Aegina

Aegina in the Saronic Gulf Islands is an easy day trip from Athens. This page from Greece Travel Secrets also gives details of ferries and what to do..

Aegina Town

The name Aegina means ‘pigeon island’, which it was dubbed by early Phoenician settlers. Today Aegina Town is an elegant place, even when packed with holidaymaking Athenians out for the weekend. The town has many beautiful 19th-century mansions, which testify to a prosperous past due in large part to maritime trade.

During Greece’s Classical period Aegina was a major rival to Athens, and was in fact the first place in Europe to make its own silver coins, a currency that was adapted throughout the whole of Greece. The town was briefly the capital of Greece, in 1828, which certainly seems rather odd if you compare it with Athens today.

Nowadays it makes its money from pistachio nuts and tourism, and visitors can enjoy seeing not only the mansions but also a wealth of churches and other historical buildings in the main town. There are the remnants of the ancient town on the acropolis, which stands on a fairly low hill not far from the town beach, its most distinguishing feature being a still-standing column from the Temple of Apollo.

Aegina in the Saronic Gulf Islands of Greece, near Athens: https://www.greece-travel-secrets.com/Aegina.htmlTemple of Aphaia

Temple of Aphaia
The main archaeological site on Aegina is the Temple of Aphaia. This magnificent building stands about 12km (7.5 miles) east of Aegina Town, easily accessible by bus or car and close enough to walk to from the beach resort of Agia Marina.

The Temple is one of the finest examples of Doric architecture in Greece, built on a hill which is known to have been a place of religious worship since at least the 13th century BC. The present Temple, which is in a very good state of preservation, was built in about 490 BC, making it about sixty years older than the Parthenon.

Like the Parthenon, its pediments are no longer in place. Just as the Turks sold the Parthenon’s friezes to Lord Elgin, who then sold them to the British Museum in London, so they also sold the pediments from Aegina to Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and today they can be seen in the Glyptothek Museum in Munich. Even without these, the Temple is an essential part of any visit to Aegina.

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Getting to Aegina

Flights to Aegina
To get to Aegina you must fly to Athens and then take the ferry from Piraeus.

Ferries to Aegina
There are numerous ferries a day from Athens (Piraeus) to Aegina Town, usually 1-3 an hour depending on the season, the day of the week and the time of day. Note that some ferries go to Agia Marina and Souvala rather than to Aegina Town, so make sure you catch the right one. The regular ferry journey time is about 60 minutes, while the faster and slightly more expensive flying dolphins do it in about 40-45 minutes.

Ferries in Greece

Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.

SO WHERE IS AEGINA?


More Information
For much more information on Aegina visit the excellent online travel guide: 
www.aeginagreece.com

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