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Weekend in Aegina: a guide to the hidden gems

Aegina ● Athens ● Saronic islands ● 30 June 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. Take the boat from Piraeus Port on Friday evening, and within an hour, you will reach Aegina Town, a lovely harbour with neoclassical buildings, cafés and taverns by the sea. The best time to enjoy Aegina Town is on evenings, when the sunset colours the harbour with pink and orange hues, and the small white church at the edge of the jetty is in perfect contrast to the whole scenery. Have a stroll in front of the town, by the sea, and then, you can drink coffee or a cocktail in one of the numerous cafés and bars or eat in a traditional seafood tavern, overlooking the Saronic Gulf.

Next morning, you can spend some culture moments visiting the ancient temple of Aphaea, which 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. If you are a lover of ancient history and culture, you can also visit the ruins of the ancient temple of Ellanios Zeus at the opposite side of the island.

Aegina sea

Afterwards, choose a beach and enjoy the sea and the sun like being in the Aegean Sea. In a close distance to the temple of Aphaea, is located Agia Marina, a touristic resort in the eastern part of the island, where you can spend an ideal day with your family in the long sandy beach with the shallow waters, and then eat in the nice fishing village there. Returning back to Aegina Town, you can pass from Plakakia, a lovely area with coves with crystal waters, where you can admire a spectacular sunset. Between Plakakia and Aegina Town, you will meet a wonderful beach with pine trees and on the top of the hill the column of an ancient temple, which has given this name (Kolona= column) to this beach.

On Sunday morning, you can visit the monastery, where Saint Nektarios lived and died in the 20th century. 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. Near the monastery, there is a wide area on the mountain with the name Pachiorachi with 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.


Afterwards, you can go swimming in the southern part of the island, in the area of Perdika, which has the best beaches (Kleidi, Klima, Sarpas) that remind of Cyclades thanks to their emerald waters and soft sand. Before going to the beach, you can take a walk in the ancient olive grove nearby, which has the oldest olive trees in Greece (400 years old)! In the evening, you can eat in Perdika, which is a lovely fishing village with fresh fish and nice taverns.

Take the boat to Athens and feel the sea breeze by feeding the sea-gulls that follow the ships!

Where to Stay

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.

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.