The island of Aegina is one of the most charming islands of the Saronic Gulf, just sixteen miles away from Athens. According to the myth, the island took its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island.
Eventhough the island is small, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties, with reach historical and archaeological monuments. Aegina town was the first capital of the newly established Greek state in the 19th century and was during that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his headquarters that today are important tourist attractions.
Aphaia – Paleohora
The pebbled and sandy coastline fill-ins with the beauty of the mountainous scenery that is cram-full of pine and pistachio trees, the impressive temple of Aphaia and the medieval town of Paleahora. Alongside the island character, Aegina reveals to the traveler the mountainous beauty of the slopes of Hellanian mountain, while the whitewashed houses and the neoclassical mansions of Aegina town give a charming aura to the island.
Today Aegina is more famous for its PDO pistachios, the ancient temple of Aphaia, the elegant neoclassical mansions with their folklore elements, the market of the fishermen and the stretching gulls and the horse-drawn carts that amble along the port next to the traditional fishing boats.
Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet or endless excitement, Aegina never disappoints.