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Aegina off-the-beaten-path: its hidden gems

Aegina ● Saronic islands ● 18 February 2018
 

Aegina is an island, which you should definitely visit during your island hopping from Athens. Full of taverns by the sea, gorgeous sunsets, affordable rooms to let and cozy guesthouses, Aegina is a seaside paradise half an hour by ferry from Athens.

The favourite place of significant artists, offering bright light and wonderful nature, has important sites you can find in every guide about Aegina: the archaeological site of Kolona, which is named after the one remaining column of the temple of Apollo (built in the 6th century B.C.), the Archaeological Museum located there, the impressive Temple of Aphaea dedicated to the local goddess with the same name, standing imposing at the top of the cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Paliahora, the Mystras of Aegina, with its 30 medieval churches, which you can explore on foot via a circular path. Eleonas, which has ancient olive trees more than 1,500 years old. Saint Nektarios Monastery, one of Greece's most important places of worship.

But Aegina is something more than these famous sites. An island, where you can also go off-the-beaten-track, discover its hidden gems and see its unknown side, its artistic aura that will charm you.

Visitors should keep an eye out for the houses of legendary artistic figures, such as Nikos Kazantzakis, Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Nikolaou and Christos Kapralos on Kazantzakis Avenue in the area of Plakakia.


Aegina's Folklore Museum is definitely worth the visit as well for its collection as for the neoclassical building built in 1928 that hosts it.

Don't forget to visit the Christos Kapralos Museum, which extends over six rooms at the prominent sculptor's former studio in the Plakakia Area. It hosts a considerable part of his body of work.

The iconic Tower of Markelos, which was erected in 1802 and used during the rule of Ioannis Kapodistrias to house the public treasury and military headquarters, is a jewel of the old city.


Pachia Rachi is a settlement at the foot of Mount Ellanion, which is Aegina's highest mountain, that features cobblestone pathways and a magnificent sea view. Watching the sunset from there is just breathtaking.

Mount Ellanion is also interesting for its ancient trails, such as the trail from Sfentouri to Eleonas, the walking route from Marathonas Beach to Pachia Rachi or the trail from there to the Monastery of Panagia Chrysoleontissa. If you love hiking, try also the eastern part of the island by heading north from the village of Anitseo or take the route that begins at Mesagros and ends at the temple of Aphaea.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Klonos Anna
Klonos Anna
48, Kazantzaki Str., 18010 Aegina, Greece

The family run Klonos Anna hotel is located 5 minutes walk from Kolona beach and 1.3 km from the main port of Aegina island and the center of the town. Aegina can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Rachel Hotel
Rachel Hotel
188, Kyriakou Galari str., Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Rachel Hotel is located in the centre of Agia Marina, just a 4-minute walk from the beach and Agia Marina port. Aigina town and main port of the island is 13.2 km away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
4, Kazantzaki Str., Aegina Town, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Plaza Hotel is located in the centre of Aegina Town, just 1-minute walk from the beach. Aegina Port is a 4-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.


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