Piraeus Travel Guide

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Piraeus Things to Do

  • Marina Zea - Pasalimani

    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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  • Agia Triada - Holy Trinity 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...

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  • Mikrolimano-Tourkolimano

    Mikrolimano is a picturesque small harbor that is famous for its relaxing fish taverns and cafes at the waterfront. It located near the Neo Faliro where you can also find Karaiskaki football stadium and SEF(Stadium of Peace and Friendship) both homes of the popular Piraeus team OLYMPIAKOS but SEF is an indoor sport arena that is used also to host...

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  • Port of Piraeus

    The area near the port is probably what most visitors see of Piraeus on their way to/from the islands. The ugly buildings that face the port don’t really reflect the city of Piraeus as there are much more interesting corners. Of course the port has its own life with numerous travel agents, dozens of other business around and ok some dodgy...

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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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  • 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...

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Piraeus Hotels

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  • Atel Phidias

    This hotel has everything you could ask for. It is newly renovated so the rooms and the...

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  • Piraeus Theoxenia

    Excellent hotel. Nice staff except Harry at the Reception who was unwilling to give us some...

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  • Lilia Hotel

    Zeas 131 Passalimani, Piraeus, Attica, 18534, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

Piraeus Restaurants

  • 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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  • Collection Barbeque

    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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  • Filoxenia

    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. I'd found the service friendly and the customers a mix...

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  • Istioploikos Omilos

    I have brought friends and colleagues here to impress them and give them a luxurious dinner with the waiters serving you the best way, everything being classy and the cuisine gourmet. And probably I will do it again because this is an impressive place to dine. But: *Your table might be EXACTLY beside the water, but the water of the marina does...

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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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  • 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.I'd found the service friendly and the customers a mix of...

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Piraeus Transportation

  • Metro-Subway to Athens

    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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  • Ferries and Port

    This is really a "From" tip, I don't know why VT doesn't have that option? Piraeus is the largest port in Greece and is comprised of three separate harbours: the commercial docks; the main harbour (Megas Limani) and the Zea Limani, which is the marina (there is also the Mikrolimano, little port, but that's not really part of the port proper). It...

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  • Bus to Athens Airport

    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. Website below has links to...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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

  • 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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  • Aegina Island

    Aegina lies almost in the center of the Saronic islands and is the closest island to Athens with the exception of Salamina, just a few kilometers away.Aegina is roughly triangular in shape, approximately 15 km from east to west and 10 km from north to south, with an area of about 87 km².Two thirds of Aegina constitutes an extinct volcano. The...

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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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Agios Dionysios church
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the port
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Archeology museum
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CHEAP! Metro from Port to Acropolis
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Very kind agency - Filippis Tour
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Crossing The Road Between The Metro and The Docks
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