10 plus one reasons for visiting Aegina
Favorite thing: If you don’t know Aegina, you will love this Greek island and you’ll return back in every instance. So, ten plus one reasons for you to begin with!
It’s at short distance from the city of Athens. Just 75 minutes by ferry and 45 minutes by flying dolphin.
The island is easily accessible all year round and suitable for a day trip, a relaxing getaway during the weekends and for summer vacation. One of the most inexpensive suggestions with a great range of choices appropriate for everyone.
It’s a unique destination for young people, couples and families.
For the sights of the island proving the permanent presence of Aegina in the Greek history. The hill of Kolona, the temple of Aphaia, the deserted medieval town of Paleachora/ Palaiachora (meaning “Old Town). For the heritage of Kapodistrias like the impressive tower of Markellos, the stony Government House and the Orphanage. Moreover, for the monastery of Saint Nektarios with thousands of pilgrims every year.
For the fact that Aegina is heaven on earth. Lush vegetation, pine trees and routes leading to sandy beaches and hidden coves with azure waters: Agia Marina, Marathonas, Aeginitissa, Klima…
For the gastronomical experience of the traditional Greek cuisine and the freshly-caught seafood in fish restaurants which overlook the sea, ouzeries and mezedopolia hidden in the narrow streets.
For the ultimate experience of the Greek nightlife, full of surprises and opportunities to enjoy yourself until the first light…
For the cultural events that are organized every year, like the Aegina Half-Marathon and the International Music Festival of Aegina. The most famous event of September is the “Aegina Fistiki Fest” with theatrical performances, concerts and a trade fair with agricultural products, pottery and hand-woven laces.
For the nearby islands that you can visit from Aegina: the romantic Agistri island and the exotic uninhabited islet Moni with wild goats, deers, peacocks and squirrels.
For the hospitable inhabitants who are always smiling and willing to help you.
And of course, for buying the original and the most famous nuts of the island, the Pistachios of Aegina.
In other words, Aegina is what you’re asking for…Visit Aegina and surrender yourself to its magic…
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Travel to Aegina
Favorite thing: It is better to use a booking engine like http://www.ferriesingreece.com or others if you plan to visit aegina in high season or a week end.
It is sometimes difficult to find tickets on the port and the worst is that they do not sell returning tickets. So once arrived in Aegina, you have to buy your returning tickets with other 100 people also waiting for a ticket. Sundays afternoon are hell.
Favorite thing: Aegina lies in the centre of the Argosaronic Gulf at the distance about 28 km from Piraeus. When we were going to Poros by cruise ship Giorgis it was situated to the west of our starboard. I could watch its shores very attentively.
We were going back from Hydra Island when Aegina was to the east. So I could watch its opposite shores. Aegina is roughly triangular in shape, approximately 15 km from east to west and 10 km from north to south. An extinct volcano constitutes two thirds of Aegina.
The southern volcanic part of the island is rugged and mountainous, and largely barren. Its highest rise is the conical Mount Oros (more than 500 m) in the south, and the Panhellenian ridge stretches northward with narrow fertile valleys on either side.
Aegina Mythology and History
Favorite thing: Greek mythology tells us that Aegina was a daughter of the river god Asopus and the nymph Metope. When Zeus abducted Aegina, he took her to Oenone, an island close to Attica. Here, Aegina gave birth to Aeacus, who would later become king of Oenone; henceforth, the island's name Aegina.
It reached the zenith of its development during the VI-th century BC, when, as an independent power, it was the first city in Greece to mint coins.
The island made an important contribution to the war against the Turks in 1821. Aegina was the seat of the first Greek government, under Kapodistria (Russian Greek), before being succeeded in this role by Nafplio. It was the first capital of the New Greek state for almost two years.
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Favorite thing: Aegina Island is most famous in Greece for its pistachio production. You can visit pistachio orchards during your day trip and have a short walk around the trees. At Aegina town, there are dozens of stalls and shops selling local pistachios in bags of every size. You will no doubt be offered free samples by the handful from almost every merchant.
Fondest memory: Enjoy a free sample! I ate so many free samples of pistachios as I walked around the market!
As a result I skipped lunch and just bought something to drink. Of course I also looked for homemade pistachio ice cream, but I couldn't find any at the local cafes and shops.
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- Farm Stay
Favorite thing: Aegina lies almost in the center of the Saronic islands and is the closest island to Athens with the exception of Salamina, just a few miles away.
There are many reasons that made Aegina a popular holiday destination. The beautiful Aegina town, beautiful beaches, traditional architecture, picturesque villages like Agia Marina and Perdika and of course the sanctuary of Aphaia and the famous church of Agios Nektarios next to Paleohora.
Museum of sculptor Christos Kapralos
Favorite thing: Christos Kapralos (1909 - 1993) is one of my favourite greek sculptors, as i know all his history, because he was born in Panetolio(West Greece), my mothers birthplace.
He studied painting at the Athens School of FINE ARTS ( 1929-1934) and sculpture at the Academies GRAND CHAUMIERE and COLAROSSI , PARIS ( 1934-1940)
In the island of Aegina Capralos since 1963 had his own summer studio , sharing his time between Athens and Aegina.
The Museum is situated 3 km distance from the port of Aegina. In the studios you can see painting, sculptures on the porous stone of Aegina, small sculptures on bronze, teracottas and ceramic.
The temple of Aphaia
Favorite thing: In the 5th century the original inhabitants of the island built the temple of Aphaia in the traditional Doric style. It is one of the best preserved, free standing Doric temples. It is especially surprising since this temple is 200 years older than the Parthenon in Athens.
Fondest memory: After returning to Aiginas port, and while waiting for the ferry to Peraias, I take at least half an hour to enjoy my cold frappe, in a cafe, by the harbour, watching people go by....
If I am really in good mood, I can also go for an icecream or so (Superb, Ultimate pleasures ;-))
Fondest memory: That day, on the way back, that captain impressed me somehow. This black scarf on his left hand, declares that he is mourning for the loss of member of his family. He was like out of a Greek movie of the 60's and loved to photo him, but his seriousness discouraged me from any attempt. It took all my courage to achieve that photo.
- Adventure Travel
Fondest memory: Paradoxally enough, in that tiny island, you will find kind of wildlife: the place is full of peacocks and deers! Yes, they even come close to you, and allow you to feed them :-) I only made it to photo this bird, hopefully, the comming summer I will have photo of the deers too! :-)
A national day in Aigina
Favorite thing: One of the several times i was in Aigina was this year in a national day of 25 of March. We watched the parade of the schools of the islands, with traditional dresses under the sounds of greek band.
going around with a horse cart
Favorite thing: A romantic stroll with a cart in sunset..The cart driver will tell you many stories about island and its tourists, I recommend this.:)
A small church in the port
Favorite thing: While you approach Aegina island you see the small and picturesque church of Agios Nikolaos. Agios Nikolaos is the st. who protects the sailors and the boats.
Favorite thing: A typical small port, but very busy all year. because Aegina is a very close to Athens, and some weekends is very difficult to find boat ticket. In front of the port begins the Aigina town.
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