Greek island paradise a stone’s throw from Athens
Agistri is a lush green island that includes many picturesque and unspoiled charms despite its proximity to the Greek capital of Athens.
Along with Poros, Aegina, Spetses and Hydra, it belongs to the Saronic group of the Greek Islands, which are all a stone’s throw from the bustling city of Athens.
Since all of these islands are very close to each other, Agistri makes an ideal base for your island hopping adventures.
Agistri is one of the best Greek islands for weekend getaways or even day trips, as it is only 55 minutes from Piraeus port by ferry.
The island offers surprising tranquility given its proximity to the bustling city, as well as extraordinary landscapes and breathtaking beaches, with opportunities for many outdoor activities. There is also a unique nightlife scene on Agistri.
Let’s explore what this beautiful island has to offer!
In ancient years, the island was known as Kekrifalia, or “embellished head”. Archaeological excavations show that the first traces of human habitation on the island date back 2,500 years before the present.
Its early inhabitants gave it an important presence in literature, including the epic work of Homer The Iliad.
The poet refers to the island’s contribution to the Trojan War as an ally of Aegina in this monumental work, cementing the name of the island in history.
Agistri, along with other neighboring islands including Kontari, Megaritissa and Aponissos, was part of the ancient kingdom of Aegina.
Beaches on the beautiful Greek island of Agistri
Agistri is a small green island with beautiful pebble and sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and tiny hidden coves.
Megalochori and Skala are the most popular and organized beaches in Agistri. However, Dragonera Beach is sure to win the hearts of those who prefer more privacy, with its magnificent forest reaching down to the sands.
Megalochori, a traditional Greek island town
Megalochori Beach attracts many vacationers, offering wonderful mountain views and a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
A walk through the town of Megalochori is also highly recommended, due to its quaint stone houses, all painted white, with clay tiled roofs.
There is also a cultural center in the traditional Greek town which showcases archaeological finds found in the Megalochori area.
The beach in the village of Skala, with its very shallow aquamarine waters, is one of the few sandy beaches on the island.
Skala, more than the other beaches on the island, is aimed at tourists, and this is where you can find the best bars, restaurants and taverns.
There are also a few small bars and nightclubs located along the beach, where you can listen to music until late at night.
Aponissos beach is lined with pine trees
Aponissos, located on the west coast, is another gem of the island of Agistri.
Its beach has crystal clear waters for swimmers, but the cove here is also perfect for boaters, as it is somewhat protected from the open sea.
You can also find a traditional taverna open during the spring and summer months, where you can taste delicious Greek food while taking in the wonderful views of the cove and islets offshore.
Dragonera: the most secluded beach in Agistri
Keep the best for last: Dragonera Beach offers the most seclusion of all the beaches in Agistri, with lush, green forest reaching down to the water and crystal clear turquoise waters.
This beach allows you to enjoy the sea, the forest and the mountains at the same time and reminds you of how beautiful nature can be.
Its completely relaxing atmosphere represents the whole ambience of this beautiful gem of an island.
Travelers can even go camping, for free, in the nearby Dragonera Forest; this unforgettable experience gives you the chance to truly appreciate the many natural wonders of the Greek Islands.
So, after enjoying your day on this wonderful beach, you can set up camp and enjoy the millions of stars that will appear at night, as there is hardly any light to obscure their beauty here.
TRICK: Be very well prepared if you choose to camp here. Bring food, water, and all necessary camping gear including flashlights as there are no amenities nearby.
As Agistri is small and laid back, the things that can be done on the island are somewhat limited, compared to the more commercially developed islands.
There are no organized tours on Agistri, as there are on many other larger islands.
However, Agistri should be your choice if you want to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings and experience total relaxation, whether on the beach or in the hills and villages in the countryside.
Enjoy your day of sunbathing and in the middle of the afternoon, have a leisurely lunch in the taverns by the sea. In the evening, sip a drink in a bar under the stars while listening to your favorite music.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, keep going and follow ancient trails across the island that lead to small villages, tiny chapels, secluded beaches, and rolling hills with mesmerizing views of the sea and the mountains.
And if you’re ready, you can even cycle across the island by bike.
Yes, with all the hills out there it can be overwhelming, but it’s a great way to appreciate the many beauties that this island has to offer.