It is the 2nd largest port of Aegina with daily connections from Piraeus. Souvala is 10km north of the main port of Aegina, while the coastal road that connects them is of unique beauty, overlooking the blue sea and the lushly green local vegetation.
In addition to admiring the natural beauty, on the way from Aegina port to Souvala, one can make a stop to visit the museum of Christos Kapralos, the house of Kazantzakis and so many other rare sights.
The former main port of the island
Souvala Aegina was once the main port of the island; at the time when the city of Aegina was relocated in search of safety from the pirates, within the walls of Paleochora.
When you arrive at Souvala you can immediately feel that it is a destination that has not lost its traditional Greek character for the sake of tourism. A quiet place, away from cosmopolitan locations, Souvala has a unique quality. While it can be a quiet retreat for some, it also serves as a starting point for hikes for others. Truly, due to its location, it is conveniently close to some of the island’s most important attractions. The proximity to the Temple of Aphaia, the medieval Paleochora and Agios Nektarios is perfectly suited for short excursions. And upon returning, in the afternoon, you can wrap up your day with a stroll on the beach of Souvala, looking at the lights of Attica across the sea.
Natural resources and the Whitebait Festival
Souvala Aegina has plenty of tavernas, cafes and shops, so you are never short of options. Additionaly, every year in July, Souvala holds a Whitebait Festival during which kilos upon kilos of this tiny fish are barbecued and offered free of charge, accompanied with music! It is definitely worth experiencing!
But what is it that makes Souvala so special? The village was named after the many “souvalas” (water reservoirs) that existed in the area. The beach of “Loutra” was considered suitable for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatisms, gynaecological and dermatological diseases.
Bonus info: The natural springs of Souvala ranked among Europe’s most famous.