Pireas (Piraeus, Peiraieus), the port of Athens


For many of the tourists Pireas (variously spelled as Piraias, Piraeus or Peiraieus) is just a port of departure to various islands in the Aegean. It is, however, an interesting and attractive place to visit with museums, shops, restaurants, and beautiful sights. The photo above is the view of the Zea Marina and the Kastella Hill.

Restaurant with sea view
As my husband is from Pireas and his parents live there, I have had more chances to get to know this town than usual tourists. In this section, I will introduce some of attractions and charm of Pireas.
In the photo left is one of the restrauants with sea view in Piraeus. There are many like this in Piraeus, but, as you can predict, they tend to be pricy, but it is not because they can take advantage of innocent foreign tourists (although it is somehow true for the restaurants in Mikrolimano or Turkolimano), but the Greeks just love their sea.

Transport from Athens

From the centre of Athens, you can take the Kifisia-Pireas metropolitan line, and it takes about 20 minutes (€0.80 in 2008). From Syntagma Square, there is 040 bus, and from Omonoia Square there is 049 bus for Pireas (€ 0.80 in 2008). The bus trip is more interesting as you can see the suburb of Athens, but it might take more than one hour depending on the traffic; you'd better avoid this option during the commuting hours.

Airport Bus There is a direct and frequent bus link from the Elef. Venizelos Airport of Athens (€ 3.20 in 2008).

Bus timetable can be found here. http://www.oasa.gr/

Piraeus Restaurant Guide