What to do
Aegina in Greece is a beautiful island only an hour ferry ride from Athens. Just south of hectic Piraeus, Aegina still feels like having visited another world.
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. It was during that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his headquarters that today are important tourist attractions.
Aegina has nice family beaches, seaside villages and interesting archaeological sites to visit. A drive around will bring visitors to fantastic places, such as the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, the ghost village of Paleochora with the innumerable churches, the seaside villages of Vagia and Perdika, and so many other secrets to discover.
Aegina is famous worldwide for its pistachios ; they come in all tastes, salty, sweet or mellow.
Activities in Aegina
Walking and hiking
A perfectly enjoyable activity in Aegina island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking view to the sea.
Visit the Temple of Athena Aphaia
The Doric temple of Athena Aphaia was built around 420 B.C. on the site of a former temple. It is situated on top of a rock and it was dedicated to goddess Athena. The amazing thing is the this temple of Aegina, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion and the Acropolis of Athens geographically form an isosceles triangle.
Visit the Monastery of Agios Nektarios
The monastery was established by the saint himself, who was an Orthodox bishop, in 1904. Agios Nektarios lived in this monastery from 1908 to 1920. Today, this monastery is considered an important religious centre in Greece
Boating and Sailing
Learn to sail a yacht, try power boating, or embark on day-trips to nearby islands of Moni and Angistri.
Food and Dining
Nice restaurants in Aegina can be found across the port promenade in Aegina Town and at seaside villages, like Perdika, Vagia, Souvala and Agia Marina, where you can dine next to water.
Nontas Taverna (+30 22970 61233) : In the style of a simple, modern tavern, at the point where the highly popular promenade of Perdika begins, with a history that dates back to 1936 and views of the picturesque harbor with the fishing boats. Start with homemade pies, delicious octopus, crispy calamari, eggplant and white fish roe salad and nice fries, until the nicely cooked fish that you select in advance from the refrigerator showcase comes to your table. Its specialties include spaghetti lobster, “kritharoto” with lobster and “tiganosoupa” [fish soup]
Kavouropetra Taverna (+30 22970 23001) A simple, family tavern with courtyard, in a quiet pier a few kilometers from the town of Aegina, in the direction of the shipyards. Come before nightfall to enjoy the view. Its strong point is fresh fish (from swordfish to cleaver wrasse) and the seafood dishes of the day (we tried a savory crayfish couscous), while mezes (nice marinated salmon, crispy shrimp) and some stews are also served. The recent recruitment of the family’s son, with studies in culinary art, adds credit to the tavern
Aiginitissa Taverna (+30 22970 61456) : In a privileged location by the sea, just before Perdika. Magnificent views of the island of Moni, quick service. Fresh fish and nice risotto with shrimps, mussels and saffron, delicious cuttlefish with raisins and pine seeds, fried squid in batter and garlic dip with pistachio, nice boiled salads