Activities to Do in Piraeus, Greece
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Piraeus is a port city in the Attica region of Greece. Piraeus is just 12 km from the city center of Athens. The ancient port of Piraeus was located around the same area and today, ports of that port still exist underwater. In fact, part of Piraeus itself is underwater and has been partly excavated.
Piraeus is surrounded by the sea. When the town was built, it was taken into consideration how close it was to Athens. Piraeus would become a fortified port for the city. Today, Piraeus is still the main port of Athens and the largest one in Greece. There is plenty to see and do when you’re visiting Piraeus.
Visit a Museum
Piraeus, Greece has no shortage of museums. The Electric Railway Museum of Piraeus is an interesting and fun one. A former employee of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways opened the museum in 2005 to showcase the memorabilia he had collected. The collection includes: uniforms, photographs, wagons, signalling equipment, and more.
The museum is home to over 2,000 items and 3,000 books and photographs. There is also the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, which is dedicated to the history of Piraeus and its archaeological finds. Other museums in Piraeus include: the Acropolis Museum, the Hellenic Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Olympiacos.
Enjoy a Meal
Piraeus is home to a lot of good food. You will find seafood, Greek, European, Mediterranean, Indian, Italian, pizza, and more. If you have any dietary restrictions, you’ll find many restaurants have vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. The lovely thing about eating around Piraeus is that you will often have a seaside view while you enjoy your meal. There are many places that offer outdoor seating as well. Coffee shops and cafés are also easy to find around Piraeus.
Visit the Bay of Zea
The Bay of Zea is the second largest of Piraeus’ three ports. In 1896, the Bay of Zea hosted the swimming events during the Summer Olympics that were held in Athens. At the entrance, you can see the remains of the Piraeus ancient walls as well as the foundations of the shipyards where ships were assembled. During the Ottoman times, the Bay of Zea is where Athens pashas would come to bathe. When you are done walking around and exploring the Bay of Zea, there are other things to do in the area. Up for a game? The Mindtrap Piraeus isn’t far. This is the largest live escape game in Europe.
Piraeus is home to a dive center where you can dive with experienced professionals. This is your chance to explore the bottom of the sea and islets of Piraeus, Greece. If you’ve never been diving before, you can take private lessons. The instructors are friendly and helpful. You will be taken to a dive spot, get in some practice, and go for a dive. Equipment is new and checked regularly for safety.
Visiting Piraeus, Greece is a wonderful experience that will leave you wishing you had more time to spend there.
This post was written by Greek Boston