Hiking Mount Oros in Aegina Island, Greece

Despite buying a digital version of the hiking routes of Aegina, I was not able to use it when it came the time to start hiking. I had read some information about this hike, and some of it seemed to be inconsistent. Therefore, I thought that it would be useful for me to share my experience with this hike in details!

This map is not really straightforward but I have traced in green the path that we have done. We have not encountered or noticed some of the paths shown on the original map. 

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A rough draft of the hike described in this post (in green).

Mount Oros is the highest peak of the island of Aegina, just over 500m. You can actually see the peak from the town of Aegina on a clear day.

How to get to the starting point 

First of all, I would like to say that it is quite easy to rent a car, an atv or a scooter (50cc or 125cc) in Aegina port. The prices are reasonable, we paid 30 euros for a 125cc scooter for 12 hours. This is a convenient way to get to know the island at your own pace. I would recommend a scooter over a car since the streets are quite narrow. However, there is still good bus service on the island.

We set to drive from Aegina town to Agia Marina and then Portes. From Portes we turned right and headed towards Anitseo. Once you pass the small settlement, keep an eye for an entrance way on your left. You will see this sign:

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Where you begin, enter this road and park
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Approximate google map position of the start

You can park at the entrance of the road. There were 2 other cars parked there when we arrived. Alternatively, you could drive up until the next diversion. This drive up would probably save you half an hour of hiking but coming up to the views by foot is really worth the extra time.

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On your right you will see Aegina town and Perdika, a small fishing village. The contrasts between the different types of island on the right make for an unforgettable vista.

Once you access the section of the trail that is not accessible by car, you will see that it is marked with “1”. The signs are placed on rocks along the trails starting from there.

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The Ascent

You should calculate between 1h00 to 1h15 for the ascent. Wear shoes that can grip in rocky terrain. Regular gym shoes were not good for my partner, as he slipped one time on his way down. I had my Salomon and they were great for that terrain.

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You can see the top!
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Almost there!

Once you get close to the top, you will see a marked separation between the paths. On your return, you will go towards “Anitseo” or “1”. This will bring you back to where you parked your vehicle.

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Branching of paths before the summit

Once you reach the summit do not be shy to let your accomplishment be known by ringing the bell! Enjoy a 360° view of the Island and imagine yourself as being a part of this mountain. Imagine all of the people who have ever reached this summit before. The man we met and chatted with up there told us that he climbed Everest, so I guess that this one was not much of a deal for him! Still, get a proper feel of the place before you think of the descent.

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The bell. I and other hikers rang the bell once we reached the top.
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One of the angle.

The Descent 

I recommend wearing a hat and putting some sunscreen before you start to go down, because we got roasted! The trail leaves you in the open, and we are used to hiking in forests and milder weather, which provides some protection.

Most importantly, wear long socks with you are wearing shorts. The way down is full of bushes with needles. Alternatively, you could take the same way down instead of turning right.

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Parts of it look like this, but most of the time the bushes will only scratch your legs.
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Those bushes are no jokes
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Some of them look like this. They are only taking over the path on the way down though.

The descent trail is difficult to locate ahead. To counter this lack of visibility, some people have arranged piles of rocks to show where the next “1” sign is located.

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Extra signalization with piles of rocks

Your perseverance will eventually bring you to the Temple of Hellanios Zeus.

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Olive tree and temple of Hellanion in the background

Shortly after this landmark, you will reach your vehicle back.

Review 

The descent took us around an hour. In sum, planning just under 3 hours for this hike would be safe. We are happy that we took on this one! My favourite part was the view of the islands as we were going up. However, the signalization on the way down is not optimal and one needs longer boots or socks to be comfortable on the way down. I rate this hike 7.5/10.

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