Aegina in Greece is a beautiful island only an hour ferry ride from Athens. It has nice family beaches, seaside villages and interesting archaeological sites to visit. A drive around will bring visitors to fantastic places, such as the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, the ghost village of Paleochora with the innumerable churches, the seaside villages of Vagia and Perdika, and so many other secrets to discover. Holidays in Aegina can be combined with a day trip or short vacations to the close island of Agistri, a lovely place for total relaxation.
Aegina has a number of beaches you can reach by car or public bus and several that you can walk to from Aegina town on either side of the ancient Temple of Apollo. On the north and west side of town you are in what is almost a suburban neighbourhood and these small rocky coves with stretches of sand and pebbles where the locals swim are great for snorkeling, probably the best you will find this close to Athens. Agia Marina has a long sandy beach where most people swim though the best spots are on the platforms built on the rocks at the edge of town in the direction of Kavos near the Hotel Apollon.
Those visitors who are excited by learning about history will not be disappointed by what Aegina has to offer. Indeed there are many excellent books available and a separate section on this website. The island has a special place in Greek mythology and history. The myth has it that the island took its name from the most beautiful of the twenty daughters of Asopos, the river god, who eloped with Zeus to the then deserted island. In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3500 B.C. The island enjoyed strong economic and social growth between around 900 B.C. and 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th. Century B.C. In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first “capital” of modern Greece from 1827 – 1829.