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Piraeus Things to Do

  • St.Nikolaos church

    This is an orthodox church dedicated to Saint Nicholas (270-346), a greek bishop of Myra that became saint. He was supposed to put coins in the shoes who left them out for him, and many claim that this secret gift-giving made him a model for Santa Claus. He celebrates on December 6 when a big mass takes place in Piraeus with officials coming here...

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  • Nautical Museum of Greece

    The Hellenic Naval Museum is located on a beautiful location at the end of Marina Zea. The cafés outside were packed with people and the square in front of the museum was full of small kids playing football. I walked inside and realized there was no one else there! The Museum was founded in 1959 as Naval Museum of Piraeus and was originally hosted...

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  • Marina Zea

    Bay of Zea is one of the three natural harbors of Piraeus, second in size after the large main port.It has the same name in Ancient times when it was the largest naval port not only in Athens but all over Ancient Greece, a place (along with Munichia port) where Themistocles built his famous Athenian fleet. It may sound weird that the Athenians...

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  • Terpsithea district

    Walking along the waterfront at Akti Miaouli I decided to turn into Deyteras Merarchias street, a 550m long street that leads directly to the second harbor of Piraeus (Zea, known also as Pasalimani). In the middle of this street is a large square that houses a playground for kids but also some monuments, statues, the evangelical church of Piraeus....

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  • Agios Spiridon church

    The church of Saint Spiridon (pic 1) was built between 1868-1875 on the spot where the old monastery of Saint Spyridon was, a rich monastery that was founded in 1735 over the ruins of the ancient temple of Venus. The monastery was fortified to be protected from the pirates with robust walls, impregnable ramparts and several loopholes. Monks could...

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  • Agia Triada Church

    This church can easily be visited while you wait for the next ferry as it is located 500m from the train station. Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) church was started to build in 1939 by the first mayor of Piraeus K.Serfiotis but completed in 1845 when they added tiles from Livorno at the yard. That church had 2 wooden bell towers but the most weird about...

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  • Nice intro to Greek cuisine

    Our hotel staff recommended this area around the corner from the hotel and surrounding a small marina which was lined with cafes. We skipped something called “American House Toast,” which is probably good, but the name is weird and we were not interested in American food. We settled on Collection Barbeque in spite of another strange name and were...

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  • Up Down Reloaded

    This is one of the numerous café next to the marina. Although on the expensive side it’s great to visit it due to its location next to the boats that lie peacefully on this small port (Mikrolimano means small port in greek).We took some friends from Turkey there on a sunny Sunday morning when they asked us where the Athenians go for coffee when...

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  • Theatro café

    This nice café is located at a central square of Pireaus on a building that dates back from 1932! It has several levels with people coming here for coffee break. The interior seems luxurious with nice decoration full of paintings and drawings. There weren’t many people inside so the service was quick.We had an ice crean and a hot chocolate (that...

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  • Excellent meze

    Most tourists just bypass Piraeus as they are heading from Athens centre to the port to pick up the boats to the islands. Well if you have the time and you feel hungry enough, just ignore the various fast food options near to the port and allow yourself a better joy for your palate. Few minutes walk from the port (depending where your boat sails...

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  • Lovely Old Guy, Just Don't Eat Here!

    This place is great to stop and have a beer, situated on the main block of ferry offices on the square in the dock. I had dropped into Piraeus the evening before leaving for the Islands to check out what looked like the best place to buy my ferry tickets and had stopped here for a quick beer and found the service friendly with a mix of travellers...

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  • In Search Of Fish on a Sunday!

    We had been destined for a small fish restaurant called Margaro's located in the city proper, but it being Sunday night we found it closed and so hailed a taxi back down to the waterfront, to what I assume is the Leoforos Poseidonos, to search out a fish restaurant there. Here we found a trio of very similar seafood tavernas with terraces facing...

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Piraeus Transportation

  • Getting To Piraeus #1 Metro

    The Metro is the simplest and quickest way to get to the port from Athens city centre as well as being the quickest option from the airport if you don't have too much luggage. Piraeus is the last station on Line 1 (Green) which can be picked up in the city centre from either Omonia or Monastiraki. Coming in from the airport all you need to do is...

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  • Getting To Piraeus #2 Airport Bus

    To get to Piraeus from the airport the X96 bus runs from the arrivals terminal all the way into the port itself with an approximate 90 minute journey time (depending on traffic). Buses run 24hrs, 7 days a week, with a frequency of every 15-20 minutes from 0500 until 2000 and then every 30 minutes during the night. Single fare is 5.00 euro.

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  • how to go there

    Piraeus is located 12km SW from Athens on the east coast of Saronic Gulf.Connection with AthensFrom Athens we usually take the metro(green line) to terminal station (Pireaus). It takes about 20’ from Omonoia square in the city center of Athens. Most tourists take it from Monastiraki station which is closer to many hotels in Plaka. The subway ends...

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Piraeus Shopping

  • Carrefours supermarket

    A good place to buy things to take with you on the ferries to eat and drink during the trip or while travelling about your destinations. Especially stuff like big bottles of diet coke, sunscreen and body lotion, fruit...at a much cheaper price than buying drinks at cafes or shops along the way.

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  • Take In The Smells

    This is a great little covered locals market with its stalls of fresh fish, meat, charcuterie and fruit and veg as well as a couple of smaller shops specialising in cheese and olive oils. Just having a quick nose (literally) even though I had no intention of buying anything made for a pleasant little detour and a glimpse of local life as the...

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Piraeus Local Customs

  • the great taxi strike

    18 July 2011 - the great taxi strike began- and we were caught in the middle of it. For weeks and weeks it meant roads blocked and no access to ports & airports, except on foot or by public transportation. For us it meant leaving the Pireus harbour on foot and walking to catch the train into the city - and getting to see a little bit of this...

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  • Rebetika

    In the 1920s, Piraeus was overloaded with Greek refugees from Turkey, many who spoke no Greek. They had nothing, no place to live, no jobs. They quickly became the new underclass.One thing they did bring was music. It sprung up in the tekedes (hash bars) of Piraeus and was called Rebetika, or the Greek version of Blues. The songs about a harsh life...

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  • The fisherman

    Like you all know, fishing is one of the most important economic activity in Greece.Like all day, the fisherman are working on their nets!!

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Piraeus Warnings and Dangers

  • Buying your tickets - & getting to your...

    I caught a taxi from Athens to Piraeus and as Id missed my ferry had to go work out what my re-routing plans were going to be and buy a ticket - the taxi driver knew all the ferrries timetables and what Id missed and what my options were but I had to go buy a ticket - he dropped me at a ticket agency - it seems you also need to know where to buy...

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  • These Guys Don't Mess!

    Yes, that IS a big gun in his pocket…………..………..and that IS a cordless drill in his hand. These guys don’t mess - illegally parked on the dock? NO PROBLEMS!! You WILL get a ticket! But before you do they remove your number plates and replace them with (I assume) “glow in the dark” blank substitutes which means you will be pulled up by every and any...

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Piraeus Tourist Traps

  • Swindling with a smile

    Everyone from taxi drivers to restaurant and shop owners want to charge 2 or 3 times the price for everything. Watch the meter, if it seems high, you're right. Ask about how much the fare will be before you get in the cab. They will put you on night or holiday fare if they can and the meter goes up fast. Also, the menu might look reasonable, but...

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  • Back to the hotel by taxi instead of bus

    This trap I’ve constructed by myself. When our ship arrived to Piraeus port after completing the cruise over Saronic Gulf and its islands it was already late and dark (8.30 PM). It was heavy raining and passengers were leaving the ship for a long time hiding under their umbrellas. The orchestra continued playing and I went on taking my video while...

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  • Great views, at a price.

    It's difficult to describe this as a true tourist trap as I was taken there by local friends, and it seemed to be nearly exclusively locals who patronised it, but this is rather more a warning against prices and service.The place is the Bowling Centre restaurant in Piraeus. There are undoubtedly stunning views over Piraeus / Athens and the sea, but...

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Piraeus Off The Beaten Path

  • Eat in any restaurang along the harbour.

    It is so pitoresc to sit in the harbour and eat fresh seafood or something from the sea. Enjoy it with some good wine and look at all people who work around. Just enjoy the time. I had such a good time here even if I was alone. I felt relaxed in this place.

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  • Petrokaravo

    The Saronic Gulf --a microcosm of the Aegean-- is sprinkled with islands, islets, and rocks, adding a unique color to the southern entrance to Athens. You'll pass through a small chain of rocks called "Petrokaravo" or "Rockboat" in English, because the rock chain resembles a small boat.Petrokaravo is a rocky island 15 meters high. It’s both a...

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  • Methana Peninsula

    The peninsula is entirely of volcanic origin and contains over 30 volcanic eruption centers.The peninsula is the northwesternmost of the arc of the Aegean islands of which the active volcanic areas are Methana, Milos, Santorini and Nisyros. In the future, Methana (and the area of the Saronic Gulf) may expect other volcanic eruptions.The highest...

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Piraeus Sports & Outdoors

  • Olympiakos

    Olympiakos is like religion in Piraeus but also popular all over Greece with more than 2,500,000 fans. The Olympiakos Football Club was founded in 1925 and is by far the most successful club having won 39 league titles and 25 greek cups but not any in European leages. The home ground of Olympiakos FC is Karaiskakis Stadium (pic 1), which I have...

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  • 8YPA 7

    Thyra 7 (Gate 7) is forever etched in history as the worst tragedy in Olympiakos history and will never be forgotten.On 2 February, 1981, Olympiakos played AEK and crushed them 6-0. Fans wanted to spill out of the old Karaiskaki onto the streets to celebrate this huge victory, but at Gate 7, someone forgot to unlock the gate. A man rushing to get...

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  • Olympiakos

    Olympiakos is by far Greece's most successful football club, one of the best-supported and also THE most hated. They are based near Athens in Piraeus and owned by Socrates Kokkalis. He bought the club in 1992.OSFP, or Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Piraeus (Olympic Association of Sportsmen of Piraeus) was formed on 10 March, 1925 after the merger...

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Piraeus Favorites

  • Soula at Posidon Express

    I had spent a lot of time on special numbers where you can info on the various ferry departures from Athens and Piraeus and also on the websites for the airlines - trying to decide how and what order to island hop to Crete via Santorini.I decided on a 5pm ferry from Piraeus but the hotel receptionist that offered to order me a taxi when I said oh...

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  • Piraeus Ancient History Background

    Themistocles advised the Athenians to take advantage of Piraeus harbours' strategical potential, instead of using the sandy bay of Phaleron. Foreseeing a new attack by the Persians he built large fortification works and turned Piraeus into a military harbor. The shipyards that were created then, built the mighty Athenian fleet, which distinguished...

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  • Cruise over Saronic Gulf and its Islands

    One day cruise over Saronic Gulf and its three Islands: Poros, Hydra and Aegina is the best way to learn this area in short time. This is the one cruise you have to take folks! Especially if you like me are short on time. Its a great way to see three Greek islands in one day and in particular, three less visited Saronic Gulf islands where real...

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