This post is part of a series called Greece 2022 Tuesday, 30th August 2022 Exploring on Foot Yesterday, I had the luxury of a moped to get around Aegina and…
Nestled in the sparkling waters of the Saronic Gulf, Aegina is a captivating island that beckons travellers with its rich history, charming villages, and stunning natural beauty. As one of the Argo-Saronic Islands, Aegina offers a serene escape just a short ferry ride away from Athens, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
Steeped in mythology, Aegina was once the home of the nymph Aegina, according to ancient Greek legends. The island holds a prominent place in Greek history as it was the first capital of modern Greece after the War of Independence in the 19th century. Today, remnants of its illustrious past can be found scattered across the island, inviting visitors to delve into its fascinating heritage.
One of the island’s main attractions is the awe-inspiring Temple of Aphaea, an ancient Doric temple dating back to the 5th century BC. Perched atop a hill, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the shimmering sea below. A visit to the temple is a must for history enthusiasts and those seeking a glimpse into the island’s glorious past.
Aside from its historical treasures, Aegina is renowned for its luscious pistachios, which are considered some of the finest in the world. The island’s fertile soil and ideal climate contribute to the cultivation of these flavorful nuts, and visitors can explore local farms and taste various pistachio products, including pastries, liqueurs, and spreads.
Aegina’s coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches, ranging from secluded coves to organized stretches of sand, inviting visitors to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun. The popular beach of Agia Marina offers crystal-clear waters and a vibrant beachfront lined with tavernas, cafes, and shops, making it a favourite spot for both locals and tourists.
The island’s main town, also called Aegina, is a bustling hub filled with charming streets, traditional tavernas, and lively markets. Visitors can explore the town’s historical sites, such as the Archaeological Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of artefacts, including sculptures and pottery from ancient times.
Whether you’re captivated by its ancient history, enticed by its delicious pistachios, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat on its sun-kissed shores, Aegina is a destination that offers a delightful blend of culture, natural beauty, and warm Greek hospitality.