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A half hour by slow ferry from Aegina, this island to the west of Perdhika (and west of Moni Islet) has 700 inhabitants, most of whom are Arvanites, a Greek minority descended from medieval Albanians and some of whom still speak a medieval dialect called Arvanitika (as well as Greek).

Large areas in and around Athens (including on the island of Evia (Euboea) have historically had large populations of Arvanites. There are also Athenians and Germans there who have restored houses on the island. This small island, with pine trees, some fertile farmland and some beaches far quieter than those of Aegina, has attracted some British package tourism in recent years, and Angistri's northern coastline is packed with hotels and apartment buildings at Skala, below which is the island's only sandy beach. From Skala it's a half hour walk to the more secluded beach of Halikadha. Mylos (also called Megalhori), to the west of Skala, though attractive and traditional, has almost merged with Skala. There are some hotels and rooms here. Metohi village, above Skala, was once the main village on Agistri. Athenians and foreigners have restored all of its houses, and it is firmly residential, with no tourist facilities. The wide pebble beach of Draghonera on the west coast has wonderful views of the Peloponisian coast opposite. It is reached either on foot from Metohi, on a dirt road with many forks (bring a compass) that passes through pine woods and with fine views on the way. Limenaria, in the southeast part of the island, is a quiet farming village with a few rooms and two tavernas. Swimming is off of the rocks (no beach). There's a summer taverna a half hour walk from Limenaria on a path to the west that passes a salty lake, with views of the little islets of Aponissos and Dhoroussa from the taverna.

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