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The best sites in Aegina

Aegina ● Saronic islands ● 12 July 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 from Athens, Aegina is a heaven on earth, an authentic island where you can spend an amazing weekend with your family, your partner or your friends. Aegina is also an island with many historical sites, where ancient Greece meets modern Greece, as well as cultural spots that will make your weekend interesting and full of visits in museums and monuments.

Ancient Temple of Aphaea

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 breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. The well-preserved temple of Aphaea is located within a sanctuary complex dedicated to the goddess Aphaea. This great Doric temple was built in the sixth century B.C. over the remains of an earlier temple. It is one of the best-preserved temples in Greece, and you will be impressed by the beauty of the landscape and the history of the place. The temple of Aphaea is located in the same distance from Acropolis and the temple of Poseidon in Sounio, creating thus an equilateral triangle.

Temple of Aphaea

The Monastery of Saint Nektarios

The monastery, where Saint Nektarios lived and died in the 20th century, is the place, which makes Aegina one of the most significant religious destinations in Greece. Saint Nektarios is the patron saint of Aegina, and was a priest, who was sanctified only 50 years ago, being one of the Greek saints of the modern time.

Pachiorachi, the mountainous complex of Byzantine churches

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.

The ancient olive grove

The ancient olive grove near the fishing village of Perdika 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.

Kolona and the Archaeological Museum

Near Aegina Town, there are the ruins of the Neolithic settlement of the island (2,500-2,000 B.C.) as well as well as of the ancient temple of Apollo (6th century B.C.). The ancient site is very interesting, but worth visiting is also the location with a small beach full of pine trees under the hill with the column of the temple imposing the whole scenery.

Pistachio Festival

Don't miss out, if you visit Aegina in September, the Fistiki (=pistachio) Fest, a major festive event, which wants to promote the cultivation of this unique product on Aegina. The pistachio of Aegina entered the list of products with Protected Designation of Origin thanks to its fame with the name of the island and its unique flavour that is different from other places. The Fistiki Fest is the largest commercial and economic event in the area with more than 20,000 visitors. The visitors will find there sweet and salty gastronomic delicacies from pistachio as well as creations of pottery, jewellery, craft and arts in green and fuchsia colours, the colours of the pistachio.


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.