Aegina

Aegina

The island of Aegina is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the Saronic Gulf, being the
closest island to Athens, and reachable from the city in around 2 hours. Aegina is a trove of history, with many
places to visit, amazing sights and extraordinary beaches with crystal clear waters.

Aegina Town, the main city and port of the island, has distinctive, neoclassical architecture with strong folk
elements. Visitors meandering along the port seafront and the narrow streets become enchanted by its vibrant
and authentic atmosphere. On the outskirts, you can find picturesque villages with traditional characteristics,
such as Agii, Vagia and Kypseli – alongside well-organized tourist resorts. The island is surrounded by many
smaller islets easy to reach by boat directly from the main port.

A flash of the past

The island’ s first king was Aeacus- Son of Aegina and Zeus.

The islands’ first name was Inoni, and later named after Aegina.

Capital: Aegina Town

1827- 1829- Aegina town was the capital of the newly founded
Greek state.

Aegina is the birth place of Myrmidons, the bravest soldiers. The
legend says Zeus turned all the ants into Myrmidons, who under the
command of Achilles fought in the Trojan War. The siege of Troy
lasted 10 years and ended with the Greek victory.

During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea
power of the era.

A volcano formed two-thirds of Aegina.

Tallest spot on Aegina- 532m: Oros

Throughout the history, the island has endured frequent pirates’
raids.

First populated: 3500-3000 B.C.
Off season population: 13,056 people
Summer population: up to 30,000 people

Economy: tourism & agriculture: pistachios, grain, sponge fisheries,
cotton, vines, almonds, olives, figs, ceramics, jewellery, clothes and
textiles.

Things to do in Aegina

The Sanctuary of Apollo Delfinios Kolóna located near to the harbour, is the only one
remaining from a 6th Century BC temple and offers a fantastic view over the harbour
town.

The Archaeological Museum of Aegina: the first museum to be established in Greece
(1829).

The Temple of Aphea Athena– This is the most important monument on the island and
is not to be missed. The temple, also known as the “holy triangle”, is dedicated to the
goddess Athena and is situated on top of a hill, being one of the foremost architectural
wonders of ancient Greece.

Palaiohóra- Agia Marina: a stunning model of medieval architecture illustrating Aegina during Byzantine times.

Church of Agios Nektarios: Agios Nektarios was known as a miracle worker,
predominantly as a healer, but he was also a prolific writer, philosopher, theologist,
moralist and poet.

Markelos Tower: a venetian tower dating since the 17 th century which has been used
as the seat of Government and State Treasury. Now you can admire a variety of
painting exhibitions and cultural events.

Historical and folklore museum

Beaches of Aegina

Agia Marina is a beautiful long sandy beach with clear and shallow waters, very well organized with sun beds, umbrellas and a range of different watersport activities.

Souvala is a small sand and pebble beach, in the past the beach was renowned for its therapeutic skin benefits due to the hot and cold water spring.

Aegina Town has two beautifully organized beaches one right and one left of the port. Both have fine gold sand and shallow waters ideal for swimming.

Perdika is a small rocky and sandy beach with some other tiny spots between trees offering picturesque views over the calm, translucent sea.

Marathonas is a long fine sand beach well organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach natural beauty is enhanced by the vivid green trees and bushes. Close by, you can find the beaches of Klima and Sarpa.

Moni Islet

Moni is a small secluded and uninhabited island adjacent to Aegina and minutes away from the fishing village of Perdika. As you approach the shores of the island, it will become more and more apparent that Moni is a small, earthly paradise. The lush,
almost virginal nature, dominated by scented pine trees, and the undisturbed and

shimmering turquoise waters, will offer you an unrepeatable experience. Moni has no drinkable water, which is the reason, why the only inhabitants found here are friendly and curious deer, kri-kri goats, rabbits, and peacocks. The sandy beach, deep blue waters, and nature make Moni ideal for watersports, especially underwater fishing or snorkeling. Climbing or hiking lovers will enjoy amazing sights of the whole island by crossing the slopes of a steep mountain located north of the islet. During the II
World War, Moni was occupied by the Germans and the prove to this is lookout post they built which still stands on the island
‘s highest point.

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