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Aegina island Greece

Aegina is one of the islands near to Athens, belongs to the group of the Saronic islands like the islands of Salamina, Poros, Agistri, Spetses and Hydra. Aegina was the Greek capital after the war of independence. Due to its vicinity with Athens the island of Aegina has become in later years almost a suburban of Athens with many Athenians having there holiday houses.

Aegina is a ideal for nature lovers, ecologists and also for those that like to hike on the hills of the island. There are many forests and traditional mountain villages, Aegina has many similarities with Skiathos in the Sporades islands in matter of pine trees and nice beaches. The capital of the island has many neoclassical buildings and a very interesting museum. One of the attractions of Aegina is a coach ride through the town. In the restaurants along the promenade the visitor can enjoy local specialities and fresh fish only a few meters from the beach.

Aegina has a rich historical past 3000 years old. According to the Greek Mythology its first king was Aeacus. The historical past of Aegina is connected with the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisation from founding on the island. During the historical period of Greece 7th - 5th century BC Aegina was an important commercial centre and a sea power .

Aegina today is one of the most beautiful islands of the Saronic gulf. The town of Aegina is worth a visit as well as the beaches in Marathonas, Perdika, Agia Marina and Souvala. The island is famous for its pistachio production. In older years was here a flourishing clay production of house keeping items.

The most important monuments of Aegina is the Temple of Aphaea ( a few kilometres out of Aegina town) and the Temple of Apollo in the town of Aegina on the small hill overlooking the city. At the port there are have been renovations including a yacht Marina. Another huge yacht marina located at the north part of the island.
The trip to Aegina its about 40-45 minutes by hydrofoil from Piraeus there are also Ferries departing frequently to Aegina and the other Saronic islands.
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