(17 nautical miles) SW of Piraeus Triangular Aegina (Egina), the
largest of the Saronic Gulf islands, continues to be the most
visited island of Greece, due to its proximity to Athens. If we
have only one day for one island, we may decide on a day trip
here to see the famous Doric temple of Aphaia
daily destination can be the wild life
shelter. Mostly we’ll arrive and depart from the main port and
capital of Aegina town on the west coast, though there are a few
that stop at the resort town of Souvala on the north coast and
the port of Ayia Marina on the east coast
massive tourism and the rapid development that is devouring much
are still almond, olive, and, especially, pistachio orchards here.
In fact, the island has an endemic water problem simply because
of watering the pistachio groves. Wherever you buy pistachios
in Greece, the vendor may assure you that they are from Aegina
to indicate their superior quality.