Agios Efstratios is a small island situated between the islands of Limnos, Lesvos and Skiros with a total area of approximately 44 sq. km.. Agios Efstratios is the ideal place for those wishing to have a quite and peaceful vacation. Here, you will not find any automobiles and all transportation is done by foot, although a visitor can visit all sides of the island and its beautiful beaches by boat.
The island was named after Saint Efstratios, who lived in exile on the island during the 9th century. His supposed grave is still being shown by the inhabitants.
The island was also known as a place of exile in more resent years, during the 1930’s. Here, a lot of important literary personalities were sent, such as Ritsos, Varnalis, Karouzos, Theodorakis and Manos Katrakis.
Agios Efstratios is an isolated and dry island with a population of approximately 300 inhabitants, (all gathered on the island’s only village). The landscape is mostly rocky, with scarce and low vegetation.
The old settlement was built on the left side of the port. It used to have about 500 two-storey and three-storey houses, characteristic samples of northeastern Aegean architecture. Unfortunately, an earthquake in the year of 1968 destroyed almost all of them. After the earthquake, the village was transferred to the island plains. The new houses built all look alike.
If you come to Agios Efstratios do not miss visiting the southern district of the island, where seals find shelter in the many and impressive caves. Even, though, Agios Efstratios is such a small island, it counts numerous beautiful beaches, most of them situated on the west part. Some of them are as follows: Kalami, Agios Dimitrios, (sandy with oak-trees), Trigari, Alonitsi, (the largest on the island), Agios Antonios, ( a small one covered in sand and pebbles) and many others. For those who wish to stay at the village, there is a beach with fabulous sand and crystal clear waters.