Weekend in Aegina: a guide to the hidden gems
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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 Towna 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.


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 Townyou 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

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Sissy Hotel
Sissy Hotel
Marathonas, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Sissy Hotel is located in Marathonas just 3 minutes walk from the beach and 5 km from Aegina town and from the main port of the island. A supermarket and traditional restaurants can be found within 200 m. A bus stop with a good bus service to Aegina town is located right across the property.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Ulrika Hotel
Ulrika Hotel
P. Grigoriou E', 18010 Aegina, Greece

Ulrika Hotel is located in Aegina, just 1 minute walk from the beach. Aigina Port is a 7-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.

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.


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