Aegina (Aigina, Egina, Egine, Ägina) is located 26 km / 16 miles south of Athens. It’s part of the Saronic islands group and can easily be reached within 40 minutes from Piraeus. Aegina has a big variety of beaches, you can find them all around the island. There are sandy beaches with and without beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas, beaches with shallow water and beach sites where you can jump in deep waters. Beaches with sunbeds operate “normally” from around 15 May until 15 September. Don’t miss Moni, the little inhabited island which is located opposite Perdika and that can be reached by boat.
Aegina is a place of rich history. The Temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina island, wander around Paleachora, visit the archeological site of Kolona. Aegina is the island of the pistachio nuts. They are called in Greek: “Fistikia”. The harvest of the pistachios is celebrated every year in September with “The Aegina Fistiki Festival”. The Aegina Fistiki Fest is a a 4 days festival in September with lots of food, music, dance, theatre & art.
Peloponnese with its gulfs in Korinthos, Patras, Saronic, Messinia, Argolida and Laconia looks like a plane tree leaf and that is why it was formerly called “Morias”. It has dry climate on the east, cold, snow and rich vegetation in its central and mountainous parts and rain and heat on the west.
Monuments from every period of the eventful Peloponnesian history, great archeological sites such as ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tirynth, Byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles, natural beauties such as mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea, beautiful beaches, sandy and smooth coasts on the west – rocky and dentelated on the east, make this part of Greek land ideal for holidays, touring, sports and connecting to the history and culture. It is not accidental that especially during the summer season many tourists arrive in Peloponnese from all over the world to travel around it. Such trip is very popular and well known.
Spetses is accessible by boat or Flying Dolphin from the port of Piraeus or from Hydra, Aegina and Poros. An island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. It was here that the revolution flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. The biggest of the island’s celebrations, the Armata, is held every September and involves a fleet of the island’s boats, music and fireworks in honor of a naval victory during the Greek revolution.
At Poseidon Square near the harbor, visitors are welcomed by a statue of Greek War of Independence heroine Laskarina Bouboulina. Her house, transformed into the Laskarina Bouboulina Museum, is located in the backstreets nearby.
The regatta, entries to which include vintage boats, fishing boats and traditional sailing boats, is another important event staged on the island. It was introduced six years ago and has since been held annually.
Hydra, one of the most cosmopolitan Greek islands, is located in the heart of the Argo Saronic Gulf. Having been a filming location of “A girl in black” and “Boy on a dolphin” movies, as well as a holiday destination for Leonard Cohen, Hydra stands out for its classy beauty! On Hydra island, you won’t see any cars! Everyone uses their foot, boats or donkeys to get around the island. The charming atmosphere of the island has seduced many international jet setters and has been a retreat for famous personalities, such as Leonard Cohen, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and many more! Elegant stone mansions, narrow alleys, donkeys walking around, churches, little shops, and a picturesque waterfront set the scene of an island fairytale!