Aegina Island

Information about Aegina Island

(Area: 83 sq km – Coastline: 57 km – Is. 532 m – Distances from Piraeus: Aegina
Town 18 n.m,, Souvala 12 n.m., Aghia Marina 11 n.m.)
The tourist island closest to Athens is Aegina, featuring a wealth of sights, beautiful
beaches, pine-covered hills and peaceful villages, only minutes away from the Greek capital.
The inhabitants of Aegina are especially proud of their island’s past, as they can
boast a rich historical heritage.
Aegina became a major naval power in the 7th and 6th centuries BC when the wealth
gained by the sea trade turned the island into an important cultural centre of its time.
Aegina was also the first place in Greece to introduce money; a silver coin depicting a
turtle was minted on the island in the 7th c BC.
Aegina’s rich past is reflected by its archaeological finds, the most renowned of
which is the majestic Temple of Aphaia (Tel. 22970 32398) built in the 6th c BC. It lies on
a pine-clad hill near the seaside resort of Aghia Marina and offers a panoramic view of
the Saronic Gulf. In Aegina Town are the remains of the 7th-century Temple of Apollo
and the Archaeological Museum  (Tel. 22970 22248). More active visitors can climb to
the top of the maountain Ellanion Oros, at an altitude of 532 m the highest peak of the
island, where they can see the ruins of an ancient Temple of Zeus.
Further north lies the medieval ghost town of Paleohora. Today, visitors  can stroll
through the deserted houses, churches and the castle. Close by is the imposing Aghios
Nektarios Monastery (Tel. 22970 53806) dedicated  to Saint Nektarios  who lived on
Aegina until his death in  1920. Also worth a visit is the 13th-century Aghii Theodori
Church in Kypseli and the Panayia Chryssoleonussa Monastery (Tel, 22970 62100) built
in 1600 near Marathonas famous for its unusual architecture.
The Town of Aegina also boasts several sights  such as the medieval Markellos
Tower housing exhibitions, the interesting collection of artefacts, costumes and other
exhibits at the Folklore and Historical Museum (Tel. 22970 26401), and the home of the
painter and sculptor Christos Kapralos (1909-1993) in Plakakia Area (further north-west
of the town) with a collection of his works (Tel. 22970  22001).
Visitors arriving at the port of Aegina Town will be greeted by the tiny whitewashed
church of Aghios Nikolaos built in the 17th c and  the horse-drawn carriages plying their
trade. A stroll through the narrow streets will lead visitors past the numerous tavemas
and shops along the harbour promenade to the  covered fish market. Most shops sell
pistachios, a speciality of Aegina, as well as other agricultural products of the island
such as olives, figs, almonds and grapes. Beautifully decorated pottery is also on offer,
reminding visitors  of the island’s rich  tradition in pottery making dating back to
antiquity. The medieval village of Messagros is especially renowned for its potters.
Many visitors head to Aghia Marina, the island’s liveliest holiday resort. Its beach is
dotted with numerous fish tavemas, bars and hotels. Other points of interest are the
thermal baths of Souvala  suitable for several cures (Tel. 22970-53172, 52193) and the
forest-covered islet of Moni The  latter is  inhabited by wild mountain goats and
peacocks and has a few beaches. It can be reached in  10 minutes by boat from the
fishing village of Perdika.
Most hotels are located in Aghia Marina, although many can also be found in Aegina
Town, Souvala and along the road connecting Aegina Town with Perdika. Furnished
apartments and rooms in private homes can be rented in all the above locations.
Visitors arriving at the port of Aegina  Town can use the local bus network to reach
every part of the island (Tel. 22970-25750, 22787,  22412). The central taxi rank of Aegina
Town can be contacted by calling 22970 22635. For the independent  traveller cars,
mopeds and bicycles are also available for hire. For transportation within Aegina Town,
visitors can hire the horse-drawn carriages available for romantic rides.
Beaches: Aegina  is dotted with many beaches, some of which offer water sports
facilities. The liveliest sandy beach is located in Aghia Marina. Visitors can also swim at the
Kolona Beach in Aegina Town as well as in Marathonas, Perdika, Souvala, Vagia and Portes.

Hotels in Aegina Island

AMMOUDIA NAUTILUS Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
HIPPOCAMPUS (SEA HORSE) Agia Marina EGINA Studios
123 SOLEIL STUDIOS Agia Marina EGINA Studios
AEGINA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
AEGINITIKO ARCHONTIKO Egina Town EGINA Traditional Settlement
AEGLI Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
AFEA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
AKTI Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ALEXANDER Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ALONES Agia Marina EGINA Hotel Apartments
ANATOLI Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ANGELA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ANTZI STUDIOS Perdika EGINA Apartments
APOLLO Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ARGO Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
ARTEMIS Egina Town EGINA Hotel
AVRA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
BLUE FOUNTAIN Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
CAROUSEL Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
DANAE Egina Town EGINA Hotel
DIMITRA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel Apartments
ELA MESA Souvala EGINA Studios
ELECTRA (ELEKTRA) Egina Town EGINA Rooms to let
ERO STUDIOS Souvala EGINA Studios
FAROS Egina Town EGINA Hotel
FISTIKIES Egina Town EGINA Apartments
GALAXY Souvala EGINA Hotel Apartments
GALINI Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
GOLDEN BEACH Souvala EGINA Hotel Apartments
HERMES Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
HIPPOCAMPUS Perdika EGINA Hotel
ILIDA Agia Marina EGINA Apartments
IRIDES Souvala EGINA Apartments
ISIDORA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
KALOKENTI Egina Town EGINA Studios
KARYATIDES Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
KATERINA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
KAVOS BAY Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
KLEOPATRA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
KLONOS ANNA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
LIBERTY I Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
LIBERTY II Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
MAGDA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
MARI – LENA Perdika EGINA Rooms to let
MARIANNA Egina Town EGINA Studios
MARIANNA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel Apartments
MARINA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
MIRANDA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
MISTRAL Souvala EGINA Hotel
MOONDY BAY Perdika EGINA Hotel
MYRMIDON Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
NAUSICA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
NEFELI Egina Town EGINA Hotel
NEKTARIOS Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
OASSIS Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
OLYMPIAKI AGONES Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
OSTRIA Egina Town EGINA Studios & Apartments
PANORAMA Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
PANTAZIS Egina Town EGINA Rooms to let
PANTELAROS Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
PAVLOU Egina Town EGINA Hotel
PLAZA Egina Town EGINA Hotel
POSSIDON Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
RACHEL Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
RASTONI Egina Town EGINA Apartments
SANDY BEACH Agia Marina EGINA Hotel
SARONIS Agia Marina EGINA Hotel Apartments
SENIA Agia Marina EGINA Studios
SISSY (SISI) Egina Town EGINA Hotel
TO PETRINO SPITI Egina Town EGINA Hotel Apartments
VAGIA Souvala EGINA Hotel
VENETIA Perdika EGINA Hotel
VILLA IVISKI Souvala EGINA Apartments
VILLA RODANTHOS Perdika EGINA Studios
VOULA APARTMENTS Agia Marina EGINA Apartments
XANTHIPPI Souvala EGINA Hotel Apartments

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