Located 14 km east of the main port, the coastal village of Agia Marina with its homonymous church, is a settlement attracting many visitors, as it is the region where the renowned Doric sanctuary of Aphaia Athina dominates in dignity.
Paleohora, a ruined town that used to be the capital of the island, has 28 churches bearing testimony to the magnificent Greek architecture and are very popular to tourists.The active nightlife of Agia Marina is in sharp contrast to the quiet and peaceful look of the village during daytime.
The crystal clear waters, the sandy beach with a pine forest, and the lively nightlife attract huge numbers of tourists, both from Greece and the rest of the world. In Agia Marina there are many restaurants and taverns, cafes and bars, where you can enjoy tasty meals, drinks and a dance or two. There are also bars and places that play Greek music so you can experience a truly traditional Greek night out.In addition to the beautiful and popular beach, there are also some very interesting sites in Agia Marina that should be visited.
One such site is the Doric Temple of Athena Aphaia, built with local limestone. It has been preserved in a very good condition throughout the years. The temple was built on a hill 4 km north of the village. Impressively enough, the Athens Acropolis, and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion were built in a way so that they create an isosceles triangle with the temple of Aphaia.
In the ancient years these three temples had visual contact, so they could signal and inform the people, in case of an enemy attack or a natural disaster.The picturesque chapel of Agia Marina, from which the village took its name, is also worth visiting.
For the water sports lovers, paradise can be found at the sandy beach of Agia Marina, which is ideal for wind surfing amongst other activities. On the beach you will find small stalls, renting all the necessary equipment for water sports. For those who prefer peace, tranquility and less people around, you can find small bays and beaches where you can enjoy the sea without being disturbed.
If you are in Aegina on the 17th of July, don’t miss the traditional religious festival of Agia Marina that takes place with music, dance and drink.For accommodation, there is a selection of hotels and rooms operating in Agia Marina, where you can find comfortable and affordable accommodation for your stay here. The town of Agia Marina is by far the most popular tourist area of Aegina and is a must-see for all visitors.
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