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Happen to be in or around Athens on August 13 and looking to escape the crowds that will pour into the historical center for the Full Moon under the Acropolis (which isn’t actually going to be open … but there’s lots happening there, including another concert).

The fifth annual Aegina Music Festival will host a concert at the Temple of Aphaia on Saturday August 13, 2011.

The entire Aegina Music Festival program

Concerts take place in a variety of locations around the island:

Avra beach in Aegina town on August 5, 12, 14, 19 August & September 2

Aphaia Temple on the night of the full moon, August 13, 2011

Seegy House, Pachia Rachi August 17, 2011

Kapralos Museum on August 20, 26 & 30, 2011

All concerts begin at 21:00 and tickets (€12 or €15) can be bought at the entrance or by calling +30 694 9073 893.

The Festival runs weekends through September 2, 2011.

How to get to Aegina from Athens by ferry or hydrofoil

Ferries to Aegina

Ferries between Athens and Aegina take between 60-90 minutes (sit on the deck, close your eyes and feel the wind in your hair).  You can get to Aegina by taking the Hellenic Seaways Ferries (blue, white & red), Nova Ferries (red) or the Agios Nektarios Ferry (light yellow). The Nova Ferries are the most luxurious ferriy. Ticket prices range from € 8,50 – € 9,50 for a one-way ticket. Timetables are posted at the ticket kiosks at the port, (docked ferries also display their departure time above the door.  Purchase your ticket at the kiosks outside the door or online, see links below.  If traveling during peak season or on weekends or holidays, be sure to purchase a round trip ticket before departing from Athens (Pireaus).

Flying Dolphins to Aegina

The Flying Dolphin takes 40 minutes to travel between Athens and Aegina (but you don’t get that “wind in your hair” feeling you get on the ferry). Two companies offer hydrofoil service to Aegina: Hellenic Seaways (blue, white & red) and Aegean Flying Dolphins (blue & yellow). Tickets for the Flying Dolphins are more expensive than ferry tickets. In 2011 tickets for the Aegean Flying Dolphin are €13 while Hellenic Seaways charges €13,50. You can find schedules posted at the ticket kiosks adjacent to the Flying Dolphins or online.

Check schedules and purchase tickets online for Hellenic Seaways (ferries & Flying Dolphins), Nova Ferries, Aegean Flying Dolphins & Agios Nektarios.

By Athensguide

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