Aegina or Chora, is the capital city of the island and it's located on the west side. It's been built amphitheatrically, with all houses facing the sea. As soon as you reach the harbour, the small, white church of Saint Nikolas "welcomes" you first. Visitors will surely be mesmerised by the modern type classical buildings, which are located along the sea front of the island and have terristrial shade colours which make them look even more beautiful at sunset.
The buildings in Aegina represent the famous neoclassical architecture with traces of folk elements. They were built during the 19th century and remind us the days Aegina was once the capital city of the first modern Greek State for two years (1827-1829).
Aegina is well-known for its history and its art and craft events. The beauty of the island is undisputable and for many decades, Greek and foreign artists and literary writers paid a visit to the island for inspiration. Nowadays, on the ground floor in many of these buildings, one may find traditional coffee shops, patisseries, restaurants, shops and banks. In the narrow streets of the island, colourful houses with beautiful flowers in their courtyards and picturesque shops and taverns meet the eye. The town of Aegina is beautiful, picturesque and it curiously evokes the visitor.
The heart of Aegina is the coastal road and the parallel alleys. Take a ride with the horses and their carriages, walk in the narrow, paved streets and discover the traditional houses, the churches with the blue domes and visit the shops selling folk art. Don't miss the fish-market and the traditional restaurants that serve snacks with ouzo and tsipouro.
Locals use fishing boats not only for fishing but for seiling groceries as well. Don't forget to taste and buy the famous peanuts of Aegina. Enjoy eating fresh fish and traditional food in the fish restaurants. Also, try the patisseries which are in front of the harbour and stop in the beautiful alleys for a cup of coffee or a drink. In the enchanting night atmosphere of Aegina you will surely have fun and dance all night long at the clubs.