Piraeus port – Commercial, significant but still charming..

Piraeus today it is the main port of Athens, the biggest port in Greece, one of the leading ports in the Mediterranean, an important centre of the merchant marine, industry and transportation. Piraeus port is the chief exit point from the city by sea for destinations amongst the Aegean Islands and elsewhere in the east Mediterranean. Domestic destinations include all of the Aegean islands. The port in Piraeus is also used by several Europe cruise companies to welcome visitors to Greece.

Travellers were ferried across to the mainland, in Greek the word for ferried is «dipairounto». That perhaps explains the origin of its name. The architect Ippodamos designed the urban planning of Piraeus in the mid 5th century BC. Ippodamos plans were used as the guidelines for the reconstruction of the city in 1834. Themistocles was the first person to realise the importance of the role that could play for Athens. He made Piraeus Athens leading port relegating the bay of Faliron which the Athenians used before the 5th century BC.

Apart from being Athens’ gateway to the beautiful Greek islands, Piraeus is a lively city with many must-see places. The commercial centre of Piraeus lies on Sotiros Dios and Vasileos Georghiou streets, close to the lovely building of Municipal Theatre of Pireaus. A famous flea market takes place every Sunday morning on Alipedou street right next to the metro line, with antiques and goods in low prices.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, 31 Ch. Trikoupi Street. Established in 1935 and expanded in 1966, the Piraeus Museum is small in size, yet holds a number of significant pieces in its collection. The exhibits relate the history and the rise and fall of the ancient city.

The Hellenic Maritime Museum is housed in the building of Marina Zeas, Piraeus. It is the biggest Maritime Museum in Greece and presents the creation, history and development of the Hellenic Navy from the prehistoric times to our days.

The atmospheric hill of Kastella rises behind the port of Mikrolimano, a neighbourhood worth visiting for its architecture of Neoclassical buildings and the restaurants with stunning view to the sea and the rest of the city. On the top of the hill there is the Church of Profitis Ilias and a bowling centre with panoramic view. On the hill there is also Veakio Theatre, an open air theatre where you can enjoy a play or a dance performance during summer.

How to get to Piraeus
The most common and easy way to get to the port is by the Metro Line 1 to the terminal station Piraeus. Right outside the station there is the pedestrians’ bridge to get you across the street in safety on Gate E6 from where the ships to Cyclades leave. Ship Schedules: Tel. 14541 or Tel. 171

Info: www.piraeus-greece.org

Text: Stella Prasinou

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