Agistri – Island dream & insider tip in the Saronic Gulf

Agistri or Angistri is the smallest Greek island in the Saronic Gulf and, in contrast to the more well-known destinations for a day trip from Athens such as Hydra or Aegina, is still a real insider tip. Need a break from the overwhelming tourist crowds on Athens’ Acropolis or the streets of Plaka? Then off to the port of Piraeus, on the ferry and out of the city. On the small island of Agistri with only around 1,000 inhabitants, small villages, great beaches, a lot of things to do, cozy hotels and maximum relaxation await you.

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BIG5 Agistri

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BIG5 Agistri – Speed Date

Outstanding:

The island is very suitable for non-sightseeing, relaxing without the pressure of having to visit a little more

Sucks:

You get so used to the few tourists that it is annoying when the many Athenians come to the islands over the weekend

DO:

Many beaches on Agistri are quite rocky, so it is not a bad idea to bring beach shoes

DO NOT:

Don’t expect a lot of action and a distinctive nightlife. But: there is actually a night club!

Don’t tell your mother:

How to ride a scooter with flip flops like in South-East Asia – not exactly the maximum level of safety

BIG5 Agistri – Rapid Fire Q&A

  • Driving from Piraeus to an island, doesn’t it take too long? – With the “Flying Dolphin” – a speedboat ferry – the crossing only takes around an hour, otherwise around 1 3/4 hours
  • Where should I book my accommodation? – The ferries dock in Megalochori, so that Skala and Megalochori can be easily reached on foot or by bus. We have chosen an accommodation in a side street of Skala, quiet but only 2 minutes to the promenade and the sea
  • Is it enough to rent a bike or scooter for a day to explore the island? – Yes, the island is really not big, from Megalochori in the north to Limeneria in the south it is only max. 15 minutes
  • Ok, but rent something: bike or scooter? – The hill country in the middle of the island is quite uphill, and often with very hot temperatures. For a relaxed exploration and north-south crossing, I recommend a scooter
  • Do you recommend more than one day trip? – Yes, you can go relaxed and always discover new corners and hidden places on the island

BIG5 Agistri – Orga

Best travel time

The best travel months are from May to October. It’s pleasantly warm (rather too hot in midsummer) and there is little rainfall.

Arrival & Departure

Visua: Check here whether you need a visa for Greece with your passport

  • Athens / Piraeus: Ferry: several times a day from Piraeus via Aegina to Agistri (~ 15 euros one way), connections and ferry times can be found here. The ferries to Agistri always start at Gate 8. The crossing takes about 1.5 hours

Next it goes to … of course Athens, the larger neighboring island Aegina or other island destinations like Hydra from Athens

Accommodation

In all villages there are very nice accommodations of every price range, we decided on the Hotel Ilios in Skala and were very satisfied!

  • Budget: Ilios (Σκάλα 1ος- 2ος, Skala, 18010; 55 € double room) personal recommendation: quiet location in a side street, 1 minute to the beach promenade and a small kitchen in the room. In the direction of the town center you are quickly at the bakery and the small supermarket
  • Budget: Hotel Alexandra (Skala, 18010; 60 € double room), terrific location with a view directly over the Skala Beach and the church in the background
  • Middle: Hotel Milos (Megalochori, Megalochori, 18010; 70 € double room), located directly at the port of Agistri and equipped with a small pool!
  • Middle: Flisvos House (μεγαλοχωρι μεγαλοχωρι, Megalochori, 18010; ~ 105 € double room), great apartment with a sea view balcony, from which you can enjoy a wonderful sunset over the bay
  • Nobel: Villa Christine (Megalochori – Skala Beach Street, Megalochori, 84700; € 320 villa, 5 beds), some luxury on a Greek island? Treat yourself to this picturesque villa with pool and many amenities

Price level

Withdraw money: There are ATMs in the villages, so withdrawing money is not a problem

Beer indicator: 2.50 – 3.00 euros in restaurants

Cost of a taxi: To be honest, we didn’t use any of the 2 (!) Taxis on the island. The bus costs ~ 1.50 euros each way

Restaurants

In Skala there are a number of cozy restaurants right on the waterfront

  • Agistri (Ioannou Metaxa, Skala 180 10), directly on the waterfront of Skala, with very recommendable fish dishes
  • Parnassos tavern (Μετόχι scale 180 10), Greek tavern in a scale like a picture book
  • Meltemi (Pl. Limaniou, Megalochori 180 10), delicious food and a sensational view

BIG5 Agistri – Activities

  • Relax on one of the many beaches on the island – some secluded and not very crowded
  • Take a boat tour or water sports activity
  • Enjoy the sunset from the beach promenade in Skala with a great meal or a cool cocktail
  • Explore the small island on your own by bike or scooter
  • Jump off a small cliff into the turquoise blue sea in Mareza

BIG5 Agistri – Photo spots

  • From the platform in Mareza over the rocky bay with turquoise blue water
  • From the slope over Limenaria with a view of the village
  • The sunset from Skala’s beach promenade
  • The small church of Agia Varvara in the woods of the hill country
  • Beautiful coastal landscape at Dragonera Beach

 

 

BIG5 Agistri – Things to do off the beaten track

  • Take a dive – there are different spots to choose from around the island
  • Discover the local delicacies of the Artórama bakery in Skala
  • Visit the small village of Metochi in the hills between Megalochori and Skala
  • Walk in Metochi to the Church of Panagia, a great viewpoint
  • Explore the area around Cape Ákra Kapnodóki near Megalochori

BIG5 Meteora – Culinary Journey

  • Fish, fish, fish – don’t forget, you are on an island!
  • Grilled octopus – a local delicacy!
  • Souvlaki – the Greek classic
  • Paella – seafood again, of course
  • Salad with cucumber, tomatoes, carrots and Greek cheese – the welcome alternative to meat and fish

BIG5 Agistri – Communication

  • thank you – efcharistó (ευχαριστώ)
  • yes – nai (ναι)
  • no – óchi (όχι, mit dem Kopf nicken)
  • hello – geia (γεια) / kalí méra (καλή μέρα)
  • goodbye – antío (αντίο)

BIG5 Agistri – Helpful Websites / Links

BIG5 Agistri – Overview map with all highlights

Many motor and sailing boats are in the port of Megalochori

Agistri BIG5 things to do on the insider island

After almost 3 weeks of busy sightseeing in 7 countries and many kilometers covered over the Balkans, this island is really a dream. Agistri only has around 1,000 inhabitants and the list of attractions is not particularly long. In this case, all the better, because instead of spending the days on seeing and doing as much as possible, this island is perfect for decelerating and drifting.

Everything is relaxed here, there are not many cars, a bus route and only 2 taxis. The main modes of transport are scooters and bicycles.

The busier villages with ferry and fishing ports are on the north coast of the island: Megalochori and Skala with the hamlets of Skliri and Metochi. The largest place in the south is the picturesque mountain village Limenaria.

In contrast to the Greek islands overrun by tourists, Agistri has retained its natural charm and relaxed character and is therefore my absolute insider tip for a trip by ferry from Athens.

Relax on one of the many beaches on Agistri

An absolute must after the hustle and bustle of Athens’ tourist streets – and really pleasant on Agistri! The beaches of Agistri are very diverse, rather full directly on the promenades of the cities, some secluded and quiet. Sometimes with a rocky surface, sometimes with fine sand.

For Agistri my BIG5 beach recommendations are:

  • Dragonera Beach
  • Aponisos Beach
  • Aquarius Beach
  • Chalikiada Beach
  • Megalochori Beach

 

 

If you want to know more about the beaches of Agistri, check out the different options in my article! Go on reading here: Agistri beaches & bathing spots on the small island

Take a boat tour or water sports activity

Greece? Island? Turquoise blue water? That literally calls for an excursion with a large boat or a small kayak!
Boat tours can be booked from Megalochori, “Go Kayak Greece” on the beach promenade in Skala.

For even more adventure, you can also book dives with Interdive in Megalochori, there are some interesting diving spots to discover – including an underwater canyon and a shipwreck.

Enjoy the sunset from the beach promenade in Skala

Stroll through the streets of Skala and then settle down on the beach promenade to end the day comfortably. Either on a lounger directly on the beach or at the tables in the restaurants and bars.

With a great meal and a cool cocktail, you look directly at the sunset over the sea. Pure vacation!

Tip: Find out about the various cocktail happy hours beforehand!

 

 

Explore the sights of Agistri by bike or scooter

There are only 5 villages on Agistri – the best conditions for a relaxing day of exploration. Rent a suitable mobile stand – and off you go! You will find enough offers in the villages, especially in Skala.

The church of Agioi Anargyroi, which can hardly be overlooked, and the beach promenade are particularly worth a visit.

Further along the promenade you come to Megalochori, the landing port for the ferries to Piraeus and Aegina. Here you can visit the cozy taverns in the center and a typical windmill from the 19th century.

 

 

If you only want to stay in the north, i.e. in Skala and Megalochori, a bike is completely sufficient, everything is quite flat. If you also want to see the south around Limenaria and Dragonera Beach, I recommend a scooter – it is sometimes quite steep in the hill country of the island.

On the way to Limenaria there is a picturesque little church in the woods of the middle hill country. First you overlook the small village Limenaria, then you go down the hill into the middle.

I recommend combining the exploration tour with a day at the beach – so don’t forget your swimwear!

 

 

Agistri things to do: Jump into the turquoise sea in Mareza

Admittedly, a bit hidden, the small platform at the end of the winding path turns out to be a real hit.

Who doesn’t dream of jumping off a cliff into turquoise blue water? No problem here – even for visitors with a fear of heights.

But be careful, there are no ladders or other aids for climbing in and out, only the rock typical of Agistri. Instead, swim in the middle of the sea, in a natural environment.

There are also no sales stands here, so don’t forget your food. Since the sea can get quite rough in the late afternoon, a visit at lunchtime or in the early afternoon is recommended.

 

 

You see, Agistri is a real insider tip for a trip from Athens. So let’s go to Piraeus and take the ferry to the Saronic Gulf, where great beaches, hotels and many things to do are waiting for you in Agistri 🇬🇷🏖

 

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