Aegina Island Things to Do

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    Visiting the town of Aegina

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    The town of Aegina is the biggest community and the capital of the island, located on the west coast. It is connected daily, throughout the year, to the Port of Piraeus by ferry and flying dolphins.
    This is the ideal holiday base, all year round, for those who want to discover the whole island. A town full of life, ready to offer unique experiences!!

    In the town, there is a wide range of accommodation, traditional tavernas, modern restaurants, café-bar and shops, ATMs and anything you need. If you want to be familiar with the beautiful capital of the island, you should wander through the narrow picturesque streets, see the locals’ houses with their yards full of flowers and take a ride on the horses and the carriages. Visit the archaeological sites of the town of Aegina, the museums and the buildings where the history of the newly founded Greek state started when Aegina became the capital city of Greece for two years.

    Traveling back to time... Wandering through the narrow streets of Aegina...
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    Aegina's Villages

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    AGIA MARINA
    Agia Marina is one of the most cosmopolitan organized tourist resorts in Aegina. Located on the east side of the island, it is half an hour away from the town of Aegina, by car.
    Agia Marina is known for its wide sandy beach, the longest of the island (length: 500 meters), which is surrounded by a huge pine forest. This is the first beach in the history of Aegina island and Saronic, that has been awarded with a “blue flag” for the year 2013. Here, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. In the evening, the narrow streets are full of life, as tourists discover thousands of ways to keep their night alive!
    Agia Marina is connected to Piraeus via ferry. Regular bus service from the town of Aegina.

    PERDIKA
    Perdika is the most beautiful picturesque fishing village, 9 km away from the town of Aegina. Set in a pretty little bay, it looks like a balcony over the sea. Perdika has the look of an Aegean island: white houses with small yards and narrow cobblestone streets. One-of-a kind village! There is a small rocky beach, which is not organized, while, at a close distance you’ll find the beaches Klima and Sarpa. Perdika offers various types of accommodation, fish restaurants, café-bar and shops. Here, you’ll find the boat to the islet of Moni. The settlement is popular to yachts, too. The perfect destination for romantic couples, searching for the most magnificent sunset!

    SOUVALA
    Souvala is the second port of Aegina, connected daily to Piraeus from January to October. It is located on the north side of the island, at a distance of 10 km from the town of Aegina (about 30 minutes by car). This beautiful fishing village could be your base for a vacation surrounded by nature! Here, you’ll find all types of accommodation, restaurants, café-bars and shops. In the village and at a short distance, there are many beaches for every taste to swim and relax.
    Close to Souvala, there are two wonderful small villages called Agioi and Vagia. Moreover, you should visit Paleachora, Agios Nektarios and the Temple of Aphaia. The route through a huge pine forest within view of sea will fascinate you! Souvala is connected to the town of Aegina by bus, offering the opportunity for a day trip!

    AEGINITISSA
    Aeginitissa is one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan beaches of Aegina. It’s located between Marathonas and Perdika and it’s the youth’s summer lodge. A small bay with green and turquoise water, golden sand and huge eucalyptus trees reaching the beach form an exotic landscape.

    MARATHONAS
    Marathonas is a developing tourist settlement, as more and more people choose it as their holiday base. It’s close to the town of Aegina (6 minutes by car) and Perdika and it offers a plethora of choices. It’s the ideal tourist resort for those who want to spend their time in the beach. Here, you’ll find two organized sandy beaches, with green and turquoise water, perfect for families with kids. The first beach of Marathonas provides tourist facilities, like hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. A small oasis by the beach, with spectacular view and superb sunrise!

    MESAGROS
    Mesagros is a large and very important historic settlement. It is 9 km away from the town of Aegina, following the road that passes through Agios Nektarios. A fertile village which used to be famous for its pottery, as some great potters had their workshops here. Whoever visits Mesagros should visit Alexandros Rodakis’ house and the church of the Virgin Mary Politissa. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent view from the village to the hill of the Temple of Aphaia.

    KIPSELI
    Kipseli is a village located on the northwestern side of the island, only 4 km away from the town of Aegina. It is one of the most developing commercial areas and the second largest community in Aegina. In the main square of the village, you’ll find the big Byzantine church of Evangelistria, with a silver dome, which was built from 1875 to 1880. Close to Kipseli, in the area of Moulos, you should visit the church of Agios Nikolaos, which was built over the ruins of an ancient theater.

    PORTES
    Portes is a picturesque fishing village, on the eastern side of Aegina, which you can find if you follow the road from Agia Marina in southern direction. This little village is very beautiful and suitable for those who search for peace and quietness. Τhe beaches with the emerald water and the beautiful landscape offer the most unforgettable experience of your life…

    VAGIA
    Vagia is a small village on the north coast of the island, around 4 km away from Souvala. A small picturesque harbor and a sandy beach form the picture of this lovely area. This is the ideal base for those who want to relax away from daily routine and crowded places. Some beautiful rooms and traditional restaurants are available in this village where you’ll lose all sense of time!
    There are many beaches like the main beach of Vagia, the astonishing beach of Tourlos, close to Vagia and secluded bays, too. Vagia offers a plethora of choices to visitors as it’s located close to the villages Agioi and Souvala and at a short distance from the temple of Aphaia, Agios Nektarios and Paleachora.

    Sunset in Souvala Romantic Sunset Souvala Aegina view View of the light tower from the boat
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    Aegina's Beaches

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    BEACHES IN THE TOWN OF AEGINA
    In the town of Aegina, there are two beaches for those who want to swim as soon as possible. The Avra beach is the closest beach to the Port, at the left side of it and in front of the Archaeological Site of Kolona. It’s an organized beach, suitable for kids as the water is shallow, whereas there is a playground opposite the beach. If you walk about 5 minutes, at the right side of the Port and close to the Panagitsa church, you’ll find the Panagitsa beach. It’s an organized beach, used mainly by the locals. There are lots of restaurants and cafes close to both beaches.

    MARATHONAS A & B BEACHES
    The first and the second beaches of Marathonas are two of the most popular, preferable and cosmopolitan beaches in Aegina. The first beach is 4 km away from the town of Aegina (around 6 minutes by car), whereas the second beach is down the road a piece. Both beaches are organized, sandy with shallow water, suitable for families with small kids. The first beach of Marathonas has cafés, bars and restaurants right on the water. The second one is bigger, with more sunbeds and a beach bar.
    Enjoy the amazing view towards Moni Island and the ideal sunset from the beach.

    AEGINITISSA BEACH
    The beach of Aeginitissa is the youth’s summer lodge, one of the trendiest spot in Aegina. It’s located between Marathonas and Perdika, in a beautiful bay which is popular for yachts. Aeginitissa is an exotic paradise: golden sand, green and turquoise water, huge eucalyptus trees reaching the beach… At Aeginitissa, there is a beach bar and a special area for beach volley or beach tennis. During weekends, beach parties and live concerts are organized there.

    KLIMA BEACH
    When you enter Perdika, turn left at the first intersection before the petrol station and follow the road signs leading to Klima. You’ll discover an organized beach of superior beauty, with sand and pebbles, on a crystal-clear bay. The beach of Klima can be quite busy as the bay is a popular location for yachts. Lie back and gaze for hours at the blue horizon. It is really worthwhile to be on the beach until evening to enjoy a romantic sunset! If you look from the beach upwards the hill you see the village of Sfendouri with its new maisonettes.
    There are maps confusing Klima bay with Kleidi bay, but the road signs will lead you to this exquisite beach. Klima is one of the best and must-see beaches!!

    SARPA BEACH
    When you enter Perdika, pass by the petrol station, turn left and follow the small dirt road that leads you to the beach. Sarpa is a sandy beach, in a bay with green and turquoise water, suitable for those who want to relax. The beach is organized, with a canteen and a volley field.
    In the weekends, the beach is crowded, whereas, during the week, the atmosphere is very relaxed. Visiting Sarpa is a worthy experience for its unbelievable pictures!

    AGIA MARINA BEACH
    The most famous holiday resort is Agia Marina, which has the longest beach of the island (length: 500 meters). It’s a sandy beach, with shallow water, surrounded by a huge pine forest. A perfect choice for families with kids! The beach is suitable for water sports’ lovers, too, as they can hire paddle boats and canoes or play volleyball in the water! At a short distance, you’ll find restaurants, cafés and bars with an amazing sea view!
    At the end of the beach, you can visit the church of Agia Marina, where every year, on the 17th of July, the locals organize a huge celebration with live music.

    SOUVALA BEACHES
    A small sandy beach, with crystal clear water is located next to the harbor of Souvala. It’s pretty quiet and suitable for those who want to relax away from cosmopolitan resorts.
    At a short distance, about 300 meters, you’ll find the organized sandy beach of Loutra. In the past it was famous for its hot springs. Restaurants and bars available, close to the beach!
    On the road to Souvala, there are two organized beaches and many rocky spots for swimming.

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    Churches and Monasteries in Aegina

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    SAINT NEKTARIOS
    The monastery of Saint Nektarios is located on the road to Agia Marina. The bishop of Pentapolis, Nektarios, built the monastery between 1904 and 1910 and he dedicated it to the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit existing as one God). The holy man lived there and died in 1920. Later, in 1961, he was canonized. Saint Nektarios is the most recent Greek Orthodox saint and one of the most miracle-working saints of the Orthodox Christian faith. His remains are preserved in the feminine monastery of the Trinity, where people can visit his room and his grave, too. The new church of Saint Nektarios, next to the old monastery, is one of the biggest churches in the Balkan Peninsula.

    THE CATHEDRAL OF AEGINA
    The Cathedral is in the center of Aegina, close to important monuments from Kapodistrias’ day (Eunardios School of Teaching – Municipal Theater). The church –with three red domes – was built in 1806 and it’s connected with the history of the New Greek nation. The Cathedral was used as a Parliament House in 1827, while, in 1828, people concentrated there when Kapodistrias was inaugurated as the First Governor of the newly founded Greek state. In the church, we can see Kapodistrias’ pew, some historic relics, a marble icon screen, remarkable murals and icons. According to the tradition, Kapodistrias brought the steeple of the Cathedral from Russia.

    VIRGIN MARY XRISOLEONTISSA’S MONASTERY
    Virgin Mary Xrisoleontissa’s Monastery is a big, two-storey building, which was built in the early 17th century. It has a garden in the center, with a three-storey tower (1600 A.D) and high walls. The formation of the Monastery explains that the monks were afraid of the pirates. According to the local tradition, the Monastery was firstly located in Kipseli, in the area Leonti, until the monks transferred the icon of Virgin Mary to the mountains and chose the present location, which was not visible to the enemies. In 1935, the Monastery became feminine and it celebrates on 15th August.

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    Aegina's Museums

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF AEGINA
    The Archaeological Museum of Aegina is the first “National Museum” of Greece, which was founded in 1829 by Ioannis Kapodistrias. Today, it is housed in the Archaeological Site of Kolona.
    The exhibition contains vessels, pottery, ceramics, statuettes, inscriptions, coins, weapons and copper vessels, coming from the Archaeological Site of Kolona. In the lobby, there is a representation of the first Greek residence, known as the “White House”.One of the most important exhibits is the statue of the Sphinx: a votive monument of the early classical period, dedicated to the God Apollo with a woman’s head and a body that is half eagle and half lion.

    THE APHAIA TEMPLE MUSEUM
    The Aphaia Museum is on the temple site and contains remains of the temple.
    In the exhibition, you’ll find the reconstructed section of the pediment of the temple, the copy of the statue of goddess Athena, the votive tablet on which is written that the temple is dedicated to the goddess Aphaia and some parts of statues, vessels and tools. In the entry, there is a representation of the temple.

    THE CAPRALOS’ MUSEUM
    Christos Capralos studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts and sculpture in Paris and came in Aegina in 1963. He is famous for his sculptures world-wide. One of his most important works “The Battle of Pindos” decorates a hall in the Greek Parliament. His copper statue “The Mother”, placed on a square opposite the museum and next to the sea, symbolizes the Greek mother who is waiting for her sailor son.

    THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY & FOLKLORE
    The museum of History & Folklore of Aegina is housed in neoclassical building of 1828. On the first floor, the “Aegina House” is set up with old furniture, paintings, costumes, local laces and decorative items of domestic life. On the ground floor, there are two showrooms: the “House of the Fisherman” with fishery and sponge fishing articles and the “Cottage House” with old farm tools.

    Statue of the mother of Christos Kapralos
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    The heritage of Kapodistrias in Aegina

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    THE TOWER OF MARKELLOS
    The Tower of Markellos is located close to Saint Nikolaos and it’s distinguishable thanks to its red colour. It’s a Venetian building (around the end of the 17th century) used as fortification and protection of the Port. Markellos, who renovated the building, was a dignitary of Aegina, a member of the Parliament and a fighter who played an important role in the Greek Revolution.The Tower housed the First Greek Government (1826-1828) and the Greek Fund Organization. Nowadays, it is only open for visitors when there is an exhibition

    THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE
    The Government House is located in the center of Aegina, close to the Tower of Markellos and the Cathedral. This simple two-storey stony building, with the wooden roof, housed the First Government of the newly founded Greek state and the First Greek Mint. It was built in 1803 and renovated in 1827 so as to be Ioannis Kapodistrias’ house.

    THE EUNARDIOS SCHOOL OF TEACHING
    Next to the Cathedral of Aegina, we can visit one of the first Greek public buildings and the first neoclassical building of the New Greek State. This is the Eunardios School of Teaching, built in 1830, after a donation made by the Swiss banker Eunardios.

    THE ORPHANAGE
    In the southeast of the town, we find the Orphanage, the first Greek public building built by Kapodistrias in a building block which was offered by the Dimogerontia of Aegina. At the beginning, it was used for shelter and as a school for the orphans. It also housed the first Archaeological Museum of the island, the first National Printing house, the lithographic, the library and the first Greek school of Music.The last usage of the Orphanage was as a prison, from 1880 to 1984.

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    Archaeological Sites of Aegina

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    THE TEMPLE OF APHAIA
    The Temple of Aphaia is located in northeastern Aegina, over Agia Marina. It’s an impressive temple of the 5th century B.C. and one of the most must-see monuments of the island.
    The Temple of Aphaia is the last Greek Doric Temple and it’s dedicated to the local deity Aphaia. The temple is a Doric, peripteral hexastyle with twelve columns on the flanks, from which twenty-four have remained until today. Τhe Temple of Aphaia forms an isosceles triangle with the Parthenon of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, known as the “holy triangle” of the antiquity. The sculptures of the pediments are on display at the Glyptothek of Munich.

    THE HILL OF KOLONA & THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO
    The Hill of Kolona is an archaeological place next to the Port of Aegina Town, which was named after the only remaining column (“Kolona” in Greek words) of the impressive Temple of Apollo.
    The hill of Kolona was the Acropolis of the island and the religious and political base of the ancient town, too.

    THE MOUNT. ELLANIO & THE TEMPLE OF ELLANIOS ZEUS
    Mount. Ellanio is the highest mountain in Aegina (532 meters high) with the Ascension Church at its peak. The Temple of Ellanios Zeus is the most ancient temple in Europe (three generations before the Trojan War). We can admire a wall from the Hellenistic Years and a stony staircase next to it. At the top of the staircase, there is a flat area in which it was built the sanctuary of Zeus. Moreover, there are the foundations of a big building and the foundations of three sets of columns.

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    One-day excursions

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    People usually use Aegina as their holiday base and organize one-day excursion to other nearby islands like Agistri and Moni.

    Agistri is a small island just a few minutes away from Aegina. A romantic destination which fascinates every visitor: lush vegetation, pine trees, sandy beaches with azure waters…
    The island is connected daily to Aegina via flying dolphins or ferries and the trip will take 5 or 15 minutes.

    The small surprisingly unspoiled island Moni is an uninhabited islet just a stone’s throw away from Perdika (a small fishing village of Aegina), as you can go there in 10 minutes, by boat.
    Moni has two different sides: one is thickly covered with pine trees reaching the sea and one without vegetation, a rocky landscape. It's an ideal excursion for walking, exploring and diving into the emerald sea.

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    Aegina Fistiki Fest

    by gcharamis Written Dec 20, 2014

    The Fistiki Fest is the major summer event in Aegina in honor of the most famous local product, the Fistiki (meaning “pistachio”).
    The Fistiki Fest starts in July with pre-festival events and it closes with an amazing three-day celebration in the mid of September.
    During the Fistiki Fest, visitors can discover the tradition of Aegina and the secrets of this product-treasure, as the locals combine the nut of their island with food, sweets, music, theatre and art!
    An amazing and very crowded three-day event where you'll meet people from all over the world!!

    The Poster of Aegina Fistiki Fest 2014 Making Pistachio trees Fresh pistachios Baked pistachios with salt
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    A Boat trip to the Islet of Moni

    by greekcypriot Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    The islet is located in the south-west side of Aegina, just opposite of the village of Perdika, and it retains the untamed beauty of a pristine landscape, particularly as one wanders inland away from the coast to climb its rocky peaks.

    If you plan visiting it be sure to take some supplies with you, (snacks and water, a cap, flat shoes and bathing suite of course).

    Visitors are dropped to the islet, arrange the time they wish to be back and the boatman will return to take them back to the village. If you do visit the island of Aegina, this is a 'must' visit.

    Friendly and approachable deer A peacock The coasts of the islet Lush vegetation and animal life Surrounded by deer
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    A Walk in the old town

    by kraist Written Jan 16, 2011

    One of the most interesting things to do in Aegina is take an hour walk throught the town and its souroundings .
    It is one of the most easy things toi do and take inside the atmosphere of Aegina.
    Begin from the port and go through the square infron of you. The market place and the Pistachio sells will take tour attention from the towns noise if there's any.
    NExt turn left to see the Markellos Tower and some of the most aristocratic houses of the island.
    Begin declining once more and you will find yourself in the fish market and the boat fruit markets...Uniquee!!!
    Walking far from the port you will find yourself in an area full of small and old houses the old houses of Aegina Rich.
    Walk towards Faros and take the chance for a photo with the sun and the beach....
    Now return to the port , but remember to drink an ouzo with some octopus...

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    Aphaia ruins

    by arwerner Updated Jun 21, 2010

    get off the ferry go left were all the ticket Booth's are, price bus ticket for 2 people 4 ticket was 8 euros Cheap, make sure you ask the bus driver were he is going they don't exactly tell you when they pull up,

    and when you get off ask when the next bus is the time can be from 15 min to 2 hours,,,

    and once you get to the tiny shack were they sell the Aphaia tickets the cost was around 8 euros for 2 people,

    the museum is left and under trees we thought it was the WC but it is bigger on the inside.

    when you go back to the bus area there is a shop with honey and pistachios in it you must buy some very good. P.S. she said no pictures but i got one HAH!!

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    The Marina

    by wilocrek Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    Its impossible to miss or avoid the Marina as it is the docking point for any ferry coming to Aegina so you might as well get used to the idea. However its an easy idea to get used to as the Marina is a hub of activity and stunningly picturesque. The Marina is full of tantalizing cafes and vendors selling fresh, delicious pistachios. The Marina is also the starting point for all the days activities, from the Marina you can rent a scooter, catch buses to take you around the island, and its only a half kilometer walk to the Greek ruins that run along the shore. So be sure to have your camera handy and your appetite ready as there will be plenty to see and plenty to eat.

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    Walking the Streets

    by wilocrek Written Mar 23, 2009

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    Walking the streets of Aegina is a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon...with a drink in one hand and your camera in the other...the town of Aegina is a live illustration of Greek life style. From its narrow, cobblestone roads to its endless pistachio groves there is something new that jumps out at you from around every corner. You could spend your time walking around the town and taking in the seemingly endless array of unique shops and bakeries, or walk through the quaint residential neighborhoods and be amazed by the quiet beauty of the different house and marvel how they blend into the island. Walking the streets of Aegina will provide a glimpse into how the locals live and best of all it doesn't cost a thing!

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    Temple of Aphaia

    by wilocrek Written Mar 23, 2009

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    Sitting on top of one of the highest point in Aegina with the island and the Agean Sea as a backdrop, the Temple of Aphaia is a symbol of Greek perfection. With its classic Greek architecture and its quiet setting among the pine trees this beautiful Greek temple is well worth the thirty minute bus ride from the marina. It Greece of your dreams and it doesn't take much to imagine how it would of been during its time....perched high above the sea...as though trying to reach the Gods. To not take the time to visit the Temple of Aphaia would be to deprive yourself of seeing what made the Greeks magnificent.

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    April 1st - October 31st: 8:00 to 19:30

    November 1st - March 31st: 8:30 to 15:00

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    Adults: 4 Euro
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