It will take 40 minutes with a Flying Dolphin and about 75 minutes with the regular ferry. The trip from the airport of Athens will take between 60 and 90 minutes to Piraeus, so within 3 hours after collecting your bags at the airport, you could be on Aegina. Once on Aegina you can enjoy island life but easily leave for day trips to Athens, the neighboring islands - Agistri, Poros and Hydra - and the Peloponnese.
Despite its small size (83 square kilometers), Aegina dominates over the sea routes between Continental Greece, the Peloponnese and the Aegean Sea. The island was inhabited from as early as 3500 B.C. Aegina enjoyed strong economic and social growth between around 900 B.C. and 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th century B.C. In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first "capital" of modern Greece from 1827 to 1829.
The capital is the town of Aegina, situated at the northwestern end of the island. Other settlements include Kypseli, Mesagros, Perdika and Vathy. There are regular bus services from Aegina town to destinations throughout the island such as the tourist resort Agia Marina..
From ancient times, Aegina has been the ideal place for relaxation and spiritual uplifting, a place of artistic inspiration and concentration, asceticism and entertainment. Several famous Greek artists have chosen Aegina to establish their studios. Today it is an island both for tourists and Athenians who have their second holiday residence on the island.
The natural charm of Aegina, its Mediterranean, dry and healthy climate, all the legends and glories of history, the glorious ruins of the temple of Apollo in Kolona, the prominent temple of Aphaea (built in 480 B.C. to celebrate the victory over the Persian fleet at Salamis, Aphaea is one of the best preserved temples from that period in Greece, with its argeological museum, its churches and monasteries, its golden beaches and cool bays, the neoclassical mansions and traditional houses, the picturesque villages and the miraculous saint, Agios Nectarios, attract the visitor, who abandons himself to the charm of wandering. Aegina is the only island where the famous pistachio trees are grown. Aegina pistachios is an EU protected denomination. There are several good sandy beaches on the island from which you can delight in the clean and crystal clear waters.
Aegina is also an ideal destination for out of high season periods. Spring and autumn are excellent times of the year to visit. The weather is sunny and warm.
Aegina is reputed to have the mildest climate in Greece. There is some excellent walking to be had on Aegina; ancient abandoned villages on hillsides; inspiring olive tree groves; Mount Oros with its fantastic sea views and the pistachio tree orchards.