Travel Destinations: Agathonisi, Greece

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 19th Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article explores the Greek island of Agathonisi as a great tourist destination.

Travel Destinations: Agathonisi, Greece

Travel Destinations: Agathonisi, Greece

With its long history, culture, brilliant sunshine and dozens of islands, it is little wonder why Greece is so popular throughout the world for holidays. The high numbers of islands that Greece is home to means that travellers have so much to explore that they simply cannot do it in a few short weeks, and so they come back time and time again.

With so many islands, it is not surprising that many do not instantly recognise Agathonisi or which group of islands it belongs to. It is an island that only the serious – or luckiest – of island-hoppers will chance upon. Agathonisi is located in the Dodecanese and is that hidden little gem we all wish to get away on. Dry, rocky and extraordinarily pretty, Agathonisi is the island to relax and reflect on.

You can reach Agathonisi by way of ferry from Samos, which will take about an hour, or from Patmos, about two hours. These ferries will come here about four days a week. Please be aware that there is no ATM, bank, post office, tourist information office or internet access here, so be aware!

One thing you will notice as soon as you dock is that there is no local transport. You will have to walk the 1.5km distance between Agios Giorgios to the main town Megalo Horio. Agios Giorgios is a small pretty village which seems protected by a fjord-like bay. The village has a 100 meter long pebbled beach where you can swim, although Spilia Beach (900m south-west) is much quieter. You can walk these by a track from around the far side of the bay. You can also visit Gaidouravlakos 1km from here, which is a small bay where the spring meets the sea.

There are a few lovely attractions to visit on Agathonisi. You can visit Megalo Horio, the only decent sized village on the island. Most of the year it looks like a tradition, sleeply little village but during religious festivals the entire village seems to wake up. The best time to visit here is during the festivals Agiou Panteleimonos (26th July), Sotiros (6th August) and Panagias (22nd August).

If you like quiet fishing villages then you can visit the small harbour of Katholiko where you can see the inhabited and unapproachable islet of Neronisi. There are also some lovely beaches on the east of the island including Poros Beach, Tholos Beach and Tsangari Beach.

If you are looking an island where you can relax, get away from the tourists and have amazing scenery, then Agathonisi is the island for you.

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