Aegina is a 40 min hydrofoil trip from Piraeus and a quick escape for Athenians. It bears all the signs of somewhere that was doing a lot better before the financial crisis. On a walk around the coast I see many abandoned houses and larger estates which I'm supposing were second homes or weekend retreats before money got tight. There are lots of beaches but they aren't greatly appealing (to me at least) and I find Aegina doesn't have a huge amount to recommend it, other than pistachios.
Locally grown and sold in every possible form: raw, roasted with or without salt, pistachio butter, cream, pesto, in sweets with honey and sesame, natural ice cream (which I can confirm is delicious - and not bright green).
Perhaps Aegina is suffering in comparison to Hydra where I had been in the preceding days. I should've stayed there. Famous in some quarters as a place Leonard Cohen lived for years, and probably continues to own a house, the island is idyllic. There are no cars or motorbikes so it's water taxis, donkeys or your own two legs for transport.
|Taxi stand, Hydra style|
|Along the coast of Hydra|
|Lucky I had my nails painted Aegean blue|