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Agistri

Located in the Saronic group this tiny island is just 19 miles from Athens.

Much loved by Athenians in high summer as a weekend cure to the stress of city life.

The island has three main communities Megalohorio otherwise known as Milos where the majority of the locals live.

Skala about a 20 to 30 minute walk along the coast road from Milos, and the tiny hamlet of Limenaria which is on the other side of the island and surprisingly lovely; it's hard to believe that it's only a short distance from Pireau on the main land, it could be a million miles away.

A fertile pine covered island with a small sandy beach, and a couple off the beaten track shingle coves, including one official nudist beach. Both sides of the islands can be reached by regular ferry links from Piraeus.

There is a narrow straight road that links the two main areas, of Milos and Scala. Apart from tourism, fishing and farming are the main sauce of income for the islanders.

The popular form of transport is by bicycle. This get away from it all little place is the perfect base for day trips to the mainland. so car hire is a good option if you choose to stay here.

Night life is low key with just a couple of small discos and a few bars, they can get busy in high summer especially at week ends. Because it's popular with the Greeks themselves the prices are fairly low and there's plenty of good quality accommodation.

If you fancy exploring and a small adventure, try the beach at Halikadha. A nice beach made up of fine pebbles, and there's a cave that's lived in during the summer the area also has the naturalist beach,

To find the beach take the road out of Scala pass the harbour, keep going until you reach the Aistri Club. From here the road becomes a track follow this coastal path until you are looking down onto the beach. This is where the adventure starts, how to get down. The path is difficult to see and it is extremely steep, you could wait until someone comes along that knows the way down or use the alternative route. Take the path on the left which will bring you to sea level then walk around the headland to the beach, it sounds easy but does involve paddling and getting a bit wet on rough days

Food and Drink.

Although the choice is limited [it's a small place] is of a high standard and fish is caught daily, simply served in the traditional Greek style with local drinks like Ouzo or Metaxa a local brandy.

To help you choose.

Scala. The dominant feature of Scala is a large white church. The village is situated close to the beach which is sandy with shallow water offering safe bathing. It's the islands main tourist area and has the most cafes and some very good tavernas. Usually quiet in the week it can get busy during Greek public holidays and the summer months at weekends.
Limenaria. Reached by the small island bus Limenaria is a tiny village with a golden domed church and one taverna that sells excellent hand woven fabrics, and refreshments. Beware the sign that says 'To The Beach' it is in fact a concrete slab, great for diving but not so easy to get back onto without cutting yourself on the jagged rooks surrounding it. If you follow the road through the village you will pass some salt flats and a tiny islet called Aponissos, to reach it you need to cross a rocky causeway which can be slippery but it's shallow enough to paddle out. There are some little shingle bays for swimming. In the summer there is a taverna that opens and has a small area for car parking.

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