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Luxury in Aegina Island: Age fades away on the Aegina Islands in the Argo Saronic Gulf

The magic starts when you depart from the port of Pireaus, because all visitors must travel by boat. Although the journey is short, it is most enjoyable. Part of the excitement of a visit to Aegina, is that it is a real living and working island and there are only a few tourists; mostly Greeks coming for the weekend. Many people choose to come to Greece for summer holidays to experience the beach and swimming in the sea. There are several great beaches on the island where you can enjoy the clean and crystal clear waters. During your stay on the island, you can visit several museums and the church of Agios Nektarios. On Aegina you can also enjoy traditional food and drink. At breakfast, do as the Greeks do and simply enjoy a slow coffee. Snack on cheese and spinach pastries, fresh from the bakery, and fruit from the caiques. A true pleasure on a hot summer afternoon, is ouzo with mezedes or a cold beer. At the end of the day you can do no better than enjoy a late dinner in one of the fantastic tavernas on Aegina.

Aegina island is one of the most popular tourist destinations as is the closest island to Athens, only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus. According to the myth, the island was named after a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, with whom Zeus fell in love and took with him to the island! Even though the island is small, it boasts a great number of interesting sights and beautiful natural attractions, the highlight being the famous Aphea Temple. It forms in fact an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of the ancient times. Aegina town, the capital of the island, stands out for its well-preserved buildings. On the outskirts you can find charming little villages with distinctive traditional character, such as Kypseli, Agii and Vagia as well as organized tourist resorts like Agia Marina, Perdika, and Souvala. Aègina is also surrounded by many smaller islands that can be reached by boat from the port of Aegina.

  • Horse-riding
  • Boating
  • Mountain-climbing
  • Cultural visits
  • Rafting
  • Walking

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There are many ancient monuments and monasteries to explore, as well as the Temple 0f Aphea Athena, the Sanctuary of Apolo Delfinios, Kolóna. The Markellos Tower is also worth a visit. Excavation findings are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Aegina. Near Palaiochora lies the impressive Monastery of Ayios Nektarios, one of the largest monasteries in the Balkans. It was built in the 20th Century on the site of a small Byzantine monastery. Soak up the sun on the island’s sparkling beaches. Your stay will not be complete before visiting a traditional tavern.

Put on your walking shoes and explore the beautiful natural landscapes. There is some excellent walking to be done on Aegina, ancient abandoned villages on hillsides, awe inspiring olive groves, a climb to the top of Mount Oros with its stunning sea views and pistachio orchards. Yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and several other water sport activities are most popular among tourists and locals. You can even play golf or tennis or do some jogging if you have lots of energy. Trekking, horse riding and biking can also be organised on request.

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