9Agistri, for easy access from Athens

If you’re looking for a quick escape from Athens, Agistri is your best bet. Far more affordable than nearby Aegina, this tiny island lies only a 60-minute ferry ride from Piraeus port.

Stroll through Skala village among fuchsia bougainvillaea and rest in one of the cafes lining the main road. Forests carved with hiking trails and dreamy beaches abound here – don’t miss snorkelling in the pool-like waters of pine-fringed Aponisos.