AEGINA TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Aegina on our travel guide! Aegina is an idyllic Greek island very close to Athens, thus a very popular destination for quick getaways. Belonging to the Saronic group of islands, Aegina Greece has many archaeological monuments, picturesque villages, and beautiful beaches!
The center of the island is Aegina Town, the picturesque capital of Aegina. Boasting elegant Neoclassical buildings, narrow alleys and a bustling seafront promenade, Aegina Town is perfect for summer strolls!
Aegina is also an island with a glorious historical past, as it used to be one of the most important islands of ancient Greece, so it’s not a surprise that sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Aegina! The most impressive archaeological site of the island is the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, dating back to the 6th century BC.
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Located in the heart of the Saronic Gulf, near the islands of Poros and Agistri, Aegina is one of the most popular islands for quick getaways, thanks to its proximity to Athens! Many ferries from Athens to Aegina depart from Piraeus port and arrive at Aegina in less than an hour.
Agia Marina is the most popular seaside resort in Aegina, while more secluded places to visit are Souvala, Vagia, Marathon, and Perdika. The island’s capital is Aegina Town, on the western side of the Aegina Greece, where also the main port of Aegina lies. In this colorful little town, you’ll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants, traditional taverns, shops, especially along its bustling waterfront.
As for Aegina beaches, they may not be many, but they are enticingly beautiful! Most of the island’s beaches are small, but organized with many facilities! The best Aegina beaches are Souvala beach, Agia Marina beach, and Marathon beach. Around most of these beaches, you’ll also find a selection of Aegina hotels, seaside taverns and beach bars. But, if you’re into more secluded beaches, there are many of them along the island’s coastline!
Sightseeing is one of the must things to do in Aegina! The most popular ancient monument in Aegina is, hands down, the Temple of Athena Aphaia, a Doric temple sitting in the center of the island. Other important sites, apart from the Temple of Athena Aphaia, are the Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Ellanios Zeus.
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The main town of Aegina is constructed along the port. Its architecture distinguishes for the many elegant Neoclassical buildings.
In close distance to Agia Marina, on the eastern side of Aegina, is an impressive ancient temple dedicated to Athena Aphaia.
Marathon is a nice sandy beach on the southern side of the main town. This place has an organized and an unorganized part to more privacy, as well as many tourist facilities.
In summer there are boat trips from the small port of Perdika to the secluded island of Moni. This island has blue green waters and a nice beach bar to relax.
In the centre of the island, there is the abandoned village of Paleochora. Once this village was the capital of Aegina, but now it is largely ruined. The village has many Byzantine churches.
Next to the ancient site of Kolona, in a walking distance from the Town, is the interesting Archaeological Museum with exhibits from excavations around the island.
Only few min ferry ride from Aegina is the lovely island of Agistri. With blue green waters and lush greenery, this is a wonderful place for a day trip from Aegina.