Aegina island is located in the Aegean sea, in the center of the Saronic Gulf. It is the ideal destination for a short getaway from Athens (40 to 70 minutes from Piraeus Port). In addition, it is wisely chosen by overseas visitors because the airport of Athens is only 45 minutes away from the port of Piraeus. It is a refuge for many artists, politicians and businessmen from around the world. Famous artists get inspired by the beauties of the island. Visit the island if you wish to discover or enjoy the genuine and tranquil island life of our beautiful land.
In ancient times, Greeks made on Aegina island the first Greek - European coin, the Turtle! The coin played an important historical role in the development of trade across the known world of the time. It was a silver coin that had the emblem of a sea turtle (symbol of the goddess Aphrodite, protecting travel and sea commerce) on one side.
Aegina was the first capital of modern Greece. Approximately 180 years ago Yiannis Kapodistrias took an oath as the first governor of the independent Greek State at the sacred Metropolitan temple of Aegina. Visitors of the island can easily walk across many Kapodistrian buildings.
Aegina has many attractions that will amaze you. We chose some which we recommend:
Kolona is an archaeological site and due to its findings historians got information of Ancient Aegina. It's located near the main harbour of Aegina. It was the Acropolis of Aegina in Ancient times and the religious and political base of the city. It was named (Kolona = pilar) after it's only pillar that remains until today. The site was destroyed more than ten times and was rebuilt over and over again. The northern walls which were built in around 1600 B.C. are still saved along with some ruins that are dated back to 1300 B.C. Don’t forget to visit it. It has great view to the Saronic Gulf and the town of Aegina. It’s a wondrous site worth visiting.
The Archaeological museum of Aegina is also located at the site of Kolona. It is the first museum that was built in post-revolutionary Greece. It was founded in 1828 by the Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias since Aegina was the capital of the independent Greek State at time. Its main exhibits were found in Kolona but there are many more from all over Greece as it was one of the first archaeological museums in free Greece.
Opening hours: The museum is open all year round (winter 08:30 - 15:00, summer 09:00 - 16:00). Closed on Mondays.
The Historical and Folklore Museum is located at a neoclassical building of 1828 (16 str. Spirou Rodi) passed on to the Municipality of Aegina Polymnia by Irioti Thomakos, daughter of Panayi Irioti who had a PhD in Philology,, Archaeologist, Folklorist and for many years Director of the main School of Aegina. The museum’s collections are constantly enriched through donations by the “Association of Aegina’s Folkorists”. On the first floor you will have the opportunity to see a "Traditional Aegina home" with local relics, the library of Iriotis, his files and antique furniture with hand engravings, paintings, traditional costumes. On the ground floor you could visit the "village house" with everyday tools, textile items, agricultural instruments and the "Fisherman’s House" with fishing equipment and miniature fishing boats.
Named after the fighter of 1821(Greek War of Independence - Greek Revolution) Spyridon Markellos.
According to local legend, the tower was built by Markellos in 1802. But apparently it was just repaired then since its architectural characteristics show that it was built the late 17th century (perhaps as part of a fortification project designed to protect the port of Aegina or as a refuge from pirates).
When Aegina was the capital of Greece, the acting commander of Aegina and ministers of the goverment lived in the building.
The Marcellus Tower is now used as an exhibition building.
The museum of the sculptor Christos Kapralos is located in the area of Plakakia (on the coastal road). Christos Kapralos studied painting at the School of Fine Arts and sculpture in Paris. He came to Aegina in 1963 in search of the material used for the construction of the "Monument of the Battle of Pindos". This material was the stone named Puri which was in abundance on the island at time. Then he built his first workshop which still exists and is now used to expose his works. Visitors can see the table he worked on, his brushes and other tools. The first work of Christos Kapralos can be admired just outside the entrance to the museum (the famous "Mother statue" which is located in a specially shaped square on the coastal road. Kapralos’ work is famous worldwide. His exhibitions have taken place in Europe, America, Canada and Japan and in 1962 he represented Greece at the Venice Biennale.
Open hours and days: from June to October - daily 10:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 (except Mondays). From November to May - Fri-Sat-Sun 10:00 to 14:00. Telephone no: Aegina - 22970 22001, 22970 53667 Athens - 210 923 9041.
One of the last saints of the Greek Orthodoxy, Saint Nektarios, the Wonderwalker of Aegina lived for many years on the island until his death (1846-1920). He was officially recognised as a saint in 1961. It is believed that he held many miracles while he was still alive. Don’t forget to visit the magnificent temple of Saint Nektarios located in Kontos area. It is a pole of attraction for thousands of religious tourists every year.
Palaioxora, today looks very much like a place called Mistra, with old churches and ruins. Only the churches have survived and the murals are not in a very good condition. The church of Saint Nikolaos (13th century) is not very far from Palaioxora. It has many murals some of which are dated back to 1330. If you decide to explore the area you should have water supplies because you will walk quite a lot uphill.
The Center is the first and largest wildlife care center in the Balkans, in the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the few centers worldwide that treats all types of wildlife. Its activities started in Thessaloniki in 1984 and in 1990 it was established as a non-profit organization, based on the activities in Aegina island. In all years of operation, it had more than 170,000 imported incidents from all over Greece. All animals considered capable of release (after completion of their recovery), returned to their natural environment. Today, the facilities keep 2000 wild animals, mostly birds either permanetely or temporarily. Many of the birds belong to rare species (such as the golden eagle, the Spotted Eagle, the Griffon, two kinds of Pelicans etc.). Many of the birds that are not released are nesting and give offsprings. You should visit the site.
Awarded for its action to protect the environment and for the voluntary contribution of its members:
The temple of Athena Aphaia is built in the northern part of the island in a place covered with pine trees and has a wonderful view to the sea. It's in a very good condition. Twenty-four pillars of the temple remain, out of a total of 34. It has been built in 480 b.c. just after the naval battle in Salamina. When the atmosphere is clear, you can see Poseidon's temple in Sounio and the Acropolis of Athens. It is said that the 3 temples form a perfect triangle (the holy triangle of ancient times). Do not miss the summer events at the site under a full moon. The access is possible by bus.
From the 1st of November until the 31 of March:
Archaeological site: Daily: 10:00-17:30
Archaeological Collection: from 01/01 only weekends 10:30-16:00
From the 1st of May until the 31 of September:
Archaeological site: Daily: 08:00-20:00
Archaeological Collection: 09:00-16:00
How would you feel if you got on the top of Aegina? The arrival at the place amazes you. You need to drive until the road’s end (approximately 600m before the top) and walk about 30 minutes. The climb is quite exhausting. It would be a good idea to be supplied with snacks and water. You will find the view enchanting.
Historical data of the region make the sitel very important and place it in a prominent position. The oldest altar that has been identified until today, which was dedicated to Zeus was built here. Although the construction coincides with the descent of the Dorians in 1200 BC, in the same site an older settlement was found. According to the archaeologist Velter, the settlement was abandoned in 1250 BC after a raid that was conducted in the region.
In the area during the Byzantine period, a monastery was built and was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Of all the buildings, only the church of the Archangels is saved, one of the oldest churches of Aegina (1200 AD).
Most beaches on the island are small, sandy with shallow and warm waters ideal for families. Along the main coastal road of the island though you will find many different beaches. Facilities with bars and sunbeds, hidden and solitary coves or rocky beaches for dives are all around the island. Do not forget to visit Moni, a small island next to Perdika village to enjoy the magical beach.
The first beach you will find in the city of the island which is located next to our hotel. Sandy with shallow waters ideal for children.
A greenful bay in front of a pine forest with a small half rocky - half sandy beach and shallow waters. In some spots the waters have several stones that may injure children. Explore it to discover the best sandy spots which are like natural pools. It can be very quiet even when the island is quite crowded.
Sandy beach with shallow waters. It has facilities such as umbrellas - sunbeds, canteen and shower. Ideal for small children. Access by bus.
If you are looking a sandy beach, shallow waters and close to taverns, cafes and a mini market then this is a very good choice. Ideal for children. Located in front of the Marathon village. The restaurants and cafes offer free sunbeds. Access also by bus.
Located at the end of Marathon village. Sandy with shallow waters, facilities such as umbrellas - sunbeds, canteen and shower. Avoid some spots with rocks in the water. A beautiful and picturesque area. Access also by bus.
Perhaps the perfect beach for young people looking for fun apart from swimming and sunbathing. Sandy with shallow waters. It has facilities such a bar - cafe, shower. Here you could play beach volley and beach tennis. Do not forget to try the delicious cocktails. Access also by bus.
The beach opened to the public the summer of 2016 (it remained closed for over 20 years). It used to be the private beach of an old hotel (Aegina Maris) and no one had the access previously. It has facilities such as a bar, umbrellas - sunbeds and shower. Sandy, fenced, ideal for children. Do not forget to try the delicious appetizers. Access also by bus.
If you are looking for a special experience you shouldl visit the beach on Moni island. You will first arrive in the village of Perdika and from there you will board on the boats that will take you to the island (15 minutes). Departures every half hour from and to the island. The main beach is sandy, with shallow water. There is a a canteen and a restaurant. The guests who love adventure can choose to dive into the sea from the rocks around the island or climb to the top of the island and enjoy the spectacular views. Do not forget to meet the permanent residents of the island - wild goats, the peacocks and a deer family!
On this beach of Agia Marina village you will find everything. The island's largest sandy beach with shallow waters. Many bars - cafes, taverns, plenty of sunbeds and water sports. Ideal for young and elder people. Not recommended for those who seek a peaceful and quiet beach. Access also by bus.
On the south side of the island you will find this beach which is perhaps the most picturesque of all. It differs from the others because of its landscape which looks more Cycladic and wild. Access only by vehicle or taxi. It is quite far from any village on the island and its route is quite long with many turns (but the experience is overall satisfying). Sandy beach, shallow waters, facilities with sunbeds - umbrellas and a canteen. The waters are colder than in any other part of the island.
Another beach of a romantic Cycladic - like landscape. When it is not windy you get the feeling of swimming in a pool. There is a canteen and umbrellas - sunbeds are provided. Access with your own car or by foot (about 20 minutes from Perdika). Ideal for young and elder people.
The most famous beach near the village of Souvala. Very shallow waters ideal for both children and adults. Named after the natural thermal baths (baths=loutra) that existed in the area. Famous for its beautiful sea colors and its fine white sand.
Aegina is relatively a small island and it is not difficult to go around most of it in a few days. The villages are near each other and you can choose any means of transport to visit them. We chose to mention the ones that we consider worth visiting:
This is the capital with the main port of the island, the central market, all kinds of shops, banks, several restaurants, pastry shops with local delicacies, numerous cafes and bars for all tastes. Most visitors choose Aegina town for their stay since you can find anything you are looking for and at the same time explore the rest of the island by bus, taxi or any other vehicle.
An ideal destination on the west, where you could pass a whole day with friends, family or partner. Here you will find a long sandy beach with seaside restaurants and cafes. There is a mini market and a bakery nearby. Access also by bus. Do not forget to watch the wonderful sunsets from the beach.
The most picturesque fishing village of the island. Famous for its charm, the amphitheatrical view towards the Saronic gulf and for the fresh fish brought by fishermen every morning in front of the seaside restaurants. There is a Super Market, bakeries and a gas station. The only disadvantage would be that there is not a nice beach closeby. Nevertheless, there are many rocky spots along the seaside road to Perdika where adventurous visitors choose to dive from. Access also by bus.
We suggest you visit Moni island for swimming (in summer) which is next to the village (get onboard the small boats that get you there every half hour).
The northern village with the second port used by a few ferries. A picturesque village with several shops (Pharmacy, Super Market, souvenirs), plenty of taverns and a small sandy beach. If you visit it we suggest you swim just outside the village, on the Loutra beach. Access also by bus.
The largest village after the town of Aegina, in the east of the island. Most shops are open for the touristic season. In winter time most of the local facilities are closed. There is a very long sandy beach with a variety of choice in restaurants and cafés - bars. Above the village you will see a greenful mountain with pine trees and on top the Ancient Temple of Aphaia. In the central street of the village you will find several shops for your souvenirs, Super Markets and bakeries. Access also by bus. Do not hesitate to discover the hidden rocky bays for your dives. You could walk around the village in a couple of hours.
These are two villages very close to each other. There are no large markets here (only two mini markets and a bakery). Mostly you will find villas and houses as it is very close to town. Here you will take a beautiful coastal walk and discover small hidden beaches. If you prefer quiet beaches we suggest you find your own secret beach in the area. Do not forget to see the tower of Saliarelis, the small church of St. Apostoloi in front of the sea and the large white lighthouse - the “Mother’s statue” of Kapralos - or sit at the small church of St. Anargyroi and enjoy the lovely sunsets.
The seaside small picturesque village on the north side of the island that remains the same through time. Green hills with pine trees and a sandy beach with a couple of taverns and a mini market. Access also by bus. One of the most distant villages from Aegina town.
One of the villages that we recommend you visit. On the south side of the island. If you enjoy walks and breathtaking views then you should visit it. There are no shops in the village so be supplied with water. You will see beautiful traditional stone buildings and a wonderful landscape with amazing view to the Aegean sea. You can combine your visit here with your tour to Perdika village or Klima - Kleidi beach. No bus available to bring you here.
Two more villages close to each other worth visiting for a walk and seeing how people used to live. They are very scenic villages with stone buildings. You can combine your visit here with your trip to the Hellanion Mountain, Portes village or the Greek Center of Wild Animals and Birds Protection. You will not find any shops in these villages but in Anitseon you could enjoy delicious traditional food in a couple of restaurants. No bus available to bring you here.
The small coastal and picturesque village east of Aeginaisland. A quiet village which also remains the same through time. At its seaside there is a beach with gray pebbles and a couple of taverns. The beach is one of the most quiet you could find in Aegina island. No bus available to bring you here.
Apart from wonderful tours and unforgettable dives into the Aegean you will be able to get involved with new or challenging activities that will be memorable. We would like to inform you about some of them:
One of the most popular activities on the island. There are many clubs that will be happy to welcome you and guide you to the hidden paths of our mountains. You get the chance to discover the island’s natural beauties and wonderful monuments on your way. You will be amazed with the breathtaking views from the top of our mountains. The members of the clubs come from Greece and abroad. While hiking there will always be an experienced guide in charge. Usually hikes take place on Sundays, but not on the hot summer months.
In the tourist season private day cruises are organized by individuals who own large fishing boats or yachts (Sundays usually). First destination could be some hidden or distant beach, later on to a tavern on another coastal area for lunch and finally back to the town of the island (at around 17.00)!
Cycling in Aegina definitely makes you feel happier! Especially on the coastal road but even cycling on the mountain roads you feel euphoria. Unfortunately, there is no cycle-lane and you should be careful in the turns and blind spots. Avoid to cycle in dark or in high-traffic periods (holidays).
If you are on the island with family, friends or your partner do not forget to hop on one of the carriages that are waiting in front of the port. This is a romantic experience that travels you back in time.
Whether you are experienced and you have your own equipment or even if you wish to take courses with trainers. Aegina is the perfect place for diving. Discover the tranquility offered undersea in our magical coasts.
How would you feel trying horseback riding in our island? Make an appointment and the teacher will help you learn it. It's easy and fun. Do not hesitate.
How would you feel doing Yoga or Tai - Chi on Aegina’s beaches, in the mountains or in the pine forests of Aegina? Schools and skilled teachers are waiting for you to discover it.
Around mid-August locals harvest their pistachio trees (pistachio is the main agricultural product of the island). Local producers, professionals or not, will be happy if you help them. An experience you will never forget. Ask us if you are on the island during this period, to help you find these producers.
In Aegina you could taste the famous pistachio of Aegina and its unique delicacies. The pistachio is the main cultivation of the island from the early 20s. In 1996 the name “pistachio of Aegina” was registered in the official European Union gazette as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). It is considered a high-yield product and of a quality lacking in foreign varieties. The ideal climate of the island and the unique soil composition lend exceptional flavour and aroma to Aegina’s pistachio. This has distinguished it from other pistachios and it has earned well-deserved recognition as the finest pistachio in the world. It is estimated that pistachio trees in Aegina are covering 29,000 acres and the total production reaches 2,700 tons per year. In mid-September, a Pistachio festival is organized called the "Fistiki Fest".