Only 20km away from Athens lies one of the most beautiful islands of Saronic archipelago.
After a 40 minutes ride by fast ferry, you can step on Aegina island.
It is perfect for a day-trip or weekend getaway destination from Athens.
Once in the port, you will understand why Aegina Island is the pistachio island. The islanders use it for everything: simple pistachios, pistachios with salt or lemon, pistachios, pistachio ice cream, pistachios, caramelized pistachios, pistachios, pistachios and just about any other combination goes through your mind.
The island is small and doesn’t have so many attractions but the real reason you should come here is for enjoying the view and the good food.
The best way to explore the island is on foot, by bicycle or scooter.
This is what we did as soon as we reached the island, but not before enjoying a perfect Frappe and the Greek hospitality. Gram good!
The island is famous for its pistachio nut production, so around the island, you are going to find so many orchards.
The road snakes around this orchards and you wiclimbimb up and down the mountains. It is very beautiful.
Visit the Monastery of Agios Nektarios
Built in the 20th century, the monastery honors Saint Nectarios who was considered to be a miracle worker. Nowadays thousands of people visit the tomb of Agios Nektarios, to pray to him or ask for his blessings
The complex is located 6 km from Aegina City and can easily be reached by bus, taxi or car. The bus stops in front of the church.
Have a swim in Agia Marina
Our second stop was at the beach for a very relaxing swim.
The beach of Agia Marina is the largest and one of the best on the island. It is perfect for families because the sea entrance is shallow for a very long distance.
There are also many options for taverns, cafes and bars where you can have a perfect lunch or dinner.
After a good swim and rest, we continued our journey.
Admire the Temple of Aphaia
The Temple of Aphaia is dedicated to goddess Athena.
This ancient temple predates the Parthenon in Athens.
It is located on the island of Aegina, on top of a hill, and it is one of the ancient architectural wonders of ancient Greece. It was built in 480 BC and 25 of the original 32 Doric columns still stand due to the skill of the restorers.
From here you also have an amazing view over the entire island.
Walk through one of the pistachio orchards
On the way back to Aegina town we just stoped and walk in a pistachio orchad. It was the first time when we saw pistachio trees.
The trees have been cultivated in Aegina since 1860. The ideal climate and the unique soil composition gives exceptional flavor and aroma to the Aegina pistachio.
Enjoy a delicious greek meal
Greek cuisine is well known for its simple ingredients and delicious food.
We ordered the octopus and the famous gyros and all of them were delicious.
Don’t miss a good island meal. All the products are fresh.
Ah! Don’t forget to try the famous pistachios icecream.
Strolling Aegina town
The sun was still shining and the town was buzzing with people enjoying the day in cafes and restaurants.
Aegina Town is known for its small restaurants on the waterfront and on the back streets.
Lots of Athenians come here to escape the drizzling city life and enjoy some rest.
Enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Aegean Sea
In the port, sounded by boats and the greatness of the Aegean Sea you can find the perfect place to watch the sunset. Blue sea, picturesque fishing boats, tranquility, Agios Nikolaos church, remote islands … Perfection!.
How to reach
Main connection from Athens/Piraeus.
- Fast Boats do the trip in 40 minutes and the price starts from from 13 euros.
- Bigger ferries take about 60 minutes and they are cheaper, starting at 8 euros.
They can also carry vehicles.
How to get around
There are 3 bus lines on the island.
All of them are leaving from the Port in Aegina town. The prices are from 1.80-2 Euros.
More info can be found here.
Aegina is not such a big island and you may walk around if your physical condition allows for it.
By rental car/scooter
Rent a scooter. We chose to rent a scooter and to have the liberty to go anywhere on the island. The prices starts from 20 euros/day
Rent a car. The cost starts from 30 euros in low season and depends on the brand and type of the car you intend to rent.
I think it’s a perfect little day trip if you have limited time. It is one way to see a Greek island or swim at a Greek island beach.