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Temple of Aphaia
Only an hour’s boat ride from Athens is a 5th-century B.C.E. temple just as majestic as the Parthenon and the temple of Poseidon at Sounion—you can see both on a clear day from the temple of Aphaia on Aegina. On a sea-facing hill surrounded by pine forests, the temple is amazingly well-preserved: Of the 34 Doric columns, 24 are still standing. The local bus (right across from the ferry dock) to Agia Marina stops at Aphaia. Take a picnic, or stop for lunch at Skotadis ouzeri, opposite the fishing boats and floating markets, before you catch the ferry back to Athens. Order katsoules (small fried fish) and a green salad with goat cheese rolled in flaked pistachios, Aegina’s most famous export.