Cycling Agistri island - Saronic Gulf Greece (2017)
Agistri along with Aegina and the neighboring islands consisted the Kingdom of Aegina of the mythical King Aeakos. According to Homer, Agistri was called "Kekrifalia", which means "adorned head" and appears as an ally of Aegina during the Trojan War.
Tradition notes that visitors amazed by the natural beauty of the island were caught like fish on the hook and lived there for all their lives (Agistri means fish-hook).
Today, only 1.5 hours away from Piraeus by ferry (or faster with flying dolphin) its a small heaven on earth situated at the Saronic Gulf, smothered in plants and trees, with pine trees touching its crystal blue waters. And the best part is that until now mass tourism hasn't arrived yet!
The route we took is a bit less than 20km, starting from Skala where the ferry port is, going through Megalohori, then Drakonera beach, inland to Limenaria village and finally on the best part, Aponisos, before heading back. The altitude gain was +396m. with two peaks of 100m high.
Taking a side walk on the rocks you have more beautiful views, the colour of the sea are so amazingly blue.
Dragonera beach side walk on the rocks.
After some more cycling inland we reached the most beautiful beach of the island, Aponisos. We were amazed with the crystal blue waters, as if the place was not real but a big pool, it looked much more beautiful being there than the photos.
Connected to the beach there is a very small private islet with a snack bar, it is free to enter but you have to pay if you want to use their chairs and umbrellas on their side.
Once again walking a bit further on the rocks you can enjoy beautiful scenes.
Aponisos was our last stop before heading back towards the port.
We decided to catch the last ferry back to Piraeus in order to have some more time in Skala port town and catch the sunset.
Twilight zone was beautiful with a big moon on the horizon.
We had a really good time, it was the perfect cycling day trip from Athens. Agistri island is very worth visiting, with or without a bicycle.
GPS coordinates for places in this post, click on them to be redirected to the exact point in google maps. Click on the names to be redirected to their official websites (if applicable).
Piraeus port: 37°56'41.0"N 23°38'25.0"E
Agistri island Skala ferry terminal: 37°42'28.2"N 23°22'04.2"E
Dragonera beach: 37°41'48.2"N 23°19'56.1"E
Aponisos: 37°41'03.5"N 23°19'24.0"E
Megalochori village: https://goo.gl/maps/yuhovkq1a31K4M7i9
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