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About Pireaus

Piraeus is Greece's third largest city in terms of population and its biggest port. It was first settled in the time of Themistocles, when the Long Walls were built (478 BC), the town being laid out to the plans of the architect Hippodamus. It gained considerably in importance when Athens became a naval power. The ancient harbours of Piraeus were Zea and Munichia.

Zea, now called Pasalimani, is one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. Munichia, also known as Mikrolimano or Tourkolimano, is a pretty little harbour with yachts and fishing-boats and ringed with fish tavernas. Above Mikrolimano is the Kastella hill, much mentioned in popular song, with its houses in the traditional style and a panoramic view. On its top is the Church of the Prophet Elijah, with the Veakeio Theatre, well known for its summer performances, nearby.

The commercial harbour of Piraeus is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. The city itself with its suburbs is an industrial zone of particular importance for the Greek economy, but its centre nevertheless has broad streets, spacious squares, tree-lined avenues, and parks.

A day was enough for us to see the all town with is attraction. We did our tour on feet since you can go everywhere you want. To only thing we forgot is our swimming suit.

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  • Last visit to Piraeus: Nov 2003
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