Angistri

Saronic Islands

Angistri is a quiet, traditional island only 4 kms from Aegina. The island is an undiscovered gem with pretty coves and fragrant pine forests and is often considered the best kept secret of the Saronic Islands which can easily be explored from Angistri.

The Pretty Good Guide

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  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
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  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Parnassos Taverna

Metochi

It is the only taverna in Metochi, is run by Katina and Christos. It is famous for its kokkora kokkinisto (rooster in red sauce), though if you want this it might be advisable to arrange it with them on the morning of the day you want to eat there, so that they can catch the rooster and prepare it for you. Katina’s beeftekia (burgers without the bun) are also very tasty.

Tel:(+30) 2297 091339

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Alexandras Taverna

Skala

A great family owned taverna on the ground floor of the hotel. It serves traditional dishes in a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

Tel: (+30) 2297 091251
Mob: (+30) 697 2829420

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Shopping

Skala

Skala has a couple of stores, and a baker’s.

 

Mandraki Kafenes(Kafe)-Restaurant

Megalochori

On it\'s beautiful balcony next to the sea, visitors can enjoy the view and the traditional cuisine dishes of the menu.

Tel: (+30) 2297 091357

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Tasos Taverna

Limenaria

A small traditional taverna and the only taverna in the village of Limenaria, run by Mr Tassos and wife Katerina. Uncomplicated, wholesome food. They are assisted by their son, who is retarded but friendly and helpful in a cheerful way.

Tel: (+30) 2297 091362

 

 

Alkyoni

Beyond Skala, the district is actually known as Skliri, in the direction of Halikiada beach, with great balcony overlooking the sea. This is the only place on the island that resembles a restaurant in the slightly more sophisticated sense of the word.
Beautiful marble tables on old sewing machines bases, in a veranda right by the sea, with a steady clientele. It serves meat, either stewed or grilled fresh fish, spaghetti with prawns etc.

Tel: (+30) 2297 091378

www.alkyoni-agistri.gr/εστιατ?ριο/

 

Newspapers-shopping

Skala

Newspapers, including the English language Athens News (published Friday midday), are available at Fokia, the shop by the harbour in Skala, and at the minimarket .

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Bike Hire

You can hire bicycles in Skala and in Milos. We prefer the Milos place, although it’s further afield than Skala. Mr Takis runs the shop.

 

Walking

2hours: walk right across the island, by taking the unmade road into the forest at the top of the village (just beyond the last house above Danae Cottage). You have the feeling that you are going in the wrong direction, i.e. heading southeast, the road zigzags its way towards the SE end of the island before turning back across the top. There are some good views once you get to the top and start heading down towards Limenaria. It is quite a trek, however, so have plenty of water with you, and stamina.

 

Aegina

A trip over to Aegina is always fun. The town has some nice back streets, an interesting little fish-market, ice-cream parlors, and historical remains to the left as you look at the port from the sea (you see an ancient column from the boat). If you are interested in antiquities, you may like to take a bus trip to Aphaia on the other side of the island, where there is a well-preserved classical temple, which formed one of the three points of the ?sacred? triangle of the Acropolis, Sounion (of Byron graffiti fame) and Aphaia.

 

Round-the-island boat tours

Rob does truly amazing boat tours around the island, with plenty of stops, great food, and friendly guidance.
Call him on his mobile (+30) 6944704882
or call out for him at the house next to the callbox as you come into the village having passed the cemetery.

 

Epidaurus

Ask about trips to Epidaurus at one of the tourist offices.

 

Athens

Only an hour-and-a-quarter away on the Cat.

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 7803203

Catamaran:
Angistri ticket booth:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091163
Piraeus ticket booth:
Tel: (+30) 210 4113108

Car taxi:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091455
Mob: (+30) 697 7618040 (the driver’s name is Stelios)

Sea taxi:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091388
Mob: (+30) 694 4535659.
This is useful for getting back from Aegina (flat rate of around 30 euro per trip, not too expensive if there are 5 or 6 of you to spread the cost, and quite fun to zip across the waves). Boats and hydrofoils (flying dolphins) are very frequent from Aegina to Piraeus, so if there is a sudden cancellation of boats from Angistri, or you need to get off the island quick, this is the best option.

 

 

 

Health

Chemist
(Skala, on the main road to Milos).
Yannis, the chemist, is also useful for first aid medical advice:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091540
Mob: (+30) 694 4271937

 

Emergency

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091201

Angistri harbour police:
Tel: (+30) 2297 091541

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

The island has no natural water supply of its own. Water is brought in by boat from the mainland, and piped up to a large cistern. Please use bottled water for drinking. It is perfectly safe to brush your teeth, wash up or cook with the tap water

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on the dining table and then close the doors after you.

 

Transport in greece

Transport to Greece

 There are three ways to reach Alonissos:

 

1)  Fly to Skiathos and then take a connecting ferry to Alonissos.

2)  Fly to Athens, transfer to Agios Konstantinos by taxi or coach and then take a ferry to Alonissos.

3)  Drive to Volos and take the ferry or High Speed Catamaran to Alonissos. (For guests travelling from Eastern Europe, or flying to Volos or Thessaloniki.)

 

This PDF relates to guests interested in flying to Athens Airport and making the transfer to Agios Konstantinos by taxi or coach and then taking the ferry to Alonissos.

 

The journey from Athens Airport to Agios Konstantinos port takes approx. 2 1/2 hrs by taxi. The coach takes longer since it leaves from central Athens. The High Speed Catamaran to Alonissos takes about 3 hrs.