Agistri, the hidden paradise near Athens
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Agistri, the hidden paradise near Athens

Agistri ● 03 May 2018
 

Agistri is a small, undiscovered Greek island in a very close distance to Athens (less than 2 hours by boat, 1 hour by ferry) in the Saronic Gulf near Aegina. Agistri is a perfect excursion for a day trip or a weekend from Athens, and you can combine it with swimming in truly crystal waters on the beaches with the lush greenery dominating the scenery. Agistri is a small island, and you can go everywhere you want on foot, by bicycle or by taxi on a budget. It is an off-the-beaten path choice, an authentic virgin island for the travellers searching for something different. Athenians love it because it is a hidden gem, an untouched oasis near the Greek capital, where you can relax and be in contact with nature.

The villages of Agistri are distinguished by their traditional character and the pine trees all around. Skala and Megalochori are the two villages you should not miss during your excursion in Agistri. Skala is the main port of the island and the most developed tourist resort. In Skala, you can eat in one of the traditional taverns at the beachfront, and there are also many accommodation options there. Skala is also the centre of the island's nightlife, but don't expect wild nightlife in Agistri. Things are calm and family-friendly, but of course, you can find some bars to have fun with other young people.


The other worthwhile village of the island is Megalochori, Agistri's capital. It has traditional architecture and a cozy small port, where fishing boats and seaside taverns give the scenery a lovely essence. Stone-built, white-washed houses and a windmill that dates back to ancient times create amazing pictures in this settlement, which is more traditional and untouched than Skala.

Other beautiful villages in Agistri, surrounded by pine trees, are Limenaria and Metochi.

Stunning are also the churches of Agistri than stand on the top of the cliff or by the sea showing the traveller the authentic side of this Greek island. Small, white and blue, these churches are maybe the most photographed spots on the island!


Agistri its famous for its crystal, emerald waters, which are perfect for swimming. You can go to the popular organised beaches of Megalochori and Skala, where you can sunbathe and drink your coffee on a sunbed, or choose Aponisos and Dragonera, which are characterised by natural beauty away from mass tourism. We recommend you to walk around the island because it is full of wonderful coves and tiny pebbled beaches, which are definitely worth visiting.


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