Agios Efstratios

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Agios Efstratios (or Αγιος Ευστράτιος in Greek), Saint Eustratius, is a very quiet, isolated, unvegetated, small isle between the greater islands of Limnos and Lesbos in the northern Aegean Sea.

Together with Limnos and Lesbos they form the prefecture of Lesbos, which is part of the Greek archipelagic periphery of North Aegean.

Isle's population is approximately 300 people. Climatic conditions on the island are predominantly arid with little rainfall during winter months and long hot summers. Local topology is mostly rocky with scarce and low vegetation. Crops are insignificant, while the island is surrounded by rich fisheries which are being exploited by local fishermen. The isle was named after Saint Efstratius, who lived in exile on the island.

Recent Political History

The isle was one of the outposts of political prisoners during the 1930s. In 1968 an earthquake demolished most of the houses, which were replaced by concrete prefabricated buildings laid out in a military-like camp formation. Nonetheless, the isle retains a very attractive homonymous settlement being the capital, while preserving a rather unspoiled mediterranean environment with pristine beaches. It is mostly a place for relaxation and meditation.

Unique Feature. An Opera House

Agios Efstratios is the only small island in Europe with an Opera House.