Aegina is an ideal destination for unforgettable holidays. This enchanting jewel of the Saronic Gulf will welcome you with its rare natural beauty and rich history. It is only 1 hour away from the port of Piraeus, which makes the island a top choice for many. But what is it that makes Aegina special and beloved?
The town of Aegina
The town of Aegina is the capital of the island and is one of the most beautiful places in Greece. The town is built in a picturesque location, overlooking the sea. The historic center of Aegina is full of picturesque buildings, narrow streets and traditional squares. You can visit the Cathedral of Agia Triada, stroll through Nikolaos Koutsis Square and explore the picturesque alleys with traditional cafes and taverns. It is a historical place that bears the traces of the first governor of the independent Greek state, Ioannis Kapodistrias. The Kapodistrian buildings of the town bear witness to his stay on the island. The Eynardio Teaching School, the Municipal Theatre, the Orphanage and the Government House are just four typical examples.
Another reason that makes Aegina famous is the monastery of Agios Nektarios. It is considered an important pilgrimage destination for believers who rush from many places to visit it throughout the year.
Aegina has a rich history dating back to antiquity. Apart from being an important center of the Greek navy in the 19th century, Aegina was a powerful city-state and one of the most prosperous commercial centers of the time. Its inhabitants were known for their naval prowess and had well-developed trade relations with other ancient cities such as Corinth and Athens. The main attraction of Aegina – the ancient temple of Aphaia, built in 500-490 BC.
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This temple is a masterpiece of ancient Greek architecture, as it forms two isosceles triangles. One with the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Temple of Hephaestus at Theseus and a second with the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and the Parthenon.
If you like history, the Archaeological Museum of Aegina and the Historical & Folklore Museum should be added to your list of activities on the island. A short distance from the port you can visit the archaeological site of Kolona, where an 8-meter column, part of the temple of Apollo, is preserved today. This archaeological site is located on a hill, which in ancient times was the Acropolis of the island.
Natural beauty - Beaches
Aegina is a favorite destination for sea lovers. One of the most important features of the island is its beautiful beaches, which attract visitors from all over the world. If you plan to visit Aegina, you should not miss the opportunity to discover these heavenly beaches. Here are some of the most famous beaches you should visit:
Agia Marina beach is one of the most popular beaches in Aegina. It is located within walking distance from the center of the island and offers sand, clear waters and sunbeds for relaxation and sunbathing. Here you will also find many tavernas and cafes to enjoy fresh fish and local delicacies.
Kleidi or Klima
Klima beach is a cove with crystal clear blue waters and a white sandy beach. The natural beauty of the landscape will meet your every expectation!
Marathonas beach is one of the largest beaches in Aegina and offers plenty of space for everyone. It is only 4 km away from the port of Aegina and you will find sand, clear waters and sunbeds to relax and enjoy the sun.
One of the most popular beaches on the island. To get there you have to follow the road to Perdika. Clear waters, sand, wonderful natural environment. It is organized and at the Beach Bar you will find everything you need to refresh yourself.
Authentic Greek hospitality
The hospitality of the people of Aegina is excellent and is one of the characteristics that stand out on the island. When you visit Aegina, you will feel the true Greek hospitality. The locals are proud of their island and are willing to give you any information you need. For relaxing and enjoyable overnight stays you will find countless options on the island. Some of our suggestions:
A more artistic proposal for accommodation is the Nikolaou Residence, which was the house of the famous painter N.Nikolaou, which was transformed into a hangout for well-known artists such as Moralis, Elytis, Engonopoulos.
The gastronomy of Aegina is extremely rich and offers an authentic Greek gastronomic experience. The island is known for its local products, fresh seafood and traditional cuisine. But what characterizes Aegina’s gastronomy is the pistachio, which has conquered the world.
The ouzeri Skotadis is the ultimate gastronomic destination. It has been operating since 1980 and there you will taste the most delicious seafood flavours. The restaurant’s menu includes a wide variety of dishes, all made with fresh, local ingredients. At Kavouropetra you will enjoy fresh dishes with a view of the harbour and the Saronic Gulf. The traditional tavern Manitas in Kima has been operating on the island of Aegina since 2006 in the Perivola area of Agios Vasilis, 2 km from the main port of Aegina. It is an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy delicious, homemade food in a beautiful environment. But if you want a well-made delicious meze you can visit Bakalogato, a comfortable place with traditional decoration. In an incredibly beautifully preserved Kapodistrian building, on Aphaia Street, you will find Perdikiotika where you can enjoy your drink. This historic building once welcomed the guests of Ioannis Kapodistrias at the official events he held as governor of Greece. Later this building was converted into a commodity exchange, in other words a bank – the first bank of Greece.
For these reasons and more, Aegina is waiting for you!