Explore authentic Aegina when sailing the Greek islands
Aegina has a plethora of devoted fans who are attracted by the lovely landscapes, rich history, great beaches and temperate climate. One of the main reasons this island is so loved is that it has escaped the effects of mass tourism that have impacted some of the more well-known islands. Aegina offers an authentic experience, with traditional industries still employing many of the island’s residents and the charmingly typical unhurried pace of life.
The port of Aegina is the busiest part of the island, with the crescent-shaped bay offering plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy some refreshments while you watch the hustle and bustle of harbour life. The island has a rich history, including links to some of Greek mythology’s most famous characters.
The Temple of Aphaia is one sight not to be missed, with the impressive remains not only stunning in themselves but also offering visitors fabulous views, while the magnificent church of Agios Nektarios is a big draw for those seeking a little tranquillity in the spiritual home of Greece’s most recent Greek Orthodox saint. Also worth a look are the camera obscura at Perdika and the archaeological site at Kolona.
If you need a little downtime, take a walk up the hill to the top of Mount Oros and wander among the pistachio orchards; alternatively, simply lie back and relax on one of the island’s numerous beaches, which are among the loveliest found when sailing the Greek islands.