I was directed to a really good internet cafe - on the same street as the Carrefors supermarket but right along further, away from the marina, across the main road that goes back down to the ferry terminals, up a bit of a hill.
Reasonable price - something like 1 euro an hour - fast broadband and comfortable place with a bar.
This church was along the road from the ferry agency area to the main centre of town - it was open and in I went to find a beautifully decorated interiors with a range of colours, clear patterns and paintings of biblical persons.
After taking a number of photos - without my flash on - and not having seen any signs anywhere a person came up to me to state 'No Photos!'. So I was lucky then that I did get quite a number of good photos because I had to stop.
There are more than 1400 islands in Greece, of which only 227 are inhabited. Only 78 islands have more than 100 inhabitants.
The Saronic Gulf or Gulf of Aegina in Greece forms part of the Aegean Sea and defines the eastern side of the Isthmus of Corinth. It is the eastern terminus of the Corinth Canal, which cuts across the isthmus. Islands that are lined in the middle of the Gulf are Aegina, Salamis, and Poros along with smaller islands of Patroklou and Vleves.
The origin of the name comes from the mythological king Saron who drowned at the Psifaei lake (modern Psifta). The Saronic Gulf was a string of six entrances to the Underworld, each guarded by a chthonic enemy in the shapes of thieves and bandits.
You may watch my high resolution photos of Saronic Gulf on Google Earth in Piraeus according to the following coordinates 37º 56' 51.30" N 23º 35' 37.46" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Saronic Gulf .
There are a couple of handsome churches if you're interested in that kind of thing. Just near the harbor you will see Agia Triada Church. It was built in XVIII century and famous with its carved iconostasis.
Ruins of the acnient city at the bamesent of the cathedral of Agia Triada and the acnient neosoikoi in Zea and Cartnahus navy yard, can be seen.
You may watch my high resolution photos of Agia Triada on Google Earth in Pireaus according to the following coordinates 37º 56' 37.28" N 23º 38' 43.02" E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Piraeus Agia Triada .
The Saint Nicholas Church is a yellow stucco, modest size building located right on the harbor.
Another architectural treasure of Piraeus is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
Further more on the right we see the building of the Naval Hospital (previously "Russian"), that was founded in the beginning of our century from the knjaginja Olga, with expenses of the Tszar, for the crews of the Russian navy often harboured in Piraeus.
It's a wooden deck having the whole bay as a view, that is a cafe in the morning / afternoon and then becomes a bar in the evening, playing mainly mainstream music. At the ground floor there is a restaurant.
I love the cafe
Drinking your coffee or beer on this deck, makes you think that you are being on an island. Sea all over, the beautiful boats, the sea-breeze, and the sunset paints the hill golden.
When I'm in the area at summer, I enjoy to visit this place and spend some relaxing hours here.
PS these are not applicable to the restaurant in the ground floor though, but this is another tip.
Also known as Mikrolimano (little harbor), is one kilometer far from Passalimani, close to Neo Faliro coastal zone Olympic complex. This picturesque little harbor houses many colorful fishing boats. It is popular for its waterfront fish taverns and has a more relaxing ambience than the larger harbors. The last years many trendy clubs and bars where located at the north side of Tourkolimano attracting young people from all parts of Athens and making it a popular hang-out for tourists.
It is situated at the east of central port and is also known as "Limin Zeas". In the ancient years it was one of Themistocles' major naval ports, with dry docks for 196 triremes. It took its name in 18th century when it was used to harbour the Ottoman fleet. Today it is filled with luxurious yachts and surrounded with countless cafes and bars.
At the southern most point of Passalimani, Marina Zeas is a jetty used as a dock for some of the most impressive and luxurious yachts and cruisers, belonging mostly to Greek ship owners. At the quayside there are some nice cafes and the Hellenic Maritime Museum.
The Museum was founded in 1949 and comprises nine rooms, where the nautical history of Greece, from prehistoric times to our day, comes to life. Among the exhibits there are models of ancient and mondern ships, paintings by some of the greatest 19th and 20th century Greek painters of seascapes (Prossalendis, Volanakis, Hadjis, etc.); also guns, maps, flags, medals, nautical instruments, etc. There is also a specialized library in the Museum with 10,000 volumes and rich archival material, a photographic and film collection, which includes, among others, the archives of Admiral Kriezis and approximately 200 maps (16th -20th centuries).
To see the most important exhibits of the museum follow this : The Museum
Opening hours :
Daily: 09.00-14.00 Monday,Sunday Closed
Full admission 1,50 €, Reduced admission 1,00 €
The first Museum was founded in 1935. The extension of the new Piraeus Museum was carried out in 1966.
The Museum collections include the following:
- A fine collection of sculptured grave monuments of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.
- Dedicatory reliefs of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. from Piraeus.
- A statue of the Mother of the Gods of the 4th century B.C. from Moschato and a shrine (naiskos) from Piraeus.
- Bronze statues of the Classical period from Piraeus.
- Pottery from excavations in Piraeus, Salamis and the west coast.
- Hellenistic and Roman sculpture from Piraeus.
- Neoattic relief plaques from a shipwreck of the 2nd century A.C.
To see the more important exhibits of the Museum, follow this link: The Museum
Summer opening hours:
Full admission : € 3
(students from countries outside the E.U., citizens of the E.U. aged over 65) : € 2
Visit the Zea bay for a cofee, the Kastela hill in the evening for an icecream and the two meuseums.
The military meuseum in Zea bay and the Archeological meuseum in the centre of the city. Finally they should not forget to visit the night clubs :-)) Lots of Music and drinks and dancing! :-)))
head for the marina - Marina Zea - down in Peraieus cenral - and you will see the sign sending you to the right