ROUTES IN AGISTRI
In Agistri there are natural harbors of exceptional beauty, sheltered coves, sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages and rich vegetation, dominated by pine trees that reach all the way to the sea.
The road surface is quite good, the distances are very short and you can visit them easily and quickly by means of transport or by bus, which starts from Skala, in front of the Church of Saints Anargyroi, every day.
Skala is a settlement, with a very good tourist infrastructure, located on the north-eastern coast of the island and has a natural harbor where the ferry boats that come from Piraeus or Aegina dock.
A. On the first route, starting from the port of Skala, we immediately turn left to the southeast and passing by the port of Skala, we follow the first coastal road towards Skliri, a green rocky area, smothered in pine trees.
Skliri is a newly built green tourist area with modern hotels and rooms-apartments for rent, built amphitheatrically in the pines, with a very nice view of the Argosaronic Sea and crystal clear blue-green waters.
After Skliri, we take a path between the pines and after a dreamy route of about 500 meters, we end up in a natural clear blue bay with large white pebbles and green-blue waters, in the enchanting Chalikiada, probably the most impressive beach of Agistri.
From one point onwards, the access to the beach of Chalikiada is difficult and requires great care during the descent.
B. The second route starts from the central square of Skala. On the coastal road, from the middle of the square, a road of about one kilometer starts, which goes up the slope of the hill, at the top of which Metochi is perched, which has a panoramic view of Argosaronicos, Metopi and Aegina.
Metochi is a beautiful, cool and picturesque village, with beautiful stone houses that stands out for its local character, on the north-eastern side of the island.
C. On the third route returning to Skala and going west, the coastal road leads us after about two kilometers to the largest settlement and capital of Agistri, the Megalochori (Milos), which also has very nice beaches with pebbles and sand for swimming.
The coastal road after Megalochori turns to the south and runs parallel to the beach, crossing a dense forest and meeting beautiful bays with deep blue waters.
After about five kilometers on a paved road, we find a side road on our right, which leads us to the picturesque, organized sandy beach of Dragonera with crystal clear, greenish-blue waters and pine trees that reach to the sea. One kilometer before (Big) Dragonera is Mikri (Small) Dragonera.
From Dragonera we take the bypass road again, which leads us to the asphalted coastal road, which continues southwards, crossing the island and reaching Church of Agia Barbara, which has been consecrated by Saint Nektarios of Aegini, in the areaPolemi.
Around the Church were the old threshing floors of the island and the 200 spring water collection wells, some of which you can still see today among the vineyards and fig trees.
After Polemi we continue on the paved road and after about 1000 meters we reach the traditional picturesque settlement Limenaria, the third settlement of Agistri, located in the southeast of the island. Limenaria are distinguished for their Folk tradition and their special cultural characteristics.
From Limenaria we have two options. In the first option we go east following the signs to Mareza, which is about 500 meters from Limenaria. Mareza is a secluded rocky beach, drowned in pine trees with deep blue crystal clear waters, which is a sample of the beauty and magic that this area has to show.
In the second option, returning to Limenaria, we follow the road to the west and after about 1000 meters we come across a cemetery with two old graves said to have belonged to pirates, as well as the ancient Church of Agios Nikolaos, with a characteristic old stone well.
Walking about two hundred meters after the Church of Agios Nikolaos, we reach the Lake of Agistri, a very beautiful area drowned in pines, in fact a wetland of Agistri that used to be a salt flat and was called Lekani.
After the Lake we continue walking and after about 500 meters we reach the area of Aponisos, an exotic location with pine trees hugging its beach, which ends in small flat rocks. The unique combination of colors and the sea transports you to exotic places, offering you moments of relaxation and tranquility.
Finally, north of the beach of Aponissos are the deserted beaches of Magkiza and Bariama and beyond is the largest islet around Agistri, the unique picturesque Dorousa, with the Chapel of the Prophet Ilias in its northern part, which is worth visiting.
Agistri is a small island, without high altitudes, and visitors who like hiking can make very beautiful routes, on unique paths, in the beautiful forest of the island.
Agistri, drowned in greenery, with a primitive beauty, water sports on its crystal clear beaches, with crystal clear blue waters, with tourist infrastructure and nightlife, attracts more and more visitors, who keep coming and coming back to the island.