The Greek islands are very special – none more so than Aegina. This is probably the most magical of all the islands, so read on to learn why. Aegina, one of the Saronic islands, is stunningly beautiful, providing something for everyone, from sights of historical interest, several lovely sandy beaches, and children's activities through to nightlife to suit accompany the mood of any particular evening. So what makes it a unique island to take a holiday with families or friends? – well right from the mainland a hydrofoil from the port of Piraeus sets the levels of anticipation on a high note.

  Just 45 minutes later holiday makers enter Aegina's enchanting crescent shaped harbour, always bustling with a mixture of fishing boats and expensive yachts. If you want to jump straight in to sightseeing you’ll find horse- drawn carriages promising a leisurely tour around the harbour, so the magic can start immediately.
While visiting Aegina in June is popular with tourists, both spring and autumn are also wonderful times of the year for the Island. Aegina has one of the mildest climates of all the Greek islands with temperatures always warm and sunny but kept in check because of the islands size and position. For those that enjoy walking there are many olive groves, pistachio orchards and abandoned hillside villages to explore, while the Island itself holds a special place in Greek history and mythology as it is believed that the name Aegina came from the beautiful daughter of the river god Asopos, who eloped to the island with the Greek god Zeus.

Aegina’s beaches do not disappoint in any way – they are sandy with crystal clear water, and very clean. If you’re the type of tourist that like to book their place at the beach with parasol and sun lounger, then you’ll find beaches available to take account of your needs, as well as bars nearby from which to get refreshments while enjoying the fabulous sea. If you’re planning a family holiday, it’s worth knowing that several of the beaches provide free use of various inflatable toys for the children to play with in the sea. Of particular note is Kamares where there is a sea-trampoline that guarantees hours of fun for kids jumping off into the sea. The beach at Aghia Marina, is also perfect for small children as the waters are very shallow, and you’ll also find pedalos for rental. The beaches of Souvala and Marathonas are just 5kms from Aegina town, and a popular choice for those visitors that prefer to enjoy their beach in quieter surroundings.

Aegina also has good shopping opportunities with most of the traders speaking English. With a picturesque waterfront you can expect to offset your shopping with leisurely moments spent in the many cafes and tavernas, serving the best in Greek food. A five minute walk away from the main port you’ll discover the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. Also noteworthy is a visit to the vast temple of Aphaia, or the elaborate Orthodox Church and monastery, Agios Nektarios. With so much to see and do, on a small an intimate island such that Aegina is keeps on capturing the hearts of those that visit and come back each year. Just don’t tell anyone else about it!

AUTHOR BI-LINE: This article was provided by the Lancaster London hotel in central London. The hotel is popular among UK tourists that are departing from Heathrow Airport to Greece as it is walking distance from London’s Paddington Station.