Aegina Town is the main point of entry and biggest town of the beautiful touristic island Aegina, located in the Argo-Saronic Gulf, Greece. Aegina /Αίγινα (Egina, Eghina, Aigina, pronounced he-yee-na) is the first capital of modern Greece (1826-1827). With its picturesque and lively port, the town of Aegina welcomes visitors, no matter if they arrive in high season or in low season.
Overall, boat is the only means of transportation that can get you into the island. Boats connect Athens/Pireaus and Aegina Town.
- "Flying dolphins" (such as Hellenic Seaways) do the trip in 40 minutes, but they are more expensive.
- Hellenic Seaways from Piraeus
- Hellenic Seaways sails hourly to Aegina Town for 9,5 euro.
- Bigger ferries take about 60 minutes and they are cheaper; they can also carry vehicles.
- Nova Ferries (phone +302104126181) from Piraeus
Unless you have already purchased a round-trip hydrofoil or boat ticket, go ahead and get a departure time locked in from one of the various kiosks along the edge of the harbor before you get too far afield, or you may find yourself involuntarily spending a night on the island. Most ticket agents speak English and accept credit cards for the transaction.
The city of Aegina is walkable and you don't need a vehicle to explore it.
However, you will need to rent a bike/car/motorbike to get out of the town and explore the rest of the island or visit some of its beaches.
- Archaeological site of Kolona: The Temple of Apollo, overlooking the bay, is a five-minute walk from the port at Aegina. Turn to the left and start walking; admission to the museum is less than five Euros and will yield a fantastic experience. You can wear a swimsuit and have lunch in the nearby picnic area. The views from the top of the site are exciting, you can look over the island and the sea -- almost all the way to Piraeus.
- Kuverneio (Government House): Located in the town of Aegina, this is the official residence and principal workplace of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of the modern Greek republic (1826-1827).
- The Mitropoli church: Built in 1806, this church has served as the parliament of the modern Greek republic.
Numerous cafes operate along the waterfront in Aegina town and they offer views to the sea, the harbor and to beautiful sunsets. Drinking coffee in Greece is an activity that extends well beyond picking the coffee and going away. It is very usual to order a coffee and sit at such a seaside location for an hour or two, relaxing, discussing, and reading newspapers.
- You can try "Frappe" a Greek coffee, which is very strong.
- Inn on the beach is a cafe/bar at the southern part of Aegina town. A part of this establishment is on a platform that extends to the sea, beyond the mainland, thus you can essentially enjoy your drink as close to the water as possible.
- A lot of souvenir shops and gift shops exist in the town of Aegina.
- The fish market (psaragora): located next to town hall, the market offers fresh (uncooked) seafood. It will look appealing to foodies and seafood lovers.
The pistachios produced in Aegina are notoriously famous all over Greece.
- You can buy some pistachio bags/packets at the stands located close to the port.
- Traditional sweets containing pistachio are also offered by Mourtzis Paradosiaka Glyka in Aegina town (Mourtzis Traditional Sweets) @ Panagioti Irioti 57
Numerous restaurants exist in Aegina, which offer fresh seafood and other authentic Greek dishes.
- The best waterfront taverna may be the one at the north end (from the pier, turn left), called Flisvos.
- Somewhat hidden in the middle of town is Patitiri, with simple but excellent traditional food.
- Try charcoal-grilled octopus in Geladakis taverna in Aegina town.
Souvlaki / Pita Gyro
An essential part of the Greek cuisine is comprised by the food offered by numerous establishments offering Souvlaki and Gyro ("souvlatzidika"). These establishment typically offer food "to-go", even though many are also equipped with tables where you can sit. Try a pita with gyro and tzatziki, or a souvlaki (kalamaki), which can be eaten alone on a skewer or in a pita like gyro. Here are some suggestions for "souvlatzidika" in Aegina town:
- Black cat (Mavros Gatos) @ Aiantos 4 (Αίαντος 4)
- Ladokolla @ Rothi spurou 55 (Ρόδη Σπύρου 55)
Bakeries / Breakfast
Cheese-pies, spinach-pies, sausage-pies (and many other pies) are typical Greek breakfast snacks.
- Christoforos' bakery @ Aristofanous street. You must try their cheese-pie.
- A landmark, family owned business in Aegina town offering traditional Greek deserts is Pagoudis @ Spyrou rodi 47 (ΠΑΓΟΥΔΗΣ, ΣΠ. ΡΟΔΗ 47). Try Ravani (Ραβανί), Galaktoboureko (Γαλακτομπούρεκο) and Κadaifi (Κανταΐφι).
- Avli @ P. Irioti 17 (Π. Ηρειώτη 17): A bar/restaurant/cafe in Aigina town, that is open since the 80s. Good for sitting at a table with friends. Open and visited every day of the year.
- Perdikiotika @ Afaias 38 (Αφαιας 38): Another landmark establishment in Aigina town, with a more indie feel. It's a bar with space for dancing and a garden patio that is open in the summer.
- Inn on the beach: A waterfront establishment operating as a cafe during the day and a bar/club during the night. Tropical feel, with some of the best views in town.
- Ellinikon seaside (Klonos) @ Kapodistriou 7( Καποδιστριου 7): A nightclub next to the beach. A good fit for young clubby crowds.
Numerous hotels exist in the town of Aegina, especially within close proximity of the harbor.
- Aegina Hotel (Ξενοδοχείο Αίγινα), 23 Stratigou D. Petriti St, ☎ +30 22970 28501, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. A 2-star hotel which is walking distance from the port and 150 m from a sandy beach, near the historical site of the Temple of Apollo. It is a newly built hotel, with 19 rooms, and friendly staff. It offers 2 double rooms, 11 twin rooms and 6 triple (2 + 1 beds). All rooms have private bathroom, air conditioning and television, while many have balconies overlooking the sea. Some rooms have a refrigerator. There is also a courtyard with palm trees and a terrace with panoramic views of the harbor and generally throughout the city. Guests have free wireless internet access. Prices starting from 30 Euro. (37.7489,23.4272) edit
- Violent crime is essentially absent from Aegina town. It is safe to walk around the streets even at night.
- Be aware that several clubs and bars in Greece do not always serve legitimate alcoholic drinks but instead they serve cheaper imitations containing methanol instead of alcohol, which are also known as "μπομπες" (bombs). These drinks can make you drunk quickly, and they cause worse hangovers and even considerable health problems if consumed at large quantities. You'll be perfectly safe if you drink beer, which is never altered, instead of hard liquor. If you really want to drink hard liquor, then it's best to consult with a local whether a specific establishment offers proper ("clean") alcoholic drinks.
- Beaches: You can go to one of the many beaches existing on the way to Perdika or Souvala.
- Perdika: A town at the southwestern part of island of Aegina.
- Moni is an uninhabited island at close proximity of Perdika (in southwestern Aegina). Small boats departing Perdika can take you there. Moni is ideal for a quiet, castaway-like setting.
- Agia Marina: A town at the eastern part of the island of Aegina.
- Souvala: A town at the northeastern part of the island of Aegina.
- Agistri is a smaller island, west of Aegina. Boats departing the port of Aegina town can take you there.
- Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece is within close proximity of Aegina.