A Guide to Agathonisi

A tiny island on the northeastern edge of the Dodecanese, Agathonisi has three tavernas, three bars, and a sense of serenity.


OUR PICKS

BEACH TIME: You can arrange with a fisherman to take you to your own beach in the morning and bring you back in the afternoon. If you’d rather have company, two of the most popular and easily accessible beaches are Aghios Georgios, in the harbor, with small pebbles, and Spilia, west of the harbor, with pebbles and shrubs. Poros and Vathy Pigadi to the east are also very popular.

WALK: Take a 15-minute walk from the Church of Aghios Ioannis to that of Aghios Haralambos, from where you can see all the way to Samos, Ikaria and Fourni in the north and to Leros and Kalymnos in the south.

Info

  • Area: 13.4 sq. km.
  • Population: 190 (2011 census)
  • Distance: 161 (sea miles from Piraeus)
  • Elevation: 209m (Dendra)

EAT AND DRINK: The locals fish, grow fruit and vegetables, raise animals and make cheese (in August, their cheeses sell like crazy). A famous traditional dish is goat patatado (braised meat with potatoes). You’ll find just three tavernas: Giorgos, Glaros and Atsidas serve, among other items, ouzo meze, fresh fish, lamb with lemon, and beef stew. There are three bars (Yetousa, Thalassa, Memento) where people gather for beer, Samos wine and spirits.


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