"Piraeus - The harbour of Athens 1" Port of Piraeus Tip by janbeeu

Port of Piraeus, Athens: 12 reviews and 20 photos

  Piraeus harbour
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Piraeus was known in medieval times as Porto Leone, a name coming from the enormous stone lion, which guarded the port's entrance. Its life had been joined to the sea since its creation. The city and its suburbs is an industrial zone of particular importance to Greek economy but its centre nevertheless has broad streets, spacious squares, tree-lined avenues, and parks.

Running throughout Piraeus are the remains of the Long Walls. These structures were built to fortify Piraeus' three natural harbours after Themistocles' victory over the Persians at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC. The walls were extended all the way to Athens in 445 BC, destroyed after the Peloponnesian Wars but eventually rebuilt in 394 BC.

Today, life in Piraeus is concentrated around its three ports. You can walk around the central harbour shared by cargo and passenger ships alike and watch the constant coming and going of goods and people from around the world. Then continue your walk to the other two harbors, Zea and Mikrolimano, maybe more touristy and more pleasant for visitors.

The main harbour of Piraeus is one of the most important in the Mediterranean. Its ancient name was Kantharos. The port of Zea, now called Pasalimani, is one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. You?ll get to it if you take Terpsitheas street from Akti Miaouli.

No doubt you will enjoy some of the most impressive yachts and cruisers in Greece that are moored here as well as the Flying Dolphins (hovercrafts) that can take you to the Greek islands in the Saronic Gulf and some in the Aegean Sea.

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2005
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