- HOW TO GET TO AGISTRI
- Agistri island is the smallest of the Saronic islands. It is only 1 hour from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, and only 10 minutes from the neighbouring island of Aegina. There are regular boat connections, almost hourly during the summer months.
The combination of the dark green of the beautiful dense pine forest and the different shades of the turquoise clear blue sea are magical. The island’s name means ‘hook’ in English, and you will be sure to be hooked by Agistri! It is the ideal holiday island for anyone who is looking for a relaxed Greek island holiday. There are various restaurants, cafeterias and shops, while Agistri’s nightlife is really hip in the summer months. Agistri is one of the few Greek islands that are still Greek and unspoilt!
How to get to the island
- From the Athens airport to the Piraeus port.
By bus – The closest airport to Agistri is Athens International: ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’. On leaving the arrivals hall, you will find bus X96 outside, which takes you straight to the Port of Piraeus. The buses leave every 15/ 20 minutes during the day and about every 30 minutes at night. The bus stops several times on the way, the Piraeus harbour is about the last stop. The price of a ticket is € 5.00, and the average travelling time from the airport to the port is 90 minutes. Once you have purchased your ticket you must ‘cancel’it on the small orange machine within the bus.
By taxi – You can also take a yellow taxi to the port. The travel time can be less than the travel time by bus, depending on the amount of traffic. A taxi will cost around 45 euros.
From the port of Piraeus to Agistri island
At the port of Piraeus, the ferry boats and Flying Dolphins for Agistri leave from Gate 8, which is close to the X96 bus stop. Nearly all Flying Dolphins and ferry boats go to Agistri via Aegina island. Boat tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices on the quay. The Flying Dolphins arrive at Agistri at the port of Milos and the Ferry arrives at Skala. The Aktaion, Dionysos and Aktaion II hotels are located within walking distance from the port of Skala. When you arrive at the port of Milos, you can either take the local bus to Skala or arrange a taxi.
The ‘Agistri Express’ connects Aegina island with Agistri, an easy means of transport when you want to visit Aegina.
In case of strikes and emergencies there are always water taxi’s available. Arrangements can be made by telephone, we can help you with this.
A glimpse of the past
Excavations have shown that Agistri was inhabited 2500 years ago. Agistri along with the surrounding islands of the Saronic Gulf constituted the kingdom of Aegina under the mythical King Aiakos. Several areas of Agistri are of archaeological interest such as Megaritissa, Aponissos, as well as Kontari. Ruins from the pre-Christian period can be found at the west coast close to the surface of the sea. Some archaeological findings from the island are exhibited in the Cultural Centre in Milos.
Agistri was not inhabited continuously during the centuries, as it was very small and very vulnerable to pirate attacks. The population started to increase during the last century and is nowadays just over 1000 people. In summer, this goes up to 4500.
It is easy to explore the island by bicycle, motor bike or on foot. The island has 4 villages – Megalochori (Milos), Skala, Limenaria and the small settlement of Metochi. Milos is the main village. Skala is the most touristy village with the island’s main sandy beach. Limenaria is a small traditional village located on the the island. Traditionally, the island’s main products have been pine resin (used for making retsina wine), olive oil, figs, oregano and fruits. There are also some vineyards.
Daytrips & excursions
It is easy to visit Athens and the Acropolis. Discover the high lights of Athens by Bicycle. Or just hop over to Aegina island to wander through the little streets of Aegina town and visit the famous Aphaia temple, the Byzantine hill of Paleachora and the archeological museum and site of Kolona. In the summer months you can visit the theatre at the Ancient theatre of Epidavros on the Peloponnese, a boat leaves from Aegina.
Join one of the hotel’s boat trips around the island. A trip of 1.5 hours with one stop for swimming, for 4 persons, costs 60 euros. Or visit the nearby uninhabited islet of Moni. Trips to Poros and Hydra can also be arranged. Ask at the reception of Hotel Aktaion for the possibilities and prices.