The little gem of the Saronic Gulf. As close to Athens as a thought, the lush green island of Agistri is a top destination, known for the magical beaches that harmoniously combine azure waters with intense vegetation. Small and picturesque Agistri, provides tranquil and carefree holidays and is ideal for daytrips as it’s only 1 hour and 30 minutes away from the port of Piraeus. It only takes two days to fall in love with it.
Key sites of interest at Agistri
Agistri is famous for its lush vegetation and pine forests, which makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers seeking active ways to explore the island. Some key sites, worth discovering include:
- Incredible beaches with azure waters
- Archeological findings from Aponissos, Megaritissa and Kontari
- Beautiful Byzantine churches such as: Zoodochos Pigi (Metropolis) at Megalochori, Agioi Anargiroi at Skala, Agia Kiriaki at Limenaria, Panagia (Virgin Mary) at Metochi offering breathtaking views, and the little chapels of Agioi Pantes and Agioi Theodoroi above of Megalochori
- The Folklore Museum which is home to the Cultural Center of Agkistri
- Metochi – the small village between Skala and Megalochori – with stunning views after a short hike
- Mitromara’s Grave - A historical Monument
Beaches at Agistri
The small island is gaining more publicity every year due to its paradise-like beaches with the crystal-clear azure waters.
Some of its most famous beaches include:
- Skala: A sandy beach, ideal for families and children as it’s organised with sunbeds and umbrellas and has shallow waters. It’s located near the port.
- Aponissos: One of the most beautiful, exotic and organised beaches of Agkistri. It is surrounded by pine trees that reach the sea and has turquoise waters. There is an entrance fee to enjoy the beach, as it is on private property.
- Dragonera: A pebbly beach on the western side of the island, surrounded by pine trees and emerald green waters. It is easily accessible and has a street food canteen to cater your appetite.
- Chalkiada: Impressive with azure waters and white pebbles. Getting here may be a little challenging, and can only be reached on foot but it is definitely worth it! This used to be a nudist only beach.
- Megalochori: Here you can find two beaches, with beautiful blue waters that are divided by the little village port. The most popular one is on the right hand side, with many umbrellas and sunbeds as well as shops, cafes and restaurants.
- Mariza: A rock beach overlooking the sea, at approximately 300m from Limenaria. It’s full of pines, has deep waters and is ideal for diving.
8 Experiences Worth Having at Agistri
- The whole island is no more than 14sqm long, which makes it ideal for walking and hiking. Bring your sports shoes and explore beautiful trails, such as the route from Skala to Dragonera – where you can finish with a refreshing dive!
- Cycle around the whole island (You can bring your bike onboard the ferry from Piraeus for free)!
- On your way to Aponissos, just before you arrive to the beach, you will find on your right the lake of Agistri – a gorgeous spot, especially during springtime.
- Agkistri is suitable for all sorts of outdoor activities such as diving, kayaking, fishing and more
- Take a boat trip around the whole island
- You can try horseback riding, near Aponissos, right next to the lake on the south of the island
- Try the local products! Agkistri is known for its green olives, its pine-honey, wine, traditional tsipouro and fresh fish
- Agkistri’s nightlife is also worth exploring. An evening stroll at the capital (Skala) is a must
Getting to Agistri
The port of Skala (Agistri) is connected via ferry with the port of Piraeus, all year round. The frequent ferry routes accommodate passengers, as well as vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles.
During summer, the ferry boats of Sarronic Ferries depart from Piraeus to Agkistri every day, arriving at the port of Skala within 1hour and 30 minutes.
All ferry boats to Agkistri, depart from Gate E8 from the port of Piraeus.
To get to Gate E8, you can drive, take a taxi or get there by metro or train (electric railway) getting off at ‘Pireas’ station stop and a short 5 minute walk.
It is advisable to arrive at the port at least 20-40 minutes ahead of your departure time, as the ferries depart on time.
You can also get to Agistri, from Aegina. The distance between Aigina – Agistri is less than 25 minutes and the route schedule by Sarronic Ferries connecting the two islands, operate daily during the summer months.
Ferry Tickets to Agistri
Buying ferry tickets for the port of Agistri (Skala) is easy.
You can purchase your tickets, either from the central ticket office from the departure port or online.
The online booking of ferry tickets from Piraeus to Agistri is easy and fast, through a few simple steps:
1) Find the ferry route timetable of Sarronic Ferries
2) Choose the time and date of your preference
3) Fill in your details
4) Receive your e-ticket in your inbox
Don’t forget to benefit from a discount – if you’re entitled to it. Saronic Ferries offers discounts to children, students and disabled passengers.
Bringing your bike onboard is free.
Useful contact numbers for your holidays in Agistri:
• Municipality of Agistri: +302297091260
• Agistri Port Authority: +302297091244, +306973016132
• Medical Clinic (Skala): +302297091110
• Agistri Police station: +30 2297091201
• Pharmacy (Skala): +302297091540
• Gas station: +302297091590
• KTEL (Bus Service) Agistri: +302297091244
Ferry Routes to Agistri
The ferry departures to Agistri don’t operate at the same frequency throughout all seasons, however you can find ferry routes that connect the island with Piraeus and Aegina, all year round.
The route Piraeus – Agistri has travel time of 1hour and 30 minutes, whilst Aegina – Agistri route is operated in 25 minutes, by Sarronic Ferries.
Before you travel, check in detail all the ferry route options by Saronic Ferries from Piraeus to Agistri, as well as from Agistri to Piraeus. Choose the day and time of your convenience, and easily book your ticket online.
Agistri has a direct ferry connection to Aegina as well as a non-direct connection to Poros, Methana, Hydra and Spetses. Agkistri doesn’t have an airport, so if you’re travelling by plane you will need to fly to the International Airport of Athens ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ (ATH), which is the closest airport to the island. From there, you can use public transport and travel by bus or metro to reach the port of Piraeus and catch the ferry from there.
Agkistri has 2 ports:
- Skala port, which is where the Sarronic Ferries arrive
- Megalochori port
Agistri is situated only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Athens. The little green gem of the Saronic Gulf is located 22 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus.
This exotic paradise with the azure waters and beautiful pine trees, is so close to Athens which makes it an ideal day trip to go swimming from the Greek capital.
A list of the best beaches include:
Agistri is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, its incredible pristine beaches and its lush pine tree forests.
Even a daytrip is enough for a quick getaway to Agistri. However, to fully enjoy the island, to relax, immerse in its peaceful vibe and discover its beaches, a few days are recommended.
Agistri has many accommodation options, ranging from luxury hotels to budget friendly rental rooms. Most of these are located in Skala or Megalochori.
Agistri is ideal for those seeking tranquillity and relaxation. Also, it boasts lush natural vegetation and beauty and it’s great for nature lovers, who wish to enjoy active holidays as well as enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters.
The island is suitable to all age groups. It’s ideal for families due to its short distances as well as group of friends, and couples.
Some activities worth doing in Agistri include:
- Discovering and swimming at the incredible beaches with azure waters
- Exploring the archeological findings from Aponissos, Megaritissa and Kontari
- Visiting the beautiful Byzantine churches such as: Zoodochos Pigi (Metropolis) at Megalochori, Agioi Anargiroi at Skala, Agia Kiriaki at Limenaria, Panagia (Virgin Mary) at Metochi offering breathtaking views, and the little chapels of Agioi Pantes and Agioi Theodoroi above of Megalochori
- Visiting the Folklore Museum which is home to the Cultural Center of Agkistri
- Visiting Metochi – the small village between Skala and Megalochori – with stunning views after a short hike
- Discovering Mitromara’s Grave
The smallest island of the Saronic Gulf, is ready to delight you with its local delicacies. Dine at one of the seaside table settings, and pine tree forests and enjoy fresh fish, seafood and traditional dishes.
The little gem of the Saronic Gulf, with its incredible beaches is so close to Athens that the ferry tickets to arrive here are very economical, which make it ideal for a day trip.
It has many budget friendly accommodation and dining options, which make the island an easy, cheap and fast travel destination for everyone, throughout the year.
The island’s climate is dry, mild in winter and cool during summer.
The average temperature during the ‘swimming’ season is approximately 27degrees Celsius, with the maximum monthly temperature reaching 32degrees Celsius, during July.
Ferry tickets to Agistri tend to sell fast, especially during the summer months and over public holidays as it’s an extremely popular and budget friendly destination. If you wish to travel by car, it’s advisable to purchase your tickets in advance.