Cycling in Aegina
Would you like to rent a bicycle, or perhaps you've brought your own? In either case, Aegina has a number of paved road and off-road routes for you to try out. If you head toward the fishing village of Perdika (9.8 km from town at 8 m altitude), the road is quite passable and follows the coast with a view of the sea. At Aeginitissa, a crossroads leads to the 2,000-year-old olive grove Eleonas (5.65 km, at 13 m alt.), a magical spot with ancient olive trees whose gnarled trunks are works of art in their own right. Another route takes you to Souvala (9 km northeast of Aegina town), which is also at an even, low altitude along a paved road. On your way, you will pass the archaeological site of Kolona (430 m from the port at 6 m alt.), the "Mother" sculpture and the Christos Capralos Museum (2.85 km along the coastal road at 7 m alt.), quite near the house of Nikos Kazantzakis (3 km, 7 m alt.), where he finished writing Zorba the Greek. At that spot, cyclists will catch a view of the tombs of the ancient Salaminomachoi, those who fought in the naval battle of Salamis in 480 BC.
There are also routes to the more mountainous areas of Aegina which nevertheless end up at sea level, such as Agia Marina, just below the famed Temple of Aphaia Athena (16 km from Aegina at 152 m alt.), giving you an opportunity to ride through the wooded areas of the island. Many of the island's villages are scattered along the mountain sides and the bays and can present varying degrees of difficulty for off-road cyclists, along with a journey through history. These include Vagia (at 13 km and 6 m alt.), Anitseo and Lazarides (both 10 km from town, 294 and 310 m alt. respectively), Kylindras (15 km, 78 m alt.) Pachia Rachi (7.5 km, 255 m alt.) and Tzikides (5.61 km, 232 m alt.).