Aegina island lies in the Argo Saronic bay to the south of Athens and it can even be seen from the centre of the capital. It is even closer to Athens' centre than some of the city's northern suburbs.
Many of the 12,000 people who live on Aegina commute to the capital to work and the island is a popular weekend retreat and a favoured retirement island for many well-heeled Greeks.
Visitors find Aegina an ideal island base when touring the historic sites on the Greece mainland with easy transfers from Athens' airport.
The main resorts may get swamped with day trip visitors, especially at the weekends and Aegina Town even suffers the suburban problems of linited street parking and night-time traffic noise.
Aegina is roughly triangular shaped island, about eight miles by six. To the north and west are fertile coastal plains, noted for crops of pistachios, almonds and figs.
Aegina islanders who don't commute to Athens either work in the tourism industry or as farmers.
To the east and south are hills that rise to the conical Mount Oros (also called Profitis Illias) and a long and rocky ridge that runs across Aegina with fertile valleys on either side.
There are several important historical sights here including the The 5th century BC Doric temple of Aphaia, the ruins of a village at Paliohora and the remarkable church of Agia Nektariou.