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Aegina

Aegina

Aegina Island is famous nowadays for its pistachios orchards

It's situated only a hour by ferry from Athens and 1/2 hour on the hydrofoil. It's a rugged island with lots of sandy coves perfect for swimming, while shelter is provided by oaks, cypresses and wild olive trees rather than the usual pines. Aegina Island "Aegina was one of the daughters of the river god, Asopos. Ravishingly beautiful, she turned the head of Zeus himself who kidnapped her, confining her to the island".

The island′s capital, Aegina town, is well worth a visit - its splendid neo-classical buildings around the waterfront are reminders of the town′s former status. The sunsets are spectacular here and you can watch the local fisherman tinker with their boats and mend their nets at any time of day. Beyond the row of shops and tavernas you will see the marina, where the caiques (wooden sailing boats) double as market stalls, crammed with fresh fruit and vegetables.

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The ancient settlement of Kolonna (means column) stands on a hill at the north of Aegina town. The column in question belongs to a 5th century temple of Apollo, now in ruins. There are fine views of the gulf from here and you can make out the walls of the ancient "secret" harbour (secret because only the islanders knew how to get in).

Agia Marina is the island′s main tourist resort aproximatelly 15 km east of Aegina town. The focal point in Agia Marina is the sandy beach, about half a kilometre long and gently shelving - snorkelling enthusiasts may prefer the rocky area to the left of the port.

In a distance of 4 km away from Agia Marina, is the island′s star attraction. The Temple of Afea is even older than the Parthenon in Acropolis of Athens, but is remarkably well preserved. Around the Temple are the remains of the priests′ quarters and precinct walls. Busses from Aegina Town stop at the Temple on the way to Agia Marina.

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2016-03-19 195648

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