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THURSDAY 16.09.2004
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Aegina: a symphony in colors


The first island you will set your foot on, is Aegina. A dazzling tourist island, it is located in the Saronic Gulf at a very small distance from the port of Piraeus and it covers an 84 sq. km area. You can reach Aegina via ferry boat (about 1 1/2 hours) or flying dolphin within 35 min. from the port of Piraeus.

Entering the port, the visitor faces the whitewashed church of Agios Nikolaos surrounded by many neoclassical houses with yellow and pink facades, the sacred churches with the blue domes, the stone paved alleys, the traditional small shops and coffee houses and the scenic horse-carriages. Here you will taste the famous local pistachio nuts and enjoy fresh fish and seafood in the taverns scattered all around.

In addition to many archeological findings, Aegina has a history of its own, in modern times too, because for a few weeks it was the capital of the Greek State, when it was first taking shape, following the revolution against the Ottoman Empire. The archeological and folklore museum, Kapralo's art and sculpture museum are sites one should definitely visit. The spectacular temple of Afaia, the sanctuary of Ellanios Zeus and the Monastery of the patron saint Agios Nektarios are very remarkable sites, too.






The coastal village of Agia Marina with the homonymous church is a settlement that attracts many visitors, due to its wonderful organized beach and the famous sites. You may also visit the lovely beaches of Marathonas and Aeginitissa, as well as the coastal village of Souvala and the fishing villages of Perdika and Vaia which feature endless sandy beaches with crystal clear waters.

Apart from the homonymous town, Aegina also has many settlements outspread all over the island, offering amazing natural sites and dotted with unique insular mentality. The old capital of the island, Paleohora, a ruined town featuring 28 churches full of wall paintings as well as a ruined medieval castle are creating a mysterious atmosphere in the area that enchants the visitor.

Although you're not staying there for the night, Aegina is also famous for its outstanding night life. Innumerable cafeterias, bars, restaurants and night clubs satisfying every age and taste are situated in the capital, but also in the neighboring villages. During the day visitors can swim, enjoy the sea sports or eat at taverns situated almost on the seashore.