Three Islands: Aegina and its smaller islands, Agistri and Moni. When you talk to enough Athenians, you come to discover that many have a weekend home in Aegina, or a favorite regular retreat on the island. In large part this is because Aegina lies so close to Athens — only one hour by ferry, two hours by sailing yacht. What you won’t see on Aegina is tons of foreign tourists. So even though Aegina is easily accessible from the mainland, it has the feel of a rural island far from the capital city. That makes Aegina an inviting locale for a 3 day getaway.
Aegina is a popular weekend getaway island for Athenians because it is so close to the mainland. Aegina is only a two hour excursion away from Athens on our traditional wooden sailing yachts. If you join the sailing tour in September, you are likely to join the celebrations at the annual Aegina Pistachio Festival. Pistachio trees dominate the terrain and visitors always leave with a souvenir bag of red and green nuts.
Aegina’s premier ancient site is the 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia located thirteen kilometers from the port at an elevation of 160 meters (525 feet). Of the Temple’s 34 pillars, 24 remain standing, making it one of the best preserved temples in Greece.
Within thirty minutes of sailing from Aegina are two more delightful islands. Tiny Moni island is uninhabited by humans but when you swim ashore you can have a delightful close-up encounter with the deer and peacocks that live there along with other little critters. Agistri island is only 14 square kilometers making it the smallest inhabited island in the Argo Saronic region. Besides ten beaches, Agistri has many secluded coves where the yacht docks for guests to swim and snorkel.
Inclusions depend on the yacht that is chartered and its capabilities. Below are indicative inclusions for this tour.
Bring swim wear, hat, sun glasses and sun screen For bikers, wear appropriate shoes.
On the yacht rubber soled footwear only, or barefoot.