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Aegina Island:

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Aegina is the second largest island of the Saronic Gulf, following Salamina, and has an extent of 85 square kilometers. It is 16 naval miles far from Piraeus. The length of its coasts is 57 kilometers. It has an extent pf approximately 83 square kilometers and a population of about 17.000 residents.

The biggest part of the island is the result of volcanic activity. This can be observed at the central and southern part of the island, which is constituted of stony lava.
Aegina is comprised of low hills, most of which are covered by pine trees. The highest spot of the island is Ellanio Mountain, with 532 meters altitude, which doesnt have much vegetation, besides some bushes and low plants.

In the Southern and Eastern part, Oros Mountain forms steep rocky coasts, leaving just a few small bays except from the large bay of Santa Marina. The rest of the coasts are smooth, with smaller or bigger bays.
In the western and northwestern part, there are flat, inhabited areas of Aegina, with the large bay of Marathonas and the port of the city of Aegina. In this area, most of the pistachios and grapes are being produced. There are also olive trees, fig trees and almond trees.
In the Northern part, there is the narrow valley of Mesagros, which separates the mountain from the small tumps that stretch along the north coast.
The islands vegetation is comprised by hollies, wild olive trees, cypresses and firewood. The islands fauna is comprised by hares, foxes, badgers and a variety of birds. The islands climate is dry and healthy, mild during winter and cool during summer.

Sightseeing

In the North part of the island, the Temple of Athena Afaia is built surrounded by a piney landscape viewing the endless blue sea. It is preserved in a very good condition. 24 out of a total of 34 columns are preserved. The temple was built in 480 B.C after the naval battle of Salamina.
Kolona (=column) is the archaeological site, whose archaeological findings define the history of Aegina. It located on the left side of the port of Aegina and it represented the Acropolis of Aegina during Antiquity. It represented the religious and political point. Its name was given due to the one and only Column existing there until now.

At the top of the hill of Kolona, there was the temple of Apollo. It was built around the 6th century B.C. The temple was of rectangular shape comprised by 11 pillars on the long side and 6 pillars on the short. Southern to the temple, Propylaia was found, along with 2 other smaller buildings.

Ellanio Mountain is the highest mountain of Aegina. It has 532 meters altitude and at the top the small church of the Ascension is found.

Aeginas Archaeological Museum contains ancient remains and relics. It was founded in 1832 by Ioannis Kapodistrias. In the museum, there are various vessels, pottery, ceramics, alabaster, links, statues, signs, coins, guns and coppery vessels.

Markellos Tower was built around 1800 by Spyros Markellos, a representative in the Greek Parliament. In Markellos Tower the first government was housed from 1816 until 1828 and for a short time period the fund of the Hellenic state was found there.

Aeginas Metropolis is a three-part temple, with three red domes; the middle part is dedicated to the fest of the Assumption.

The Government House is located close to the Metropolis, in the center of the city. It is a very important to the modern greed history building. It is about a building that housed Greeces First Government. It was Ioannis Kapodistrias the habitat.

In the Southeastern part of the city, the Orphanage is located, which was built by Ioannis Kapodistrias on a site donated by the Elders of the Island.

Hellenic Wildlife Hospital. Here you can visit the area, where various species of wild animals, mostly birds, are treated, wounded by humans; and you can be guided around by young volunteers coming to work here and offer their knowledge not only from Greece but from abroad as well.

Aegina Map:


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Geographical Data:

Population:                           13.500
Area:                                      83 km2
Aegina Postal Code:            180 10
Area telephone code
:           22970

Cities of Aegina:

Aghia Marina:
Aghia Marina is a very well known and preferable summer destination both for the Greeks and the tourists. It has a long sandy beach, excellently organized, with water sports, not particularly deep waters, which has a length of 500 meters and where large pine trees dominate. On the villages beach there is the church of Aghia Marina. Aghia Marina is directly connected to the port of Piraeus with regular transportation.

Kypseli:
Kypseli is approximately 4km far from the town of Aegina and is the second largest community in Aegina. Kypseli is found at the northern-northwestern side of the island and is today one of the fastest developing commercial areas of Aegina. On Kypselis central road, which traverses the community, there are some of the larger and well-organized businesses of the island. Near Kypseli, Aghios Nikolaos can be found, which is a very nice old church.

Marathonas:
Marathonas is one of he most preferable destinations of Aegina and during the past years there is very much residential activity taking place. The major reasons are two the beauty of the coasts and the gulfs sea in combination with its amphitheatric location, yield magnificent view and the second reason is that Marathonas is very close to Aegina (it is approximately within 5-6 minutes drive) and very close to Perdika, so there are multiple choices to consider. Quite some of the islands young couples choose to reside here, as the buildings found in Aeginas center are gradually used by professionals. Except from the locals, many people from Athens have built their country houses here in Aegina, among those many famous artists, journalists etc.

Portes:
Portes is a very beautiful, picturesque, fishermen village, which is found on the eastern side of Aegina. Its main characteristic is the very long beach with the round pebbles and the beautiful households decorated with flowers next to the seas blue color. The residents of the village have fishing and tourism as main sources of income, since the authenticity of the landscape and its wild beauty have captivated many visitors, who remain loyal fans of the village. And not unfairly. The fresh fish at the local taverns, swimming in the crystal clear sea and the proverbial calmness of the village constitute the best recipe for relaxing holidays.

Souvala:
Souvala is 10km far from the town of Aegina and it has warm springs, ideal for the cure of arthritis, of rheumatoid arthritis and of other dermatological conditions. It is a tourist resort with a very well established infrastructure. From Souvala there is a road leading to Paleochora and to the monastery of Aghios Nectarios; then it is merged with the road leading to Aphaia and to Aghia Marina. From Souvala there is also another road, along the coast leading eastern to Aghia Marina and in another 3.5km to Vagia, a small tourist residence with a beautiful beach and with houses full of bougainvilleas.
 

Photos of Aegina Island:

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