Why Greece

Do you dream of owning a summer house with a magnificent view of the deep blue Aegean Sea and the magical sunset of the Greek islands?

Greece: a word that conjures up images of unparalleled history, sparkling blue waters, sun drenched beaches, white washed island houses, colourful sunsets.
The charm & natural beauty of Greece, the proximity to central Europe, the high level of safety throughout the country (one of the highest worldwide), delicious traditional cuisine as well as the friendly and hospitable people are the reasons people from all over the walks of life are drawn to visit Greece again & again.

But history and sunshine are only part of what qualifies Greece as a unique incentive destination.

The advances and progress that have been made in the state-of-the-art infrastructure over the past years as well as the high level of health care prove beyond doubt that Greece has taken its rightful place a destination worthy of top Incentives, Conferences & Special interest groups.

All these combined with the charm & unique atmosphere ensure Greece as one of the most popular destinations worldwide.

Aegina Island

Aegina is an island in the Saronic Gulf, just 19 nautical miles from the port of Athens. The port of Athens (Piraeus) is within 30 minutes by car or 50 minutes by train from Athens International Airport. In fact, Aegina is visible from the mainland on a clear day. Aegina is surrounded by gently sloping hills covered in pistachio trees. A while ago someone thought to plant the entire island with pistachio trees and today Aegina is the number one producer of pistachio nuts in the world. It has a population of approx. 16.000 inhabitants. Aegina’s main towns are Aegina Town, Agia Marina and Souvala, all of which have ports and are accessible by ferry from Athens. Buses regularly connect these towns.

Aegina is a serene and traditional Greek island with great history. During the peak of its power in 500 B.C., Aegina built several temples befitting its status, two of which survive today. The most important one and the best preserved is the Temple of Aphaia, a daughter of Zeus. It was built in 480 B.C. to celebrate the victory over the Persian fleet of Xerxis at the naval battle of Salamis. It is a superb example of Late Archaic architecture built in the style of the Parthenon and happens to be one of the best preserved temples from that period in Greece. Situated halfway between Piraeus and the Peloponnesian mainland, Aegina was directly in the middle of the ancient trade routes. As a result, Aegina quickly became a major player in international commerce. In ancient times, Aegina was a rich and powerful city-state in a constant power struggle with nearby rival, Athens.

The island was also the first Capital of modern Greece in the early 19th century. For the first two years after Greek Independence (1821), Aegina served as the capital of Greece and there are several old buildings in Aegina Town from this era. These old official buildings lend a historical ambiance to Aegina Town.

Convenience

Having a house on the island of Aegina has become very popular among Athenians. The reason is the convenience of having a second home so close to the city, thus having instant access to services and facilities. In fact many Athenians live on Aegina during the summer months and commute daily to their jobs by Flying Dolphin or ferry. Ferry service during summer season is every half hour. The island is an independent municipality and provides all major public and private services such as banks, hospitals, post office, supermarkets etc.
Aegina combines the tranquillity and traditional character of the Greek islands with the convenience of living 35 minutes far from a modern city. As a matter of fact one can go for a swim in the morning, catch a Flying Dolphin to Athens at midday, run errands and still be back home on time for lunch. In addition, since Aegina is located in the sheltered Saronic gulf, sea going-traffic rarely gets interrupted due to high seas which is the case for most Greek islands during the winter and mid summer months.