Explore Aegina’s Rich Heritage with Vagia Traditional Hotel
Nestled just 3km from Vagia Hotel lies the timeless marvel, the Temple of Aphaia. Constructed around 490 B.C., this Doric-style temple stands as a testament to the island’s history, honoring the Minoic Goddess Aphaia. Legend has it that Aphaia, also known as Vritomartys, sought refuge in Aegina, escaping the infatuation of King Minoas of Crete. The Parian marble pediments vividly depict the heroic tales of Ajax and Achilles during the Greek victory at Troy. With a strategic location, our hotel offers easy access to the Temple of Aphaia, providing guests with an immersive experience in ancient Greek mythology. Marvel at the panoramic views of the Saronic Sea, Piraeus, and distant landmarks like the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio and the Acropolis.
Embark on a journey through time, just 6km from Vagia Hotel, to discover the medieval charm of Palaiachora. Once the island’s capital, this historic town was established in 896 as a response to Saracene pirate raids. Amidst the ruins, witness approximately 35 churches, remnants of a bygone era, with 20 still adorned with captivating wall paintings. The allure of Palaiachora lies not just in its architectural remnants but also in the poignant echoes of Aegina’s history.
Ayios Nektarios Monastery
For a spiritual retreat, venture to the Ayios Nektarios Monastery, a mere stone’s throw from Palaiachora. Built at the dawn of the 20th century, this nunnery stands on the site of a small Byzantine monastery. Ayios Nektarios, canonized in 1961, spent his final years here, leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy and healing miracles. The new church below the monastery, echoing the architectural grandeur of Ayia Sophia in Constantinople, offers a serene place for contemplation.
Further afield, at a distance of 14km from Vagia Hotel, lies Kolona, the acropolis of ancient Aegina. The name, meaning “pillar,” pays homage to the last pillar standing in the area from ancient times. Inhabited since 3500 B.C., this archaeological site unveils the island’s rich history, with remnants of protective walls still visible today. Adjacent to the site, the Archaeological Museum of Aegina showcases artifacts excavated from the area, providing a comprehensive journey through the island’s past.
Choosing Vagia Traditional Hotel ensures not only a comfortable stay but also a gateway to Aegina’s historical treasures. Immerse yourself in the island’s cultural tapestry, with ancient sites just a stone’s throw away, making your stay with us an unforgettable exploration of Aegina’s heritage. Book your stay today at www.vagiahotel.gr and embark on a journey through time and myth.