This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Aegina. To help you make friends with Aegina before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Aegina is an island in the Saronic Islands in the Saronic Gulf, only 27km from Athens, Greece. It is one of the most popular Greek Islands, being only a short ferry ride from Piraeus. To get here, fly to Athens and then take a bus or metro from the airport to the Piraeus port (you may have to change trains in the city). At Piraeus, take the hydrofoil ferry to the Saronic Islands. The ferry docks in the main town of Aegina, on the northwestern side of the island. There is a regular bus service to other towns on the island from Aegina.
Backpacking in the Greek islands can be affordable, but there are very few hostels. If you do stay at a hostel on Aegina, you may find it more similar to a guesthouse or family inn rather than a traditional backpacker hostel. Accommodation on Aegina is found all across the island so you just need to decide where you want to spend your evenings!
The capital of the island is Aegina, and its also the biggest town. In Greek mythology, Aegina was the mother of Aeacus by Zeus; Aeacus became king of the island and henceforth the island was known as Aegina. Aegina was also a rival naval power to Athens and the port remains a strategic point of entry. Most archaeological and historical highlights of the town are near Aegina, like the temples of Aphaea and Zeus Hellios (both approximately 500 BCE), and the church and monastery of Agios Nectarios.
Of course, being a Greek island, you can’t miss the beaches and the fantastic seafood. The restaurants, like hotels, are scattered around the island, and the best nightlife can be found at the beach bars. Whether you just need a break from the bustle of Athens or are making your way around the Greek Islands, take the time to relax on Aegina.
Written by local enthusiast for Aegina hostelsJakob Lombardi