About Aegina

Aegina is a unique island in many ways. It is located in the center of the Saronic Gulf and is the second largest island in the Saronic Gulf.

Aegina offers the proximity to Piraeus which is the largest port in the country, in about just 40 minutes far. Aegina comes with many great things such as the rich history from ancient and modern times - as the first capital of Modern Greece –, that special element that has inspired dozens of artists (sculptors, poets, painters and many others), the strong religious element with the famous monastery of Agios Nektarios, where crowds of people gather every year to worship (the temple of Agios Nektarios is considered one of the largest in the Balkans), the famous pistachio Of Aegina, and also the countless beaches with its turquoise waters!

Aegina is surrounded by the island of Agistri, the island of Moni as well as the coasts of Methana, Epidaurus, Troizina and mainland Attica.

A visit in the city brings only good impressions. Starting from the archeological museum next to the port, but also the Column that dominates the hill - part of the temple of Apollo of the 6th century BC – you can visit the narrow alleys admiring the buildings that retain the same incomparable beauty for more than 200 years, you can do stop at the Venetian Tower of Marcellus - a building of the 17th century – and then you reach the Government of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the building from where the first governor of Modern Greece laid the foundations of the Greek state after the liberation from Turkey. A highlight point is the Metropolitan Church – located in the same neighborhood - built in 1806, while in 1829 in this historic church the swearing-in ceremony of Ioannis Kapodistrias as the first Governor of the Greek State, took place.

The Kapodistrian buildings are definitely a great chapter in the history of the island. The most important one is the Orphanage founded in 1829 by Ioannis Kapodistrias (a building which from 1880 to 1985 was used as a prison).

Crossing the coast of 3 kms to the north side of the island, we are seeing the house of the great Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis, while at a distance of one km we can see the "Mother statue", as well as the museum of the famous painter and sculptor Christos Capralou who lived for decades in Aegina.

On the east side of the island and at a height of 160 meters, the Doric style Temple of Aphaia can be found which is an ancient temple before the Parthenon, while in the center of the island it is worth walking on the paths of Paleochora, a medieval village of Aegina built in the 9th AD. century, with 365 churches (one for each day of the year), of which today less than 40 from those are preserved. Need to mention that from the churches of Agios Georgios and Agios Dimitrios, someone can enjoy the sunset & the magnificent view.

The past and the history of Aegina are perfectly combined with the present and the future, a fact which is proved by the constant increase of tourists and not only. The commercial market of the island, the entertainment all year round, the cultural events that take place, but also its proximity to Agistri, Poros, Epidaurus, contribute to the gradual increase of the inhabitants who choose Aegina as their place of permanent residence.

At the same time, in recent years, the development and upgrade of infrastructure through public and private initiative is evident. The ports of Perdika and Agia Marina are growing in order to serve more and larger boats. On the west side of the island and specifically in the area of Aeginitissa, the first 5-star hotel is already operating. Catering and tourism stores are constantly being renovated while offering high quality services.

Also, major development projects in coastal areas of Attica, such as the Elliniko Project that upgrades the Athenian Riviera, give the opportunity for further development of the island both in the tourism sector and its wider economy, as they make it a primary destination with a closer port to Agia Marina. This fact is already evident as in recent years significant steps have been taken to develop the tourism industry through the purchase and upgrade of large hotel units, but also in the Real Estate sector through the purchase of real estate either for personal use or for tourist exploitation.

Sources: weloveaegina.com, www.discovergreece.com, el.wikipedia.org