Aegina Island is one of the closest of the Saronic Islands to Athens, offering a wonderful island lifestyle and atmosphere, yet close enough to the main land to be able to enjoy some wonderful day trips to Athens or the Peloponnese. Aegina Island is a wonderful destination for the discerning traveller looking for a private holiday rental, as the island has been mercifully ignored by the mass tourism crowds, leaving Aegina to continue as a genuine and traditional Greek island.
If you have arrived at Aegina accommodation for the beaches, swimming and sailing, you will not be disappointed. There are a great number of sandy beaches around the island, washed by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. You can choose between relaxing on a completely deserted beach or relaxing on a sun-lounger with waiters bringing you iced cocktails. Scuba diving is one of the most spectacular activities to enjoy from an Aegina Island villa, but there are many water sports you can try.
Aegina Island is a favourite destination on sailing holidays in the Saronic Islands. There are a number of little harbours around the island, perfect for mooring and going for a relaxing evening meal in one of the tavernas, bars of cafes along the shore. The villages of Perdika and Aegina are particular favourites due to their idyllic, sheltered ports. Boat charter is very easy from a seaside villa in Aegina Island.
Aegina is home to some absolutely remarkable historic sites. The Afea Athena Sanctuary is set among absolutely breathtaking scenery, with a huge temple standing proudly in the centre. The Afea Sanctuary should not be missed by anyone on holiday in Aegina accommodation. The imposing Agios Nektarios Monastery should not be missed either.
Aegina Town is a charming destination, favoured by citizens of Athens for their weekend breaks. Consisting of tiny, twisting streets and beautiful little houses, provide a stunning contrast to the huge neoclassical buildings of the centre.
Tourists mainly head for the huge beach at Agia Marina for their summer holidays. There are regular busses from the beach to Aegina Town, which is ideal for those wishing to explore the Afea Temple or have a swim from Aegina properties.
The summer months in Aegina are blissfully hot, with temperatures reaching well into the mid-30’s (˚C) during the days. Visitors are encouraged to come to during the spring and autumn too, as the weather is still very warm, but cool enough to be able to enjoy the sightseeing, walking and water sports available.
You can reach a holiday rental on Aegina Island very easily from the UK. There are frequent ‘Flying Dolphin’ ferries from Athens’ Piraeus Port, taking just 40 minutes. There are regular flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) from across the UK, provided by a great range of airlines.