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June 13, 2012
Taney County, Missouri
June 8, 2012
by Danielle Newcomb
by Katie Paul
Liberty, New York
by Erica Ramsey
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 8, 2009
by Jose Kevo
August 15, 2001
For Aegina, the one-hour ferry ride cost $7.45 though only one-way tickets are sold and the departure one about 25% cheaper than the return one. Depending on the schedule, you'll either travel by hydrofoil or full-size steamer.
Aegina is small, not listed or talked about in most guidebooks, and therefore not well-known with tourists. However, it's close enought to have become the "island suburb" for Athens. The ride out/back is peaceful yet non-eventful.
The port town on Aegina is small and pleasant with a definite Mediterranean feel blended with Greek traditions/culture. Narrow streets and alleys are lined with shops, taverns and cafes housed in architectural styles one expects when coming to Greece...but not really found in Athens. There's a fair share of sidewalk cafes along the waterfront with prices most budget travelers wouldn't care to pay. The back streets had many less expensive cafes serving seafoods and other Greek staples.
There are many interesting styles/ages of boats in the small harbor and a miniature chapel but unfortunately, there's not a lot otherwise to see within the village. There's ancient ruins scattered across the island. If you're not already on "ruins overload" and would like to look around more, there were a few cabs and motorscooters were readily available for hourly rent.
The best part of being here was simply escaping the metropolis nightmare of Athens. Once I'd wandered around to see everything, I went into a local market purchasing grapes, cheese, salami, bread, and a bottle of wine for a self-indulgent picnic. If you've the same idea and want a peaceful place to enjoy, head out of town in direction of many boats elevated on dryground with a small ruins site behind them. Follow the coast around until you come to a large rock...about 12 feet tall like a tower. I climbed atop and enjoyed my food while looking out to sea and back to the port town as well as basking in one of the few periods with sun.
* The next "do-able" Greek Island excursion is Hydra which is a 3-half hour ride one-way netting only a 2-half hour stay/look around before returning. Check out other island/ferry information in my Additional tips entry.
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