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Well, that is what the Tourist
brochures say about Agistri and it's all true. What they don't say is that
there are no banks on the island, one taxi, one horse and carriage, one
bus, which runs the full length of the island and back but seemingly with
no timetable. In Skala there are three "supermarkets" each as big as your
local corner shop, but eating out can be cheap.
You can walk from one end of the island to the other in approximately 2 hours but if it's hot take plenty of supplies with you as there are no tavernas on the way and only one at Limenaris. The walk is well worth the effort as some of the views are great.
If you get bored with the island you can take the local boat to Egina cost 300drms single; the port there is well worth a visit, the Egina Marina on the other side of the island is not. You can also take ferries to many of the other islands from Egina Port.
A correspondent from 1999 thought most of the tavernas on the island were of a good standard - in particular recomended "Toxotis" in Skala which they thought was excellent value, with a very good standard of food and a most amenable host-Spiros who looked after them very well .
The beach at Skala is made up of
sand and shale but is quite pleasant. All of the other beaches are rock
There is only one naturist beach (Halikiada Beach) about 20mins walk from Scala through what appears to be people's back yards and along a footpath which winds its way along the coast to a headland from which you can see the beach but to get to it one has to either climb down a very steep incline that is not for the intrepid, the other way is to 'Walk' round the headland - quite a frightening prospect in itself. The access to the beach is not so difficult, even if you have to use your hands for two steps.
A report from 1998 says that the walk to the beach takes about 20-25 minutes to reach from Skala, you can top up with drinks at "Alkyoni" which you will pass on the way .The last part of the walk is very scenic and overlooks the sea and is through an area of pine trees , the climb down to the beach is fairly daunting however, although we've been assured that is looks far harder than it is . It is possible to cheat by taking another path which drops down to the left of the beach, this gets you down to sea level in a far less dramatic style and enables you to do some fairly simple rock hopping round the corner to the beach. Make sure that you take plenty of water as you are quite isolated on this part of the island and also when swimming take care that you wear sandals when getting into the water as there are areas where sea urchins can be found on either end of the beach . Although we didn't try snorkeling, others did as there are loads of beautiful fish in the water at this beach.
The water is a bit colder here than the beach at Skala as the beach shelves more steeply.
There also seems to be a set of large waves every 10-15 minutes which surprise some people - we didn't see what caused them, it wasn't the ferry boats anyway.
The ancient name of the island is
Kekrifalea which means head-dress. Under that name HOMER first refers to
Agistri as Aegina's ally in the Trojan Wars and so do later historians.
To date, digging has revealed various interesting finds which show that
the island was inhabited 25000 years ago. You will note that throughout
this short article I have spelt the names of the towns and islands differently
this appears to be the Greeks do it, for example *I*INA, AEGINA, EGINA
and ÂGINE are the same place, so as the saying says "When in Rome".
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