Discover the Secrets of Agistri while Sailing in Greece
Agistri is not usually a name that is heard when people talk of sailing in Greece, simply because the island is so small that it is often unwittingly missed by visitors. However, this has turned Agistri into a secret spot of tranquillity amidst the clubbing meccas found on surrounding islands, making it the perfect stop off for any traveller looking to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Despite lying just 10 minutes from the island of Aegina and only an hour from Athens, with a population of just 1,142 and only three settlements- Milos, Skala and Limenaria- Agistri is fantastically untouched. Most of the island is covered with dense pine woodland and bordered by some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters to be found anywhere in the Saronic Isles.
Most of the island’s population is based in Milos, also known as ‘Megalochori’, which directly translates as ‘big town’. However, the majority of tourist activity is to be found a 20 minute walk away in and around the island’s second town of Skala.
It is here, in the shadow of the town’s large white seafront church, that travellers can find bars and tavernas to relax in before and after days spent on the beach and in the calm, lapping waters that surround the town.
However, one of the most intriguing swimming spots has to be the tiny islet of Aponissos, just off Limenaria on the other side of Agistri. Reached via a small causeway, the islet offers numerous shingled bays in which to swim or simply to enjoy the Greek summer sun.