AGIA MARINA is the leading and most popular tourist destination in Aegina.
A direct ferry from Athens takes you to the small port in less than 90 minutes.
Along the way, you can sit back, relax and let the fresh sea air renew your spirit.
The town of Agia Marina maintains a very Greek atmosphere,
as many Athenians visit their summer homes for year-round weekend getaways and long summer holidays.
In the sixties, the sandy beach was one of the first to be opened to tourism.
At that time, people arrived on fishing caiques from Piraeus.
Donkeys transported them from the port of Agia Marina to and from the temple of Aphaia.
Since that time, the village has become a popular tourist destination for Greeks and foreigners alike.
Visitors will enjoy the dozens of family-run businesses selling unique souvenirs
as well as beach gear and fashionable summer clothing.
The pedestrian-friendly main street also has three grocery stores, two bakeries, and a pharmacy.
Rental agencies offer a variety of vehicles, from small cars to scooters.
The well-organized beach is the longest on the island,
and its shallow waters make it an ideal beach to visit with young children.
During the high season summer months, special events and various parties are held.
FOOD & DRINKS
A variety of traditional Greek restaurants and tavernas can be found by the sea and in the town center.
They are open from early morning until late at night and serve breakfast, fresh salads,
and a wide range of delicious Greek specialties for lunch and dinner.
Some tavernas have live Greek music at weekends, and other restaurants are located on the beach
with tables and chairs right on the sand.
AGIA MARINA CHURCH
At the end of the beach on the hillside rests the small whitewashed church of Agia Marina,
where the village found its name.
Every year, on July 17, the church celebrates its name’s day.
On the evening of July 16, Agia Marina is busier than ever. In the afternoon, there is a religious
Christian procession where people walk from the big church in the town center towards the small church on the beach.
Many locals visit the small church to take part in the ceremony and light a candle.
This is followed by a traditional village festival and street market/bazaar with live folk music and fireworks in the harbor area below the church.
JUNTA’S SOUVENIR (the unfinished construction site).
The bay of Agia Marina is dominated on the south side by a massive unfinished concrete building.
This building is considered a souvenir of the Junta period (1967-1974) when dictators ruled the country.
They had planned to build a large hotel resort with a private marina on this site, the largest in Saronic Gulf,
but they never managed to complete it during their years in power.