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Everytime it feels like home
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I visit Aegina the last five years now and I can definitely say that it is the best short destination in Greece. Someone would assume that I have a house there but I don't. I don't mind staying to different places while I am there, it is good because you get to see different places each time. During these five years, I have stayed in Perdika, a lovely fishing village. I loved the traditional taverns there and one of the best that I recommend is "To Horio". The beaches are very nice, full with greenery and clear waters. The town is beautiful, with many neoclassical buildings, narrow streets and many traditional shops. Aegina is famous for the pistachios nuts. I have bought many kilos of these, they are delicious, especially salted. During the summer season, the island has a high tourist movement which they fill the morning cafes and the beach bars. However, Aegina is not famous for the beaches but the ones that I love is Perdika and Marathon.



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Off season paradise
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This was my second visit to Aegina after a period of three years and I am so glad I made a decision to visit the island in the off season. Aegina minus the throng of visitors was a paradise and my first trip might as well not have happened at all. I saw the same places and did pretty much the same things I did on my first visit, but let me tell you, there is a vast difference in your holiday experience when you have the island all to yourself.

One of my most memorable visits was to the temple of Aphaia on top of a hill dotted with pine trees. From the temple, I could have the most magnificent view of the island and the Saronic Gulf. Some of the places like Angistri, a tiny island close to Aegina, were off the beaten track, and the unspoilt and tranquil atmosphere there was quite remarkable. Interestingly enough, I was told that Angistri was one of the first islands in Greece to experiment with naturism. The island has some fabulous sandy beaches and good tavernas.

Talking of tavernas, I must tell you about the small fish restaurant in the center of the fish market in the island. It is crowded, small, and totally unpretentious. In fact, I had to wait for 10 minutes for a seat. But, believe me, the food was well worth the wait. An astounding variety of grilled fish, fried shrimps, and octopus (which you commonly see hung out to dry in the sun), lovely Greek salads and of course, ouzo to wash down the delicacies. To me, this was one of the best dining experiences of my life, more memorable than even some of the classy upscale restaurants I have often dined off during my visit of the Greek islands.



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Never stops to fascinate me
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I fell in love with Aegina ever since my first visit way back in 2004. This summer, it will be my fourth time in Aegina, this amazing island that never stops to fascinate me. This is the remarkable thing about this island, that on every visit, I find myself discovering something new. Set foot on the marina and you find yourself into a different world. Small cafes with tables on the sidewalk, street vendors selling fresh pistachios, car and bike rental agencies, the marina is a hub of activity. This small island has some of the best taverns in the islands. And don't forget to wash down the food with ouzo! My favourite place is Perdika, about 30 minutes drive from the Town. Obviously not the best beach on the island, but certainly the best atmosphere. Fish taverns all along the coast, a beautiful setting to swim and an amazing view to a deserted island, right across the port. Frequently I do the swimming there. I need about two hours one way, so careful, don't do it if you are not a good swimmer!!!



margaret

Good for a day or much longer
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Aegina Island is one of the nearest islands to Athens and for this reason, is often overlooked as a place to visit. But it's a wonderful place to come to escape the traffic and bustle of Athens or Pireaus, either for a day out or for much longer.

I visited for a day back in 1988, to get some fresh air, after a stressful visit to Athens to set up student exchanges. And I have been going back almost every year since. Always a great welcome and a feeling of coming home.

Arriving into the port of Aeginais like entering another world. The setting is spectaular, with the mountains of Methana and the Peloponnese providing a wonderful backing for the Saronic Gulf. And the port is pretty, with neo-classical buildings showing the island's history as the first capital of modern Greece.

There are many cafenions and tavernas along the harbour front. Our favourite is Pelaisos, not far from the fish market. It's run now by Vangelis, who took over from his father Costas, recently. Costas still cooks a great dish of fish! They are friendly and helpful, and the food is simple, well cooked and reasonable in price.

Swimming is best in Marathonas, which has two great sandy beaches, very safe for children and by June, the water is warm. Our favourite taverna there is Tassos, right on the beach and the best vegetables and octopus on the island!

There are many places to see, probably the most dramatic the Temple of Aphaia, which is one of the best preserved ancient temples in Greece.

Getting to Aegina is really easy, with ferries and dolphins departing all day from Pireaus. Ferries are cheaper and more pleasant, and take only an hour and 10-15 minutes, just enough time for a relaxing coffee, ouzo or beer.

Enjoy!



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Charming atmosphere
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Aegina has a tremendously charming atmosphere. We visited last spring. Our hotel was located in the main town along the waterfront. The room had a sea view and it was really amazing to watch the different boats coming and leaving the port. The streets between the houses are really narrow although the main streets have a lot of traffic.

We noticed a couple of neoclassical structures in the town and most of all we enjoyed a tour with a horse carriage. They go up and down the port side and give a very romantic experience, although the smell of the horse can be annoying very often. The waterfront remains busy all day and there are plenty of small gift shops.

We hired a motorbike and visited the Temple of Athena with the nice views of the island. Monuments like these are precious and the authorities should take better care of it. At least protect it with a fence against any abuse or vandalism. In the evening, many tours go there so prefer early morning to go because in the midday it is very hot. Beaches in Aeginaare not that great, but at least swimming is relaxing. In May, the sea is still very cold.



themi

Horse buggies and deer
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Aegina is 1 hour away from Piraeus, by ferry! We got to see her for the first time, on our way to Agistri. The ferry to Agistri has a stop over the port of Aeginafor some minutes, on its way to Agistri. The first impression of the island port was so nice, that we visited the place some days after!
So... first thoughts and impressions... the port is colorful! All the houses tend to keep the Greek tradition and most of them are painted in yellow, orange and even pink colors. These, along with the many small tourist shops, cafeterias and the hundreds of boats and cruisers floating at the port, give you a great place for relaxing walks and fun.
And... around there... you will meet the first buggies! There are many horse buggies all over the port, waiting for you and every romantic dreamer, for a ride! Talking with the reinsman for a while, we learnt that horse buggies is a tradition kept by many nearby islands. Also, thanks to our conversation with me, we learnt about this wonderful place... Moni!
Moni is a tiny isle in Aegina. There are only some small boats to take you there and the isle is not really inhabited. The only creatures that live there are goats and deer! The deer are very friendly and be ready if you see them following you, begging you for food!
Other than deer, Moni has some beautiful and of course quiet beaches to relax and delight! Definitely recommended to couples in love! Enjoy!



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People with a smile
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I was surprised to see such a lovely island and with clean waters so close to Athens. I thought that you have to travel far from Athens to fidn nice beaches and rural life, but apparently I hadn't thought of Aegina. It was my first time there and I liked it a lot. No huge nightlife but lovely seaside villages, sun beds, colourful umbrellas and people with a smile on their face. It was too hot in Aegina in August. Take lots of sun lotion with you and a hat necessarily when you go at the beach. Do not stay long under the sun or you get sunburnt. Pay much attention to your kids and also do not let them stay long in the beach. For me the best resort was Agia Marina on Aegina, it was more family oriented. To eat go to the hotel Three Brothers in Agia Marina. It has the best food and Mr Giannis is the best professional I know. Souvala was not much impressive and had many gist shops along the street, it was a typical tourist village. Stay away from the centre of the island, very mountains and awful roads.



christa21

Welcoming even in winter
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There was an amazing church in the middle of the island somewhere. We found it by luck and happened to stop by at a whim and I am so happy we did. It was very empty because it was January. There were few tourists and the monks there seemed so calm and peaceful. I couldn't remember its name but I saw in photos in your site that it was Saint Nektarios.

Shopping on Aegina was pretty neat, a lot of cool jewerly. As it was off season, only a couple of gift shops were open in Town. The food was mostly bland, except for the sausages, those were amazing! The family restaurants that were less crowded had great owners. They were very accommodating and made special orders. They also gave us free wine. People seem to take a longer time to eat than in America. They seemed surprised when we left after 2 hours.



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Beautiful
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I just love this island. I've been there just once but I fall in love. I wish I could come back and enjoy the beautiful place!


bluehouse
bluehouse wrote on May 07, 2009

You WILL come back to the Greek Islands again and again. Once you have experienced one delight you want to know what the rest are like and you will never be disappointed :-)


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Visit Agios Nektarios
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I wanted to go to Aegina to visit the monastery of Agios Nektarios. This was the main reason. I had been to the island some years before and found that little has changed. Of course, we enjoyed the beaches a lot. We tried to stay away from the crowded town beach. The restaurants in Aegina port town were nothing spectacular and they basically all served the same thing. We did enjoy the outdoor cinema, the horse and buggy ride from the water-front and the water park. The only thing that needs improvement is the chaos of getting on and off the ferries!



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