Aegina was the first capital of the new Greek nation under the Government of Ioannis Kapodistrias for two years (11/01/1828 – 03/10/1829). It is located at only 16 nautical miles from the port or Piraeus and, besides the capital, its population is spread on the communities of: Vathi, Kypseli, Mesagros and Perdika.
Aegina island has its own special profile. Its inhabitants, apart from their commercial and nautical traditional activities, are well-known for both their artistic activities in pottery (Aeginetan Jugs) and the famous pistachio's nuts production.
It is an ideal destination not only for single travelers but also for families: you can easily reach it by flying dolphin (in 40 min.) or by regular ferry boats (in approx. 75 min.). When you arrive at its busy port, you will find the time to relax, enjoying the calmness of the island, under the balconies of the old neo-classical houses, just across the fishing boats and the yachts.
Besides everything mentioned in the Accommodation section, Aegina may present important sightseeing sites in many other parts of the island, such as: the Temple of Aphaia (Athina), Paleachora (an island version of Mystras), the remains of the Temple of Ellanius Zeus, Kapralos museum, e.t.c.
Some sites of major importance and value are also: the Monastery of Agios Nektarios (Saint Nektarios), the monastery of Panagia Xrisolleontissa (Virgin Mary of the Golden Lions) and this of Agios Minas.
You should not also miss a visit to Hellenic Wildlife Hospital (EKPAZ) and the traditional settlement of Pacheia Rachi, admiring the paintings on the water tanks on your way to them.
You can also go trekking on the well-marked Aegina trails and let yourself get surprised by the view of the ancient Olive Grove or go cycling.
On the coastal road, the Nikos Kazantzakis' house and Kapralos' house (museum) just before Yiannis Moralis street, offer a chance to get to know/discover the artistic character of the island which is connected with many artists, savants and writers of Greece and other countries.
Cultural associations, theatrical groups, choristers and handicraftsmen take part in various events during the whole year. Aegina is already well-known thanks to the International Music Festival held in August and Fistiki Fest (www.aeginafistikifest.gr) during the second half of September. There are also summer cinemas and many cultural events, which offer an alternative entertainment proposal during summertime.
On the island there are many easily accessible sandy beaches with calm, clean waters, you can choose from...depending on “which way the wind blows”. There are beaches for children, for underwater fishing, for diving or for safe swimming..there are places for every taste. You can find both beaches without umbrellas and organized beaches all over the island (for example: Avra, Marathonas A, Marathonas B, Sarpas, Aeginitissa, Kamares, Prossinemo, Aghia Marina).
The island can offer you the joy of tasting excellent seafood and local products, as it is an excellent gastronomical destination. Traditional dishes and appetizers together with special recipes using the pistachio-nut (PDO product) can offer a real delight to the visitors of Aegina's town, villages and beaches.