Saronic Gulf, Greece

Aegina is a beautiful island just 1 hour away from Athens and an ideal holiday destination all year round. On this page, you will find information about the island, what to do, and where to go, the beaches, the food and ferry routes. Book ferry tickets to Aegina online on Ferryhopper at the best prices. 

Small bay in Aegina with blue waters and trees

Quiet beach with crystal blue waters in Aegina

Vacation in Aegina

Aegina is located just 1 hour away from Athens and it’s popular for day trips or weekend getaways in the Saronic Gulf. Vacations in Aegina are associated with relaxation, beautiful beaches, good food and a variety of activities on offer.

How to get to Aegina

The easiest way to get to Aegina is to catch the ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens. The island is just 1 hour away and it’s the perfect destination for a day trip or a long weekend. There are numerous ferry crossings every day and many of the ferries that operate on this route have a garage for the transfer of vehicles. 

Sunset in Aegina island

Watching the sunset in the Saronic Gulf, from the island of Aegina

What to do in Aegina

Aegina is the largest island in the Saronic Gulf and it is perfect for short or long holidays. It's an all-year-round destination that is great for relaxation and quiet time by the sea. 

We recommend strolling around the town of Aegina and exploring its stylish streets, cafes and shops. If you are into outdoor activities then in Aegina you can enjoy sea activities such as water ski, snorkeling, or diving as well as hiking on the numerous trails of the island. 

Read more about what to do in Aegina on our travel guide below. 

Beaches in Aegina

Most of the beaches in Aegina have umbrellas, sunbeds, and/or beach bars. There are also secluded bays where you can enjoy the clear blue waters and the beautiful views of the Saronic gulf. Here’s a list with a few of the best beaches of Aegina: 

  • Agia Marina: The largest and most famous beach on the island, awarded a Blue Flag. Sandy, with crystal waters, umbrellas, sunbeds and a beach bar.
  • Agios Vasileios: A sandy beach with shallow waters and umbrellas, ideal for families.
  • Aeginitissa: Beautiful beach with sand and eucalyptus trees that offer natural shade. 
  • Vagia: An impressive sandy beach with a beach bar. If you walk a little further across the coast you will find secluded bays where you can relax and swim with your friends in private. 
  • Marathonas: Popular beach, with umbrellas, sunbeds and a beach bar. It has shallow waters which makes it ideal for beach games and kids. 
  • Klima: A small bay with clear blue waters; one of the most popular beaches in Aegina. 
  • Perdika: Perdika is one of the most picturesque villages in Aegina. If you like diving from rocks to wonderful turquoise waters then this is your place to swim!
  • Portes: It’s actually 2 secluded beaches under the same name, one of them with sand and the other with pebbles. They are ideal if you wish to avoid the crowds. Right next to the beaches there is a fishing village where you can eat after your swim. 
  • Souvala: The beach next to the settlement with the same name has sand, crystal clear waters and it’s perfect for relaxation. In walking distance from the beach, you can find tavernas and restaurants as well as shops. 

The Temple of Aphaia on the top of a hill in Aegina

The temple and sanctuary of Aphaia in Aegina, with a great view of the Saronic Gulf

Sightseeing in Aegina

The island of Aegina has been inhabited since ancient times. The rich history of the island as well as the cultural activity of the inhabitants is evident in the various attractions and museums of the island. We suggest you visit the following:

  • Temple of Aphaia
  • The archaeological site of Kolona
  • The medieval village of Paleochora
  • Archaeological Museum of Aegina
  • Christos Kapralos Museum
  • Monastery of Agios Nektarios
  • The Tower of Markellos

Nightlife in Aegina

Nights in Aegina are all about chill-out vibes and relaxing time by the sea. The most lively areas on the island are the main town, as well as the coastal towns of Agia Marina and Souvala.

In the main town of Aegina, you can find wine bars, cocktail bars, art cafes, restaurants and tavernas. On the beach bars of the busiest beaches on the island such as Marathonas, Perdika, or Vagia you can enjoy a drink next to the sea. 

Food in Aegina

The most famous local product of Aegina is the pistachios, a variety that is considered one of the best in the world. You will therefore have the chance to try and buy a variety of pistachio products. Aegina also produces delicious wine, olive oil and honey, while the island is also renowned for its fish taverns

Tavern tables and chairs on a beach in Aegina

Seaside taverna in Aegina

Tips for the trip to Aegina

  • From the port of Perdika, you can take a boat and cross to the islet of Moni. The small island is uninhabited and it has an impressive natural landscape and crystal blue waters. The islet is a natural reserve so in your visit, you might meet deers or peacocks wandering around.
  • During the summer months, we recommend watching a film in one of the open-air cinemas of Aegina. It's an amazing experience. 
  • Every September the island hosts the Pistachio Festival of Aegina, a big event that takes place in the main town of Aegina. If you find yourself on the island during the festival you will have the great opportunity to try some of the freshest pistachio delicacies produced on the island. 

Useful information for Aegina

Due to the short distance from Athens, Aegina has been significantly developed in recent decades. So, on the island, you will find many hotels and rooms to let, while in the summer season you can also enjoy the vivid nightlife of Aegina. The island has many supermarkets, banks, gas stations and a hospital. The transport network of Aegina is good with the local buses connecting the majority of villages, beaches and places of interest. 

Phone numbers for your stay in Aegina

Here are some useful contacts for your stay in Aegina:

  • Port authority Aegina: +30 2297022328
  • Aegina Hospital: +30 2297024489
  • Citizen services: +30 2297026222
  • Police: +30 2297022100
  • Tourist information center: +30 2297026967
  • Aegina bus services: +30 2297022787

Transportation in Aegina

There are several daily bus routes departing from the main town of Aegina to the rest of the island. The central bus station is located 300 meters (4 min walk) from the port of Aegina. There are also taxis and private transfer services, but we suggest that you bring your own vehicle or rent one there for more flexibility and comfort. An alternative means of transportation in Aegina is water taxis - definitely more exciting but also more expensive. 

Ports in Aegina

The island has 3 ports, which serve ferry routes from Athens and the surrounding islands of the Saronic Gulf all year round. The ports of Aegina are:

  • The port of the town of Aegina, which is the main port of the island
  • The port of Souvala, in the north of the island
  • The port of Agia Marina, on the east side of the island

Sandy beach in Agia Marina, Aegina

 Sunny day at the beach of Agia Marina on the east coast of Aegina

Island hopping from Aegina

Aegina is a perfect departure point to explore the islands of the Saronic Gulf as it has regular ferry connections to nearby destinations. From Aegina, you can easily travel by ferry to: 

  • Agistri
  • Poros
  • Methana
  • Hydra
  • Spetses

If you would like to combine your vacation in Aegina with a day trip to the Saronic gulf have a look at our Map of ferries and find all the available ferry connections from Aegina. 

Aegina ferry: schedules and tickets

Aegina is the closest island to Athens, located 15 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus.

The ferry route Piraeus - Aegina has frequent crossings during the whole year served by both conventional and high-speed vessels.

The duration of the trip varies from 40 minutes to 1,5 hours depending on the type of vessel that you travel with. 

The main port of Aegina as seen from the ferry arriving at the island

The view of the port of Aegina as the ferry approaches

Where to book ferry tickets online to Aegina

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