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Lavrio Things to Do

  • the port

    The port of Lavrio is the third port in Attica after Piraeus and Rafina and the less famous among the travellers as only those who travel to Kea(Tzia) come here often (during summer also to other islands of Cyclades complex). The last years significant resources were allocated for the renovation and expansion of the port, the plan is to host many...

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  • the town

    We didn’t spend much time on Lavrio, the main road is lined with the stores and numerous café and restaurants, typical as in many greek sea towns. It’s weird to know this was a glorious rich city in Ancient Greece but now is in decadence trying to survive. It’s just a small town that is built around the harbor facing the island Makronisos (isle of...

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  • Visit the Oldest Theatre in Greece

    Just outsisde of Lavrio, going toward the electrical power plant, you will see on the north slope of a hill beside the highway going to Athens, 'Lavriou,' an amphitheatre. This is the oldest theatre in Greece...over 3,000 years old. It is called Thoriko.

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  • Collect Crystals on the Beach

    The tunnels and shafts dug to reach the layers of minerals in the ancient mines, created massive amounts of debris near the mine entrances. It is possible, to this day, to find a large variety of minerals quite easily. Despite the highly developed metallurgical techniques in the factories, the remnants of which are very well preserved in Lavrion ,...

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  • Visit the Mineral Museum

    The Society of Studies of the Lavrion Region founded the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion, which was inaugurated in September 1986, with the aim of highlighting one of the most important aspects of the region's natural wealth. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of A. Kordellas (1836-1909), the major contributor to the revival of modern-day...

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  • MUSIC FESTIVAL

    SYNCH FESTIVAL IS A 2-3 DAYS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND NEW MEDIA EVENT. SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR ARE Biosphere, Vegetable Orchestra, Animal Collective, Amon Tobin, Afrika Bambaataa ETC. LIVES, DJ SETS, WORKSHOPS, CINEMA...USUALY AT THE BEGINING OF JULY. Lavrio Technological and Cultural Park will host the second and third...

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Lavrio Restaurants

  • 'Foros' For Cheap and Cheerful Food

    I was taken to this little restaurant on the outskirts of Lavrio and was pleasantly surprised at the good food, the cheap prices and the great service. The owner's son, Ioannis, came and chatted with us and told us many interesting stories about his little taverna and some historical facts about the railroad that used to run in front of his taverna...

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  • Roloi Café Bar

    This a typical in Greece café that offers coffee and soft drinks during the day and turns into a bar during the evening with music from dj etcWe stopped there on our way back from Sounio and it was very relaxing, we had a table near the sea so we could see the colorful fishboats.There were some light snacks, sandwiches and salads at the menu but we...

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  • chocolate

    there are 3 thinks I like in Lavrio:its palm treesits colorsand "the yard"Don't miss its drinking chocolate. I love the orange-cinamon flavor, and the almond one.

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Lavrio Transportation

  • how to go there

    Lavrio in southerneast part of Attica region, about 60km southeast of Athens and 12km NE from cape Sounio.On the pic you can see the map of Attica region where I highlighted LAVRIO, ATHENS, PIRAEUS, SOUNIO, RAFINA and the AIRPORT.By carWe usually drive there via Lavrio avenue but you can also go through Attiki Odos or the coastal highway...

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  • how to move around

    You don’t really need anything here, just walk around in this small town. Obviously a car will be very helpful to check the area around, you can visit some nice beaches or the famous cape Sounio (11km away from Lavrio).

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    by janetanne Written Nov 9, 2011

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    The ancient Theatre of Dionysus at Thoriko, 2 km from the town of Lavrion, which is one of the first and most important in ancient Greece.
    Unique due to its shape which comprises an elongated layout with an oval orchestra, it was built in the late 6th century BC and it is the earliest found so far in Greece. The theatre was excavated by the American School of Classical Studies in 1886.

    The position of the ancient deme of Thorikos was located on the hill Velatouri on the edge of the plain of modern Thorikos, near the sea. Among the oldest ancient demes of Attica, Thorikos was one of the 12 settlements (komai) that, according to tradition, took part in the political unification under Athens (synoikismos) by Theseus. Due to its proximity to the mines of Lavrion, Thorikos was the mining centre of Lavreotika region. The site was inhabited from the Neolithic age (ca. 4500 BC) and without interruption until the 1st century BC.
    The excavations have brought to light part of the prehistoric settlement, as well as an extensive part of the historical deme, namely residential quarters, cemeteries, the theater, and the so-called "industrial quarter", along with ancient mines. It is noteworthy that mine extraction in Thorikos dates back to around 3000 BC

    Oldest Ancient Theatre in Greece - Thoriko
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  • The new port

    The port of Lavrio becomes more important year by year. It has been enlarged during the last years, the aim is to be less jam at the big port of Piraeus. The geographical position of the port makes it ideal to be new shipping routes, basicly to the islands in Cyclades. What's more, the new airport is near to the town.

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  • A small church

    In front of the modern marine, Agia (Saint) Paraskevi stands silent and proud. It is a miniature church, similar to the thousand ones at the islands (like in Cyclades, of course in a bigger size).

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  • cape Sounio

    the southest part of Attica prefecture, where the temple of Poseidon is set and where King Aigaias suicided...the day I was there, the temple was closed, so could not take any photo of it. Soon though, I will, soon...

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