Aegina Full Day Tour

Living the island life

Greece might have 227 inhabited islands but only a handful are close to Athens where you can pay a visit and explore in a single day. Aegina is the one closest to the Greek capital with some killer picturesque architecture and amazing beaches that have no need to envy any of their Cycladic neighbours. Get on a ferry with us and take a day trip to a dreamy place that you were not even aware existed.

Highlights
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Aegina Town

Aegina Town

Aegina is less geared to tourism than other Greek islands and attracts mainly Greek visitors, so it gives you a better opportunity to see what life on a Greek island is really like. Aegina’s harbor is a bustling place filled with water taxis, fishing boats and sailboats. As with the other islands, you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes; but these establishments do not cater to tourists and instead emphasize the taste of authentic Greek food. Aegina is most famous for its pistachios, considered by some the best in the world.

To pass Greek mythology 101 about this island all you have to know is that Zeus, the father of the gods, fell in love with the god Asopo’s daughter (he had 20 daughters!), who was of course very beautiful. Her name was Aegina. Zeus kidnapped her and took her to the island of Oinoi. There, they had a son called Aiakos and the island was re-named after Aegina. Aegina was also Achileas and Aiada’s hometown, two of the most important heroes in the Trojan war. In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3,500 BC.

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St. Nikolas

St. Nikolas

When you enter the harbor, the small, white church of Saint Nikolas welcomes you (this tiny church can be your first stop after the hydrofoil docks and we enter into its beautifully painted interior). The neoclassical buildings around the church are located along the sea front of the island and have earth tone colors which make them look even more beautiful at sunset.

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Hill of Kolonas

Hill of Kolonas

Near the port, on the left as we get off the boat, is an archaeological site called “Kolonas,” known for its one and only pillar (“kolona” in Greek). This is the only surviving fragment of the Temple of Apollo Delfiniou, which was built in the Doric style. Its remains still dominate the hill. The hill of Kolonas was the Acropolis and religious center of the ancient city. In the same area are the foundations of two smaller temples, the Temple of Artemis and the Temple of Dionysus, as well as the archaeological museum of Aegina, where many findings from the excavations are displayed.

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Temple of Athena Aphaea

Temple of Athena Aphaea

However, the most famous and interesting ancient monument of Aegina is the Temple of Athena Aphaea – situated in the center of the island – which used to be among the most important religious centers in ancient Greece. The temple, dedicated to the ancient Aeginetan deity related to the Cretan godess Britomartis (Artemis), was built about 490 BC. Its Doric peripheral construction of local grey limestone, with columns surrounding the building, has been partially restored.

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Agios Nektarios Church

Agios Nektarios Church

One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios (Saint Nectarios), one of the largest in the Balkans. Agios Nektarios was known as a great miracle worker and a healer of every sort of disease; he was also an educator, philosopher, theologist, poet and writer. Nowadays, thousands of people visit the tomb of Agios Nektarios, to pray to him or ask for his blessings. He established the monastery and lived there for the rest of his life as a monk. It is said that 14 nuns still live there.

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Tour Preparation

No need to spend time planning anything or stressing about your trip. You should only get prepared physically and mentally. So before any other preparation, it is extremely important to pack and put on your biggest smile, and then start to choose the perfect outfits to slay with your fabulous, vacation looks. Take the most comfortable clothes and shoes. Sun is super bright and always shining in Greece, so do not forget your sunscreen, your hat and your shades under any circumstances. An accessory that could come in handy besides your beach equipment and outfit is a pair of binoculars, in case you wish to enjoy the spectacular view from the hills of Aegina of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.

  • Choose comfortable shoes
  • Grab your binoculars
  • Remember your sunscreen
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