Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Only an hour by boat from Athens, the peaceful area of Vrochia Village is located on the way from the port of Aegina to Perdika, after 3,5 km.
The spot is on the west side of the island, 350 m before of the small picturesque chapel of Agios Vasilios, close to a small harbor for mooring small boats and the Nautical Club of the area.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: S, SE
Main Direction: N, NE, SE, S, W
Main Wind Direction:
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Works with southern wind and strong northern wind.
Best conditions with south-eastern thermal wind. It passes through Sounio and Poros Island and then it is compressedbetween Aegina and Agistri Islands. Itstarts blowing at midday, so in the morning its ideal for beginners.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Shallow light-filled and colorful sea. Νο reefs or other hazards.
Access to Vrochia: The settlement is about 4,5 km away from the harbour. It is located at the edge of Perivola and one can easily find it by going to Perdika, approximately 1,5km before entering Marathon.
To reach the spot you can take a car or a taxi.
If you are driving, turn right at the harbour exit, pass in front of all the cafeterias and shops and continue straight ahead, with the sea on your right hand, for about 3 km. It is located 350 m before the small chapel by the sea.
Access to Aegina:
Arrival by Airport:The closest airport to the island is the Athens International Airport, called Eleftherios Venizelos. It is located 35 km outside the centre of Athens. Remember that: When you book your airplane ticket, take care that you are not arriving much later than 15:00 and leaving, on the way back, earlier than 12:00. Otherwise you will not be able to make it to the island the same day, or are able to reach the airport in time. Have in mind that the boat timetables can varry according to the season.
From the Airport to the Port of Piraeus:
By Train:For direct transport by train from the port of Piraeus to Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” you have to take Proastiakos train. The trip lasts 63 minutes. The trains leave every hour.
By shuttle bus:The most economical way to reach the Port of Piraeus is to take shuttle bus. You will find the shuttle bus when you leave the arrivals hall. Take shuttle bus X96, which takes you straight to the Port of Piraeus. Depending on the amount of traffic, the trip from the airport to Piraeus may take between 60 and 90 minutes. During the day, there is a bus leaving during the day and about every 20 minutes, during the night, they run every half hour. The bus stops several times on the way, the Port of Piraeus is about the last stop. Tell the bus driver you are going to Aegina. You get off when you see the Port on your left side, enter Gate E8, this is where the Ferries and Flying Dolphins are departing to Aegina and the other Saronic islands (Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra & Spetses).
By taxi:When you are looking for a bit more comfort you can also take a taxi from the airport to Piraeus (to Gate E8). Taking a taxi is usually quicker than the bus (of course dependent on the traffic).
By rental car:You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to Piraeus yourself. The main suppliers are all based at Athens Airport where you can book direct. To rent a car at the airport is a good option if you also plan to visit the Peloponnese after or before you visit Aegina. There is a ferry connection (not very regular) between Methana (on the Peloponnese) and Aegina.
From the Port of Piraeus to Aegina island
The Piraeus port is divided in various gates. The Ferries and Flying Dolphins travelling to the Saronic islands (Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra & Spetses) are leaving from Gate E8, which is located at the east side of the port. The Ferries are lined up at one end of the quay and the Flying Dolphins & other High Speed vessels at the other end. There are connections from Piraeus to Aegina Town, Agia Marina (only in summer months) and Souvala (only in summer months) on Aegina island. From those villages it is easy to get yourself to other villages on the island, either by car, taxi, bus, motor bike or bicycle.
In case of emergency or strike it is also possible to arrange a Water Taxi. The water taxis have a fixed price for the trip, if you are with more people you can divide the price by the amount of people. The Taxi can carry around 20 passengers.
Taxi:Upon arrival on Aegina town you will find a line of taxi’s just outside the port.
Bus:It is also possible to take the bus. Problem with that option is that the busses are not going very frequently.
By rental car or motorbike:The easiest way to reach your final destination on the island is by a rental car or motorbike.