Aegina Island Reviews
Aegina : The Island of All Times Sep 28, 2011
Located just 30 kilometers southwest of mainland port of Piraeus lies the dazzling island of Aegina. With its easy access from the mainland, Aegina becomes one of the most visited islands along Saronic Gulf. The island is popular not only for day trippers or weekenders, but even for long-stay holiday makers.
Travel time takes around one hour and a half through ferry boats cruising from Piraeus port to the town of Aegina. There are also ferries from Piraeus that go directly to Agia Marina on the other side of the island. Due to the large volume of tourists during summer time, travel schedules become more frequent compared to the regular season.
It's nice to start the day with Greek coffee (or any coffee of your choice) on one of the sea-front cafes, have snacks of fresh cheese and spinach pastries readily available from the bakery and end it with fruits from the floating boat just docked at the port. The sunny afternoon at the bar (especially those lined along the port) is incomplete without a serve of mezedes (combo plate) matched with a smooth relish of ouzo (sort of Greek gin). Not to forget are the delicious kebab and souvlaki that suit any one's delicate taste. And for late dinner, it's time to stay at quaint waterside tavernas while enjoying the savour of Greek salad, fresh fish, and grilled meat served with a perfectly blended wine or the retsina, the Greek local resonated wine.
Aegina island is home to the biggest export of the best pistachios in Greece.
While the island is so inviting all the time and the weather is good enough throughout the year, summer is still the best time to explore the island because of its crystal clear waters on brown sandy beaches.
For architecture and archaeology lovers, Aegina has something to offer. Within the port is the church of Agios Nikolaos, an exquisite orthodox church with a refined big dome. Just a considerable distance from the port is the Aegina Archaeological Museum and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The temple has a peculiar look because of single column that still stands today. Another interesting icon is the monastery and the newly built church of Agios Nektarios, an important religious center in Greece.
Above all, the island's main attraction is the 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia located atop a pine-clad rocky hill overlooking the alluring port. As I've read from the writings, it is said that this temple of Aphaia, together with that of Poseidon in Sounio formed an isosceles triangle with that of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens.
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