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Temple of Athena Aphaia

The most important sight in Aegina island is the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, dedicated to the Greek goddess Aphaia. The temple is located within a sanctuary complex on the eastern side of the island, on a peak. It forms an equilateral triangle between North, East and South with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. The triangle is also called the holy triangle of antiquity. It is believed to be the place where fertility and agricultural deity were worshiped, due to the discovery of many female figurines. The statue of Aphaia was made of ivory and was put on an invisible wooden core. The most impressive part of the temple are sculpted pediments. Also, there are twenty remaining columns that were build with porus stone.

Agia Marina Beach

It is the longest sandy beach on Aegina island. This beach is perfect for families with small children due to its shallow clean water. Sailing facilities are available on Agia Marina beach. You can hire sunbeds with umbrellas, paddle boats or canoes. Situated in a bay at the east side of the Aegina island this beach is close to Aphaia Temple. It was named after the small white church at the end of the beach. Every year on the 17th of July the church is celebrating its name day. There is always a market held, live music and fireworks below the church. During the summer Agia Marina beach host many parties and organized events. There are also two small restaurants that are open till late at night.

Sailing Aegina

Aegina is a Greek island that lies in the center of the Saronic Gulf, 27 km from Athens. It belongs to the group of the Saronic Islands. The island covers around 87 km2. An extinct volcano dominates the Aegina landscape, with its northern and western sides covered with fertile plats on which pistachio, almonds, olives, vines and other plants are grown. The southern part of the island is rocky and mountainous. The island is a popular tourist destination, especially for the Athenians.

 

Aegina has a long and famous history. During ancient times, it was a naval power and a rival of Athens. There are numerous monuments on the island that still witness the island’s past, and they are a must see during your stay on the island.

 

The biggest settlement on the island is Aegina Town. It is a colorful town, full of buildings painted with bright colors. The town is worth seeing all year round, but it becomes most dynamic over the summer, when thousands of tourists seek a refuge from an everyday life there.

 

In Aegina Town, you can relax by spending your time on the beach and dining in authentic Mediterranean restaurants. If you are interested in history and culture, you can also visit museums and ruins of temples built in ancient Greece. If you want, you can combine both. The Avra beach lies next to Kolona, an archaeological site of the Temple of Apollo, of which only one column (“kolona”) remains today. There is also a museum next to the temple. In August, the Aegina Music Festival takes place on the beach.

 

South of Aegina Town are small islands of Agistri, Metopi and Moni, where you can escape with a chartered boat and enjoy some privacy with your family or friends. There are numerous other places on Aegina and around the island worth discovering, so charter a yacht and prepare yourself for an unforgettable holiday! 

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