Idyllic, cosmopolitan Aegina is a small island with a great cultural heritage in the middle of the Saronic Gulf.
Its rich past is evident in the dazzling ruins of ancient temples, in the countless Byzantine churches, and in the elegant neoclassical buildings of the 19th century that add a touch of colour to Aegina town and its seafront.
The island's imposing government buildings recall the period in 1828 and 1829 when it was the capital of the newly established Greek state under its first Governor, Ioannis Kapodistrias, enhancing the status and prestige it already enjoyed as an important trading port.
Famous worldwide for its pistachios, it has in addition always been a favourite refuge of artists seeking tranquillity and inspiration in its beautiful landscapes. Even today, despite plenty of itineraries for Aegina and the hubbub of the countless visitors that flood the island at weekends, it remains a languid paradise for nature lovers and walkers charmed by its retro images and unpretentious character.