The island of Aegina (37°44’51.55″N, 23°25’44.97″E) is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens (only 16.5 nautical miles from Athens Riviera). It is the ideal destination as you can reach it easily by boat and moreover to explore the many smaller islands around.
The island took its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island. From 11/1/1827 until 3/10/1829 Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly founded Greek state. It was during that period when Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias had impressive neoclassical mansions built to house his headquarters that today are important tourist attractions.