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Making a day-trip from Athens to Aegina should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Aegina is one of the closest islands to Athens and, as such, it is an ideal gateway for a one-day trip or for a short break. Maybe not as scenic as other Greek islands, it is still a beautiful destination for some relaxed days with exciting thing to do. Aegina is known for its beautiful architecture, vast history, and the best pistachios in the world. No matter what type of vacation you are a fan of, Aegina has you covered: from lush natural views to gorgeous beaches and prestigious ancient sites, you will find something to fascinate you on this beautiful island.
Aegina Town is where you will find yourself after you get off the ferry. It is a beautiful settlement with interesting architecture, colored houses and narrow streets. Even though you can spend the whole day in this town, it is worth escaping from the tourist zone and discovering the rest of the island. Aegina is steeped in history and is home to several ancient monuments including the Temple of Aphaia, the archaeological site of Kolona and the temple of Zeus Hellanios. The other big draw, is the unique village of Paleochora, the island’s former capital with the hundreds of churches. The island has interesting museums and an historical monastery to visit, beautiful villages and stunning beaches to sunbathe and swim. Do no miss to go to the uninhabited islet of Moni and to sample the well-known pistachios. Aegina is an authentic island with a typical Greek island lifestyle that is perfect for visiting year-round.
Aegina is a Greek island in the Saronic Gulf. Due to its proximity to Athens, it is a very popular vacation place during the summer months with Athenians.
According to traditions the name derives from Aegina, the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king.
Aegina is well known for its pistachios. The quality of Aegina Pistachios, a name that was established as a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in 1996, is considered internationally excellent and superior to several foreign varieties, due to the special climatic conditions of the island (drought) as well as soil's volcanic characteristics.
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Wondering what to do and what to see? The team of ALLOVERGREECE put together a list of must-see destinations and top-rated tourist attractions to help you make the most of your travel itinerary, so be sure to refer often to our list of the top tourist attractions.
HOW TO GET AROUND AEGINA | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Water Taxis, Bikes, Scooter / ATV, Horse Car
Bus: The port is centrally located within the town so if you are staying in the main town, most hotels are within walking distance. If you are staying at a resort on the other side of the island and require transport, or if you just want to further explore the island, Aegina has an excellent public bus network. The bus service is regular and connects the dots all over the island, from beaches to tiny villages. Tickets are cheap and cost just a couple of euros, however buses run on a schedule that restricts your freedom of movement. Taxis: Taxis are also available. For many places, there are set prices that are listed on a small kiosk at the front of the taxi queue. The taxi stand is to the left of the port and there are plenty of taxis available on the island. Bikes: One popular way to get around Aegina is by cycling. With scenic routes and coastal roads to pedal along at your leisure, it’s no wonder that getting around by bicycle is such a thing on this island.
Water taxis: Water taxis are also a possible means of transport to get around the island and visit distant beaches and other islands nearby. If you are on a day trip to the island and want to see some of the main sites, we highly recommend grabbing a taxi. Rental: On the other hand, if you are planning to stay for a few days, you could rent a car or bring one from Athens. There are several car rental options on the island. If you can drive a motorbike, choose this rather than a car, as it will allow you to feel more at ease on the narrower streets of Aegina and is more affordable. Horse carriages: If you just want to go for a ride through the suburban streets of Aegina, there are also horse carriages available by the port.
On coasts and islands of central and southern Greece, where the climate is Mediterranean, winter is mild and quite rainy, while summers are sunny and hot.
On the islands, during winter the wind often blows; precipitation often occurs at night and in the early morning. On the islands, snowfalls are rare, and generally occur only in the northern ones, during the most intense cold spells.
Spring is pleasant and sunny in most of Greece. The days with some rainfall become less and less frequent. In summer, in the Aegean Sea the Meltemi, a northerly wind typical of the warmest months (July and August), often blows, and even if the sky is clear.
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