45 Iroon Polytehniou Ave, Piraeus, 18535, Greece
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In Spot - internet cafe
Piraeus port dark in the evening
Piraeus - Saronic Gulf
Piraeus hotel recommendation?
We arrive in Athens on March 22nd and are taking a ferry to Santorini the next day. We thought that it would be more convenient to stay in Piraeus that night. We will be staying in Athens 5 nights on our return. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated.
Re: Piraeus hotel recommendation?
Piraeus is on the metro line so why not spend the night in the the city. If you stay at the Attalos Hotel - http://www.attalos.gr - it's very well located for the Plaka and it has a wonderful roof top bar. You can take the metro direct from the airport to Monastiraki and the hotel is 20 or 30 metres from there. Then next day take the metro to Piraeus. Otherwise the Glaros Hotel - http://www.glaros-hotel.gr is 100metres from the port.
Re: Piraeus hotel recommendation?
Well, Piraeus is a port town, and may not be to your liking. The night we spent there was wet and the roads, including dead dog on the footpath, were not somewhere we felt really safe, nor did we find it a great experience...but, the hotel we stayed at was cheap, great service, and pretty good for a one night stop before catching a ferry at 07:25...and we could spy out the route to the ferry before having to take it. Staying in Athens might be better, but then you have to find your way on the day...not always a welcome thought when you are trundling the luggage, and its possibly raining, and maybe the metro is late / broken / on strike....We did stay in Athens later, and on a fine day, with plenty of time Piraeus might be ok. If you are set on Piraeus, try http://www.ionionhotel.com/index.htm...it seems not to be mentioned in TripAdvisor, but we found it quite adequate for overnight...clean room, clean bathroom, helpful staff, breakfast included (no problem with 06:00 departure), and Traci di Regula at About Greece rated it well. Cash only. English spoke, very helpful people...just Greek I guess !
Travel Tips for Piraeus
Left Luggage At Piraeus
If you intend to do a bit of Island hopping then travelling light is obviously a good idea and at Piraeus there are two left luggage options:
Firstly, there are coin operated lockers at the Metro station which I think were 3 euros a day and with a maximum storage period which I can't remember but I think that after 7 days or something then they remove your luggage and put it into the station storage where you have something like 30 days to pick it up.
Secondly, there is a left luggage place at the big cafe on the corner of the ferry office block at Platia Karaiskaki in the middle of the port which charges a basic 4 euro fee and then 2 euros per day and will hold your luggage for as long as you require, though I don't know their policy on refunds if you pick it up early. Also at the same cafe there is an internet room but I seem to recall it being pricey at 4 euros for 1/2 an hour.
I personally used the second option and it seemed perfectly secure, there always being staff around.
Salamis is the largest Greek island in the Saronic Gulf, about 2 km off-coast from Piraeus and about 16km west of Athens. Due to its roughly crescent shape, the island is also locally known as Koulouri, after the bread roll of this form.
Ajax the Great, was the legendary king of Salamis island.
The Battle of Salamis was a decisive naval battle between the Greek city-states and Persia in 480 BC in the strait between Piraeus and Salamis Island.
The Greeks were not in accord as to how to defend against the Persian army, but Athens under Themistocles used their navy to defeat the much larger Persian navy and force King Xerxes I of Persia to retreat. The Greek victory marked the turning point of the campaign, leading to the eventual Persian defeat.
You may watch my 4 min 06 sec VIDEO-Clip Greece Piraeus-Poros Island cruise from my YouTube channel with Antique music.
You may watch my high resolution photos of Salamis Island on Google Earth in Piraeus according to the following coordinates 37º 55' 9.42" N 23º 36' 53.17" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Salamis Island.
Áðü ôçí ÁèÞíá: ìå ôïõò ÇÓÁÐ...
Áðü ôçí ÁèÞíá: ìå ôïõò ÇÓÁÐ (çëåêôñéêïýò óéäçñüäñïìïõò Áèçíþí - Ðåéñáéþò). Áðü íçóß: ìå ðëïßï. - From Athens: with the Electric Railways of Athens and Peiraeus. From an island: by ship. Timetables at http://www.paleologos.gr/
When people talk about going to Athens and then catching a ferry to the Greek Islands, that's not quite accurate. Piraeus is actually the name of the city where the port is, though it's not very far from Athens itself and used to be connected to the city in antiquity by the famous "long walls" built to preserve the Athenians' vital access to the sea. Today Piraeus is a busy city with very little to offer travelers other than a gateway to the islands.
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