and pines trees that come down to the sea. The sunsets here are magnificent and the amenities include a canteen.

Mareza: Not exactly a beach but part of the rocky shoreline, surrounded by pine trees, which is an ideal platform for diving into the deep pristine waters of the sea. Access is via a path that goes from the village of Limenaria to Mareza Bay.

Halikiada: The island’s most impressive beach is located in a rocky cove with large pebbles and shallow turquoise waters with a gentle incline. The wild beauty of the high steep rocks and the sense of seclusion make the location especially popular among nudists. The beach has no amenities at all and is accessible via a narrow dirt road from the village of Skala.

Skala: A long stretch of golden sand with shallow crystal-clear waters next to the natural harbour of Skala. The beach has tourist amenities and is especially popular among families with children. The whitewashed Church of the Holy Unmercenaries, with its impressive blue dome, stands at one end. The area has a number of restaurants and bars where the nightlife goes on into the small hours of the morning.

Skliri: A rocky beach with sandy coves and crystal-clear blue waters surrounded by pine trees. Its gentle curve offers great views of neighbouring Aegina and the Saronic Gulf. Umbrellas and sun loungers are provided by the café and the snack bar.

Don’t leave Agistri without…
  • Exploring the area around ​​Lekani salt-lake in the heart of a pine-covered paradise between Limenaria and Aponisos. Don’t forget to make a stop at the picturesque St. Nicholas’s Church.
  • Going on one of the organised excursions to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, where performances take place in July and August.
  • Having a riding lesson by the sea with the Megalochori Equestrian Club.
  • Enjoying a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride.
  • Taking a boat-trip around the coast to discover tiny corners of this exotically beautiful island paradise such as Dorousa, Kira, Metopi and the rocky islet of Spalathronisi.
Tasty Experiences
  • Enjoy fresh fish and seafood from the seas of the Saronic Gulf.
  • Make a stop at the tavernas in the traditional village of Limenaria, famous for their local Greek cuisine.
  • Choose one of the Agistri ferry’s timetables and definitely try the traditional rooster in tomato sauce.
Trivia

According to legend, the island’s name derives from the allure that its natural beauty holds for travellers, who never want to leave once it has got its hook (“Agistri”) into them.​

MAP OF AGISTRI
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