Aegina is a Greek island that lies in the center of the Saronic Gulf, 27 km from Athens. It belongs to the group of the Saronic Islands. The island covers around 87 km2. An extinct volcano dominates the Aegina landscape, with its northern and western sides covered with fertile plats on which pistachio, almonds, olives, vines and other plants are grown. The southern part of the island is rocky and mountainous. The island is a popular tourist destination, especially for the Athenians.
Aegina has a long and famous history. During ancient times, it was a naval power and a rival of Athens. There are numerous monuments on the island that still witness the island’s past, and they are a must see during your stay on the island.
The biggest settlement on the island is Aegina Town. It is a colorful town, full of buildings painted with bright colors. The town is worth seeing all year round, but it becomes most dynamic over the summer, when thousands of tourists seek a refuge from an everyday life there.
In Aegina Town, you can relax by spending your time on the beach and dining in authentic Mediterranean restaurants. If you are interested in history and culture, you can also visit museums and ruins of temples built in ancient Greece. If you want, you can combine both. The Avra beach lies next to Kolona, an archaeological site of the Temple of Apollo, of which only one column (“kolona”) remains today. There is also a museum next to the temple. In August, the Aegina Music Festival takes place on the beach.
South of Aegina Town are small islands of Agistri, Metopi and Moni, where you can escape with a chartered boat and enjoy some privacy with your family or friends. There are numerous other places on Aegina and around the island worth discovering, so charter a yacht and prepare yourself for an unforgettable holiday!
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