Aegina Island

Aegina, a pearl in the Saronic Gulf.

Aegina island is situated in the centre of the Saronic Gulf, with Angistri island to the west, close to Poros and Methana, and opposite the coast of the Peloponnese.

It is the closest island to Athens and the port of Piraeus, with regular car ferry and Flying Dolphin services between them. A direct train connection from Piraeus to the centre of Athens (20 minutes), allows for an easy day trip to Athens for sightseeing.

On weekends and during holidays, many Athenians  travel to the island for a visit.

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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.

The Island

 

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.

Perdika, on the south side of the island, is one of the most picturesque places to visit. Ιt is a small fishing village, with cafés and restaurants on the seafront, a pleasant atmosphere and great views across to the island of Moni. Boats make the short journey across to Moni, for a day trip. Continuing on from Perdika, one finds the delightful beach Kleidi, within a small bay.

Closer to Aegina town, on the way to Perdika, lie the beaches of Faros, Marathonas and Aiginitissa, small sandy beaches with clear blue water. Refreshments are available at all these locations.

The ruins of the medieval town of Palaiochora, the refuge of Aegina’s inhabitants from pirate raids as early as the 9th century, is a fascinating place to visit. It is located on a hillside, in the centre of the island, opposite the famous Monastery of Agios Nectarios.

During July and August, a highly recommended excursion is a day trip to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, on the Peloponnese mainland, to attend a theatre play or a music concert. A round trip, including tickets, can be booked in Aegina.