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Timeless Charm
Aegina seduces its visitors with the fascinating ancient Greek ruins of Aphaia and Kolona as well as the enchanting landscapes, the untouched nature, the crystal-clear waters and the culinary Mediterranean delights. There are numerous things to do in Aegina, but just to give you a guideline, when visiting Aegina make sure to spend some time at the following destinations.
Be amazed by the archaeological sites such as the Temple of Aphaia which is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina island.
The hill of Kolona, an archeological site with a museum next to the port of Aegina town, was inhabited from prehistoric times through the classical period. Needless to mention the monumental buildings in Aegina town or “the heritage of Kapodistrias”. During the short period of time that Kapodistrias lived in Aegina as first governor of Greece, many important public buildings were renovated. One of the special sights in the town of Aegina is "Markello's Tower" which dates back to 1802. Agios Nektarios, church and monastery built in memory of the Greek Orthodox saint Agios Nektarios, is visited by large numbers of guests, many of them seeking help from this miracle-working saint who died in 1920. One of Aegina's best-kept secrets is this beautiful early 17th-century Monastery of Chrysoleontissa built on top of a hill in the very centre of Aegina island.
The Monastery of Saint Catherina is also worthwhile visiting, located east of Aegina Town and west of the former capital Palaiochora, built on the site of the former Temple of Aphrodite.
Aegina's aquamarine waters boast some of the best shores in Greece, including the beaches around the city of Aegina (a few meters away from Rastoni) Panagitsa, the sandy beach of Avra and Kolona with the amazing sunsets.
There are some coves and rocks north of Aegina Town, past the Kolona archaeological site, that are sometimes used by naturists for swimming and sunbathing.
Aiginitissa Beach is recommended for its shallow waters, a safe option for families with children. Perdika Beach surrounded by trees, is the ideal option for those who seek and enjoy natural shade. From Perdika you can reach the small island of Moni by boat in about ten minutes. The island of Moni is a wild animal habitat where you can see deers, peacocks and wild goats. On the north side of Moni you will find a quiet unorganized beach.
Marathonas Beach is located in the small traditional fishing village of Marathonas. On both sides of the village (north and south of the harbor pier) you will find an organized sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas.
The environment here is very well preserved and human intervention is minimal. The silence is broken only by the roar of the waves.
Aegina is experiencing a renaissance during the past few years. It's old core is being transformed into a vibrant, youthful quarter full of cafes, bars, galleries and restaurants. Getting fresh high quality fish is one of the biggest challenges for any top quality restaurant. From this aspect, Aegina town is extremely spoiled by being surrounded by the highest quality fresh fish restaurants in the Argosaronic.
Explore all areas of Aegina, including off-shore attractions and the many villages inhabited and connected by a concrete road and easily accessible by car or motor bike. Each village on the island has its own character. You can visit fishing villages with amazing beaches as well as inland & mountain villages with stone built houses and traditional tavernas.
Take advantage of the daily organized cruises around Aegina and nearby Saronic islands of Agistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. The Rastoni team can also provide suggestions on inland day excursions to ensure that each guest receives an authentic local experience.