Hidden Gems

Agistri is the perfect paradise when sailing the Greek islands

By Jenny Wilson
on  April 09, 2016

The tiny isle of Agistri lies just off the larger island of Aegina. Its peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and proximity to Athens have made it a firm favourite with those looking for a quiet escape from the city and those sailing the Greek islands.

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Less than 1,000 people live here and there is virtually nothing in the way of traffic, making it the perfect place for a tranquil escape. Walkers will enjoy the hilly landscape, packed with a delightful combination of pine forests and heady olive and citrus groves. Dotted around the shore are clusters of the low stone houses that are the traditional dwellings in this charming part of the world.

Walking and sunbathing are the two main activities here, although the port of Skala provide a little more to do for those that like sightseeing. Bars and restaurants can be found near the beach, while the beautiful traditional domed church of Agia Anargiri is also worth a look.

There are several beaches on the island to suit all tastes and preferences; for example, Chalikiada has clear waters and pebble beaches, its secluded location guarantees peace and quiet and it is a haven for naturists. The harbour at Milos has a small man-made beach and a scattering or tavernas and shops, but the most popular beach can be found at Skala. The sandy shores, pleasant waters and gently-shelved beaches make this a favourite spot for holidaymakers, especially those with children.

For a tiny piece of paradise within easy reach of Athens, try enchanting Agistri.

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