Aegina at a glance
Read which attractions stand out in Aegina and what should be on your list when you visit the cosmopolitan- full of history island next to Athens.
Temple of Aphaia
Temple - prelude to the Parthenon, and one of the best preserved ancient temples today, the Temple of Athena Aphaia is situated 160 meters high in the north-eastern part of Aegina and is certainly one of the most important sights in the Saronic.
Archaeological site of Colona
With the (only one) surviving column of the original temple giving its name to the archaeological site, but also the remains of an entire city from the early bronze age, on the hill of Kolona next to the current central port of Aegina one can literally walk in 3,000 years old "alleys".
South of Pachia Rachi and the location "Sfirichtres" at the foot of Mount Hellanios lays a forest of scattered olive trees, some more than 500 years old and some with trunks that reach 20 square meters outer diameter. A place of rare beauty ideal for hiking, easily accessible by car.
The "Mystras" of Aegina, the medieval castle that once counted 365 churches (one for each day of the year) from which about 35 survive today. Paleochora was built by the locals around 896 AD, to protect themselves from the sea raids of the Saracen pirates. It is located on a hill behind and to the side of the Monastery of Agios Nektarios and has a very beautiful route for hiking through the marked path.
Attracting pilgrims from all over the world, the once largest church in the Balkans is truly impressive and is one of the largest Orthodox pilgrimages in the modern Christian world. Next to it is the old monastery, with the relics of the miraculous Saint.
9 in number, organized and marked trails, all full of beauty and history and almost all suitable for everyone.
The cultural trails of Aegina are the result of the cooperation of the Municipality of Aegina with the Hellenic Society of Environment & Culture, the Association of Active Citizens of Aegina and the Hellenic Cycling and Mountaineering Association of Aegina "Anavasi". They offer the visitor of Aegina the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscape with the pristine nature, the unique products and the rich historical heritage of the island.
The museums of Aegina
The Archaeological museum, next to the port and the temple of Kolona. The Historical and Folklore museum in the city of Aegina. The museum of Kapralos (his house and studio) by the sea in Plakakia. All small in size and distance, all huge in value and history. One can visit them all in one day.
The colorful fishing village at the southern and slightly western end of the island. One of the most picturesque settlements of Aegina, with an amazing seaside promenade, a view of the Saronic Sea and a series of taverns for seafood which one can enjoy under a magical sunset.
The Einardian Seminary, the Metropolis of the island, the Governorate (which was also the first residence of Kapodistrias), the National Kapodistrian Library, the Tower of Markellos, the Kapodistrian Orphanage, the Municipal Theatre. Aegina, due to the settlement of the Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias, has a collection of historical buildings that played an important role in the history of modern Greece.
The mansions’ walk
40 minutes walk from the port of Aegina. The mansions of Kanaris, Trikoupis, Mavrokordatos, Contostavlos and Voulgaris are located in and around the city of Aegina in the bay of Perivola. The walk is a wander in an unexplored part of the island.
The artists’ walk
30 minutes from Bouza Lighthouse to Kazantzakis' house. Coastal, quiet road where you can see one after the other the houses of Nikolaou and Moralis, then three imposing stone towers, the house & workshop of Kapralos with the famous statue of Mana, and finally the house of Kazantzakis. A lovely, easy walk in modern Greek art.