In the older, post-Ottoman years, this simple yet charming island was the capital of the new Greece. Its history, though, has somehow been lost between legend and myth, somewhere in the millennia. Famous for a tiny yet unique product, the addictive pistachio, Aegina has a lot to offer visitors, especially those with an itch to explore. And, with a little help from your friends at “MyOdyssey,” these forays into history will never be forgotten. With its unique look and feel, Aegina rivals any other island in the world.
From its lethargic trotting horses pulling two-passenger carriages through narrow cobblestone alleys, to the scent of fresh octopus grilling on charcoal, the clinking of ouzo glasses, or the cheerful crowds, Aegina is the true cinematic interpretation of the word “island.”
Aegina Must See
- The 5th century temple of Afaia, the alleged inspiration for the architects who built the Parthenon, is where – also allegedly - on a clear day you can see forever, even as far as the Acropolis.
- The archaeological museum is as much a “must see” as is the place called Kolona, which is Greek for “column.” You can’t say “I’ll see the ruins” here, for the simple fact that there is only one: One column which gave this site its name.
Aegina Must Taste
At the risk of repeating ourselves, a suggestion that you’ll be repeating over and over again here: Fys-tee-kee, that is, if you want to pass for Greek. But “pistachio” is also spoken here. World famous for its unique taste and a wonderful gift for friends back home.
Aegina Must Do
- After finishing your rounds on the back of the traditional Aegina-style chariots, plan a day trip to neighbouring Angistri. Not much to see here and not much to do, but plenty of time to just lie back and recollect the memories you already have from this dream voyage, courtesy of “MyOdyssey.”
- And if you’re into wildlife, the Greek Wildlife Hospital is the place to see. A little valley surrounded by low hills, where you can view rare birds from all over the Greek domain, or even a boar raised as a pet. All survivors of human cruelty or vicious attacks by mother nature, they are now fed and cared for.