You can't get any further from holidaying crowds than this little speck of land between Limnos and continental Greece. Abbreviated by locals as ‘Aï-Stratis’, the island attracts visitors for its isolation, remote beaches and quiet beauty. Here is your chance to plunge into the microcosm of a close-knit island community. For the curious, it is also the place to learn about the country's complicated history, since Agios Efstratios was the place where right-wing governments would exile pro-communist intelligentsia until the 1970s. The island's only museum relates that story.
The sparsely populated island has domatia, good seafood tavernas, relaxing hill walks and fine beaches. The main village, also Agios Efstratios, is often just called 'the village'. Entirely rebuilt after a catastrophic earthquake that virtually flattened it in 1968, it is a serene getaway for those who need to escape from the big noisy world.