One thing that characterizes most Greek islands is the churches. Small or large, but also the monasteries you will meet there. It can be in the center of a square, by the sea or even wedged in a rock. In fact, some islands, for this very reason, are known for their religious tourism. A typical example is Patmos and Tinos. There is also an island characterized as the Mystras of Greece with its 365 churches. The reason for Aegina Island and Paleochora. One of the most favorite islands for day trips or weekend getaways stands out for many reasons. One of them is its churches.
Paleochora: The Mystras of Aegina with its 365 churches
Aegina is a beautiful island with picturesque corners, clean beaches, and several sights to see. It is one of the most favorite islands for day trips or weekend getaways. There is also a special castle town that is modeled on Mystras of Laconia that will literally enchant you if you decide to visit it. Paleochora as they call it is considered the Mystras of the Saronic Gulf whose inhabitants abandoned the city 200 years ago to go down to the port, free from pirate raids. Since then, “Mystras of Aegina” stands deserted, boasting of its unique beauty that fascinates you. The visitor will wander through the stone paths of the castle town and will have the opportunity to visit its Medieval churches.
According to tradition, there were 365 churches in Paleochora, one for each day of the year. However, historical studies indicate that there were actually around 50. Today, you can visit the 33 of them that still stand the test of time. There are temples dating from the early 12th to the 18th century AD.
Aegina Island and the Agios Nektarios Monastery
Of course, if you find yourself in Aegina, you cannot miss visiting Saint Nektarios. The Monastery of Saint Nektarios is one of the top attractions of the island and not only while it is a well-known attraction for its visitors who flock by the thousands throughout the year to worship. You will feel awe and reverence from the first minutes you find yourself there and you will promise to return.
Aegina Island with Paleochora is ideal for short excursions from Athens and there are many things you can do. All you need is the willingness and… a small suitcase!