Well, it has a reputation. You go there to catch a ferry to an island, but that’s it!
I approached it a different way - literally. I took the metro to Faliro (the stop before Piraeus), and walked along the shore through the chic marina areas of Mikrolimano and Pasalimani, full of top end boats & swish restaurants.
Then over the hill to the port area. It’s like night and day. How to move way downmarket in less than 100m.
I had planned to retrace my steps (watching my back) and have lunch somewhere top end...being 25-12. However, I ended up on Aegina (see other tips).
On the way back from there, getting off the hydrofoil in the dark, it took me a wee while to get to the Piraeus station for the metro. However they have maps at various places. It’s an old station building - doesn’t look like a metro stop - and it’s above ground.
Πειραιάς is the third biggest Greek city, located 12 km southwest of Athens and upon the Saronic Gulf. It can enjoy a long history, dating back to ancient times when it served the port of Athens.
Piraeus grew and developped after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830.
Today Piraeus teems with nightlife.
You can easily reach it from Athens by bus and metro (green line (1) from Monastiraki or Omonia).
To the west of Pasalimani is Piraiki, the place to be for fish taverns, ouzeri cafes and bars where you can enjoy fresh fish, grilled octopus and ouzo at the sea front over viewing the Saronic gulf and the islands of Salamis and Aegina. Best time to go there is at sunset, an unforgettable experience.
Munichia, also known as Mikrolimano or Tourkolimano the second yacht marina of the port, was once protected by the goddess Mounichia Artemis. Today it is a popular hang-out for tourists with yachts and fishing-boats there are lots of fish restaurants. From there is only is a 15 minutes walk to the Stadium of Peace and Friendship in Faliro.
Above Mikrolimano and built on a hill known as Prophetis Elias, Kastella is Piraeus' most fashionable neighbourhood. If you walk towards the top of the hill you will find yourself in narrow streets surrounded by picturesque houses with the Veakeio Theatre, well known for its summer performances, nearby. The view of the central harbour, Zea and Mikrolimano, from here is unique.
Piraeus has its own flea market like the one at Monastiraki. One can find real bargains here. It takes place every Sunday in the Dragatsaniou and Mavromichali street.
Piraeus was known in medieval times as Porto Leone, a name coming from the enormous stone lion, which guarded the port's entrance. Its life had been joined to the sea since its creation. The city and its suburbs is an industrial zone of particular importance to Greek economy but its centre nevertheless has broad streets, spacious squares, tree-lined avenues, and parks.
Running throughout Piraeus are the remains of the Long Walls. These structures were built to fortify Piraeus' three natural harbours after Themistocles' victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC. The walls were extended all the way to Athens in 445 BC, destroyed after the Peloponnesian Wars but eventually rebuilt in 394 BC.
Today, life in Piraeus is concentrated around its three ports. You can walk around the central harbour shared by cargo and passenger ships alike and watch the constant coming and going of goods and people from around the world. Then continue your walk to the other two harbors, Zea and Mikrolimano, maybe more touristy and more pleasant for visitors.
The main harbour of Piraeus is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Its ancient name was Kantharos. The port of Zea, now called Pasalimani, is one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. You’ll get to it if you take Terpsitheas street from Akti Miaouli.
No doubt you will enjoy some of the most impressive yachts and cruisers in Greece that are moored here as well as the Flying Dolphins (hovercrafts) that can take you to the Greek islands in the Saronic Gulf and some in the Aegean Sea.
Piraeus is third largest city in Greece and its largest port. Huge ships, boats, yachts are harboured at Piraeus. There are 2 famous marinas, Pasalimani and a smaller one, Microlimano. The view over these harbours are simply great. The easiest way to get here is by subway, it takes about 15 minutes from the Athens city center. There are buses running through Piraeus and it not that difficult to travel around, or you can always take a cheap cab to wherever you want. There are many beautiful seafood restaurants in Microlimano port as well as caffes.
PIRAEUS... possibly one of the biggest port in Greece if not the biggest! Irene took me there on my 2nd day in Athens & we had a fun time chatting away in the sunset. A warm feeling & a new friendship (in real :-))) Nice!
Here's one of the cathedral we passed by on the way to the port. This place feels like home to Irene ;-)
The commercial harbour of Piraeus is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Located upon the Saronic Gulf, it is the biggest passenger harbour of Europe.
An interesting place with flea markets, bars and small cafe's that you can visit whilst waiting for your ferrie