The beach of Agia Marina is the longest sandy beach on Aegina Island. Αwarded with Blue Flag (eco-label for beaches & marinas) for the clarity of the sea and its shallow water without waves, makes this beach ideal to visit with small kids and relaxed holidays!!! From the middle of May until the end of September you can hire sunbeds with umbrellas, paddle boats and canoes or play volleyball in the water, in front of Barracuda Beach Bar!!! During the summer, events and various parties are organized.
Due to the location close to Athens, the bay of Agia Marina is the favorite place for weekend holidays and it is the stage for many sea championships with Jet Skis (The Acropolis Jet Raid) and Sailing boats.
Right on the beach, surrounding Barracuda Beach Bar, there are many small restaurants open from the early morning till late at night, all serving breakfast, Greek traditional food and fish meze with ouzo!!!
At the end of the beach you will see the small white church of Agia (Santa) Marina, where the village found its name. Every year, on the 17th of July, the church of Agia Marina is celebrating its name day. On the evening of the 16th of July, Agia Marina beach is really busy. In the afternoon a local festival is held where people are walking from the big church in the centre of the village, towards the small church on the beach. Almost all the island locals visit the small church to attend the ceremony and light a candle. An open market is always held at the beach road. Live music & fireworks at the harbor area below the church, are the attraction finale to complete the celebration!
Aegina is roughly triangular in shape, approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) from east to west and 10 km (6.2 mi) from north to south, with an area of about 87 km2 (34 sq mi). The northern and western side consist of stony but fertile plains, which are well cultivated and produce luxuriant crops of grain, with some cotton, vines, almonds, olives and figs, but the most characteristic crop of Aegina today (2000s) is pistachio.
Aegina Greek: Αίγινα,is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 17 miles (27 km) from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became the king of it.
During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era.Aegina is roughly triangular in shape, approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) from east to west and 10 km (6.2 mi) from north to south, with an area of about 87 km(34 sq mi).An extinct volcano constitutes two thirds of Aegina. The northern and western sides consist of stony but fertile plains, which are well cultivated and produce luxuriant crops of grain, with some cotton, vines, almonds, olives and figs, but the most characteristic crop of Aegina today (2000s) is pistachio. Economically, the sponge fisheries are of notable importance. The southern volcanic part of the island is rugged and mountainous, and largely barren. Its highest rise is the conical Mount Oros (531 m) in the south, and the Panhellenian ridge stretches northward with narrow fertile valleys on either side.The beaches are also a popular tourist attraction. Best beach at the island, is Agia Marina sandy beach awarded with blue flag for the last two years.
Hydrofoil & ferries from Piraeus carry passengers to Aegina or Agia Marina ports; the regular ferry takes about an hour, with ticket prices for adults within the 10-15 euro range. There are regular bus services from Aegina town to destinations throughout the island such as Agia Marina.
Portes is a fishing village on the east coast.