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Aegina: the lovely Athens island

Aegina ● Saronic islands ● 15 September 2017

Aegina is one of the islands close to Athens that are perfect for a weekend or a short trip from Athens.  Located only 45 minutes by ferry and 1,5 hour by boat from Athens, Aegina is a heaven on earth, which however can become too crowded during the weekends and the high season. With these from locals, you can discover the hidden gems of Aegina and spend your vacations, weekend or just day trip in an amazing, off-the-beaten-path way.

The cozy fishing village of Perdika, on the southern side of the island, with Greek taverns by the sea with fresh fish, caiques and the hospitable locals is the best option to forget being so close to Athens.  Plus, you can make a day excursion to the green islet of Moni just across Perdika and swim in waters that look like belonging to Ionian Sea.

Aegina port

The lighthouse, on the road to Souvala, the second port of Aegina, is the best spot to watch the sunset. Sitting at the edge of the peninsula in the district of Plakakia, near the white chapel is a magnificent way to explore the hidden beauty of Saronic Gulf.

The ancient temple of Aphaea is built in a stunning location on the top of a hill, inside a forest of pine trees, having a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and the Saronic Gulf. Visit it during the full moon of August, and you will enjoy a spectacular experience. 

Temple of Aphaea

The archaeological site of Kolona, where the ruins of the Temple of Apollo stand imposing, and a column dominates the scenery and the beach under the cliff, is an ideal way to combine culture and a day in the sea. Pine trees until the coastline and deep blue waters create a wonderful landscape just 500 m. from Aegina Town.

Kolona site

The beach of Aeginitissa is the must place in Aegina to have fun, meet new people, drink cocktails by the sea and spend moments on the beach until late. Near the beach, the tavern of Aeginitissa literally by the sea has delicious mezedes and very hospitable people.

Near the monastery of Saint Nektarios, there is a wide area on the mountain, which is called Pachiorachi and has numerous small, stone-built Byzantine churches from the 12th century. If the weather is not hot, you can hike on the mountain and explore the hidden churches everywhere that are an impressive trace of Medieval Times on the island.

The ancient olive grove has olive trees that are more than 400 years old. If you visit it, you will be impressed by the size of the trees that reflects their age.

Don't miss out in the beautiful, well-preserved neoclassical Aegina Town the stroll from the port until the open-air cinema of Akrogiali. After 8 o'clock p.m., the main road turns into pedestrian, and you can walk undistracted before watch a movie by the sea and under the stars.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Liberty II
Liberty II
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Hotel Liberty II is located in the popular sea-side resort of Aegina, Agia Marina, just 3 minutes walk from the longest beach of the island. The main port of the island and the town is at 13.2 km. Aegina island can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.

Studio & Appartment in Aegina, Greece Eri Studios
Eri Studios
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Eri Studios is located in Agia Marina, Aegina, just a 10-minute walk from the popular beach of the resort. The main town and port of the island is approximately a 20-minute drive away.