11 must-do things in Agistri

Balade dans la nature à Agistri

Just an hour from Athens, Agistri is a tranquil, relaxing island. Discover the must-see places on Agistri right now!

At the heart of the Saronic Gulf, Agistri is the smallest inhabited island in the Saronic archipelago. Little known to international tourists, it has remained largely unspoilt. Yet this tiny nugget is well worth exploring. Capped by a superb pine forest and bordered by turquoise waters, it’s an invitation to relax.

Athenians make no mistake about it, and regularly take advantage of Agistri’s proximity for short weekend getaways. But if Agistri can be visited on a day trip from Athens or Aegina, we encourage you to linger a little longer.

Indeed, between sightseeing and natural activities, there’s plenty to do on Agistri. On foot or by bike, you can explore the island, only 10 kilometers long, at your own pace. To guide you, we’ve listed the not-to-be-missed highlights of this little haven of peace!

1. Milos

Mylos, un incontournable à Agistri

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Milos, also known as Megalochori, is the island’s capital. In this peaceful commune, the architecture is traditional and the houses have been handed down from generation to generation. With its white buildings, blue doors and bougainvillea, it has a postcard feel!

From the narrow streets to the small harbor opening onto the bay, you’ll find the same quiet charm. In the heart of the village, don’t miss the pretty white church of Agios Zoodochos Pigi with its tiled roof. Every year after Easter, the saint who gave it its name is celebrated for two days of vibrant festivities!

Although peaceful and traditional, Milos is also the island’s nerve center. The village is home to a number of fine hotels and pleasant tavernas, as well as craft stores. If you’d like to take home some souvenirs from your visit to Agistri, this is the place to look!

2. Skala

Skala

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The island’s main port, Skala is also its tourist epicenter. It offers a wide choice of accommodation, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. You’ll be able to sample delicious octopus freshly caught on the spot. If you’re looking for a night out, Skala is also the place to be, with its many clubs.

Skala also boasts one of the island’s main sandy beaches, much appreciated by families. Although lively, Skala remains true to the spirit of Agistri and offers a lovely, relaxing setting. Take a stroll along the port or the beach, and admire the turquoise domes of the church of Agios Anargyroi. Enjoy romantic evenings on the tavern terraces…

3. Limenaria

Limenaria, un incontournable à Agistri

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The tiny village of Limenaria is also full of charm. Bordered by the pine forest on one side and the sea on the other, it is dominated by the ochre dome of the church. From the fishing port or the beach, the scenery is incredibly picturesque. You’ll particularly appreciate it at sunset: the view of the sea and the mountainous silhouettes is magical!

And don’t forget to visit the island’s two tavernas. They serve simple, delicious dishes, and also sell a few local handicrafts.

4. Aponissos

Aponissos

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If you’re looking for a relaxing day out, Aponissos is the place to be in Agistri! The small, crescent-shaped beach overlooks a crystal-clear sea. In fact, the calm, clear water makes it ideal for swimming.

The idyllic picture is completed by the rock, the umbrella pines and the silhouette of the mountains on the horizon. Pleasure boats add a picturesque touch. Finally, just offshore, you can see the islet of Doroussa, a favorite with divers.

To make matters worse, this little paradise is complemented by a pleasant tavern. Sitting on the terrace, you can enjoy seafood and a glass ofouzo, while admiring the landscape.

You can already see yourself there, can’t you?

5. Metochi

Village de Metochi à Agistri

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Close to Skala and Mylos but further inland, Metochi is a small residential village. If Metochi is a place to visit in Agistri, it’s first and foremost for the view.

Indeed, perched in the hills, it offers superb panoramic views of the island and its surroundings. Take time to admire the traditional houses, the little church and the family tavern.

Metochi is also an ideal gateway to many hiking trails!

6. Nature walks

Jolie vue sur Agistri

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Although home to a number of picturesque villages, Agistri is first and foremost a wild island where you can enjoy unspoilt nature. Indeed, the interior is almost entirely covered by a superb pine forest.

This hilly island is home to some exceptional flora. To explore it, there are numerous paths, generally very accessible. What could be more magical than to suddenly see them open up with a panoramic view of the sea? There’s no doubt that hiking is one of the best things to do on Agistri!

7. Beaches and coves

Balade dans la nature à Agistri

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While the inland area abounds in natural treasures, the coast is not to be outdone! Agistri is home to a multitude of beaches and coves, each more beautiful than the last. We’ve already mentioned the heavenly Aponissos, as well as the developed beaches of Skala and Mylos. We’ve also mentioned the superb Mariza beach, just a stone’s throw from Limenaria.

But there are many others, often very quiet. For example, the magnificent Chalikadia, nestled between cliffs. Or the authentic beach of Xekofti, near Mylos. At Generation Voyage, we also have a soft spot for Skliri, a pebble beach in a splendid natural setting.

8. Water sports

Les sports nautiques, des incontournables d'Agistri

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Among the things to do in Agistri, water sports are in pole position! First and foremost, the crystal-clear waters are a paradise for divers, who discover colorful and lively seabeds.

The coves are perfect for swimming, fishing, snorkeling and windsurfing. Finally, we warmly recommend that you try your hand at kayaking around the island. Go to Go Kayak Greece, on the road between Skala and Mylos.

9. Boat trips

Superbe vue

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Kayaking is a great way to admire the coastline, but you can also take a boat. For starters, there’s a water cab offering daily trips around the island. Another option is to take the big boat from Mylos, specially designed for fishing trips.

Finally, the « Agistri Express » offers day trips to the island of Aegina. It can also take you to the celebrations held at the ancient theater of Epidaurus during the summer.

10. Horseback riding

L'équitation à Agistri, un incontournable

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Would you like to go horseback riding in an idyllic setting? If so, head for the Aponissos equestrian center! Here, you can either take a riding lesson or go for a free ride with your mount.

You’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of Agistri’s most beautiful spots.

11. Agistri marathon

Every year, a host of sports enthusiasts flock to Agistri to take part in the local marathon. Launched by one of the island’s shopkeepers, it crosses the island along charming roads and paths. So, for the more sporty, it’s another way to visit Agistri and immerse yourself in its landscapes.

How do I get to Agistri?

The easiest way to get to Agistri is to fly to Athens. From the capital’s port, the island is only an hour away by boat. To find the flight that’s right for you, we recommend using a flight comparator such as Skyscanner.

From the airport, you’ll need to get to the port of Piraeus to embark for Agistri. You have a choice of bus, train or cab. Bus is the cheapest option, cab the fastest.

At the port of Piraeus, ferries to Agistri depart from gate 8. Here too, you can use a comparator such as Direct Ferries to compare the timetables and fares of the various companies.

Where to stay in Agistri

Skala offers the widest range of accommodation. You’ll find numerous hotels and bed & breakfasts. Mylos is also a good place to stay, less crowded, with an interesting, albeit smaller, range of accommodation. It’s worth noting that these two villages account for the vast majority of the accommodation on offer in Agistri.

However, you’ll also find a few bed-and-breakfasts in other villages. In any case, to find the accommodation of your dreams, don’t hesitate to use a hotel comparator. You can also opt for an Airbnb!

We hope this overview of the must-sees has only confirmed your desire to visit Agistri! Between sea, nature and idleness, the island is the perfect haven for a rejuvenating stay!

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