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Aegina

According to mythology the island was the home of Ajakos, the son of Zeus and Egina. Ajakos changed the islands name from the original Oinoni, to Aegina in honour of his mother. The island has been inhabited since 3000 BC. The islanders like many of the other Greek islands fought in the battle for independence against the Turkish government. The first independent Greek government was formed on the island. The island is famous for its vineyards, pistachio groves and pinewoods.

The main town on the island also called Aegina , has a charming and busy harbour, where private yachts, fishing boats and ferries lay anchored. A walk down the harbour promenade offers you an insight into the lives of the locals. The town with its brightly painted houses, winding lanes and charming shops make exploration of the town a pleasure. The town’s museums are also worth a visit. Near the harbour you can also see the ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo. You can also visit the church of Agia Teodori , otherwise known as Omorfi Ekklisia (the beautiful church), which is about 1.5km from the town, which as some of the most beautiful frescoes in Greece .

The Aphia temple is about 11km from the town. Dedicated to a goddess who was the islands protector, it offers good views over the sea. While in the area you can visit Agia Marina, with its beautiful beach. To the north of the island lay the villages of Souvala and Vaia which also offer good beaches. Good beaches are also to be found at Marathonas and Faros, on the west coast of the island. Further down the coast is the charming fishing village of Perdika . The monastery of Pangagia Chrysoskalitissa, (the Virgin Mary’s cloister with the golden steps) is also worth a visit. The island of Aegina offers much more and must be on the itinerary of those travelling to Greece .

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