The island of Aegina is one of the most popular inland tourist destinations in Greece as it is the closest island to Athens. According to the myth, the island took its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island.

Despite the island’s small size, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties, including the nearby islet of Moni, home to substantial populations of peacocks and deers. Aegina town, the capital of the island, stands out for its well-preserved neoclassical buildings and neo-gothic towers. On the outskirts you can find charming little villages with distinctive traditional character as well as organized tourist resorts.

Source: Visit Greece

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Between 1827 and 1829 Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly founded Greek state. It was during that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his headquarters that today are important tourist attractions.

Close to Ayia Marina lies the 500 BCE Doric Temple of Aphaea Athena, the most important monument on the island. The temple was founded there as it formed an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called ‘holy triangle’ of antiquity.

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Private guided walks in the town of Aegina and the Temple of Aphaea Athena are available upon request

Blue Mosaic Villas in the area