The seaside city of Aigio / Egio – the capital of Aigialia
Aigion is the capital of the province of Aigialia and second biggest town of the district of Achaia. The small seaport is situated in a wonderful green region in northern Peloponnese, directly at the Gulf of Corinth.
Aigion is 8 km east of Longos, Selianitika with a good local bus connection. It was built on a cliff, on narrow and fertile land. It was inhabited and well-known in antiquity as the centre of the Achaian Alliance, together with the city of Helice, which sunk into the sea in 373 BC. In the Middle Ages it was called Vostitsa, a Slavic name. The Psila Alonia square with its green park and a lovely view of the Corinthian Gulf is one of its attractions. The museum, the famous church of Panaghia Tripiti (built on a cliff by the sea, exactly on the site where the Mother of God icon was found), are some other attractions. There are also many good shops, numerous cafes, restaurants, taverns, bars, nightclubs, several banks, two yacht harbours and a modern hospital. The city of Aigio is situated only a few minutes from Harmony Hotel Apartments and is ideal for all your shopping needs.
Places of interest:
- Twelve Wells: The ancient Greek writer Pausanias wrote about this water source by the sea, where a fountain featuring twelve lions was built.
- Tripiti Church: The church is partly constructed into the plateau
- The Faneromini Cathedral: A neoclassic cathedral in the city centre which was built after the German architect Ernst Ziller’s design.
- The Archaeological Museum: Several archaeological findings of the city and region are exhibited in this former 19th century market hall designed by German architect Ernst Ziller.