Activities & Day Trips
Aegina Island - Greece
Swimming, snorkeling & sunbathing at the Irides area
Irides has a salt water swimming pool ideal for fun and relaxation. Irides is located right next to turquoise sea and it is just a few steps from the pool to the sea. The sea side at Irides is a bit rocky, that's why it is recommended to wear watershoes to protect yourself. When you bring your snorkeling gear, you can see lots of small fishes. Next to our pool we have created shaded areas with sunbeds, also on the beach in front we have sunbeds with umbrellas.
Beachlife on Aegina
Aegina island has several nice sandy beaches. Souvala, Agia Marina and Marathonas have beaches perfect for families with small children as the water is shallow. Vagia has a nice sandy beach at a close distance. Teenagers will have lots of fun at Kamares beach. For those who like trendy beaches, music and cocktails, have to visit Aeginitissa beach in the weekend. Sarpa beach is a paradise location during the week. If you drive next to the coastlines of Aegina, you will find lots of beautiful spots, where you can swim, all easy accesible.
From Irides it is really nice to make small walks. You can walk in the direction Vagia or in the direction to Souvala for about 2 km right next to the sea. Go early in the morning and watch the sunrise behind Athens on the mainland. For the more experienced walkers you can walk up to towards the forest of Agious or towards the hill of Palaia Chora, where you have amazing panoramic views. Or you can climb the highest mountain on Aegina, Mount Oros (532 m). On Aegina island you can find lots of nice tracks. A walk to the Eliones, a beautiful area with olive trees that are thousands of years old (2000-3000 years) is highly recommended. If you would like to walk with a guide, we can make arrangements for you. Have in mind that in the summer months it may be too hot to make big walks in day time. Plan your walks in the early hours of the day. April, May, September & October are perfect for walking. Especially early spring is beautiful as you can enjoy the green colours & the flower varieties on our island.
Visiting the sites of Aegina
One of the most visited sites on our island is the Aphaia temple. It is a stunning example of ancient architecture set in a beautiful natural forested area with sensational views across the island to the sea. Visit the the cathedral of Agios Nektarios, named after its founder, who died in 1920 and was canonised in 1961. His relics are preserved in the first chapel of the Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Monastery, next to the cathedral. Make a walk on the hill of Palaio Chora with its many little chapels. The ruins of this medieval city cover the hill north of Agios Nektarios. Discover the archeological site of Kolona, located at a 5 minute walk from the port of Aegina town, which was inhabited from prehistoric times through the classical period. Extensive walls and foundations have been discovered and excavations are still in process. On the site you will find also a museum.
Horse riding for kids/ adults & pony riding for small kids
On various locations on Aegina it is possible to do horseriding. We can make arrangements for you. Next door to Irides our neigbour is taking care of the friendly pensioned pony Erik. Arrangements can be made to let Erik come to Irides and let your small kid(s) have a ride on him next to the sea. Exploring the beautiful island of Aegina on horseback is a truly amazing experience.
Outside chess & Beach Volley
Kids, but also their parents can play our outside chess game. It is a great way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening. Next to our accommodation we have a Beach Volley field. Our guests who like to play volleyball can play here. When you come with a large group or with your company, we can organise a Beach Volley tournement.
Weekly we will organise a beach BBQ, in front of Irides. If you would like to join us let us sign up 24 hours before. At our bulletin board full information can be found.
Every Friday and Saturday you can join in with our Yoga sessions that take place at our hotel. Please contact reception for further information and how to book a place.
Irides Music Concerts & Aegina Music Festival
Every year Irides is organising a classical concert. Guests of the hotel have free entrance for this evening - they will have VIP places as they can watch it from their balcony! Those who love classical music may be interested in the Aegina Music Festival which is held every year in August. Concerts are taking place on the Avra beach in Aegina town.
Perdika & Moni island
On the south side of the island you will find the fishing village of Perdika. A lovely place to eat fresh fish and see the sunset. From Perdika small boats can take you to the inhabited island of Moni. Cristal clear water, an organised beach and lots of animals.
Have a coffee at the harbour, stroll through the little streets with all kinds of shops, the fish market, have lunch at one of the fish taverna's and in the evening watch a movie in an open air cinema.
With a boat trip of 10 minutes you are on our neighbouring island of Agistri. Though fairly small in size, the island is home to many beautiful beaches and lots of green scenery. Rent a motor bike and discover Agistri island.
Boat trip around the island
Christos Skordillis can take you with his boat for an excursion around the island or even further. Have lunch somewhere on a deserted beach. Perfect snorkeling.
Visit this impressive temple site, the New Acropolis museum in Athens and stroll through the little streets of Plaka afterwards.
The Epidavros theatre
In the summer months theatre performances are given in the Ancient theatre of old Epidavros. We can arrange tickets and transfer.
The annual Aegina Fistiki Fest takes place around the third weekend in September. The goal of the Fest is to promote the world famous Aegina Pistachio Nut - The Fistiki. You can visit exhibitions, taste food made with pistachios, buy all kinds of products that have to do with pistachios, visit live concerts and much more