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Aegina is a beautiful Greek island that is only an hour away with the ferry, from Pireaus port. It is still loved by local Athenians and traveller’s who want to momentarily escape from the city life, but stay somewhere close.
Aegina doesn’t compare to other Greek Islands that have been popularised, such as Mykonos and Santorini; however it still has its unique beauty and so much to offer.
Aegina town is just a small part of the whole island, for there are many different towns to visit such as Perdika, Agia Marina and Marathon. You can take the bus that costs 3 euros as return, or you can get a taxi which can vary in prices.
If you know how to cycle, then you can rent out a bike for the day and make the most of the island. You can cycle through the town and stop by the beaches, in order to cool off.
In Aegina town, there are so many boutique shops and known high street stores, in case you want to do a spot of shopping.
When you are exploring Aegina town, you will see that there is a very relaxed atmosphere and everyone is so friendly. Not only that, but you will see a lot of stray cats sleeping or lounging in the most random spots too.
As you go deeper into Aegina town, you will notice that there are beautifully decorated houses that will make you feel like you are somewhere far away. It has a village vibe to it, which is great, since you will most definitely feel like you are away from the city that you came from.
Aegina is known to be the island that produces and grows the best pistachio nuts. This is most definitely true and there are little stores set up across the town that offers the best produce that there is.
What is great about this is that the locals sell incredible pistachio butter, which is soft and smooth, candied pistachios which are subtly sweet, pistachio ice cream that is refreshing and creamy, as well as other savoury and sweet products that you would have never known to exist.
Aegina is also known to have fresh produce, which you will see delicious looking fruit being sold straight off the boat and little alleyways that have fish markets. Aegina has a small port that is surrounded by fisherman’s boats, which is why there is always fresh fish and seafood available.
When it comes to food, it can be hard to choose between so many restaurants. However, there is one that is a favourite to the locals and is located right next to the fish market. It is a fish restaurant called Agora, that has small and large plates of fresh fish and seafood, as well as fresh vegetables.
Once you are seated, the waiter will tell you the catch of the day. The prices are cheap and the portions are generous, so you can easily share between two people or more.
By eating at this restaurant, you will most definitely feel satisfied, since each dish has the classic Greek seasonings of olive oil, lemon and oregano. The fresh fish and seafood can be either served boiled, grilled or fried; but no matter what you choose, you will love it.
When it comes to just wanting to snack or have some drinks, then you should stop by Avli, which means garden in English. It is hidden away in a narrow street, deep inside the town.
However, it’ll catch your attention right away, since it is beautifully decorated with a turquoise blue painting on the outside and if has white washed chairs on the inside.
Aegina town does have beaches, but they are not as good as other beaches across the island. The reason for this is because it is mostly a port, rather than it being somewhere by the sea. For the best beaches, you should visit Perdika and Moni island, as well as Marathon and Agia Marina.