Above: Port of Aigio, north Peloponnese, Greece
Aigio is a town in Aigialeia, Achaea, on the north coast of Peloponnese in Greece. Its population is around 30,000. Aigio is surrounded by trees in the north and cliffs in the northwest. The city can be accessed by GR-8A from the south and west. Mountains neighbor the southern part. The commune was known as Vostitsa or Vostizza from the Middle Ages until the 20th century and in medieval French Vostice.
Coordinates: 38°15′N 22°5′E (1) Patras (2) Aigialeia
(3) West Achaea (4) Erymanthos (5) Kalavryta
The blue Gulf of Corinth can be seen from many parts of the city, and a short walk from any of several main streets, via steep concrete steps set into the cliffside, open to a motorway lined with elite restaurants and eclectic hotels facing the sea. The brilliant blue harbor at Aigio boasts a long pier where fishing boats and sailboats are docked. Fishermen bring their catches from a night of fishing into the markets every morning. There are no beaches at Aigio, but outstanding, unspoiled beaches are only a 5 to 10 minutes drive from the city centre, and both taxis and buses are available.
Archaeological sites: Sites of interest include a Mycenean House dating back to ancient times, located near the cliffs. In 2000, the ancient city of Helike (sometimes called “The Lost Atlantis”) was discovered: it had been buried by an earthquake and tsunami in 373 B.C. Archaeologists are now excavating the site every summer.
The Corinthian Gulf is a deep inlet of the Ionian Sea separating the Peloponnese from western mainland Greece. It is bounded in the east by the Isthmus of Corinth which includes the shipping route of the Corinth Canal, and in the west by the Strait of Rion, which separates the Gulf of Corinth from the outer Gulf of Patras at Cape Drepano, where the narrowest point is crossed by the Rio-Antirio bridge. The Gulf of Corinth is almost surrounded by the prefectures of Aetolia-Acarnania, Phocis in the north, Boeotia in the northeast, Attica in the east, Corinthia in the southeast and south and Achaea in the southwest. The gulf is one of the most seismically active regions in Europe.
The Archaeological Museum of Aigion: The museum is housed in the building of the old town market of Aigion, which was designed by E. Ziller and built in 1890.
The collections of the museum include finds dating from the Neolithic to the Late Roman periods. Among the notable works found in the museum is the Marble statue of Aigiochos dated to the 1st century AD, a fruitstand with painted decoration, found at the Neolithic settlement of Sylivaina at Krathion and dates from the Middle Neolithic period (6000 BC), a three-handled pithos-amphora dated to the second half of the 15th century BC, and a necklace of cornelian and glass-paste beads dated to the 14th-13th century BC.