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The "evergreen" diamond of the Argosaronic Gulf

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Agistri: The "evergreen" diamond of the Argosaronic Gulf

West of Aegina and just an hour away from Piraeus, Agistri is an exotic destination, the closest one to the capital! A tiny, beautiful island with easy access that makes it the ideal choice for short getaways throughout the year.

With dense vegetation and pine forests that reach down to its beaches and crystal-clear waters, Agistri offers a dreamy setting.

Perfect for naturists, Agistri is ideal for hiking or cycling on lush green trails, horseback riding for the more adventurous, but also swimming in crystal-clear waters.

Routes & Attractions

Megalochori, or Milos is the capital of the island and the newest of the two natural ports (the other port is Skala). It has traditional cafes, beautiful stone houses, cobbled streets, and numerous options for accommodation.

From the church of Panagia to the picturesque Metochi, you will enjoy one of the most enchanting sunsets in the Saronic Gulf. Built on a hillside, the village is a meeting point for hikers, thanks to its wonderful sea views.

Aponisos is an islet of exceptional beauty, full of pine trees. Although connected to the mainland through a narrow bridge, many visitors come here by sea. It has an organized beach, with many flat rocks that are ideal for diving.

The pine-covered inner part of the island is ideal for long hikes and explorations. It is worth taking the route from Skala to Megalochori, especially at sunset.

At the highest point of the island, above Megalochori, the chapel of Agioi Pantes offers panoramic views of all islets of Agrosaronikos.

Do not forget to visit the Chapel of Agios Nikolaos in Limni. According to tradition, it was built by the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine Palaiologos, to honour the Saint who saved him from drowning in rough sea off the coast of Limni.

Beaches & Activities

Dragonera is a pristine pebbled beach in the west of the island, embraced by a pine forest. It is easily accessible, has shallow waters, a canteen and its sunset is one of the most famous on the island.

The organized beach of Skala, next to the traditional port, is particularly popular. It has fine sand and shallow waters and is popular among families with young children. It has several tourist shops, apartments, picturesque tavernas and bars for all day long entertainment.

Halikiada impresses with its deep turquoise waters and white pebbles. It’s not organized and is only accessible through a dirt road from Skala while it is also a favourite beach among nudists.

Mareza is also difficult to access and is located near the village of Limenaria. It is preferred by those seeking serenity and isolation.

Skliri is a very picturesque bay near Skala and Halikiada. The beach is organized, with natural shade thanks to its tall pine trees, cafes and bars for food and drinks and a full view of neighbouring Aegina.

Bariama and Magiza are secluded, calm beaches away from noisy crowds, while Aponisos is known for its exotic beauty; it has umbrellas, sunbeds and a taverna.

Tastes of the island

Agistri is a culinary paradise for seafood lovers. Its dozens of fish tavernas offer fresh fish and appetizers near the sea.

If you love traditional Greek cuisine, you will find several options in restaurants, as well as delicious pies in the island’s bakeries. Agistri’s most famous dish is the traditional rooster with tomato sauce.

Traditions & Events

The green islet of Dorousa, opposite Agistri, took its name from the Dorians, who descended to southern Greece in the 12th century BC, landed on the island and built protective walls, preserved to this day.

Agistri keeps the romance alive with its horse-drawn carriages. In general, horseback riding is very popular on the island, as the Megalochori Equestrian Club offers riding lessons to beginners and non-riders.

The newly-launched Agistri Theatre Festival, held at the primary school of Megalochori, aims at hosting classical and modern theatre performances from all over Greece.

Metochi, the small settlement above Skala, hosts unique celebrations on the Assumption in the Church of the Virgin Mary. Every year a big festival starts early in the afternoon and ends late at night in the picturesque tavernas of the village

Don’t miss...

Wander around the salty lake of Lekani, in a lush pine forest between Limenaria and Aponisos.

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