Piraeus.. the main port of Athens

PIRAEUSPiraeus is the main port of Athens and the biggest one in Greece and one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean. This city contributes to the economy of Greece as it is a major shipping, industrial and transportation center of the country.

Piraeus is surrounded by sea and one can see this influence in every walk of life in this city. Piraeus is known to resemble Izmir in Turkey and located on the skirts of a hill with approx. 200, 000 population.

Today the Central Port (ancient name was Kantharos) is the center of the city life. This town is very convenient to start a journey to all the Aegean islands (apart from the Sporades) and Crete.

Here, it is always possible to see sea liners as well as cargo ships and also the arrivals and the departures of shipments and people from all over the world. Here you can see the remaining parts of the ancient Piraeus Wall (on the coastal area).

On the other hand Zea marina is also located here and the docking place for some of the most impressive yachts and cruisers. One can find many restaurants, taverns, bars and commercial stores on the coast, to satisfy various needs of passengers. Here you can take hovercrafts to travel to the islands of Athens.

Mikrolimano: This is a popular area attracting people from all over Attica. You will see a beautiful small port full of fishing boats, small ships and luxurious yachts. If you are fond of fish and sea food, you should eat at one of its famous taverns.

Kastella is a popular and beautiful quarter of Piraeus. If you walk to the top of the hill you will see alleys with picturesque houses. In this area you will also find the outdoor theatre “Veakio”, which hosts significant cultural events during the summer.

Next to the archaeological museum you will see the Ancient Theater of Zea (4th – 3rd cent. B. C.).

Municipal Theatre of Piraeus is located in one of the central squares of the city (Korai square). It is a neoclassical building constructed in the 1880s by architect I. Lazarimo, one of the most frequented places and a usual meeting point for the residents of Piraeus.

Metro station “Pireaus” is an eclectic building with the arched dome (1929) has been greatly influenced by the relative European stations of that period. Recently, the internal facilities were fully renovated, while on the walls we can admire paintings made by the students of Fine Arts School.

Archaeological Museum mainly hosts sculptures discovered in Piraeus and the coasts of Attica. The exhibits describe the history, period of prosperity and decline of the ancient city. You should pay exceptional attention to the five bronze sculptures discovered in Piraeus in 1959: the Archaic Kouros-Apollo, the two sculptures of Artemis, the one of Athena of Piraeus and a mask of ancient tragedy (4th century B.C.).

You will find the Maritime Museum in Moutsopoulou Coast and its exhibits present about 3000 years of Hellenic maritime history.

How to go there: You can take the metro and get off at “Piraeus” station. Moreover, there are regular bus itineraries departing from Filellinon street in Syntagma square (No 40) and Athenas street, Omonia square (No 49), which arrive at Xaveriou Coast (Piraeus).

SOURCE: WEB (Edited)