Since Saturday I am on the Greek Island Aegina, located in the Argo-Saronic gulf. It was a long trip getting here, but it was so worth it. I had never been to Greece before, so I was very excited to go for the first time. Next weekend we will celebrate the Orthodox Easter again and while I am not religious, I am looking forward to the celebrations as I am interested in the tradition. I am here another six days and while the weather in Lugano is great, it’s just not as fantastic as here.
How to get to Aegina
The closest airport to Aegina is Athens International Airport, called Eleftherios Venizelos, located 25km outside the centre of Athens. Easyjet offers non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Athens, so does British Airways and Ryanair. It is very important to make sure you arrive not much later than 3pm or to leave before noon on your way back. If you arrive after 3pm you will not be able to make it to the island on the same day or on the way home to reach the airport in time. You can only get to the island by boat and the boat timetables can change according to the season.
When to visit Aegina
Perfect for the independent traveller
There are several good sandy beaches on the island and the water is crystal clear. I was in Marathonas today and it was great. The water was clean, warm enough for a swim and La Palma offers free sunbeds and umbrellas to their customers. La Palma is a cafe, bar and restaurant offering a pleasant service located at the beginning of Marathonas beach on the west side of the island. The prices are very reasonable, I paid 20,80€ (£16.35) for a Pina Colada, one Gin&Tonic, two large scoops of ice cream and two coke zeros. From Marathonas beach you can see the islands Moni, Agistri and Methana as well as the Peloponnese mainland.
Where to Stay on Aegina
My personal favourite is Marini Luxury Apartments and Suites. Not only does it have an outdoor pool, but also a fitness centre and is set amidst a beautiful landscaped garden. Every room is equipped with a hairdryer, a private bathroom including free toiletries, a satellite TV, laptop safe and even a refrigerator. A restaurant serves Greek cuisine and you can order cocktails as well as snacks at the pool. Activities for all guests include yoga lessons, traditional dances and aqua aerobic. There are many other great hotels and apartments on Aegina.
What to Wear on Aegina
Overall, I think Aegina is a great destination to travel to as you get a lot for not much money. Accommodation, restaurants and the activities are all very reasonable priced.
Have you been to Aegina or to another island in Greece? What did you think? Would you travel to Aegina?