Port of Piraeus, Marina Zeas
Piraeus, the port of Athens, is occupying a peninsula 10 kilometers southwest of central Athens.
Piraeus is the hub of the Greek ferry network. Frequent ship departures take travelers to the Greek islands. All ferries depart from the main harbor.
On the north side of Piraeus is the main harbor – one of the largest in the Mediterranean – serving cargo and passenger ships from around the world, while the south side with two smaller harbors serves as the entertainment district. The Zea harbor is occupied by a yacht marina and has many restaurants and cafes as well as two beaches a short walk away. Adjacent to Zea lies the fishing port Mikrolimano, which is the smallest and most picturesque of Piraeus’ three harbors. It is dotted with traditional seafood eateries and stylish restaurants.
There are two museums in Piraeus. The Nautical Museum at the Zea Harbor and the Archeological Museum. Other points of interest are the Agia Triada Cathedral on Dimokratias Street and the Municipal Theatre on Korai Square built in 1885.
Contemporary and at the same time picturesque, Piraeus never ceases to amaze with all the options has to offer when it comes to entertainment.
Starting from Mikrolimano, the small harbor with the cosmopolitan atmosphere, where you feel like you are on an island, you can find from traditional fish taverns to gourmet restaurants and cocktail bars. A bit more “casual” Pasalimani, offers you numerous options for coffee or dining with a view of the scenic marina. But if you are looking for something low-key, Peiraiki is the place for you, where you can find small old taverns serving ouzo and fish-meze.
Last but not least, if you are feeling like clubbing then you should head for the bars and clubs on the alleys of Troumba where the heart of Piraeus’ nightlife beats.
You can book tickets at www.greekferries.gr or find more information about ship schedules at www.ferries.gr, www.bluestarferries.com or www.hsw.gr.
For additional information contact the Piraeus Port Authority by calling 210-4511311 or 210-4226000/14.
Piraeus can be easily reached from Athens, by Metro Line 1 which connects Omonia Square in central Athens with the passenger ship section of the harbor.
Points of interest:
● Acropolis Museum
● National Gallery
● Museum of Cycladic Art
● Museum of Greek Folk Art
● Benaki Museum
● Meteorological forecasts for Greece
● Athens International Airport
● OSE (Railway)
● Attiko Metro
● ISAP – Athens Piraeus Electric Railways
● OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization)