*Image from library archives

We all know Aegina, the beautiful island of the Saronic Gulf. Some of us because of the famous pistachio, but most of us because it is always there. It’s there in the winter, it’s there during summer, it’s there when you have nowhere else to go; It is always there for you…

How many of us have organised a last-minute visit to this island because of it being a neighboring escape? Aegina’s close proximity to Athens and its authentic island life are enough for this small land to have its own loyal fans.

Imagine the freedom escaping the city’s heat and everyday stress when the ferry blows its horns and the Saronic winds hit your face; yet 50 minutes later you have arrived on an island with its own distinct history, ready to enjoy your little escape.

Let’s hear more about this gem in Greece from Elina Argyri, the Founder of WeLoveAegina.com, a portal where travelers can find all necessary information about the island, from hotel suggestions to cultural activities. It’s interesting to highlight that Elina was not born in Aegina; although she did spend all her summers there with her family, made friends along the way, laughed, fell in love and explored nature.

You don’t have to be a local to love a place; You just have to create memories. Then, it kind of becomes yours.

“I have spent all my summers in Aegina. All my carefree periods, when all feelings were intense; love, friendship, family bonding, happiness, freedom. I was not born in Aegina but does it really matter? My grandfather built a house in Aeginitissa, back in the 60’s and it soon became our family’s meeting point”.

We Love Aegina

Elina has spent precious moments on the island and made lifetime memories. As she was growing up she realized this gem on the Saronic Gulf has so many things to offer, besides a summer vacation. “There is so much history here. Ancient temples, monasteries, museums, local festivals, charming little villages, and beautiful resorts. The island has so many things to show! This is how We LoveAegina began; it aims to properly re-introduce Aegina to Greeks and people from all over the world”.

Elina already covered the next part of our discussion; what makes Aegina so special? It’s so easily accessible from Athens and the ticket prices are at such low cost. Moreover, it covers all kinds of travelers; the adventurers, as it has many hiking options and beautiful nature to explore, the culture and history lovers, due to its rich history, the architectural monuments and museums, the ones who love water activities, the young travelers who need a vibrant nightlife and of course it’s ideal for families.

“It literally has something for everyone”.

Aegina is an all-year destination and breaks the belief that islands are only for the summer period.

“Aegina is an ideal place to relax, to spend a few days away from the busy everyday city life. You will also find many restaurants and cafes open during winter and autumn; people gather around a fireplace, enjoying food together”.

Digging Elina’s blog, I discovered so many reasons why someone should visit the island all year long. Aegina has its own Easter customs, during Christmas, there are various kids’ activities and in autumn you can explore the island without the summer heat!

What would people find in We Love Aegina

Travelers will find any kind of useful information about the island in both English and Greek. People can book their ferry tickets, accommodation and they will also find details on everything they would like to do; from activities and festivals info to the best places to eat and have drinks or coffee. Lastly, the portal has gathered all useful phone numbers from local authorities and under the category Blog, you can read interesting stories about the island, written from locals or from people who have lived on the island.

Where to eat in Aegina

  • For traditional food head to Nontas at Perdika
  • For fresh fish or fish bites go to Ahivadaki at Vroheia, at Aeginitissa or at Saronis at Perdika
  • For the meat lovers, FouFou at the main town is the option and for the ones seeking home-made traditional food, then head to Babis.

You can find more food options here.

Where to stay in Aegina

There are various accommodation options for travelers, depending on what you are after. The main town is always a good option, Vagia is a charming quiet village, whilst Agia Marina, Perdika and Souvala are organized tourist resorts. You can find all types of accommodation here.

Must-see in Aegina

If you only have a few days ahead, what should you do? Elina narrows it down and suggests her personal favorites.

  • Aphea Temple, the most important monument on the island. It ages back to 500 BC, which along with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion form the Sacred Triangle of antiquity.
  • Enjoy local fresh fish at one of the many tavernas offering beautiful sea views.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking island’s sunset and experience this unique light of Aegina.
  • Watch a movie in one of the summer movie theatres.
  • Get advice from the portal on which are the best beaches to visit according to your needs and taste.

Aegina stole Elina’s heart and we are sure it’s going to do the same to you!

*Images courtesy of We Love Aegina 


Maria Petropoulou

Contributor

Maria Petropoulou is a Greek journalist currently working in a leading Greek news site. She loves culture, travelling and writing and she has combined all these in order to create her own key to happiness. She was born in Athens, studied there and continued with a Master’s degree in UK. London. She also owns the travel blog My Landing Runway, where you can find all her travel stories and wanderings. Now she begins her trip with GCT as our European cultural correspondent; she would like to welcome you all on board.

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