Only an hour ferry ride from Athens, Aegina is a nice and relaxing island in the Saronic Gulf. With small fishing villages and lovely beach resorts, it gets very popular as a weekend destination. The small size of the island makes it easy to drive around even in one day and discover the main spots, such as Aegina Town, Perdika, Vagia, Marathon, and Agia Marina. The most famous site in Aegina includes the ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, located in the center of the island, the ghost town of Paleochora that remains uninhabited today and the Archaeological Museum in Aegina Town with exhibits from various excavations around the island.
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The Doric temple of Athena Aphaia was built around 420 B.C. on the site of a former temple. It is situated on top of a rock and it was dedicated to goddess Athena. The amazing thing is this temple of Aegina, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion and the Parthenon in Athens geographically form an isosceles triangle.
Founded in 1829, the Archaeological Museum of Aegina was the first museum to be established in the modern Greek State. The museum is housed in a building constructed in 1980 located near the site of Kolona. It hosts a collection of artifacts from the Temple of Aphaia, a statue from the Temple of Apollo and Neolithic pots.
The Tower of Markellos constitutes a landmark of Aegina island and is an edifice of major historical significance. Located near the center of the main town, this impressive pink edifice catches the eye of the visitor with its Venetian architectural style and imposing facade.
The monastery was established by the saint himself, who was an Orthodox bishop, in 1904. Agios Nektarios lived in this monastery from 1908 to 1920. Today, this monastery is considered an important religious center in Greece.
In the wonderful area of Livadi, 2 km north of the city of Aegina, visitors can admire the house of the renowned Greek writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis. One of the most distinguished and prolific authors of his generation and highly praised for his work and contribution, Kazantzakis stayed in Aegina for major periods of his life, especially during the German occupation.
The Folklore Museum of Aegina is located in the center of the capital town and it houses rare manuscripts, maps, a collection of books, traditional costumes, furniture, and many other items. Cultural events are held in the yard of the museum.