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Aegina
Aegina
#About the Island of Pistachios, Close to Athens

The Island Aegina is 25 kilometers from Athena, and is part of the Saronic Islands of the Saronic Gulf. The beautiful and loved island is adored by the people and artists of Athens, thanks to them there is quite a lot of cultural activity in the summer nights.

Aegina is considered a heaven for pistachio lovers. Pistachios that are grown on the island are considered very special. They are marketed around Greece and even Europe. You can taste and buy then on every corner on the island in a variety of shapes, including cakes and treats based on pistachios.

In summer, well off residents from Athens come to their second homes on this island and join the hundreds of locals that work in Athens and take daily ferries to work and back.

Aegina is a quiet, peaceful and modest island, with a calm Greek character, very different from the known Cyclades Island, with the magnificent beaches like Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, or the powerful look of islands like Santorini.

The island is named after Aegina, the mother of Aeacus. According to Greek mythology Aeacus was born on this island, and was also its ruler. In the 7th century BC up to the 5th century BC sat here Aegina Polis, the city-state that was the enemy of Athens. In the 16th century, in the war of the Turks and the Venetians, the Ottoman fleet conquered the island. Turkish soldiers killed 6,000 people, including the majority of the men. They then took the women and children for forced labor. In the 19th century Aegina was the temporary capital of Greece, and then returned to its relative obscurity.

The port of Aegina is an important center of the town, also called Aegina. This is a vibrant town and peaceful town all at once, that except for its lively market, offers a variety of tavernas, cafes and different stalls. You can wander around here and spend a few nice hours, with great food, a sea breeze and peaceful Greek atmosphere, that are not crowded.



#Attractions for Entertainment for a Day Trip on the Island

In Aegina you will find one of the best gyros in Greece. The high-quality souvlaki is located in Appia 32 in Aegina. This is the main street, parallel to the port and marina.

More great tavernas can be found near the gyro mention above, in a street parallel to the marina street. Cross the famous fish market of Aegina and reach it.

In the port, you will see the single standing column from the Temple of Apollo. This temple in the past stood in the port area.

The remains of the ancient synagogue, that was on the island in the 3rd century BC, can seen behind the hotel Avrá.

Many tourists go to the beaches of the Aegina marina, the most popular on the island. A rented car or bike will bring you right to the beach and the small beach town nearby, Agia Marina.



#Tips

Aegina is connected to Athens by dozens of ferries and hovercrafts daily. Each day from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm they sail back and forth, from Piraeus to Aegina, and back - an hour-long trip by ferry, and only 40 minutes by hovercrafts.



A Closer Look at the Island of Aegina:

https://youtu.be/f6wfddN-NR0


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/NZZJu4j5hTU



Attractions and Places in the Island of Aegina:

https://youtu.be/LiVn6COJ_4c
Vouliagmeni Lake
Lake Vouliagmeni
#About the Spa Lake with Impressive Cliffs

About an hour drive from the center of Athens is Lake Vouliagmeni (Limni Vouliagmenis), nicknamed the Sunken Lake. This is a beautiful lake located in the suburbs of the big city. Its splendid location, close to the sea and with views of impressive cliffs, gives it an impressive and dramatic look. It is a favorite among locals, as a preferred place to swim.

The lake water is sweet and comes from a natural warm underground stream more than 100 meters below the surface. In the lake the stream water mixes with the salt water. The water's temperature varies between 21 to 27 degrees Celsius, and turns the lake into a sort of spa, that is fit for swimming all year long.

Especially nice are the small fish that peck at your feet, at anyone who stands in one place for too long.


#Tips

On the lake's shores are showers and restrooms.

Nearby is also a cafe, not that cheap, but nice.

The entrance fee is 12 euros per person.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/cCaLxDz-Do4


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/djJWmNRCEEw


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/PIxvMUNluJo
Cape Sounio
Cape Sounion
#About the Temple of Poseidon with the Beautiful Sunsets

The Temple of Poseidon is located in Cape Sounion, in the corner of the Sounion peninsula

The temple, who many simply call Cape Sounion, is one of the most famous temples in Greece, and without a doubt of the most impressive, not only in its classic architecture, but also in its location. This is an ancient site located on an extremely picturesque spot, on a hill located right at the end of the Sounion peninsula, surrounded by the endless blue sea, with a panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf towards the faraway islands, especially the island of Patroklos that is right across.

For thousands of years that the remains of the monumental Temple of Poseidon have been overlooking the Cape towards the sea. It stands on the high hill at the southern end of Attica Island, only 69 miles southwest of Athens and thousands of years from the modern age.

By the way, a pretty place to take a photo of the temple is from the hill nearby. From here you can capture the temple and the marble columns across from the blue sea, with white sailing boats in the background.


#History of the Temple of Poseidon

The temple was built around the year 440 BC, during the Classic period of Ancient Greece. This was apparently part of the famous building plan of Pericles in Ancient Athens. Researchers are certain that the Temple of Poseidon itself was designed by the same architect that built the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens.

Actually, the Temple of Poseidon was built over the ruins of an earlier temple, that was destroyed about 40 years before the construction. These were the soldiers of Xerxes I, who invaded the ancient temple and destroyed it, while destroyed the Acropolis as well. Xerxes I is the Greek named for Ahasuerus I, King of Persia Hamman in the years 485 to 465 BC.


The beauty of the place left a big impression of many throughout history. In the Sounion peninsula and Cape Sounion visited one of the most well-known people to have been influenced by the place. This was the British poet Lord Byron. He visit here between 1810-1811, when he made his first visit to Greece and lived in Athens for a few months. The name of the romantic English poet is etched today on the base of one of the temple's columns, it is though that he himself carved the words into the stone, though this is not proven. Either way, the Lord Byron also reminds Sounion in his song "Isle of Greece":

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep
Where nothing save the waves
and I May hear our mutual murmurs sweep.


#Fun at Cape Sounion

A half day trip or full day trip to the area of Vouliagmeni, south of Athens, and particularly Cape Sounion on its southern tip, will be a lot of fun for everyone. Not far from the temple you will see wonderful beaches, where you can combine a pleasant Middle Eastern vacation, with the historical culture that is seen in this classic and impressive temple to the god Poseidon.

In general, Cape Sounion is really close to the center of Greece, and is no more than an hour and a half from Athens, or a 20-minute ride from Athens' international airport. Come and visit!



#Tips
The temple is open every day from 9:30 am until sunset.

The entrance fee is 4 euros per person.

There is an eatery at the entrance to the site, but be sure to bring a water bottle with you, it may get hot.


A Closer Look at the Cape Sounion:

https://youtu.be/Bk7BeWrDyww


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/Kuu2CXIyE2I


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