is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece
Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 27 km (17 mi) from Piraeus.
Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king.
The northern and western sides consist of stony but fertile plains, which are well cultivated and produce luxuriant crops of grain, with some cotton, vines, almonds, olives and figs, but the most characteristic crop of Aegina today is pistachio.
The beaches are also a popular tourist attraction.
Hydrofoil ferries from Piraeus take only forty minutes to reach Aegina; the regular ferry takes about an hour, with ticket prices for adults within the 4–15 euro range.
There are regular bus services from Aegina town to destinations throughout the island such as Agia Marina.