Aegina is part of the Greek archipelago - Saronic Islands, situated 26 km / 16 miles from Athens and only 40 minutes ferry ride from Piraeus port. Ferry departs many times within the day, but you can also take a boat tour from Athens, to avoid worry about the timetables. When you arrive on the island, you can discover the villages of the island by bus, or just walk around the Aegina Town. It is very popular weekend destination, because of beautiful beaches and rich Greek history.
Aegina island was named after the mother of the hero Aeacus ( who was a king of the island). According the Greek mythology, Zeus fell in love with her and took her to the island of Oinoi. The most famous attraction of the island is Temple of Aphaia built in 480 BC on the same place where the old one was. This temple makes a perfect triangle with Parthenon in Athens and Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion - called “holy triangle” of the antiquity. Monastery of Agios Nectarios is also very popular attraction, where thousands of visitors come to pray to him or ask for his blessings. He was a great miracle worker and a healer of every sort of disease.
Tourists usually take a combo boat tours with another Saronic islands, so don't miss the chance to visit few of them. A lot of tours from Athens visit Poros or Hydra in combination with Aegina, but there are 7 main Saronic islands. Poros is situated only one hour from Athens, and consists of two islands: Sphairia and Kalaureia, connected with the bridge. It has beautiful beaches, nice town, green pine trees and historical sites. Another beautiful island you need to discover is Hydra, located about 2 hours from Athens. Hydra is island with amazing architecture and rich history, where motor vehicles are not allowed. The only transportation on the island are horses, mules and donkeys.
Boat tours from Athens are definitely something you must experience. Combination of beautiful sea, Greek history, amazing architecture and traditional Greek food will give you the memories for the lifetime.