Aegina's variety of landscapes and mild climate make the island a hiker's haven all year round. Whether you're in the mood for a leisurely stroll or a challenging climb, Aegina has paths for everyone. The northern part of the island has a lot of vegetation and offers journeys through woods and tree groves. The eastern coast is covered in green hills and striking sea views. These hills turn into mountains and cliffs as you enter the southern portion of the island. This is certainly the most difficult region of Aegina to traverse, making the Western plains and flat, coastal routes welcome relief.
Aegina Town – Kondos - Paleohora
One of the most unique routes is form Aegina to the fascinating site of Paleohora. It's about seven kilometers and of low-medium difficulty. Along the way you'll pass numerous churches and bypass the magnificent Agios Nectarios. Turn left at the village of Kondos the route begins an incline you move northward. You'll finally arrive to a hillside dotted with old deserted churches and buildings. This is Palaiohora and it is a fascinating place to wander around and explore.
Anitseou – Mt. Hellanios-Paxia Rachi
Another more challenging hike is through the precipitous south central region of the island. You can start your hike at the village of Anitseou and continue northwestern until you reach another road to your left. Turn here and go on until you see signs leading to the site of Ellanios (Hellanios) Zeus, a ruined temple to the god at the top of Mt. Ellanios (commonly referred to as Oros). The hike is approximately 4 kilometers, of medium difficulty and the views from the summit are phenomenal.
If you're in the mood for more adventure, you can backtrack down the mountain just the way you came until you hit the main road until you hit the main road again. This time you'll go away from Anitseou towards the mountain village of Paxia Rachi. It's a very scenic route full of crags and greenery and the settlement with its stony paths and traditional houses is an experience not to be missed. Further south of the village is the beautiful Valley of Elaiona where you'll encounter numerous olive trees, some of which are over 400 year old.
Paxia Rachi – Tsikides – Aegina
From Paxia Rachi you can exit the village heading northeast until you hit the main road again. Turn left here and you'll pass the village of Tsikides and through plains and pistachio groves. Until you arrive in Aegina town. The route difficulty is easy-medium and covers approximately 7 kilometers.
Paxia Rachi – Kapotides – Marathonas
Another option from Paxia Rachi is to head directly westward towards the coast. The road zigzags and you have the choice of heading northwards towards the small settlement of Kapotides or bypass and and continue on towards the seaside resort of Marathonas. This route is easy and covers 2 – 2.5 kilometers depending on whether or not you make the trek to Kapotides.
For those who prefer to travel with a guide, Ergastiri tis Eginas (The Aegina Workshop) organizes hiking trips through the northern forests of the island and teaches its participants about the plants and animals of the region. The hike concludes with a traditional taverna meal made with biological products.