Close to Athens, great archeological site at the Temple of Aphaia
The fee to take the car along is really high (27.50 euro one way)
A paradise in Greece
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
We spent 3 amazing nights at Rastoni and our stay was so exceptional that exceeded our expectations....more
We very rarely stay at the same place twice but we had to return. Please see my previous comments...more
It is the only worth staying hotel in the town of Aigina. The building was built in the 1700 and it...more
The corner restaurant “Klimataria” is actually two restaurants in one. It is one of those places you want to come back again and again especially on hot summer nights. It looks like a little paradise oasis out here. The small corner garden is surrounded by colourful flowers and branches of the vine that extend out in the street create a cozy...more
Aliki and Nikolas are the owners of one of the restaurants which we consider exceptional. It is opposite the road as we exit the port upon arrival, by the Heroes Square) about 250 metres from the rest. Aliki was for years in the United States, but she came permanently and lives in Aegina for years now. Her cuisine is delicious with cooking secrets...more
A team of professionals is what the snack-Bar “To Akrogiali” is all about.We came to Ayia Marina for a swim first and thought to ask some people at the beach to name one or two nice places where we could have some sea food later on. A British tourist I came across names “Akrogialy”. He extends his hand pointing to the direction of the restaurant at...more
The bar is a new entry in the nightlife of the town. even so it is the most inn place to visit. The chocolate (hot or cold) is marvelous and the food is more then ok. The place is at the port and the port is at your foot.Literally.Your view is the people that go up and down the port at night during summer. Thodoris the DJ- co - owner plays...more
After your excursion to Aegina is over you come back to your cruise-liner… The highlight of your cruise still waits for you in the evening! “Traditional Greek Folk Show” with singers and dancers in original costumes form all of Greece and the ever amusing show-man Jeannot will entertain and animate you up to the final moment as the ship docks in...more
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The Ferry boat - or flying dolphin to Aegina leaves every 30 hour aprrox. from the port of Peiraius . So the best way to do that is simply go there and take the next one. But remember it is up to 6-7 pm , so be there before that time. If youwant to reserve a ticket do taht from any travel agenvy in athens or online with one company (www.hsw.gr)...more
The best thing about Aegina is that it’s easy and fast to reach from Piraeus(30min-1h). I remember having paid about 7 euros for a one way trip but I understand prices vary according to the company you use (Hellenic Seaways, Nova Ferries, ferry of Agios Nektarios). You could also use Aegina Flying Dolphins.Check the sites of the companies before...more
The ferry from Athens to Aegina runs a on a daily basis and takes about an hour to reach Aegina. Its a reliable, clean, and affordable way to get to Aegina. There are enough ferries coming and going to easily make visiting Aegina a day trip. The ferry leaves from Piraeus which one can easily reach from anywhere in Athens by using the metro as it...more
This shop had some really unusual hand made jewellery by greek craftsmen from around Greek islandsThe jewellery was all very good quality and beautifully displayed I fel in love with some handmade gold earings but as price was very high there were a little out of my league.About 6 months later on Christmas morning, my boyfriend gave me a little...more
When your driving around Greek Islands you will come across little shrines along side the road. From what I've heard these shrines are put there by family members of the dear departed one who lost their lives in this spot due to some kind of accident. If anyone has any further explanation I would love to hear from you.As you can see there are fresh...more
Since Aigina is an island, it's only natural that seafood would make up a substantial part of the local diet. When walking around the main town looking for a place to eat it is very common to see fresh octopus hanging out to dry in the Sun. It is served simply by grilling it and putting it on a plate - nothing fancy at all. I have to admit I never...more
I was informed by some of the locals, that the torrential downpour was unexpected, Snow had been forcast!Although I wasn't expecting a heatwave in March, I'd not packed wet weather gear!I'll know next time, to come prepared for all weathers.Luckily my hotel had heating in the rooms, but as I found out later (when I arrived in Poros) most pensions...more
The tap water on Aegina has a really bad aftertaste. We noticed this when drinking the (free) glasses of water that are supplied as a courtesy at most restaurants. Although we didn't get ill, even after drinking a glass of ice tea that was made using the water, the taste alone is enough to keep you from drinking it. Also, we asked the waiters not...more
I have come up with some guides stating that Aegina is the ideal place to stay if you want to explore Athens, but I will discourage you from doing so. This is totally wrong.
Such plan might be overly cumbersome.
The ferries and hydrofoils do make frequent trips to Piraeus daily but you would also have to reach Athens from Piraeus and all this would prove to be not only expensive but will add considerable commuting time to your daily itinerary.
Don’t forget that strikes do occur quite often lately with the economic crisis.
Luggage and bags:
If island hopping, just as much as you can carry! A rucksack or holdall. With a daypac/bag to carry camera etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Come prepared for all weathers- I was unlucky, and found a thunder storm/ torrential downpour (Apparently the forecast had been for snow!)
So, a waterproof, fleece top, shoes/walking boots. Plus sun gear ! - sunglasses/ sunscreen / sun vests /shorts etc!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Essential medications. There is a pharmacist, but not sure what stock they hold.
Photo Equipment: Aegina offers lots of photo ops, so bring everything you need. Can't remember if there's a photography shop in town.
Miscellaneous: I was glad I'd packed some reading material/music etc (In 1992, it was most likely that I was carrying a walkman, with a bag of cassettes, rather than an Mp3 player!!) as I was driven back to my room by the weather.
However, the weather in March can be unpredictable, so cover all options.
Souvala – Crowded in high season!Driving north-eastern exploring the coasts.This entry is from our short trip to Souvala, a very popular destination especially to Greeks during the high season of summer. Being the second biggest port (the first one is Aegina’s) it is straightly connected to the port of Piraeus. Located on the eastern part of the...more
The Monastery of Saint NektariosThe monastery of Saint Nektarios is 6 km from the city of Aegina on the road to Saint Marina. The hill where it is built is named Xantos. It comes from the word “xagnadema” (look out point), inviting you to survey the surrounding landscape. The remains of the Saint are preserved in the first chapel of the Holy...more
I was amazed seeing all those small chapels scattered opposite the hill of Saint Nektarios Monastery. The second day 26 September -the name day of St. John Theologos, we come to the Monastery of Saint Nektarios and we were planning visiting the ‘village’ as we thought of Paleochora which was in short proximity and on our way to Souvala, the small...more
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...more
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...more
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...more