Before the 1953 earthquakes, this seaside village was one of the island's most important trade centers, with stately homes, like the mansion still standing on the right-hand edge of town. Agia Efimia was totally rebuilt with assistance from the French, and today it is a picturesque provincial town with a small harbour which accommodates yachts and ferry-boats.
Agia Efimia has a bustling harbour where flotillas and also many larger vessels moor up during the summer months. The town boasts a fine selection of restaurants and taverns, coffee shops, cafes and snack bars, as well as bakeries, supermarkets and a post office. Whilst not over commercialised (yet!), this friendly village offers plenty of amenities - it 's where the Greek people come on holiday during August.
Agia Efimia is centrally placed on the island, and as such, makes an excellent base from which to explore further afield. If you hire a car to explore other areas, you will find that it is no more than about an hour's drive to any other point you may wish to visit.
There are dozens of small beaches with pebbles and stratified rocks in Agia Efimia, the harbor area and along the seaside road to Sami. The largest and most frequented is that of Agia Paraskevi. The area owes its name to the small white Church of Agia Efimia near the harbour. It celebrates its feast-day on July 11th with a procession and festival, where the local dance ensemble performs traditional dances.
Whilst Agia Efimia offers a number of beaches in and around the town, they tend to be pebble rather than sand (ideal for snorkeling!). However, the world famous Myrtos Beach is only a few minutes away.
Myrtos Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and in 2003/2004 was awarded first prize in an international competition. It has also earned the Blue Flag of the E.U. for the excellent way in which it is organised. During the summer months the Municipality of Pylaros provides a regular bus service to and from Myrtos Beach. Timetables are posted outside the Tourist Information office and the bus leaves from the harbour area.