Aegina is the closest Saronic Island to Athens, located 27 kilometres away in the waters of the Saronic Gulf. The small physical size of the island is irrelevant when compared to its cultural significance and tourist appeal. Aegina is an aquatic paradise equipped with an arsenal of historic and architectural contributions.
The island of Aegina boasts some of the most exquisite beaches in the country, including the Moni Island Beach and Marathonas Beach. Popular cultural attractions include the most notable Temple of Aphaea and Agios Nektarios Monastery. Additionally, there are many archaeological sites contained within the Archaeological Museum of Aegina and the Site of Kolona. Aegina’s touristic experience is further enhanced with horseback riding opportunities, boat tours, seafood taverns, and a fulfilling nightlife.
The primary access to the island from the city of Athens is out of the nearby port of Piraeus. Multiple ferry services run routes to Aegina including Hellenic Seaways Ferries, Nova Ferries, and the Agios Nektarios Ferry. Flying Dolphins boats are an additional transit option.
The Aphaea Temple in conjunction with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon form the referenced “holy triangle” of history. According to Greek mythology, Aegina attained its name from the river-god and nymph daughter Aegina, who birthed a son of Zeus on the island.