Souvala can be reached directly with the ferry Alexandros (no cars) from Piraeus, or it can easily be reached by taking the coast road north-east from Aegina Town ( about 10 km). Until around the 1950's, Souvala was a small fishing village, but over the last 50 years it has grown in response to tourism in the area. Unlike some other villages, Souvala retains the atmosphere and flavour of Greece.
Aegina's second ferry port
Souvala has a crescent shaped harbour area with fishing boats moored. Souvala is the second ferry port of Aegina island. This means that many Athenians and people from the mainland come to Souvala which may explain why you will find a more genuine Greek experience here.
Summer holiday village
Souvala can be used as your base for a holiday since there are several hotels, private houses and apartments to rent. In the harbour area you will find a selection of tavernas and cafes which overlook the sea. There are also shops, a super market, and newsagents.
The town is especially popular in the summer season among the Athenians. Indeed, it is in the high season that the town bustles with a holiday atmosphere. Families and couples stroll along the 'paralia', which is the paved area along the harbour, to enjoy the setting sun. At night, you can see the lights of Attiki, Piraeus and the Athenian Coast.
Beaches & watersports
There is a small beach just outside the village, called Loutra. Other places to swim close by are Agii and Vagia. The coast of Souvala follows the configuration of the northern morphology of the island: most of the beaches have shallow waters with sandy bottoms.
Recently, the association of businesses in the area has been formed to promote the town. In August 2007 there was a very successful photo contest which was accompanied by live music, dancing in the streets and a great atmosphere. In 2010, the 'Marida' Event was organized (marida is a most popular fish) with fried fish being served.
The name of the town is derived from the man-made underground water tanks including the ancient cisterns found in the rocks near 'Thermae', nowadays called 'Loutra'. These are the mineral water springs located to the eastern edge of the town and have been known since antiquity. The spa with its mineral laden waters is one of the best known in Europe. Its curative powers extend to the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, skin and digestive problems. Unfortunately in recent years the spa has been closed but we hope it will be opened again.
The town - earlier called Aegena - has existed as a settlement since before Byzantine times. During the 900 year period from 900 to 1800 AD Souvala dealt with most commercial traffic when the pirates forced the people inland to the hillside village of Palaiochora. When Palaiochora was the capital of Aegina, it was Souvala that served all the sea traffic of the island. Souvala was for the first half of the 20th Century, the main port of Aegina exporting products such as grapes, sponges and carob.
Today, Souvala is a good choice for a relaxing holiday in a traditional location or even for a day trip. When you are staying in Souvala, take the opportunity to make interesting walks through the small mountains of Agii or walk up to Palaia Chora, visit Agios Nektarios or even walk to the Afaia Temple. Feel the beauty of nature and enjoy the great panoramic views you will have while walking.