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Egina Walking: short break on a Saronic Island
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Egina Walking: short break on a Saronic Island

Egina Walking: short break on a Saronic Island

  • An authentic Greek Island, a perfect break from Athens
  • An easy ferry ride from Piraeus Port, Athens, taking just 1 hour
  • Superb walks with great coastal views
  • Visit the ancient Temple of Aphaia
  • Walk through the famous olive grove with its 500-year-old trees
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Start: Athens center or airport Finish: Egina town (Egina)

Day 1: Arrival in Egina
Day 2: Walk from Perdika to Marathonas beach via Ellanio Summit (10 km)
Day 3: Walk from Agios Nektarios to Agia Marina (11 km)
Day 4: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival in Egina

Transfer from Athens center or Athens Airport to Piraeus and ferry to Egina. On Egina your luggage will be picked up from the port and you walk to your accommodation in the town.

Day 2:    Walk from Perdika to Marathonas beach via Ellanio Summit (10 km)

Todays walk starts from the picturesque fishing village of Perdika. You travel by public bus or by taxi. From Perdika you ascend inland, via old trails along numerous chapels, ruins of old windmills and old threshing floors. You walk through the village Sfendouri and ascend further through a ‘moon’-landscape of limestone. The views on the surrounding islands Agistri, Moni and Methana and the mountains of the Peloponnese are superb! You can make an optional loop to the summit of Mt. Ellanio, with 532m the highest summit of Egina. On top is a nice church, the perfect picnic spot of todays walk. After the descend you continue through bare landscape to the ‘Eleonas’, a plain with huge olive trees, some of which are over 500 years old. The walk ends on the beach of Marathonas. There might be a local bus back to town, otherwise you take a taxi.

Challenge: 3,5 hours, 10 km, 600m ascent, 600m descent

Day 3:    Walk from Agios Nektarios to Agia Marina (11 km)

The walk from Agios Nektarios to Agia Marina is one of the high lights of the Saronic Islands. You start at the kitschy, massif Monastery of Agios Nektarios, located in the center of the island. You can travel to there by public bus or private taxi. The Monastery is built for the Holy Nektarios who died in 1920. Thousands of religious people come here every year, seeking help from this miracle-working saint. After your visit, you walk a short distance to the old town of Paleochora, located on the top of a hill. In the Middle Ages this was a lively town. Now you can admire 38 Byzantine churches, some in good state, but many are ruined. From Paleochora the walk continues via a ridge along ruins of windmills to a nice view point. You descend along abandoned olive groves to Mesargos and from this village walk on rural roads and dirt tracks to the nunnery Agia Marina. Shortly after the unique Temple of Aphaia comes in sight. After your visit to this Ancient Greek Temple, you descend via a wide track to the seaside resort Agia Marina. From here you return to Egina town by public bus or per taxi.

Challenge: 4 hours, 11 km, 400m ascent, 550m descent

Day 4:    Departure

After breakfast end of arrangement. Travel to Athens or to another island. From Egina there are direct connections to Agistri, Poros and Methana (not daily).

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accommodation
Danae Hotel (Egina)

Hotel Danae  is situated on the coastal road of Aegina, close to the temple of Apollo, approximately 1 km from the town centre. Its charming atmosphere will capture you from the first moment.

www.danaehotel.gr

practical info

This tour can be booking starting any day of the week all year round. The best time to walk in Greece is between April and June and September to the beginning of November. In July and August gets very hot

The nearest airport for this arrangement on Egina is Athens. There are many direct charter- and regular flights into Athens airport. Check out information on: www.aia.gr.

Arrival in Aegina

You can travel by public transport from Athens Airport to the Piraeus by direct Express Bus X96. You can purchase the tickets at the ticket booth at the bus stop just in front of the arrival terminal. Duration of the trip to Piraeus is app. 1 hour. More Information available on www.oasa.gr  

In Piraeus you depart per ferry or hydrofoil to Egina. The trip duration per ferry is 1 hr and 15 minutes and per hydrofoil 45 mins. There are many departures daily between 07:00 and 18:00

Departure from Aegina

You can travel on any ferry or hydrofoil back from Aegina to Piraeus. There are departures between 08:00 and 19:00. 

From Piraeus you can travel on the public express bus X96 directly to the Airport or you can travel on the metro line 1 from Piraeus to the center of Athens.

There are always taxi’s at the port wiating for passengers. 

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

Included

  • Accommodation on Egina, 3 nights including breakfast
  • Transfer to Piraeus port on day 1 (either from Athens center or Athens airport)
  • Ferry ticket Piraeus-Egina-Piraeus
  • Luggage transfers upon arrival and departure on Egina
  • Detailed road book, GPS tracks and maps in English Original map of the region, 1:25 000 (Road Editions)

Not included

  • Flight to and from Athens
  • Public transport or taxi to and from the walks 
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist tax
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Ferry ticket Egina-Piraeus
  • Additional night(s) in Egina or in Athens
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