Aegina: On the crossroads with religion, culture and archaeology!

Explore an island steeped into a world where history and myth intertwine to give a remarkable sight for your eyes. Aegina, the first capital city of modern Greece, got it’s name from mythology, they say that Zeus, father of gods, fell in love with one of river Asopos twenty daughters. Myth has it that Zeus transformed himself into an eagle and carried her away. Unveil the many mysteries hidden in Greek mythology, visit the sanctuary of Aphaia, built in 480 B.C. and still maintained at a very good condition, located at the northeastern tip of Aegina. A shocking fact is that the temple of Aphaia, Acropolis in Athens and the temple of Sounio form an equilateral triangle called “the holy triangle of antiquity”. The locals will help you uncover all the secrets hidden behind Greek mythology.

Approaching the island from a religious aspect, upon entering the harbor of the city of Aegina, one can admire the snow-white and picturesque chapel of St. Nicolas patron of sailors, built with funds raised by the seamen of the island. 6km west of the city, one can find the monastery of St. Nektarios, where devout believers travel from all over Greece to give offerings, worship and pray for their physical health and spiritual deliverance. In general though, the island is swarmed with monasteries and churches from one end of the island to the other.

Among other things, Aegina has marvelous natural beauty, which can also be seen from its beaches. Walk alongside emerald green, crystal clear waters, and stare in awe as the sun gives the sea water a lively gold tint.  Get a taste of the local cuisine with some of the freshest and tastiest fish you will ever find and don’t forget to buy pistachios, for they are famous for their wonderful flavor.