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This little island hides behind Aegina, half way across the straits to the east coast of the Argolid peninsula near Epidaurus, where the ancient theatre stages plays and operas in the summer – excursions to which are offered from Angistri.
The island is famous for having the highest percentage of pine trees per square metre of land, a statistic which one would not wish to have to challenge. It means, however, that there are plenty of shady walks (though with sudden vistas across the sea to other islands or the mainland of the Peloponnese. The small village of Limenaria has a taverna or two almost overhanging the steep path down to a glorious rock-bathing platform on the sheltered east coast. Not far away – a measure of the island’s size – is the main seaside taverna at Aponisos, one of the most idyllic spots in the Aegean for an utterly lazy day of soaking in the sun and sea. And other lubricants of course.
There are two other picturesque old villages on Angistri: one stands proudly above the older of the island’s two ports, Megalochori, and the other - Metochi - on even higher ground between there and the newer port, Skala. Metochi is a historic village now seeing its lovely stone houses lovingly renovated; one has become an excellent restaurant with a roof-top terrace giving a breathtaking view out across the Gulf, a particularly memorable spot for an evening drink or dinner as the sun goes down behind the mountains of the Peloponnese.