Learn about Aegina & Points of interest

Experience the allure of Aegina, a captivating island boasting a wealth of ancient wonders, medieval charm, and natural splendor. From spectacular ancient temples to mystical medieval settlements, from world-renowned pistachios to centennial olive groves, and from hidden beaches to breathtaking hiking trails, Aegina offers a diverse tapestry of attractions waiting to be explored.

Points of interest in Aegina

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Archaeological Museum of Aegina

Established in 1829 by Ioannis Kapodistrias, the Archaeological Museum of Aegina holds the distinction of being the first museum established in the Greek State. Located on the island, it showcases artifacts from various ancient sites, including Kolona, the Temple of Athena Aphea, and the sanctuary of Ellanios Zeus. Adjacent to the museum lies the archaeological site of Kolona, where visitors can witness the remnants of the ancient Temple of Apollo. Among these remains stands a solitary column, serving as the last vestige of the Doric temple constructed in 520 BC.

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Temple of Aphea

Explore one of the ancient marvels of Greece’s architectural heritage. The Doric temple of Athena Aphea, dedicated to the goddess Athena, dates back to around 480 B.C. and is situated 13km east of Aegina Town. Remarkably, this temple, along with the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion and the Parthenon in Athens, forms a geometrically precise isosceles triangle.

Legend has it that Aphea eluded capture by sailors near the shores of Aegina, ascending until she vanished, hence earning the name “Aphea,” meaning “vanish.” Aphea is believed to be a deity associated with mountains and hunting, revered for safeguarding maritime voyages. Given Aegina’s significance as a maritime hub in the region, her protection was highly valued.

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Embark on a journey to Paliachora, also known as the “old town,” a medieval village constructed in the 9th century, once the esteemed capital of the island until 1826. Nestled adjacent to the Agios Nektarios Monastery, it lies 7km from the port of Aegina.
Archaeological findings have pinpointed Paliachora as the site of the ancient city of Aegina. Ascend to the hilltop and marvel at the panoramic vista, where remnants of the city walls, ancient water tanks, and 38 remaining churches await your discovery.

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Moni Island

Embark on a boat excursion to the uninhabited islet known as Moni, just a brief 10-minute water taxi ride from Perdika beach. Here, amidst its serene shores, you’ll encounter peacocks, kri-kri goats, and pristine beaches with turquoise waters, inviting you to indulge in a tranquil swim and immerse yourself in nature’s splendor.

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St. Nektarios Cathedral

Explore one of Aegina’s most revered landmarks, the magnificent church of Agios Nektarios and the Monastery of Agia Triada (The Holy Trinity). Agios Nektarios of Aegina (1846 – 1920) stands as one of the most esteemed Greek Orthodox Saints, officially canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1961. Each year, thousands of Orthodox pilgrims flock to this sacred site to pay homage to Greece’s first modern saint. His legacy is commemorated on November 9th, the feast day of Nektarios.

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Tower of Markellos

Explore the Tower of Markellos, situated near the heart of Aegina town, an iconic landmark of the island steeped in historical significance. Constructed in the 17th century, this building bears the name of its owner, Spyridon Markellos, a staunch advocate for Greek Independence. During the Greek War of Independence (Greek Revolution of 1821), the tower served as a refuge for numerous key figures. Following the war, with the establishment of Greece as an independent state and Aegina as its capital, the tower became the official residence of Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias from 1828 to 1829. Distinguished by its striking pink hue and Venetian-style architecture, the Tower of Markellos stands as a captivating testament to the island’s storied past.

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Historical and Folklore Museum

Visit the Historical and Folklore Museum of Aegina for a journey through time, offering insight into everyday life on the island during Modern Greek History. This museum showcases a treasure trove of artifacts, including rare manuscripts, traditional costumes, vintage furniture, engravings, embroideries, agricultural tools, fishing materials, and miniature replicas of fishing boats, providing a fascinating glimpse into the island’s rich heritage and cultural traditions.

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FistikiFest Festival

Aegina’s Fistiki Fest, also known as the Aegina Fistiki Festival, is an annual celebration dedicated to the famous Aegina pistachio, locally known as “fistiki”. The festival typically takes place in September when the pistachio harvest is at its peak.
During the Fistiki Fest, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, history, and gastronomy of the Aegina pistachio. The festival features various events and activities, including Pistachio Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Cultural Performances, Agricultural Exhibits, Arts and Crafts Fair and Educational Workshops.
Overall, Aegina’s Fistiki Fest offers a fun-filled and educational experience for locals and tourists alike, highlighting the importance of the pistachio industry to the island’s economy and culture.

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