Aegina: the Queen of Saronic gulf
Aegina, a stone's throw from Athens and with continuous links to the port of Piraeus, with its healthy climate and natural beauty is, undoubtedly, a tourist island, which offers visitors the ideal place for rest, leisure and spiritual regeneration. Especially in spring time, full of flowers is a truly magic! Throw the idea at your companionship and take the first boat or dolphin with destination to Aegina...
A short trip with the ferry-boat or with the "dolphin" will get us daily at the beautiful Aegina. A getaway will relive you! The walks along the port with the sailing boats and luxurious boats will relax you...
We will make a stop for ouzo and seafood at the taverns in order to refill power to help us continue the strolls at the traditional streets of the city with the unique old classical houses that makes us feel like we are living in another era...
Between them we will meet the enetial tower of Markelos that stands here for centuries and from now on host cultural events at its grounds.
Near Markelos tower we find the Kivernio with the extraordinary two-floor building that was the house of Kapodistria and the first Coin-museum of the country. Near to it we will find the church of Agios Nikolaos with the impressive . From the most important churches of the island is Panagitsa, at edge of the port and the metropole of Aegina that is dedicated to Koimisi of Theotokou, to Agios Ioannis Theologos and Agios Dionisios almost near the building of the public Theater of the island.
A litlle bit further from Aegina, at Livadi, we will visit the house of Kazantzakis, where he wrote " Alexis Zormbas" that host many art personalities such as Aggelos Sikelianos. Special intrerest presents the rich Psaragora of Aegina, and also the grosseries on the sea that are open all day long.
In old times here in Aegina we will find a very important navy and trade power. Based on mythology, Aegina was one of the fifty daughter of God Asopos and beloved of Zeus that kidnapped her and brought her at Inoni island that took her name. There they gave birth to a son, Eakos, that Zeus made him the king of the island . Though in order to have more residents on the island, he transformed the ants of the island to humans. As a result, the residents of Aegina named Mirmidones.
The island is habilitated from the 4th century b.c and came to his growth from 8th to 5th b.c , when was participated with other cities at Amfiktionia of Kalavria. Her strategic position and trade activities made her a powerful naval and trade power that succed to dominate at East Mediterenean Sea.
Here it was cut the first greek and european coin, the "turtle" at 650 b.c. Aiginitio manufacture (famous of 6th- 5th b.c) founded at the island the Belle Arts and sculpture center. Important was also her participation with powerful navy at the historical battle of Salamina at 480 b.c. against Perses.
Afterwards very difficult years came...under the control of Athenians. Another important contribution was at the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Turks.
After winning the war at 1828, Ioannis Kapodistrias was made Aegina the base of the government of Greece. At this era at Aegina was surrounded all the profounded people of social, political, economical, and trade scene. You can feel all this strength when you walk at the graphic streets with the impressive neo-classic homes most of them are rebuilt..
For your stay in Aegina, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Aegina town, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can find a list of hotels and rooms to let, as well as special offers for low cost holidays, in the list of lodgings in the area and the accommodation offers and deals.
Access to Aegina is possible by ferry from the port of Piraeus. Local transportation is very good so transportation by car is unnecessary. There are regular bus routes for the most areas of the island by the local bus.
Daily ferry departures from the port of Piraeus to Aegina, arrival after 1 hour and 15 minutes. Pireaus - Souvala trip duration is 1 hour.
From the port of Piraeus, in front of the church of Agios Spiridonas, dophins leave every day. Trip duration to Aegina is 35 minutes and to Agia Marina 1 hour.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.