Aegina Island, Athens
Looks like it must be a real hot spot in the summer, but an enchanting place to have lunch on 25-12. I got there at 2.45 off the Flying Dolphin hydrofoil from Piraeus. I was hungry by then, so I just dived into the first respectable looking eatery I found.
Souvlaki, pitta bread, taramosalata, french fries, beer...
Then a wander around. I love beach resorts out of season. But, I’d like to come back to this one when its warm.
Then the last (5.05) Flying Dolphin service back to the mainland. Fun to leave at dusk, and come into Piraeus in the dark amid the lights of the city.
Aegina is a small island near Atnehs. Grek call it The island of pistachios because there is a lot of pistachios plantations. There are also 2 beaches, ruins of ancient temple. In small port you can see a lot of ships, yachts.... You can eat in small tavern in the coastline with beautiful view.
Take a day trip to the island of Aegina. Rent a moped for a day and explore the island on your own. Very fun, at your own pace, and take great pics of the beaches, monastery, and ride to the higest point of the island to visit the Temple of Athias.
The guide books said that Aegina was the easiest island to get to from Athens, and they were right. Take the Green #1 metro line south to the end of the line at Pireas, walk across the street. Turn to the left and look for pier 8, select a boat, buy a ticket and you are on your way. There are several travel agencies between piers 7 & * and we used one to book the boat as they would give us advice on all of the boats that were leaving without having to check with several different ferry company ticket windows. Buying a round trip (return ticket) saves a few euros per ticket. We elected for the high speed hydrofoil and it was 18.50 euros per adult round trip. The trip to Aegina took about 40 minutes each way. The traditional ferry boats take about 90 minutes each way. The ferry will drop you at the harbor. The harbor area is charming, lined with fishing boats and restaurants. Pistachio nuts grow on the island and are a local favorite (I paid 10 euros for a kilo bag (3.3 pounds.) You can take a city bus across the island and back for about 3 euros round trip (it stops at the Monastery and the ancient temple (see my tip for the Sanctuary of Aphia on Aegina.) Find the buses and look for the ticket both, tell the attend where you want to go and buy a round trip (two tickets) the attendant will tell you which bus and when it will leave (about every 20 minutes. The driver will check the tickets before you leave the harbor area. If you are feeling adventuresome you can rent a car, jeep, or moped near the harbor and explore the island. The trip was easier then I expected and very fun.