So near to the mainland and yet so far, Aegina offers a surprisingly unspoilt escape. Aegina, a small and charming island in the Saronic Gulf, will give you a taste of all the other Greek islands. Though only an hour from Athens by ferry, this place feels worlds away from the bustling capital.. Its long summers and mild winters make it a year-long holiday destination. You’ll find antiquities and traditional tavernas, a port town with a 19th-century atmosphere, beaches forswimming practically all year round, deserted Byzantine chapels, pine-clad hills, acres of pistachio orchards and mounds of freshly roasted pistachios. Visit Perdika and you could be in a Cycladic village; or the Temple of Aphaia and you’ll discover one of Greece’s most memorable sanctuaries.