22nd September 2017, 15:30
The last but not least stop is Aegina
- Country: Greece
- Administrative region: Attica
- Island: Aegina – Αεγινα
- Municipality: 87,41 Km2
- Population: 13,056 (2011)
- Time zone: UTC +2, +3 in summer
- Vehicle registration: Y
Aegina is well known for the pistachio plantations that are harvested now in September and for lemon and olive plantations.
Aegina town is the largest town and capital of The island that has the same name. This is the main point of entry to the island, where you can find the most dining shopping and entertainment options.
What to visit:
- The Temple of Aphaea, (500 BC) predates the Parthenon from Athens Acropolis, it is located in the small town of Agia Marina, dedicated to its namesake, a goddess who was later associated with Athena; the temple was part of a pre-Christian, equilateral holy triangle of temples including the Athenian Parthenon and the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
- The Museum and archeological site of Kalana: the site that hosted the ancient temple of Apollo which was built in the 6th century BC.
- The Church of Saint Nectarios: An orthodox church, one of the biggest churches in Balkans.
Aegina was a figure of Greek mythology, the nymph of the island bears her name. Aegina is located in the Saronic Gulf between Attica and Peloponnese.
They say, that Aegina had 2 children Monetise, the son of an actor and Aeacus, the immortal son of Zeus both of whom became kings.
The mortal soon, Monetius was king of Opus and he was counted among the Argonauts.
The immortal son, Aeacus was the king of Aegina and was known to have contributed help to Poseidon and Apollo in building the walls of Troy. Through him, Aegina was the great-grandmother of Achilles, who was the son of Peleus, son of Aeacus.
A legend says that the when Aeacus became the king of Aegina, the island had not even had a soul on it… the king Aeacus prayed to Zeus for the ants that were infesting an oak tree to morph into humans to populate his kingdom. Thus the myrmidons were created.
For Aegina, I had booked a tour of the island, visiting the monastery and church of Agios Nectarios.
Agios Nektarios, a large, elaborate, modern Orthodox church and monastery, lies about halfway between Aegina Town and Agia Marina. Across the road and uphill is the entrance path to Paleochora (Old Town). This is where the island’s population retreated from pirates for several hundred years; though it has been deserted since the early 19th century, many of the dozens of churches still standing are maintained by island families. A walk up to the double church on the peak makes a quiet and beautiful hour.