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Beach and/or Aegina

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Beach and/or Aegina

We are staying in Athens for 4 nights in October and for one day I would like a relaxing beach/Island day. I am thinking of going from our Hotel (Hera Hotel, Athens) to the port in the morning and catching the ferry to Aegina, spending 2-3 hours there. Arriving back at Piraeus I would like to go to the beach for a seaside walk and maybe a drink or dinner before heading back to Athens.

Is this easy enough to be a relaxing day or should we choose either one or the other? We don't want to waste money but happy to spend on taxi for some of the trips if this is much easier and will save a lot of time. Can anyone advise on the best way to get from Hotel to Piraeus, Piraeus to a nice beach and from the beach back to our Hotel? Really appreciate any advice.

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1. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

It's not going to be a relaxing day the way you are planning it.

Going to Aegina takes 40-75-90 minutes depending which ferry you choose,fast or slow,same time you spent on return

Best idea is to stay in Aegina the full day and relax there,the closest clean beach from Piraeus is Vouliagmeni,more than an hour trip from the port.

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2. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Agree, that’s far from a relaxing day. Too much time wasted traveling. Also Piraeus doesn’t have a beach -at least not the way you imagine it, for a leisurely walk.

Either spend the whole day in Aegina -leave early in the morning, then take local bus or taxi to a beach and return late in the evening- or, as suggested, stay in Athens and explore the coastline by taxi, bus or tram.

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3. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

I agree do one or the other but get beach in either way. Aegina is a cute island to explore and with beaches.

Vouliagmeni is my favorite part of Athens with a great sandy beach.

If it’s beach weather go to vouliagmeni. If not, then go explore aegina.

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4. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Aegina has good beaches, plus a nice port town and the beautiful Temple of Aphaia. If you decide on Aegina, you'll have the best of both worlds.

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5. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Thank you all for your advice. On hearing your thoughts we will just go to Aegina.

So follow up questions. Is it easy to get to Piraeus on public transport or better to catch a taxi?

Also can you please tell me the easiest way to get to the Temple of Aphaia?

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6. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Aegina is a GREAT idea, especially if your visit does not otherwise include a ferry ride. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a "seascape" beach time, and maybe a sunset or starlight return. Here's a wonderful photo album of a day-trip to Aegina in June that shows much of what you'd experience: https://www.flickr.com/photos/36264706@N03/sets/72157621604646139/detail/

IMPORTANT - if you can do this on a weekday; Athenians flock to Aegina on weekends even in October but M-F not that populated.

To/FROM PIRAEUS. Green line Metro to Pireaus 30 mins from Monastiraki station & less than €2 per ticket (but DO be careful of pickpockets, they target tourists; no money in pockets) or a taxi will run about 25E.

FERRY - Buy tickets at any seafront agency for a REGULAR ferry -- NOT hydrofoil. The latter are assigned-inside seats, NO deck, no view. On REGULAR ferry you sit on deck 50-60 minutes to enjoy seascape -- huge cargo ships and cruise liners, ferries, yachts, sleek motorboats, tiny sloops ... maybe even a dolphin! Take reg ferry OUTBOUND, and Hydrofoil back ... Regular ferries less frequent -- one at 8:30 then none til noon. Some say hydrofoil going, regular returning, but timing is off... only open-deck late-day ferry is 6:15, and sunset is 6:40 so much of journey wd be in the dark. Rise early, get the 8:30, for a scenic ride. There are NO late ferries back to piraeus -- the lst Hydrofoil leaves 18:10 (6:10) arr Pireaus 18:50 ... last Reular ferry goes 18:15 - arrive 19:30 (7:30).

PORT, RUIN & ONWARD -- Aegina harbor is charming... a ruin right next to dock for photo ops. Do a bit of exploring, and then go Inland. Easiest way would be to hire a taxi to Temple of Aphaia, have him wait 15 or 20 minutes while you enjoy the view & take pictures (that's all it will take), then have him take you onward to a beach ... it should cost you about €20; get agreement before you start. There will be an infrequent bus returning to the port town; upon arrival at beach, ask around for bus stop & schedule.

BEACH - I visited Ag Marina, and I think Marathona is more attractive; this website -http://www.greekisland.co.uk/aegina/aegina.htm - gives candid reviews of beaches & towns. Here's a link to a pleasant Marathona beach cafe https:/… If you're lucky & its a warm sunny day, have a swim! the water will be quite warm. Have a relaxing lunch..

FINALE -- get back to port,with enough time to check out the town for a bit... wander just a few streets away from the seafront it becomes a regular Greek town, with shops, houses, ordinary folks living their lives. Have a 5 pm portside beverage, take a ferry back -- but don't have dinner in Pireaus.... it is NOT a quaint setting. you'll understand when you get there... better to Metro or taxi back to somewhere nice South of the acropolis, so you can wander down that pedestrian promenade back to a hotel.

Edited: 23 September 2018, 03:46
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7. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Some correction to the above ferry info:

There currently 7 regular ferries a day in each direction, picking a random date next week the times are

Piraeus to Aegina - 07.10, 09.00, 10.30, 11.45, 14.00, 15.30, 18.15

Aegina to Piraeus - 09.00, 11.30, 13.30 15.00, 16.30, 17.45, 19.45

Actual schedule is only published a week or so in advance, but no worries, you don’t need to prebook at all, just get whichever suits you at the time, then get tickets to return when you are ready to come back, don’t commit to a time :) There are of course the faster hydrofoils running I addition to the above times.

For a check on the times of the regular ferries for your dates use Saronic Ferries site,

https://www.saronicferries.gr/eng/

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8. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Just checked the site again & they do have some October schedules, on the 10th for instance it’s

Piraeus to Aegina, 7.20, 9.15, 11.15 for the morning ones

Aegina to Piraeus, 15.45, 17.00, 19.15 for return later in the day.

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9. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

If you want to visit the Temple of Aphaia there are buses, but how well they fit in depends on which ferry you get. The terminus is opposite the ferry dock & has a timetable posted in the window of the ticket office. The times currently are here, but will update (& reduce) regularly as we move further out of season,

https:/…

A taxi to the site is around €18, you will need more than 15-20 minutes if you actually enter the site too.

If you don’t want to stray far you can have an explore of the town, there is a bit of beach just north of the ferry terminal, just below the site of Kolona, several tavernas there to choose from for lunch. Also a beach south of the town harbor near Hotel Brown.

Marathonas has another beach bar/ called Bocampo, it does snack food such as club sandwich, baguettes, salads, but both the one already mentioned & this one, will need checking if they are open in October. A taxi to Marathonas (if these places are an option) is around €8

Edited: 23 September 2018, 06:33
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10. Re: Beach and/or Aegina

Thank you so much travelerjan and Yiassas for all of the information. I really appreciate all of your help.

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