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Aegina Island - pistachio nectar and seafood

Aegina Island, Greece, Lagoon overview

Aegina Island attracts tourists who visit Greece because of its location, which makes it easy to reach coming from Athens. Also found in Aegina pilgrimages fans one of the most important locations, this being the Church of St. Nectarios (Agios Nektarios).

If you're thinking about visiting this island would be helpful to know that her name appears in many forms: Aegina, Egina, Aigina, Eghina. Then if you should come from Athens and your reserve must be at least one day, if it is a short visit. From Piraeus port Athens, Aegina ships arrive in less than an hour, for quick races or an hour and 20 minutes to rest.

Aegina is a holiday destination that is likely to seduce you if you want to stay in an area in Greece to give you that specific holiday atmosphere combined with traditional local dishes. You can start with appetizers Greek mezedes, which often consist of a glass of ouzo and various mini preparation cheeses, fish or vegetables. Menus with fish and seafood are not only very attractive, and tasty, even in taverns and common premises, without pretensions. Carnivores can choose grilled dishes that are served in large portions, along with salad.

In fishing villages on the island you can try local dishes, which are based on fish and seafood. There is also a fish market in Aegina Town.

The island is famous for its pistachio production, its export income, bringing the island apart from tourism. Besides pistachios, olives are grown on the island, and fruit trees.
The main town of the island is called Aegina Town. Thanks to the harbor where many boats come and go, Aegina Town is the most visited area of the island. Along the port there are numerous terraces, shops, cafes and taverns. Moreover, the harbor is the main commercial center with shops which sell various products, from souvenirs to clothing or fishing.

Tourists who want to walk through the island's capital can opt for horse-drawn carriages. Allbuses depart from Aegina Town (local public transport) and coaches of tourists to other parts of the island.
If you arrive in Aegina, you will probably want to visit one of the most famous churches in Greece, Saint Nectarios. You can get a taxi, bus or car. The church is in the region Kondor, 6 km from Aegina Town. One advantage is that the church is open daily and bus station is right in front of the building. Admission is free. As in any other part of the world, visiting a religious sanctuary requires appropriate attire.

In November when celebrated Saint Nectarios, tour operators specially design trips for those who want to make pilgrimages on the island of Aegina.
In Aegina you find plenty of attractions, many of them churches and ancient ruins: Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dionysios, the Temple of Apollo, and Temple of Athena Aphaea (XI century BC), Temple of Zeus etc. Many archaeological sites are evidence of the important position that was the island in antiquity.

For a view from above, you can climb Mount Oros, where, moreover, are the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, from which the legend started on the island. They say that Aegina was a beautiful princess, that king of the gods fell in love. Predictably, he wanted to be alone with her and sought a suitable place, he found a deserted island. Zeus and Aegina had a son together, Aeacus, who became the first king.

Those who want to sunbathe and enjoy the sea, find in Aegina good locations for it. Some small boats even offer flights to the island's beaches. Agia Marina is the most famous beach, thanks to its length and fine sand. The island is attractive for those who want to have fun. Nightlife is quite well developed in clubs, discos, bars, etc.