Aegina is a large (83 km2 - ca. 12.000 inhabitants), partly mountainous and partly green-hilled island in the Saronic Gulf, just 26 km south of Piraeus, the harbour of Athens. It's highest peak is Mount Agios Ilias (532 m). Many people from Athens come to Aegina in weekends and holidays, and visit the beautiful well-preserved Apheae-temple (5th century BC), picturesque fishing villages or the beaches. There are regular ferries from Piraeus; it takes about one hour to get to the island.