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Agistri, also called Angistri, is a small, pine covered island close to Aegina in the Saronic Gulf that lies south of the Greek capital of Athens.

It is very small, with an area of about 13 sq km, making it the smallest of the inhabited island in the Saronic group.

Agistri is a quiet backwater, free of cars and with little in the way of nightlife outside the few hotels in the three main settlements of Skala, Milos and Limenaria.

Milos is where most people live but Skala is the most developed of the island's resorts and the main tourist centre.

Agistri is home to fewer than 1,000 people with holiday beds for perhaps 1,000. It has a single 10km road but no cars and one bus. It is also very hilly with about half covered in fields of citrus and olives and the rest cloaked in dense pine forest.

Apart from walking and sunbathing there is little to do here. Most beaches are pebble and shingle with the best of the sand at Skala and Halkiada, the latter noted as being the first official designated naturist beach in Greece.

Easily reached from the Athens port of Piraeus, Angistri lies just 22 nautical miles offshore and only four nautical miles from Aegina.

Agistri is a popular holiday island for working Greeks from the mainland and prices tend to be lower than more up-market Greek islands.

Hook The island name Agistri literally translates as 'fishing hook', a reference to its shape with a highly indented coastline.
Paradise Many consider Agistri a little island paradise with charming stone-built houses dotted around the rocky shoreline.
Resorts Agistri has three main resorts. Two of them are ports, at Skala and the island capital of Milos with the other resort at Limenaria.
Guide Agistri is popular with weekending Athenians. The island is easily reached by boat but much quieter than its neighbour Aegina.


The holiday beaches of Agistri

Agistri island Greece is located in the Saronic Gulf only 45 minutes sailing time from the Athens port of Piraeus. A regular ferry service to the mainland makes Agistri a very popular weekend retreat for Athenians. Largely unspoilt, it's a tiny island with few good beaches. Most visitors stay in the main port of Skala which has many restaurants and the best beach.


Skala beach Agistri

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  • Boat hire
  • Cash point
  • Ferry
  • Tavernas
  • Watersports
  • Good eating:
  • Toxotis, Yialos
Skala church and beach


Skala is the island's main tourist centre despite it being the capital. It's also the main port of Agistri where most visitors choose to stay and here are the majority of hotels and holiday apartments.

A bustling little place for such a small island Skala also has many restaurants and bars, both around the beach which lies to the north of the harbour, and in the village itself.

The impressive blue dome of Agia Anargiri church stands out from the resort's rather plain buildings where it overlooks the beach.

Fine, gently shelving sand and shallow water makes the beach popular with families and, as the only natural sand beach on the island, it can get crowded in the high season, especially when day visitor boats arrive from Aegina and Athens.

Skala beach is quite narrow, just a couple of rows of sun loungers at the deepest part, but it is quite long with a variety of water sports.

Low trees and scrub back the beach to the west when it gets much less busy. At the headland it turns to stone and shingle and runs on all the way to Mylos.

Skala village has a handful of shops and a good selection of tavernas. Bars, cafes and a couple of nightclubs add to the mix.


Halikiada beach Agistri

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  • Naturists
The naturist beach at Halikiada

South of the harbour at Skala a scenic path threads past some modern villas at Skiliri and beyond the Agistri Club Hotel to the secluded beach at Halikiada.

It takes about 20 minutes to walk to what became the first official naturist beach in Greece, despite strong objections from the church.

A steep and relatively difficult scramble down to the beach has been made easier by a new path or visitors can tackle the rather precipitous headland for easier access.

Strong Saronic currents keep the waters here turquoise clear and clean while the beach is mostly pebble and rock.

There are no facilities but casual camping, although technically illegal, is still fairly common. A cave at the back of the beach is sometimes lived in over the summer.


Milos beach Agistri

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  • Boat hire
  • Cantina
  • Tavernas
  • Good eating:
  • Parnassos
Small harbour at Milos

The only road out of Skala heads north along the coast to the island capital and port at Milos or Mylos, also called Megalochori.

The road is lined with restaurants, rooms to let, isolated shingle coves and the occasional long, flat stretch of stone.

Milos is a quiet village of stone-built houses sitting on a steep hill above the small harbour and a tiny, man made beach. It has a few basic tavernas, shops and traditional kafenion.

West of Milos, walking trails lead into the pine covered hillside and to the village of Metochi with a small chapel and splendid views.

On the coast road a sign points to Dragonera beach, a favourite spot for casual campers where a cantina opens in the summer.


Limenaria beach & Apiossos islet Agistri

  • Buses
  • Boat hire
  • Cantina
  • Tavernas
The traditional village of Limenaria

Apiossos beach and causeway

The paved road south of Milos crosses the island to Limenaria, a small village surrounded by olive groves and noted for the golden dome that adorns the village church of Agia Kriaki.

About as traditional Greek as you can get so near to Athens, it has a shop that doubles as a taverna selling local crafts and an ancient olive mill in the central square.

There is no beach here and a sign that says 'to the beach' points to a cement diving platform overhanging a sheer drop to the sea.

Strong currents make diving here safe for strong swimmers only and it's a difficult scramble back up the steep rocks.

About a kilometre east, just past the chapel of Agios Nikolaos, is the substantial salt lake from which Limenaria gets its name.

A dried out salt pan in the summer, it turns into a blue saltwater lagoon in winter, suitable for paddling and swimming. There is a small taverna nearby.

A couple of rocky beaches lie to the north of the lagoon in remote and secluded coves at Marghisa and Biarama.

Most visitors head south to the attractive sand and shingle beach at Apiossos on the tiny picturesque offshore islet reached along a narrow stone causeway.

A small taverna opens in summer and facilities include sun loungers and watersports. The beach can get crowded and early arrivals bag the best spots. Offshore is the larger, uninhabited islet of Droussa.


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