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Aégina is one of the most popular islands for Athenians to visit, being only about 30-60 minutes away, depending which ferry you catch. Indeed, some people even commute to Athens from Aégina, and it is of course hugely popular on summer weekends, when it would be advisable to book your accommodations and a ferry ticket in advance. In some ways the capital, Aégina Town, is like a miniature Athens, with a buzzing atmosphere and a more sophisticated feel than many island capitals. Not far from the harbor are the remains of the Temple of Apollo, though Aégina’s main archaeological site, not to be missed, is the Temple of Aphaia. About six miles ...

Aégina is one of the most popular islands for Athenians to visit, being only about 30-60 minutes away, depending which ferry you catch. Indeed, some people even commute to Athens from Aégina, and it is of course hugely popular on summer weekends, when it would be advisable to book your accommodations and a ferry ticket in advance. In some ways the capital, Aégina Town, is like a miniature Athens, with a buzzing atmosphere and a more sophisticated feel than many island capitals. Not far from the harbor are the remains of the Temple of Apollo, though Aégina’s main archaeological site, not to be missed, is the Temple of Aphaia. About six miles east of Aégina Town, this site is accessible by either bus or taxi. There are only a handful of sandy beaches, and the island’s main resort is at Áyia Marína, on the east coast, which also has ferry links with Piraeus. The north of the island is quite fertile, and is renowned for the pistachio nuts that grow there, while the interior is hilly and rises to 1,745 feet (532 m) at Mount Zeus.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: One of the Saronic Islands of Greece, Aegina sits in the Saronic Gulf, 17 miles from Athens.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer and especially weekends are best avoided, making spring and autumn the best times of year.