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Agathonisi Island

Agathonissi Island

INFORMATION ABOUT AGATHONISI ISLAND

Highly representative amongst the tiny Greek islands, Agathonisi remains even now an unspoilt destination.

The little white-washed houses built according to the local architecture, the tiny gardens and the kind nature of its inhabitants come in contrast with the dry climate and land which give the island of Agathonisi a purely unique character to this lonely standing little island. There are three villages on the island except the harbour Ag Georgios: Katholiko, a practically abandoned fishing village, Megalo Chorio, where most islanders live, and Mikro Chorio. Agathonisi is an ideal place to visit for those who wish to spend their holidays away from mass tourism as it is one of the last "paradise" islands of the Aegean sea.

Agathonisi is the northest island of the Dodecanese complex of islands, located NA of the Sporades complex of islands and 8 nautical miles from the Asia Minor coast. The shape of Agathonisi resembles that of a donkey and that is why some of its names in past times were "Gaidaros" and "Gaidouronissi" ("gaidaros" for donkey and in Greek). With a surface of about 13 sq kms Agathonisi has 32 kms of crystal-clear water coastlines! You will find numerous secluded and well protected bays to enjoy your swim! We are sure that its many natural beauties will enchant you.

HISTORY OF AGATHONISI ISLAND

Inhhabited since antiquity, Agathonisi according to ancient historians, writers and geographers was named YETOUSSA. It changed various names to its current, which declares the kind character ot its inhabitants ("agathos" for good in Greek). Agathonisi consists of three settlements - St. George (which is also the island's harbour), Megalo Chorio and Micro Chorio. From an archaeological view, on Agathonisi there are many Byzantine findings as well as numerous churches and chapels. You will definitely visit the unique in their kind throughout the Dodecanese complex of islands "Domes", Byzantine sites most likely to have been used for storing food supplies.