Agistri: the quiet island of the Saronic Gulf

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, and in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Agistri is perfect for spending a day or a short weekend. The island has four main villages. First, Megalochori, on the northern side, is known as the capital of the island, while Skala, its port, is more seaside than other villages. There’s also Limenaria and Metochi, which are traditional villages with more peace and quiet.

The architecture of the island is similar to the famous Cycladic style, even if it’s not a cycladic island itself. You’ll discover gorgeous quaint villages with whitewashed houses and their blue shutters, as well as lovely gardens and folk elements.


A must-see is the collection of many stunning beaches of the island, known for their natural surroundings. You’ll be amazed by both the large beaches, such as Skala beach, and the small coves such as Skliri Beach, which are joined by small, winding paths. No matter which beach you choose, they all offer clear turquoise water and many of them are lined with pine trees.

If you’re looking for a beach with wild and natural landscapes worthy of a real postcard, go to Dragonera Beach, in the northeast of Agistri. Keep in mind that on Sunday during lunchtime, large families gather there to barbecue and enjoy themselves. Still, they’re very kind and welcoming, especially off season, when there aren’t too many people on the island.


The beautiful pink and purple sunsets of Agistri aren’t to be missed, especially in Megalochori, on the eastern side of the island.


Finally, Agistri is, as everywhere in Greece, full of small Orthodox churches. The most impressive of these is Agioi Anargyroi (“Silverless” Saints) Holy Orthodox Church, located in Skala. You’ll recognise the Cycladic style of this church, and you’ll be stunned by its splendid interior.



There’s only one way to get to Agistri. Take the ferry from the port of Piraeus, gate E8, and it will take you to Megalochori port on the island. The journey takes about 55 minutes, with a 10-minute stop at Aegina Island. (Book your ferry tickets right here).

Once on the island, there are different ways of moving around. Discover the island by foot (a lot of trekking paths through pine forests), scooter, car, bus or bikes (you can rent a bike, classic or electric, in several rental shops). Keep in mind that in winter, local buses aren’t running.



Agistri can be done in one day, but if you plan to stay there for a night, you’ll find some guesthouses, private accommodation and hotels available. Note that during the winter period, only a few of these remain open, and you’ll mainly find them in Skala.

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Many small restaurants, cafes and bars are located on the seafront, ideal for a breakfast or an aperitif with a direct view on the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For lunch or dinner, we recommend you to try the few small tavernas, which are located further inland, and which offer typical Greek dishes with exquisite flavours and very affordable prices.


Maelys Le Trotter

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