Aegina is lush and wildflower-laden in spring, and year-round offers some of the best archaic sites in the Saronic Gulf. The interior hills and mountains add drama to the small island, but beaches are not its strongest suit. The east-coast town of Agia Marina is the island’s main package resort. It has a shallow-water beach that is ideal for families, but it’s backed by a fairly crowded main drag. A few thin, sandy beaches, such as Marathonas, line the roadside between Aegina Town and Perdika.
Worth a Trip: Perdika
The quaint fishing village of Perdika lies about 9km south of Aegina Town on the southern tip of the west coast and makes for a relaxed sojourn.
Perdika’s harbour is very shallow; for the best swimming, catch one of the regular caïques (little boats; return adult/child €5/free) to the small island of Moni, a few minutes offshore. A nature reserve, it has a tree-lined beach and summertime cafe.
Tavernas line Perdika’s raised harbourfront terrace, and sultry sunset relaxation makes way for buzzing nightlife when late-night music bars rev into gear during summer.