of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist
destinations as it is the closest island to Athens .
According to the myth, the island took its name from a
nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell
in love with and took with him to the island! From
11/1/1827 until 3/10/1829 Aegina town was the temporary
capital of the newly founded Greek state. It was during
that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had
impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his
headquarters that today are important tourist
During your stay on the island, you can visit the
following museums and sightseeings:
•Archaeological museum •Historical and folklore museum •Aphea
Temple •Christos Kapralos Museum
•Governor’s Kapodistrias Residence
In the town of Aegina also call in at:
Markellos Tower (built by Markellos, a 1821 War of
Independence hero and later Governor of the island,
which now houses the Kapodistrias Spiritual Center),
Kapodistrias Orphanage (the first public building during
Kapodistrias’ administration), Eunardeio (a 1829
building in Doric style) and Aegina Cathedral (the first
Cathedral of the Modern Greek State; it also housed
Kapodistria’s Government and the first parliament of the
modern Greek State).
Explore ancient monuments and old monasteries:
The Temple of Aphea Athena
Close to Ayia Marina lies the 500 BC Doric Temple of
Aphea Athena, the most important monument on the island.
The temple was founded there ai it formed an equilateral
triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon
at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of antiquity.
The most impressive part of the temple is its wonderful
sculpted pediments, a large part of which is exhibited
at the Glyptothek of Munich. Excavation findings are on
display at the Archaeological Museum of Aegina.
The Sanctuary of Apollo Delfinios, Kolóna
Located at a short distance from the harbour, the area
took its name from a standing column (of Doric Type),
the only one remaining from a 6th Century BC temple.
Mount Kolonas was a religious centre of the ancient
town. Archaeological research has revealed the presence
of more than ten historical buildings dating from the
most recent Neolithic era (5th millennium BC) to the
Mycenaean period (1600- 1200 BC). In front of the
archaeological site lies a museum bearing the same name.
Palaiohóra, Ayia Marina. Near Palaiochora, on the road
to Souvala, lies the impressive Monastery of Ayios
Nektarios, one of the largest monasteries in the
Balkans. It was built in the 20th Century (between 1904
and 1910) on the site of a small Byzantine monastery.
Sun-loving tourists should definitely soak up the sun in
the island’s crystalline beaches:
•Pérdika, a quiet pebbly beach in the traditional
village of Pérdika •Souvála, distinctive for its warm,
therapeutic waters suitable for curing rheumatisms •Ayía
Marína, a cosmopolitan organized tourist resort with
many hotels, rooms to let, beach bars and restaurants •Marathónas,
two sandy beaches, one next to another, 4 km away from
the town •Vayía
Hellas Yachting's ships can take you, your children
and your friends to Hydra Island, to see that Greece is light, that
it’s the smiling dolphins that will follow you, the
white houses of its 6.000 islands, a warm smile and
an even warmer welcome.