Tourist Guide of Aegina island
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.Although small in size (83 s.km.), it is great in its variety and has nothing to envy from other cosmopolitan islands.
Aegina had a rich mythological tradition from ancient times and still occupies a significant place in history. Witnesses to this are the archaeological findings and monuments from prehistoric times until today.
If you want to use your own boat, you can anchor in the harbor of Aegina or at the picturesque fishing village of Perdika with its magnificent sunset, from where you can reach the eco-island of Moni and admire the peacocks, deer and ponies that live there.
Throughout the island there are numerous restaurants, taverns, bars, discotheques, which can satisfy every visitor. There is a frequent bus service, coaches and taxis.
If you go to Aegina, do not forget to shop for the Aegina’s delicious and famous pistachios and ceramics.
- the church of St. Nicholas, Thalassinos, at the entrance of the harbor
- the archaeological site of Kolona next to the port
- the Governor house
- the orphanage
- the Evnardio
- Kapodistrias’ Public Library
- the Metropolitan Church of St. Dionisios
- the house where Nikos Kazantzakis lived in the area of Plakakia
- the house of Constantinos Kanaris
- the home of Spyridon Trikoupis
- the houses of Kontostavlos, Voulgaris and of the English philhellene and historian of the revolution of 1821, Finley
- the archaeological, historical - folklore museum and the museum of Christos Kapralos
You can swim in the public beach and in Kolona or at the beaches of Plakakia, Paliopyrgos, Agios Vasilios, Faros and Marathonas.
Every year, on November 9th is the festival of Saint Nektarios and on the 17th of December, the festival of St. Dionisios, the patron saint of the island.
The seaside village and harbor of Aegina, Agia Marina has an excellent tourist infrastructure.
The archaeological site of Aphaia is a place that every Greek should visit. There is even a museum in the archaeological site with architectural exhibits, etc. derived from the ancient Sanctuary of Aphaia.
You can swim in village’s beach and every year on July 17 the festival of Agia Marina takes place. The beach in the fishing village of Vaia is also ideal for swimming.
On the way to Souvala is Kypseli which also has significant archaeological findings. You can swim at the nearby beach of Leonti and in Kavouropetra. Every year, in September, the ancient custom of Leidinos is represented with the worshiping, funeral, burial and resurrection of Leidinos (a dummy of a dead man), a traditional feast.
From Mesagros, which has a tradition in ceramic art, you can admire the view where the temple of Athena of Aphaia stands. If you visit Mesagros, it is worthwhile to see the house of Alexander Rodakis, which is an example of folk architecture of 1880.
Paleochora (Agios Nektarios) is a ruined medieval town. Its abandonment began in the late 18th century when the building of the modern capital also began.
It is worth visiting:
the monastery of Agios Nektarios in which the Saint’s relics lay, and has a guest house and the Stavropegic monastery of the Virgin Mary. In the monastery of Chrisoleontissa the biggest festival of the island takes place in mid-August. The monastery of Agios Nektarios celebrates on November 9, the anniversary of the Saint’s death.
Perdika is a picturesque seaside village with satisfactory tourist traffic, which has hotels, rooms and apartments. You can swim at the beaches of Perdika, Aeginitissa and Marathonas. Every year on September 7th is the festival of St. Savior.
Well known for its hot springs is Souvala village, which is also a port and a tourist resort. You can swim at the village’s beach and visit the hot springs in the area.
Opposite Perdika is the islet of Moni. The goats that live here look like the Cretan wild goats.
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. There are daily ships to Aegina from Piraeus port that reach the island in 1 hour and 10 minutes. The trip from Pireaus to Souvala lasts 1 hour.
From the port of Piraeus, in front of the church of Agios Spiridonas, the dophins depart every day. The trip duration to Aegina is 35 minutes and 1 hour to Agia Marina.
If you don’t “love” your car very much, it will be better not to take it since the local transportation is very good and there are many taxis that can serve you on the routes you want. There are frequent local bus schedules to most areas of the island.
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.