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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!

Agistri island cycling route and elevation map. Greece.
Route and altitude map by Ride with GPS (https://ridewithgps.com/)

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.

Excited while departing Piraeus port. Greece.
Excited while departing Piraeus port.

The ferry to Agistri island. Greece.
The ferry to Agistri island.

In the ferry going to Agistri island, Greece.
Bikes strapped in the ferry, coffee and ready to go!

Passing by Aegina island. Greece.
Passing by Aegina island.

In the ferry to Agistri island Greece.
Happy on the ferry - check the guy on the back :D

Arriving in Agistri island, full of green! Greece.
Arriving in Agistri island, full of green!

Welcome to Agistri island port town Skala. Greece.
Welcome to Agistri island port town Skala.

Port town of Skala. Agistri island Greece.
Port town of Skala.

On the way to Dragonera beach. Agistri island Greece.
On the way to Dragonera beach.

The pure joy of cycling uphill :D Agistri island Greece.
The pure joy of cycling uphill :D

Arriving in Dragonera beach. Agistri island Greece.
Arriving in Dragonera beach we found a free camping paradise.

Dragonera beach. Agistri island Greece.

Dragonera beach.

Dragonera beach. Agistri island Greece.

Dragonera beach. Agistri island Greece.
Charming.

Relaxing under the pine trees shade. Dragonera beach Agistri island Greece.
Relaxing under the pine trees shade.

Dragonera beach Agistri island Greece.
Out of the blue met another friend who was camping there.

Dragonera beach Agistri island Greece.


Dragonera beach Agistri island Greece.
Beautiful nature by the beach.

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. Agistri island Greece.

Dragonera beach side walk on the rocks.

Dragonera beach side walk on the rocks. Agistri island Greece.
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.


Aponisos beach. Agistri island Greece.

Aponisos.

Aponisos beach. Agistri island Greece.

Aponisos.

Aponisos beach. Agistri island Greece.
Aponisos.

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.

Private islet with snack bar. Agistri island Greece.
Private islet with snack bar.

Goat in private islet in Aponisos. Agistri island Greece.
The most interesting thing on the private island was this little goat.

Once again walking a bit further on the rocks you can enjoy beautiful scenes.

Aponisos beach. Agistri island Greece.
Beautiful Aponisos.

Happy in the endless blue. Aponisos beach Agistri island Greece.
Happy in the endless blue.

Aponisos was our last stop before heading back towards the port.

Cycling back to the port Agistri island Greece.
Going uphill through a horseshoe bend on the way back.

Megalochori village. Agistri island Greece.
Short stop in Megalochori village for rest and supplies.

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.


Sunset in Skala beach. Agistri island Greece.
Sunset in Skala beach.

Moon and the church of Agion Anargyron in Skala. Agistri island Greece.
The church of Agion Anargyron close to the port.

Twilight zone was beautiful with a big moon on the horizon.

Boats at the port in Skala during sunset. Agistri island Greece.
Boats at the port in Skala during sunset.

Relaxing in the marina of Skala port town. Agistri island Greece.
Relaxing in the marina of Skala port town.

One final photo of us and the bicycles before we take the ferry back to Piraeus. Skala Agistri island Greece.
One final photo of us and the bicycles before we take the ferry back to Piraeus.

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.


Additional information

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).

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


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