Aegina is one of the most popular islands near Athens and also the second largest of the Argosaronic Gulf Islands. The island gets very busy during the weekend as it is a weekend escape near Athens. Aegina island attractions include its beautiful natural scenery along with archeological sightseeing and, of course, beautiful beaches and villages. Holidays in Aegina can be combined with a day trip or short vacations to the neighbor island of Agistri, a lovely place for total relaxation.
The island offers a large variety of nightlife experiences which will definitely make your stay really pleasant. Short distances will delight you as you go from the beach to your room and, then, shortly you can visit a fish tavern with excellent seafood and eventually close your day in one of the beach bars of the island. Aegina town is the place where some of the most popular bars and clubs are gathered.
By ferry: Aegina is accessible only by ferry from the port of Piraeus. You can either choose to travel with the conventional ferry that takes about 1.5hr or with a highspeed flying dolphin that takes 40minutes to reach the port of Aegina. The itineraries are regular and there is a boat almost every hour. Aegina is also connected to the rest islands of the Argosaronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros and Spetses).
Tips: Do not forget to buy the authentic pistachio nuts produced on the island!
Attend the Fystiki Fest, the island’s biggest cultural event of the year organized every September. The main idea is to promote and support the cultivation of the unique pistachio known internationally as the “Aegina Pistachio”. The Aegina Fistiki Fest is the largest commercial and economic event in the region. More than 20,000 visitors browse and buy from the many booths featuring pistachio cultivation, and sweet-making along with many other artists and craftsmen who, with their unique techniques and talents, present their imaginative creations. The Aegina pistachio nut freely lends its unique taste and texture to many sweet and savoury gastronomic creations, as well as inspiring the makers of jewellery, pottery and arts and crafts.