Aegina, the pistachio island

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Aegina, the pistachio island

The ferry leaves at 10:00 a.m. from Piraeus. 40 minutes later, you arrive at Aegina, named after the nymph whom Greeks believed was the daughter of the river god Asopos

You are both near and far from Athens. Close in terms of distance, but far away in terms of a change of scenery. Here, the air is soft, and the sea is as calm as a lake. Rent a scooter in the port and climb up to Agios Nektarios Monastery, then push on to the Aphaea Temple. If you look towards the Peloponnese, you will notice that its landscapes, its colours are always changing. At different times, Aegina was a rival of Athens. Now, its proximity to the mainland means it is inhabited by artists, ceramists, sculptors, and photographers, and it is busy throughout the year. Head to a beach, either Perdika or Sarpa. After swimming, enjoy sea urchins, grilled octopus, or fresh fish soup in one of the beach cabins. You will still have time to return to the port. Above all, before leaving, do not forget to buy pistachios. Once the island of orange trees, nowadays Aegina is famed for these sweet, resinous nuts, which fans like to call Aeginis.

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