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Villages of Aegina



Aegina island is one of the Saronic islands. Other Saronic islands are Agistri, Salamina, Poros & Hydra. Next to that Aegina island belongs (together with the municipalities of Agistri, Hydra, Kythira, Poros, Salamina, Spetses & Troizinia) to the peripheral unit "Islands". "Islands" is one the 8 parts of the periphery of Attika.  The island of Aegina covers an surface of 87.41 km2 and a lovely nature, there are areas covered with a pine forests, there a some wedlands and bare mountains. Around the whole island you will find lots of beaches and spots where locals swim and are sunbathing on the rocks.

The municipality of Aegina island is subdivided into the following five communities: Aegina town (7783), Kipseli (1949), Mesagros (1603), Perdika (743) & Vathi (1474).
(population in 2001 in brackets). These communities include the villages listed on the right of this page.

Almost all the villages are inhabited and connected by a concrete road and easily accessible by car or motor bike. Each village on the island has its own character. You can visit fishing villages, inland villages & mountain villages with stone built houses. The population of the island, normally around 13.500, can double in the month of August. During this period a lot of Athenians are spending the holiday in their privately owned holiday homes on the island. A lot of houses are only occupied during the weekends, at Easter time and the month of August.

If you are looking for a place to stay for your holiday, accommodation can be found in Aegina town, Aeginitissa, Agia Marina, Marathonas, Mesagros, Perdika, Souvala & Agii and Vagia. The biggest holiday village is Agia Marina. This summer resort with a big sandy beach offers a wide range of (lower priced) accommodation and is lively from June until the end of August.

Aegina town is the biggest community on the island. All year through Ferries & Flying Dolphins are connecting Pireaus with the main port in Aegina town. The port of Aegina is a populair sailors destination. Unlike most of the other villages on the island, Aegina town is lively all year through. There are restaurants, cafeteria's, bars, shops, car & motor bike rentals, cinemas (3 summer and 1 winter cinema) a post office & various banks with ATM's. Aegina town is a perfect base for your discovery of the island, particulairly in the off season months when the weather is not too hot.


Some of Aegina's Tiny Mountain Villages


Green tourism is alive and well in Aegina, where visitors frequent the tiny mountain villages that ring Mount Oros, in the southern part of the island. Though many are now depopulated, there is at least one with two tavernas: Anitseo, which is also accessible by two main roads. They all offer good walking and fine sea views. Main access to within walking distance of the villages is via the eastern coastal road beyond Agia Marina and (alternatively),  the road to Pachia Rachi heading southeast from Aegina town.

Excavations have proven the existence of numerous very old villages, though many have been reduced to piles of stones. Areas where remains of villages were found include the island's northeast corner near Tourlos (east of Vagia), Kavouropetra (near central Kipseli, Dragonera, Vathi, near the temple of Afea, in Perdika, and a Mycenean settlement on the peak of Mt. Oros. Still others existed between the monastery of Agios Minas and Agia Marina, above Alones, and below Pachia Rachi.

The descriptions of the following tiny mountain villages: Anitseo, Vlachides, Kanakides (not inhabited), Kilindras
Lazarides & Sfendouri have been taken from a booklet (2003) based on a project directed by Giorgos Bitros and his students at the gymnasio (middle school) of Kipseli. Warm thanks to this educator, whose later study of Pachia Rachi (and subsequent booklet) provided information for the article about this village, and to his students, who wrote the articles for the 2003 booklet.

Other villages described in the booklet are Tzikides, Psachni, Freatsi, Skotini and Pachia Rachi, along with some brief notes on still others.

Bibliography:
Παραδοσιακοί Οικισμοί στα Βουνά της Αίγινα/ Traditional Settlements on the Mountains of Aegina, 2003, Giorgos Bitros and his students from the 2nd gymnasio of Aegina in Kipseli.

Aegina town - Aegina island   Aegina town
The main town of the island is called Aegina Town. 
The locals refer to it simply as 'the centre' although it is positioned on the West coast. For the majority of visitors and people arriving on the island it likely that their boat will pull into the port of Aegina Town. Aegina town is lively all year through.
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Aeginitissa - Aegina island   Aeginitissa
Just before Perdika you find Aeginitissa. The houses are built on the hill from where you have a splendid view on Moni island, Agistri island and the Peloponnese. There is beach surrounded with huge eucalyptus trees and a fish taverna right next to the sea.
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Agia Marina - villages - Aegina island   Agia Marina
Agia Marina is the centre of tourism during the summer months. There is a wide sandy beach, it is surrounded by a huge pine forest and offers a big variety of accommodation and entertainment. It derived its name from the little church of Agia Marina located in the south part of the bay and is celebrated on the 17th of July.
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Agii - village - Aegina island   Agii
Agii (saints) lies on the coastal road, east of Souvala and has a dense pine forest. The houses here have a panoramic view over the mainland from Athens to Salamina. The coast line is rocky & beautiful. Agii has a picturesque little harbour. The big church of Agios Apostolos Krispos, is located a little bit up the hill.
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Agios Asomati - villages - Aegina island   Agios Asomati
Agios Asomati is situated just outside Aegina, on the road to Agia Marina. This road divides the village in two. There is a big church and lots of chapels as well as ancient tombs. The traditional taverna Vatsoulias, only open 2 nights (wednesday & saturday) per week is highly recommended If you want to experience Greek life.
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Accommodation Alones   Alones
Attached to Agia Marina is Alones. The houses in Alones are located on the left and right hand site of the road that leads from Agia Marina, to Aegina. There are 2 tavernas which serve traditional Greek food.
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Anitseo - villages - Aegina island   Anitseo
Located high in the mountains. Anitseo can be reached from the road from Portes or from the road Aegina - Tzikides - Pachia Rachi. Anitseo has a lot of old traditional houses, some new stone built ones and an old mill. There a 2 tavernas that are really populair especially in the weekend.
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Faros - villages - Aegina island   Faros
eaving Aegina in southern direction on the coastal road you will pass Faros. You see some mansions on the left, a former hotel, a restaurant, a night club and the waterpark. Faros has many fields with pistachio trees and the area behind the coastal road is a pleasant quiet area to live.
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Giannakides - villages - Aegina island   Giannakides
Small "deserted" village on the east coast of the island. Until recently you could only reach it by foot. The village consists of a few stone built houses, some of which have been restored. From the village you have a panoramic view over the east coast.
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Kanakides - villages - Aegina island   Kanakides
Until recently this village could only be reached by foot. It consists of a couple of deserted houses from where you have a splendid view. Located on the east side of the island below Anitseo.
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Kilindras - villages - Aegina island   Kilindras
On the road from Aghia Marina to Portes you will find after a couple of kilometres a sign pointing to the road to Kilindras. The village consists of only a few houses. Some houses are inhabited and some houses need to be totally restored. From the village you have a panoramic sea view and view on Portes.
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Kipseli - villages - Aegina island   Kipseli
3 Kilometres from the port of Aegina you will find the village of Kipseli. Kipseli is prosperous, having extensive pistachio and almond orchards. Here you find a great number of byzantine and post-byzantine chapels. In the centre of Kipseli you will find the main square with church.
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Klidi - villages - Aegina island   Klidi
Small bay and deserted beach surrounded by beautiful houses on the south part of the island. On the hills of Klidi you find lots of beautiful new villas, as the area of Klidi became in recent years quite populair. From Klidi you have panoramic views to the Peloponnese and Methana.
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Klima - villages - Aegina island   Klima
Next to Klidi and below the village of Sfendouri the area is called Klima. In summertime the sandy beach has some sunbeds but without a beach bar. The water is crystal clear and in the weekend lots of yachts are moored in the bay. In the past years a lot of house have been built on the hills around Klima.
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Kondos - villages - Aegina   Kondos
Kondos (Kontos) is where the Curch of Agios Nektarios is located, which is a major landmark on the island. Yearly thousands of people visit the cathedral and the monastery next to it.
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Church in Lazarides   Lazarides
Take the road up the hill past the village of Pachia Rachi and turn left. This road leads to Lazarides. A small typical Greek village which is still inhabited.
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Leondi - village - Aegina island   Leonti
The present "industrial area" of Aegina is located next to the Leonti harbour & sea side. Up the hill there is a small residential area. Water is being brought to the island by ship and a big storage tank is located in Leonti.
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Marathonas - village - Aegina island   Marathonas
Halfway on the road from Aegina town to Perdika you will find the populair village of Marathonas. Most of the houses in Marathonas are built upon the mountain from where you have an amazing view over the sea. Marathonas has 2 sandy organised beaches with restaurants direct on the beach. It has a few shops and a church. More information
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Accommodation Mesagros   Mesagros
From the monastery of Agios Nektarios the main road from Aegina to Agia Marina continues through the fertile area around the large village of Mesagros (the middle fields). Mesagros used to be famous for his pottery. Today only one potter is working and his shop is open for visitors daily. The village has a large new school for children from 6 to 14 years old. More information
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Pachia Rachi - villages - Aegina island   Pachia Rachi
Up until the 1950s, Aegina's mountain village of Pachia Rachi was the main village on the slopes of Mount Oros. It has been officially proclaimed a traditional settlement by the Greek Ministry of Culture. many of its old stone houses have been restored during recent decades,
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Paleachora - villages - Aegina island   Paleachora
On a steep hill adjacent to the church and monastery of Agios Nektarios is located Aegina's version of Mystras* - Paleachora**, which means literally, "Old Town", and which was for a millennium (9th century - early 19th century AD) the island capital. Paleachora is one of Aegina's most atmospheric places to visit.
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Perdika - villages - Aegina island   Perdika
On the Southern edge of the island lies the small fishing village of Perdika. This is perhaps one of the most picturesque spots on the island and still has the characterictics of the Aegean style of square houses and narrow streets. Many tavernas to eat fish. From here you can take a small boat to the island of Moni.
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Portes - village - Aegina island   Portes
If you follow the road from Agia Marina in southern direction you will arrive in Portes. Here you will find peace and quietness. In August the village is more lively, even the small beach can be really busy. There are a couple of restaurants and the village has a small harbour.
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Sfentouri - villages - Aegina island   Sfendouri
Take the road from Perdika up the hill, you will arrive in the village of Sfendouri (Sfentouri). At a level of 240 metres above sea level you experience the most amazing panoramic views of Aegina. Stone built houses and old terraced hill sides with olive trees. Climb the hill with little church and experience the best view (especially at sunset) of Aegina! More information
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Souvala - villages - Aegina island   Souvala
Souvala can be reached directly by the Alexandros ferry from Piraeus or it can easily be found by taking the coast road north and east from Aegina Town for about 10 km. Souvala is a fishing village. Most of the year the village is quiet with exception of July & August. You can find various tavarnas, cafeteria's, bars & shops.
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Tzikides - villages - Aegina   Tzikides
If you take the road from Aegina to Portes, you will pass Tzikides. It's an area which has become very populair during the past years for building big villa's. The views from Tzikides are panoramic and superb!
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Vagia - villages - Aegina island   Vagia
On the north coast, east of Souvala lies Vagia, it has a harbour and an organised sandy beach with 2 tavernas right on the beach. In village and close to the beach you will find a small selection of accommodation and some Greek tavernas. The famous Greek writer Zors Sarri has written some books which scenes are taken place in Vagia. More information
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Vathi - villages - Aegina island   Vathi
Vathi is built on the foot of the hill Dragonera. It used to be a agricultural and low populated area, but it has been developed rapidly after 1950 when Souvala became a holiday resort. Archeological finds have proven that the area has an age-old history. The houses on the hill have a nice panoramic view. There is a big new primary school. More information
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Vlachides - villages - Aegina island   Vlachides
This village to the southeast of Mt. Oros bears the name of semi-nomadic animal herders found all over the Balkans (the Vlachs), and true to the village name, many of its inhabitants are involved with animals, along with olive cultivation.
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Vrochia - villages - Aegina island   Vrochia
Vrochia is situated on the left hill side just before Marathonas. Below at the water side, there is a small harbour with fishing boats and you will find next to the harbour on the beach the small church of Agios Vasilis.
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