Aegina Island

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Aegina The island escape one hop from Athens 

The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens (only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus) is the perfect vacation destination, why a day or weekend trip to experience some Greek island life is easy to combine with your Athens City trip and learn why Aegina is a fantastic place to live for those who want to be away from it all! Discover Aegina, the island that is still Greek and not spoiled by mass tourism. Enjoy your journey!

According to the myth, the island took its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island! From 11/1/1827 until 3/10/1829 Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly founded Greek state. Eventhough the island small, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties, highlight of which is the famous Aphea Temple. It forms in fact an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of the antiquity.

 

During your stay on the island, you can visit the following museums and sightseeings:

The Doric Temple of Aphea Athena the 500 BC the most important monument on the island. The temple was founded there ai it formed an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of antiquity. The most impressive part of the temple is its wonderful sculpted pediments, a large part of which is exhibited at the Glyptothek of Munich. Excavation findings are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Aegina.

The Sanctuary of Apollo Delfinios, Kolóna

Located at a short distance from the harbour, the area took its name from a standing column (of Doric type), the only one remaining from a 6th Century BC temple. 

Palaiohóra, Ayia Marina

The site of Paleohóra represents Aegina during Byzantine times. This site is known as the “Island Mystras” because it once had 565 churches, 28 out of which (with exceptional wall paintings) have withstood the ravages of time, just like the ruins of a medieval castle and two incredible monasteries.

Saint Nektarios Monastery

Near Palaiochora, on the road to Souvala, lies the impressive Monastery of Ayios Nektarios, one of the largest monasteries in the Balkans. It was built in the 20th Century (between 1904 and 1910) on the site of a small Byzantine monastery.

Museums:

  • Archaeological museum

  • Historical and folklore museum

  • Aphea Temple (around the temple of Aphèa)

  • Christos Kapralos Museum

  • Governor’s Kapodistrias Residence

Travel Information - Getting to Aegina 

Lots of different travel options are available to bring you to Aegina Island Greece,

Most often used transfer route

From Athens Int. Airport To Piraeus (Port) - Aegina (passenger ferry by sea) departures by boat every hour

 Taxi (4 passengers plus luggage €60) from Pireaus Port To Aegina connecting with ferry

From Athens city To Piraeus (Port) - Aegina (passenger ferry by sea) departures by boat every hour

 Taxi (4 passengers plus luggage €30) from Pireaus Port To Aegina connecting with ferry

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