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Take a Day trip to Aegina Island, Greece

Updated on June 5, 2013
Colourful fishing boats in the harbour of Aegina city.
Colourful fishing boats in the harbour of Aegina city. | Source

Aegina island can be reached within hour from Athens

Aegina city is as beautiful as in the pictures. About 27 kilometres from the port of Pireaeus, Athens in the Argo-Saronic gulf, is the magical island of Aegina. It is ideal for day trips as it can be reached by boat under an hour (depending on which boat you prefer). The island offers an ideal day excursion.

As soon as you set foot on this island in its main city, Aegina, you are captivated by its interesting history and its beauty. Although there are many tourists, the island is not as flooded as some of the bigger islands. Having experienced this island myself, I would like to share with you why you should also consider visiting here when in Greece on a short trip.

With a Flying Dolphin, Aegina island can be reached in 40 minutes.
With a Flying Dolphin, Aegina island can be reached in 40 minutes. | Source
One of the beautiful narrow streets.
One of the beautiful narrow streets. | Source
View from one of the beaches.
View from one of the beaches. | Source
Ancient Aegina city.
Ancient Aegina city. | Source

Flying Dolphin high speed vessel

Aegina island is within easy reach from Athens and can be reached via various vessels. Because we wanted to spend as much time on the island as possible, we chose to use the Flying Dolphin (operated by Hellenic Seaways). It is a high speed vessel but safe and really out of the ordinary which added more excitement to the experience.

We explored Aegina city's many narrow, paved streets and the colourful markets next to the harbour with its fishing boats. The fresh fish at one of the seafront cafes was really mouth-watering. The weather was perfect, even though very hot. The main street was bustling with motor bikes and buses. Aegina city appeared to be a place where the inhabitants live their lives, seemingly unaware of how fortunate they are to stay there. The many traditional houses make you wish you could move in there.

Aegina city has really nice beaches. Of course we could not resist the experience to enjoy the lukewarm water. As a South African used to rough seas, the calm sea remains amazing.

There are many ancient sites to visit and explore. Aegina island has a really interesting history and plenty of Greek mythology. If you are interested in Greek mythology you will not be disappointed.

One can see and experience a lot in just one day on Aegina island. If you want to stay longer, finding accommodation will not be hard. While speeding back to Athens in the Flying Dolphin, I could just smile and be thankful for the experience.

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      Philip Cooper 6 years ago from Olney

      I always enjoy my weekends in Aegina....nice hub.

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