Exploring the Temple of Aphaia on a Greece Sailing Break
As one of the greatest centres of the ancient world, Greece is home to some of the most impressive ruins to be found in the world today. Most people will be familiar with the nation’s most famous sites in the capital Athens, but there is so much more to be discovered on the Greek islands. Of these, one of the most striking is the Temple of Aphaia on the Saronic isle of Aegina.
Aegina is a spot of picturesque views and traditional Greek hospitality and the Temple of Aphaia adds to the island’s already attractive package. Located on the eastern side of the island, just 13 kilometres from the island’s main port of Aegina Town, the temple overlooks the surrounding areas from a 160 metre peak.
The temple is dedicated to the ancient Greek goddess Aphaia, who was worshipped in this ancient sanctuary and its earliest foundations can be traced back as far as the 14th century BC. While many buildings from this time now remain as nothing more than clusters of rubble, the Temple of Aphia (in part thanks to preservation and restoration efforts) has retained its structure, making it an awe-inspiring place to visit and a fantastic opportunity for some unique holiday shots.
Towering columns make up the bulk of the eye-catching strucutre and 25 of the original 32 columns are still in place. While the majority of artefacts are no longer found on site, a number of them are conveniently displayed in the island’s museums which are well worth a visit – especially if you don’t have time to visit the ruins themselves.
Perched upon a hilltop and bordering pine forest, the temple also offers some of the best views around, looking out onto the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Whether you are interested in history or simply want to enjoy breathtaking scenery, the Temple of Aphaia is definitely a sight not to be missed by anyone on a Greece sailing trip.