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The Avra beach is the closest beach to the port of Aegina town. It is located in front of the archeological site of Kolona and at walking distance from the ferries. An organised beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and a cafetaria/ bar right on the sand.
The water is shallow and safe for little kids. Lots of accommodation and tavernas within walking distance.
The beach site
From the beach, you can watch the ferries, Flying Dolphins, sailing yachts, luxury motor yachts and the picturesque small fishingboats come and go to the island.
On the horizon you see the neighbouring island of Agistri, Methanas and the Peloponnese, in the back. The sunsets are spectacular. On the beach side you will find a small boat yard, where traditional wooden fishing boats are built and maintained, using traditional techniques. A children's playground is located opposite the beach.
The Avra beach is a location full of history. In the sea in front of Avra, the remains of the ancients ports of Aegina are still visible. There are finds (architecture & ceramics) from the archelogical hill of Kolona which date from the Neolithic Period. The standing column (Kolona) is all that has remained of the temple of Apollo from the Classical Period. When you enter the archeological site (which has its entrance next to the beach) you wonder yourself back in time. For years, the inhabitants of Aegina used to live there. The views from the site towards Aegina town are lovely. The site has its own museum that houses various archaeological finds from the island. The site is open daily (exept monday) from 8:30 - 15:00, all year round.
Aegina Music Festival
In August, the Avra beach is the stage of the Aegina Music Festival
. In summer 2012, this festival will have its seventh edition. The main aim of the Aegina International Music Festival is to establish a forum in which both emerging and established Greek and international musicians get together and explore some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written for small music ensembles.
In addition, the long-term aim of the Festival is the creation of the necessary infrastructure on Aegina; the island, which acts as a meeting place for a large number of intellectuals and artists, requires a permanent outdoor venue for the staging of cultural events. Such a venue would in future host both the Festival and other events, thus promoting the island in terms of culture, development, and even tourism.