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...
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!!
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.
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!
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.
Hours of Operation:
April 1st - October 31st: 8:00 to 19:30
November 1st - March 31st: 8:30 to 15:00
Adults: 4 Euro
A new festival for Classical Music was born in the island of Aegina!
Actually, it is not "so new", because the first Festival took place in 2006.This is the third year (2008) that Aegina International Music Festival takes place.
This summer (2008) the Festival runs from the 8th of August till the 30th of August.It is under the aegis of the City of Aegina and supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The full programme of the Aegina Festival can be consulted on the website:
Coming from the capital of the island, the monastery is located opposite the mountain of Paleochora (Old village), where the old capital used to be.
The monastery was built between 1904 and 1910 by a monk, Nektarios, who was one of the latest canonized people of the Greek Orthodox Church. Saint Nektarios, the patron of the island, has been buried in the monastery and is said to have healing powers and to be miraculous. His relics are preserved in the first chapel of the Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Monastery, next to the church. "Agios Nektarios".
The main church located on front of the monastery is a newly built huge bronze and white church, one of the largest places of Orthodox worship in the Balkans, constructed in honor of Saint Nektarios.
You may watch my high resolution photos of the Monastery of Saint Nektarios on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 44' 48.52" N 23º 29' 1.26" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aegina Nektarios Church.
When arriving by sea closer to the port the second thing you see (after the Metropolis old temple of Virgin Mary) is the small and picturesque church of Aghios Nikolaos of the XIV-th century, which is in the middle of the harbor surrounded by ships.
Located in the port of the capital of Aegina, the little church of Agios Nikolaos is a lovely whitewashed church, with a white dome, proudly standing at the tip of the port. It has extremely simple architecture, with spare, linear lines. In its tiny interior, the church houses beautiful golden icons and various valuable items as well as fine wall paintings.
You may watch my high resolution photos of the Church of Agios Nikolaos on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 44' 43.45" N 23º 25' 28.44" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aegina Port Church.
Lying 12 kilometres east of Aegina Town among dense pine trees, the Temple of Aphaia is a magnificent Doric temple. It is one of the most beautiful classical temples in Greece and also the oldest surviving.
It stands on a circa 160 m peak on the eastern side of the island. The first temple on the site (700 BC) was dedicated to Afaia, a deity from Crete.
The remains of the destroyed temple were removed from the site of the new temple and used to fill a circa 40 by 80 m terrace within the overall sanctuary of circa 80 by 80 m. This new temple terrace was aligned on north, west, and south with the plan of the new temple.
The temple was a hexastyle peripteral Doric order structure on a 6 by 12 column plan resting on a 15.5 by 30.5 m platform.
A small museum is open on the site.
You may watch my high resolution photos of the Temple of Aphaia on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 45' 16.53" N 23º 31' 58.80" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aegina Aphea Temple 1, Aegina Aphea Temple 2.
Aegina Town is the capital and main port of the island.
It is a lovely little town, with beautiful neoclassical buildings of different bright colors, narrow streets, picturesque cafes, nice squares and a lovely port where tiny colored fishing boats are mooring.
The whole town is an explosion of colors, accentuated by the colorful pistachio nuts sold everywhere.
You may watch my high resolution photos of Town Village Aegina on Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 44' 30.75" N 23º 25' 7.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aegina Island Port.
The Metropolis old temple of Virgin Mary is one that nearly all visitors to Aegina will see from a distance arriving to the port of Aegina. It is located at the centre of the main port of Aegina.
It was here where the first Greek government took their oath.
Kolonna or column is part of this ancient site, to the left of the harbour.
I'm not entirely sure of it's origins etc, but will endeavour to find out!
I've found out that it's open Tues to Sun from 08.30 -1500 and costs 3 euros for adults to enter.
Afraid that I didn't get to visit- as the rain didn't stop until the site had closed, but it was easily visible on arriving/departing Aegina.
Well, probably not as exotic as images of floating markets in Thailand, Vietnam, China etc., but the tethered boats, with their displays of fresh produce have a certain charm! A place to buy fresh fruit and veg, if self catering or picnic-ing!
As I remember, this was on the harbour front, not too far from the domed Panagista Church . I think there were about 3 boats- but again, this was in March (out of season)and 1992- so things could have changed!!
If you only have time for one attraction on Aegina, then let it be this one. The Temple of Aphaia dates back to 490 BC and was actually used as a model for the Parthenon in Athens.
It is one of the most complete temples you'll see in Greece, However, there is something missing at this temple. After Lord Elgin took the Parthenon's marbles back to England it was open season on Greek statues. The Temple of Aphaia's pediments had magnificent sculptures depicting the battle of Troy, and King Ludwig of Bavaria wanted them for his private collection. In 1811 Baron von Hallerstein made a deal with the Turkish occupying authorities to move the cultural relics from Aegina to Germany. You can see them today at Munich's famous Glyptothek Sculpture Gallery museum.
The view from the hill where the temple is located will keep you staring out over the Saronic Gulf for several minutes.
One interesting geometric footnote concerning the Temple of Aphaia is that its location is one of the angles of an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
Zorba: Konfusiosos! Zorba has magnificent idea!
Confucius: Not sure I want to hear this after that lumber luge disaster...
Zorba: It's better than lumber mill, more brilliant than silver mine!
Confucius: Really? OK, Zorba, let me guess: a school of dance?
Zorba: Konfusiosos! HA HA! Always the comedian! No, you and I; we build
monastery! A really BEEG monastery! It will be the largest church
in all of Greece, right here on Aegina Island!
Confucius: No thanks, I'd rather extend the Great Wall of China to Afghanistan.
Why a monastery? And why so BIG? Why not a pistachio ice cream factory?
Zorba: This will be no ordinary church, my friend, but a monastery dedicated to a local hero, Aghios Nektarios! He is the saint who was canonized by the Greek Orthodox Church on November 9, 1961 and many pilgrims from all over Greece come to this island to see him.
Confucius: So we should put the ice cream factory somewhere by the church?
Zorba: Think of the magnificence of the monastery! Pistachio ice cream? Yes, you can do that project yourself if you like. LOOK! I think that widow likes you, she winked!
Confucius: Right, you remember what happened to the last local widow that winked at me? It could be another rocky relationship, so let's skip to the part where you teach me to dance again. You know, Zorba, you never got around to playing the santouri in our film!
Zorba: I wait for sequel! Zorba the Greek 2! We film it here on Aegina, and get Jacqueline Bisset to play my love interest!
Confucius: Aren't you thinking about that other movie, "The Greek Tycoon", when she co-starred with you as Jackie Onassis?
Zorba: Are you KEEDING, Konfusiosos? She wore fashionable costumes with me in that film, but in Zorba the Greek 2 ...HA HA... I want the Jacqueline Bisset from "The Deep" wearing wet T-shirt!