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.
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.
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 Tower of Markellos
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.
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:
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).
Numerous hotels exist in the town of Aegina, especially within close proximity of the harbor.
Aegina Hotel (ΞενοδοχείοΑίγινα), 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.