Agistri is a tiny island located in the Saronic Gulf to the west of Aegina and a one to two-hour sailing from the Greek capital of Athens.
Regular daily ferries, to and from the Athens' port of Piraeus call in at Aegina and Agistri, making this a good island base for those holiday visitors also planning to tour the cultural sites of the capital. High-speed Flying Dolphins can cut the sailing time to Athens to under one hour.
A single road links the three main resorts of Agistri and there is a daily bus service. The island is so small it is possible to walk or cycle anywhere but car hire and taxis are available in the main resorts.
Agistri is hilly, but not mountainous, so it's a popular island for walking with several good trails that crisscross the interior. The island is popular with weekending mainlanders so it can get very busy in the high season.
There is no airport on Angistri, the island is far too small. The nearest airport is Athens International Airport (ATH) on the mainland, just a ferry hop away.
Most visitors fly to Athens and take a bus or taxi to the port at Piraeus and then catch one of the regular ferries to Angistri.
Athens International Airport lies around 27km east of Athens. officially called Eleftherios Venizelos and handles about 11 million passengers annually.
The E96 shuttle bus goes from the airport to the port at Piraeus. It runs 24 hours and is based right outside the Arrivals hall.
Buses leave every 15 – 20 minutes throughout the day, every 30 minutes at night with a journey time of 45 to 60 minutes depending on traffic.
There is a taxi rank next to Door 3 and the journey time again depends on traffic, anything from 30 to 50 minutes.
There are regular ferries and catamarans to Agistri from Piraeus on the mainland, most via Aegina but some making direct crossings. All boats to Agistri, both ferries and Flying Dolphins leave Piraeus from Gate 8.
The proximity to Athens makes Angistri a favourite weekend retreat Athenians.
Saronic Ferries is an umbrella service for Nova Ferries and Hellenic Seaways which all run daily ferry services to Aegina, Agistri, Methana and Poros.
Hellenic operates both conventional ferry services and fast Flying Dolphins with seven sailings daily from Piraeus to Aegina and four travelling onwards to Agistri.
Also running hydrofoil services to Agistri is Aegean Flying Dolphins with fast services from Piraeus to Aegina five times daily and twice a day to Agistri with a journey time of just under one hour.
There are day cruises from Skala to the neighbouring islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra throughout the summer. There is also a 24-hour water taxi service between Angistri and Aegina as well as a regular ferry service during the day and evening. There are also boats to hire in Skala and Milos to visit many of the more remote coves. you can also catch regular ferries and water taxis from Angistri to the Peloponnese mainland.
Locally, the Agistri Express is a launch-type boat that sails between Agistri and Aegina during the summer sailing from Agistri resorts at Milos and Skala most days except Sunday.
In high season, a ferry service goes to Ancient Epidavros each evening for the summer arts festival held at the ancient amphitheatre.
Agistri is the smallest inhabited island of the Saronic group that lies in the bay of the same name south of the Greek capital of Athens.
It is located just a couple of kilometres west of its larger and more popular neighbour of Aegina and about 30 kilometres from the Athens' port of Piraeus.
The island population numbers only around the thousand mark but this number can soar to 6,000 over the summer months, particularly at weekends as the island makes a popular weekend break for Athenians.
The landscape is rocky and covered in trees with a high point at Mount Kontari at just 245 metres. Inland Agistri is sparsely populated with the inhabitants clustered in the main villages of Skala, Megalochori and Limenaria.
Located in the sheltered Argo Saronic Gulf, Agistri enjoys the much the same climate as Athens. Summers are hot, sunny and virtually cloudless from June to August. Spring and autumn are cooler and showers that fall in April and October are far less frequent in May and September. June sees temperatures rise from 21 to 25°C and they often hit 30°C in August. Winters on Agistri are relatively dry with most rain in November. Winters are mild at an average 8°C.
Well actually there is only one 10 kilometre road and that is little used as there are few cars on Agistri island. There is car rental in Skala and Milos and some off-road jeeps for the more adventurous.
There is a single small private bus that takes the island's only road linking the three resorts of Skala, Megalahori, Milos, Limenaria and Aponissos.
There is no discernible timetable for the bus and services can be erratic. There are about four buses daily in the high summer while a taxi service operates out of Skala.
As it is possible to walk from one end of Agistri island to the other in under three hours there is little chance of getting stranded anywhere.
Some visitors bring bicycles to the island or it's possible to rent a mountain bike in Skala and a little tourist train was running around Skala in the afternoons and evenings the last time I was there.
Agistri has a surprising supply of accommodation given its small size. Hotels, rooms and apartments, mainly cater for Athenians who arrive every weekend during the summer.
There are two ports on the island at Skala and Milos and this is where most Agistri accommodation is centred. with Skala taking the major share. Skala is where most visitors to Agistri arrive and the beach is one of the island's main attractions.
There is a fair share of hotels, rooms to let and apartments which open mostly between May and October, although there are some that open throughout the year. It is not a good idea to turn up without a reservation especially on weekends. The island has long been a popular destination for Greeks looking for a quiet weekend break from Athens and recently it has become more popular with overseas visitors too.
Agistri facts: useful facts
85 sq km
May – Oct