Aegina’s Municipal Fish Market has been operating like a fish auction hall for the past 70 years on the harbor of Aegina. Every morning caiques, the Greek traditional wooden boats (caique, kaiki in Greek, is a small wooden boat usually powered by an engine though it may have sails as well and some can be rowed), arrive here to sell the majority of their catch before heading to the fish auction hall of Keratsini (in Piraeus) to sell the quantities left.
The fishing fleet of the island counts approximately thirty wooden seiners-caiques, three fishing trawlers, one pursue seine vessel and a few long-liners. In Aegina’s Municipal Fish Market, you are sure to find fish for every budget; from anchovies and whitebait, boque and octopus, yellow fin tuna to swordfish, sole, red mullet, stripped mullet and katsoula, a pink flat-shaped fish that looks like a sole, which is only found in Aegina and Rhodes.
Whenever there is shortage in certain fishes, fishermen and vendors selling vegetables out of their boat go alternatively to Piraeus to fill their van with the necessary supplies and cover the market’s needs.
Having bought their fish, the clients of the Fish Market sit on the near-by kafeneia (traditional cafés) to drink their coffee watching people come and go as they are updated on the market’s latest news. Near-by tavernas and meze restaurants get busy on the grill, since some of clients often decide to have a bite of what they just bought before heading home.
Others decide to stop at the two caiques opposite the fish market, on the harbour, to buy vegetables. The first caique is owned by Nektarios and the other by Nektaria; they both buy their merchandise from Athens. Shopping from the caiques is a strong-routed habit, since, in the past, vegetables and fruits arrived daily by boat from the Peloponnese supplying Aegina with the necessary produce.
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