Agistri is located just 55 minutes from Piraeus and is, perhaps, the best choice for anyone who wants to vacation near Athens, combining them with his work or for the one who wants a day off in the summer.
It is a small earthly paradise of the Saronic Gulf, drowned in the green, with the pines “touching” its clear blue waters and is offered for wonderful summer vacations and for relaxed, relaxing weekends. It is the third island in Greece in proportion of green (80%). The general picture of the island is completely different from that of other islands that are flooded with mass tourism. In Agistri you will find lush pine forests, sandy beaches, clear blue waters, traditional color, quiet, serenity, but also intense nightlife for those who wish.
Vacations in Agistri mean diving in crystal clear waters, serenity and rest. Agistri is an ideal destination for a weekend excursion or a short vacation, as it offers many options for beaches, accommodation and food, but also the possibility for endless walks and nature walks.
It is not one of those islands where you can spend all your summer vacation (although there are many who do), but it is the ideal destination to escape for three days from the daily life of Athens. It is a small paradise that if you get to know it a little better and give it the opportunity it deserves, you will want to come back again and again. It is as if you are signing a closed contract with Agistri. He gives you its wonderful crystal clear waters and you leave a piece of your heart there in return.
The whole island has an area of only 14 square kilometers, so it is suitable for walking. In fact, if you have a relatively good physical condition and you are a fan of hiking, you can even turn it all by yourself. The distance from Megalochori to Skala on foot is about 15-20 minutes.
Agistri together with Aegina and the surrounding islands formed the Kingdom of Aegina of the mythical King Aiakos. According to Homer and Pliny, Agistri was called Kekryfalia, which means “adorned head” and appears as an ally of Aegina in the Trojan War.
The name “Agistri” was given to the island, because because of its natural beauty it fascinated travelers, many of whom “hooked” and stayed on the island forever. Other historians who mention the island in their books are Thucydides and Diodorus.