Explore 5,500 years of history in one island!
Unique hikes combining history and stunning nature to discover this historic island! Aegina’s large local population, proximity to Athens and regular boat schedules make it an ideal escape all year round.
Aegina was one of the greatest sea powers of antiquity and biggest rivals of Ancient Athens, believed to have introduced coinage to the Western world!
Visit the magnificent Temple of Aphaia, that forms an isosceles triangle with the temple of Poseidon in Sounion and the Hephaisteion in the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval settlement Paleochora; the government buildings from the time Aegina became the first capital of the new independent Greek State in 1828; explore the ancient olive grove, hike on trails with stunning views, swim under ancient ruins, experience the unique sunsets of the Saronic Gulf, savor the world-famous pistachio right off the tree!
The proposed tour is self-guided, however please contact us in case you would like a guide. Upon your arrival in Aegina, our friendly hosts will welcome you and share all necessary information in order to enjoy a hassle-free hiking holiday. The chosen itinerary is designed to give you in three days the best highlights of this beautiful and historic island!
Period of operation: Throughout the year (excluding July-August)
- 180€/pp for min 4-5 participants
- 240€/pp for min 2-3 participants
- Basic physical condition
- Accommodation in double rooms with breakfast in Pyrgos Ralli Estate Suites
- Transport to and from the Suites
- Lunch Box
- Map, GPX files with route, introductory briefing by local guide, emergency support telephone number.
- Arrival / Departure ferry to/from Aegina
- Anything not mentioned here above
- Entrance fees in Aphaia Temple and museums
Make your way to the main port of Pireaus, to take the regular boat (approx.1 hour, 10 min) or the hydrofoil (approx. 40 min.) to the island of Aegina. Upon arrival in Aegina, you will be transferred to Pyrgos Ralli Estate, 1 km from the main port-city of Aegina. The friendly owners will welcome you and give you all necessary information for your stay and will make you feel at home. Once you settle in your apartment, visit the beautiful and historical town of Aegina.
Discover the churches, the fortified tower-house of Markellos; visit the administration buildings from the time when Aegina became the first capital of independent Greece in 1828. See the traditional fish market, make a stop for some ouzo and octopus, taste the world-renowned Aegina pistachio. Conclude your tour at the ruins of the Ancient port and city, for an optional visit at the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum.
Distance: 3.8KM – 2.4 Miles / Duration: 2h
Our journey takes us to two of the most significant sights of Aegina, and indeed of the country: the Temple of Aphaia and Paliochora. We start by exploring the ruins of the Medieval city with panoramic views of St. Nektarios Monastery and the Aegean sea, all the way to the summit of the fort. We then descend towards the village of Mesagros. From there, we begin the 30 minute climb to the hill and the Ancient Temple of Aphaia. After an optional visit to the Archaeological site and its Museum, `we head downhill towards Agia Marina seaside village.
Distance: 7.6KM – 4.7 Miles / Duration: 4h
We begin our hike from Marathonas beach village. After 1 hour, we arrive at the heart of the ancient Olive grove, where we can make a relaxation and discovery stop among the centennial olive trees of the valley. We then go uphill to reach the picturesque village of Pachia Rachi. From there we descend towards Kapotides village, another great location for an exploration stop. Finally, we descent back to Marathonas village, completing the circle. At the end of the day, embark on the regular boat or the hydrofoil to return to Piraeus.
Distance: 5.9KM – 3.7 Miles / Duration: 3h