Welcome to AeginaGreece.com, Aegina island’s most complete tourist travel guide. Aegina (Aigina, Egina, Egine, Ägina) is located 26 km / 16 miles below Athens, is part of the Saronic islands group and can easily be reached within 40 minutes from Piraeus. I am excited to introduce you to the magic of Aegina!
I first visited the island in 1988 and returned several times before I decided to make the bold move to relocate myself with my dog & cat in 2001. I followed my heart and I am still very happy with probably the best decision I’ve ever made. Since 2002, I have been sharing my love for this little Greek paradise through AeginaGreece.com with millions of people.
Learn why Aegina is the perfect vacation destination, why a day or weekend trip to experience some Greek island life is easy to combine with your Athens City trip and learn why Aegina is a fantastic place to live for those who want to be away from it all! Discover Aegina, the island that is still Greek and not spoiled by mass tourism. Like the AeginaGreece.com Facebook page and receive daily updates. Enjoy your journey!
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How to get to Aegina
Only 40 minutes from Piraeus
The airport of Athens is the closest airport to Piraeus from where the boats leave to Aegina island. Bus X96 will take you between 60 and 90 minutes from the airport to the Piraeus port. Aegina is located at only a 40 minute Flying Dolphin distance from Piraeus. The regular ferry takes around 75 minutes.
The beaches of Aegina
Aegina has a big variety of beaches, you can find them all around the island. There are sandy beaches with and without beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas, beaches with shallow water and beach sites where you can jump in deep waters. Beaches with sunbeds operate normally from around 1/2 May until 1/2 September (this year due to changes in the law, the licenses have not been given yet to all beaches). Don’t miss Moni, the little inhabited island which is located opposite Perdika and that can be reached by boat.
What to see & do
Aegina is a place of rich history. The Temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina island, wander around Paleachora, visit the archeological site of Kolona. Spend your Aegina holidays swimming, enjoying the beaches, sightseeing, discovering the island, sailing, walking, cycling, wining & dining. Are you looking for a guide? Visit neighbouring islands or combine Aegina with a day trip to Athens.
Aegina Fistiki Festival
The Aegina Fistiki Fest
Aegina is the island of the pistachio nuts. They are called in Greek: “Fistikia”. The harvest of the pistachios is celebrated every year in September with “The Aegina Fistiki Festival”. The Aegina Fistiki Fest is a a 4 days festival in September with lots of food, music, dance, theatre & art. The dates for 2017 are: Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th of September.
The island of Agios Nektarios
One of the most visited sites on Aegina is the church of Agios Nektarios. Agios Nektarios of Aegina (1846-1920), is one of the most widely known Greek Orthodox Saints. He was officially recognized as a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. Each month, thousands of people visit the tomb of Agios Nektarios, to pray to him, or ask for his blessings, which always seem to be answered. His memory is celebrated by the Church on his nameday the 9th November.