Athens Piraeus

General information

Piraeus Athens: Piraeus is a great coastal city and the natural port of Athens located 10 km south-west of the city centre. It is the busiests of the 3 ports of Athens.
Kiosks from all the Greek ferry companies lie around the port as well as travel agencies and canteens.
You can buy your ferry tickets online.

Outside the port area, Piraeus is quite confusing due to the heavy traffic but you will easily find everything you need within a walking distance.
The streets that run parallel to the port include plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Every Sunday morning, you will be able to visit the Piraeus flea market which is actually better than the one in Monastiraki.

On the other side of the peninsula, is the picturesque port of Zea, known as Zea Marina, where many private yachts moor.
North-east of Zea Marina one will encounter the little port Mikrolimano (small harbour), a beautiful area full of restaurants and trendy bars.

Piraeus is one of the oldest areas in Attica and consists of many two storey Neoclassical houses and traditional neighborhoods.
It is characterized by the port and wonderful spots that offer a unique view to the sea. It is easily accessed with the metro.

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Best Hotels & Accommodations

Anemoni

Hotel Suites
2 stars

Found within a walking distance of the port of Piraeus and the railway station, Anemoni hotel offers a convenient base for exploring the attractions of the city. Its traditional style creates a warm and friendly atmosphere for a relaxed holiday. Anemoni guestrooms are all equipped with A/C, TV, ...

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Faros 2

Hotel
2 stars

Faros 2 is a budget hotel, conveniently located near the port of Piraeus and the lively seafront area of Pasalimani. Its rooms are renovated, with Internet access among other amenities. In addition, at the hotel you will also find a lounge bar and a 24-hour reception desk.

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Ideal

Hotel
2 stars

Cozy rooms with a nice style are available at Ideal Hotel in the area of Piraeus, very close to the main ferry port of Athens. The hotel offers facilities suitable for budget accommodation, as well as some additional services. Breakfast is provided and all the accommodation units are ...

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    Private tour to Aegina Island Greece, situated just across Athens at half and hour from the port of Piraeus. The city of Aegina is the capital city of the island and it's located on the west side. It's built amphitheatricaly towards the sea. When you enter the harbor, the small, white church of Saint Nikolas welcomes you.

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  • jeff.fuidge 20 Nov 2009
    A night in Piraeus
    While I have no doubt Piraeus has a beauty of its own, but an experience three years ago has put me off for good.

    Before embarking on a hop across the Cyclades, we decided to stay overnight in Piraeus to get the early morning ferry. Sadly there was only one ferry a day at the time and, with a late flight from the UK, staying overnight in the port was unavoidable.


    We booked a cheapish hotel (I think it was 85 Euros a room) within a 10-minute walk of the ferry and it looked OK on the website. How naive we were. Even when we arrived at reception it didn't look too bad. You know a little dog-eared and worn, but just about acceptable.

    Once we got to the room, past the ripped and stained carpets and the hole in the outer skin of the door, we got a little twitchy. And, once inside we weren't exactly ecstatic. Everything about it was dirty and unkempt.
    I know we could have walked straight out, but it was gone midnight when we arrived and as the ferry sailed at 8am, we decided to just stick with it for the few hours we had left.

    We slept fully clothed on top of the bed covers and managed a few hours despite the constant noise in the street outside. We opened the windows because we thought switching the air-conditioning would surely wake the cockroaches.

    But morning came and as the mould-blackened shower only had two curtain rings, an unsatisfactory wash at the sink had to do - not a good start to the day. Nevertheless, we were soon on our way to the ferry and looking forward to our first stop, Syros.

    I accept I can't be too critical of Pireaus, after all I was only there for one night and most probably in the wrong place. I'm sure it has some redeeming features, but I felt I needed to write this as a warning to anyone who finds themselves in a similar position.

    If we learned anything from our experience that night it was, don't go too cheap and make sure you get a recommendation before you book.

    Fortunately it didn't spoil our holiday, but suffice to say we stayed in a lovely hotel in the centre of Athenswith rooftop views across to the Acropolis on our return trip home - and it was only another 20 Euro per night more than the hotel in Piraeus. A real bargain.

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