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.