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 Agathonisi  is the north most islet of the Dodecanese island complex. The coastal configurations of the island are quite  impressive.  There are many beautiful and windless bays  as are :Hohlia ,St Georgie, Poro and Maistro as well as their small promontories. 

           The island of Agathonisi was named Yetousa in ancient times. According to contemporary researches today' s name is the result of a etymological mistake from the plant from which the name is derived "Agkathonisi" ie . Island of the Thorns .




       A few ancient relics which were found on the island  allow us to surmise that Yetousa was inhabited from ancient times. The island was probably finally inhabited permanently in the middle of the 19th century by settlers from Patmos and Fourni .There is witness of there being established on the island some five or six families in the yeas 1985.Today the population of the Dodecanese to the rest of Greece ,the island fell under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Patmos of the province Kalymnos, with the name of Agkathonisi or Cadaros -"Donkey" (because the shape of the island resembles a donkey galloping towards the river Maiandros).


     In 1953 it became a separate community and has remained so until today. The oldest settlement is Megalo Chorio.-Big Village' with 80 inhabitants .This village has been built in such a way so that it is not visible from the see ,thus protecting it from pirates .Built in the same way and for the same reason is Mikro Chorio Small  Village with 15 inhabitants . The third and newest settlement is St. George with 15 inhabitants and is found in the innermost past of the bay from which its name is derived .Both the bay and the village were named after the church of St George found there  which is also happens to be the parish church of the island. There are also five chapels built in various places on the island.


      Agathonisi is connedted by sea with with Patmos island  AND Rhodes island (through Patmos ) A concrete road  Joins the tree settles even though the sort distances between  them make for enjoyable everyday walks.

     The quite life of the island ,the calm ,the hospitality  of the locals ,the cleanliness of the beaches and the fresh fish which the visitors  is able to enjoy ,since the cooking is done according to traditional recipes ,all make Agathonisi an ideal

 Place for those who wish for quiet holidays away from the hustle of the main tourist  routes. 


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