The Town of Aegina
The Town of Aegina is picturesque in many ways, with the atmosphere of an earlier Greece.
The seafront is lined with traditional coffee shops and pastry shops, modern cafés, restaurants and fish tavernas.
Yachts and sailboats are moored in the Port, alongside kaikia (traditional fishing boats) and a large variety of other vessels, which give it a colourful and festive atmosphere.
Further into the town, lies the marketplace, with picturesque narrow streets filled with a variety of small shops, bars, tavernas and restaurants, many housed in 19th century buildings.
The Town of Aegina itself does not have a large sandy beach, but two small beaches, on either side of the port, welcome visitors.
The archeological Museum of Aegina, the first museum of its kind in Greece, stands in the archaeological site of ‘Kolona’, within easy walking distance of the town.
The population of Aegina town itself is approximately 8,000 people.
Visitors to the island of Aegina can choose from various destinations for a swim in the sea, small excursions, food and entertainment.
On the east side of the island lies the township of Agia Marina, with a nice sandy beach, and a large variety of restaurants, tavernas and cafés.
The Temple of Aphaia, a doric temple dating from 500 B.C., is situated on the hilltop above Agia Marina, surrounded by pine forests. The views from here, across the Saronic Gulf to the mainland, are truly spectacular.