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Agistri

Agistri is only 55 minutes from Piraeus and at a stone’s throw from the island of Aegina.

It is a small heaven on earth situated at the Saronic Gulf, smothered in plants and trees, with pine trees “touching” its crystal blue waters. The island’s four communities (Megalochori – Skala – Limenaria – Metochi) are ideal for wonderful summer holidays and for relaxing, calm weekends.

Agistri along with Aegina and the neighboring islands consisted of 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. Other historians who mention the island are Thucydides and Diodorus. Kadoudi, Megaritsa and Kodari are of archaeological interest. Throughout the whole of the island’s west coast there are antiquities situated just below the sea surface.

There are various archaeological findings in Megalochori at the Cultural Center.These findings indicate that the island was first inhibited at least starting from the 5th century B.C. by Peloponnesians who came to the island. In general, concerning the island’s history not much has been recorded by historians. At times, in its more recent history, roughly in the 14th century, Agistri received many settlers from the coasts of Peloponnese, situated right across it. Later on, Agistri became a part of the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the 17th century, the inhabitants left the island, due to frequent raiding by pirates.