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15 Best Things to Do in Piraeus (Greece)

In ancient times Piraeus was the naval port of Athens, and the modern city lies in the same conurbation, only a Metro ride away from the capital. On the water Piraeus has two circular natural harbours with narrow openings and bowls of modern buildings behind. At the Bay of Zea the ruins of ancient shipyards rest next to the luxury yachts in the water.

If you want to know more, the Archaeological Museum is as good as they come, and has the ruins of an ancient theatre and dazzling bronze statues recovered from the water off Piraeus in 1959. Piraeus has always been the main port for the Aegean Islands, and if you’re up for a day trip you can set sail on a high speed hydrofoil for close-range destinations like Aphaia, Hydra and Seriphos.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Piraeus :

1. Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum, Piraeus

Just in from the western shore of the Bay of Zea, Piraeus’ Archaeological Museum has artefacts from Mycenaean times to the Roman period, retrieved from across the city and along the coastline of Attica.

Right beside the museum are the ruins of the Hellenistic Theatre of Zea, built in the 2nd century BC and excavated in the 1880s.

Back inside, the galleries dip into topics like the commercial and military port, domestic life in the Mycenaean and Hellenistic years, religious life, the development funerary carvings and painted art in the Roman period.

The marquee exhibition is in rooms three and four, where you’ll come face- to-face with bronze statues recovered from near Piraeus’ harbour in 1959. These are the Piraeus Athena and Piraeus Artemis, cast in the 4th century BC, and the much older, High Archaic Piraeus Apollo, from the 6th century BC.

2. Bay of Zea (Paşalimanı)

Bay of Zea, Piraeus

This bay and natural harbour is the second largest of Piraeus’ three ports.

If you have time to spare, you could walk from one side of the harbour entrance to the other, under swaying palm fronds and with lots of interesting little things to look out for.

At the narrow entrance you can spot the remains of Piraeus ancient walls and the foundations of shipyards where Athens’ triremes ships would have been assembled.

Continue up towards the inner part of the harbour you can take in Piraeus’ modern cityscape and get an eyeful of the swanky yachts on the water.

In Ottoman times the Bay of Zea was where Athens’ pashas would come to bathe with their harems, which is the origin of the name Paşalimanı.

3. Mikrolimano

Mikrolimano, Piraeus

The harbour at Mikrolimano is an almost perfect oval, with just a small opening on its east side.

In ancient times Mikrolimano was Athens’ main naval port, dedicated to the goddess Artemis (Mounichia) and with more than 80 ship sheds where posh fish restaurants sit today.

Later, in Byzantine times it was known as Fanari for a lighthouse (fanos) at the harbour mouth and that has name has stuck to the 21st century.

Over the water, like tiers of an amphitheatre are rows of houses climbing up the hill in Kastella, while down below luxury yachts bob in the water.

Mikrolimano is an upscale seafood destination for tourists and affluent Athens residents.

They’ll dine on the wooden quays with views of those luxury yachts and the bowl of houses up the hillside.

Athens, Greece

Although Piraeus is a separate city, Line 1 of the Athens Metro will take you to the heart of the capital in no time at all.

For some ancient sightseeing, the Acropolis, Ancient Agora and their catalogue of monuments are spaced fairly tightly together.

All you need is some comfy, sensible shoes, because you’ll be doing a lot of climbing, up some slippery marble surfaces.

You may have to pinch yourself at the Acropolis Museum to remind yourself that you’re really looking at the friezes of the Parthenon or the famous caryatids of the Erechtheion.

Down in the Agora you’ll be where democracy took root in the 5th century BC, and may get chills to know that you’re walking the same ground as Plato and Socrates.

And the frissons continue at the Theatre of Dionysus where works by Sophocles and Euripides were first performed at the ancient Dionysia theatre competition.

5. Kastella

Kastella-Mikrolimano district

Piraeus’ traffic-clogged streets seem a world far away in the Kastella neighbourhood just north and west of Mikrolimano.

By far the prettiest part of the city, Kastella is a hillside quarter of mansions going back to the 19th century, witnesses to a prosperous past.

As you labour up streets like Falireos, Irakleous, Vasileos Pavlou and Foskolou you can look back for restorative vistas of the sea and the city.

From the olive trees and pines around the Church of the Prophet Elias you can see as far as the coastal town of Vouliagmeni, almost 30 kilometres to the southeast.

In 1821 fighters under the command of the famed revolutionary figure Georgios Karaiskakis were besieged on this hill by the Ottomans.

6. Electric Railway Museum of Piraeus

Electric Railway Museum of Piraeus

Opened in 2005, this museum was the labour of love of Manolis Fotopoulos, a former employee of Athens–Piraeus Electric Railways.

From his retirement in 1995 he spent a decade trawling through antiques shops, warehouses and even in rubbish tips for memorabilia relating to the brand.

He assembled uniforms, photographs, newspaper cuttings and books, and the railway company soon caught on, contributing wagons, other rolling stock and control and signalling equipment for the museum.

The attraction soon found a home in Piraeus Station and has more than 2,000 objects to examine, accompanied by some 3,000 books, posters and photographs.

7. Agia Triada (Church of the Holy Trinity)

Agia Triada, Piraeus

Piraeus’ first Church of the Holy Trinity was founded in 1839 but was completely wiped out in the bombing in 1944. After the war its successor was built on V. Georgios and Ethnikis Antistaseos streets and would eventually be consecrated in the mid-1960s.

Although the Agia Triada is a modern construction it still warrants your time for its immense size.

Using concrete the architects made it possible to see the dome and its image of Christ Pantocrator from any part of the church floor.

This mosaic is ringed by the 12 apostles, while bright icons, ornamentation and episodes from the bible are rendered in other mosaics that cover the walls.

Troubar, Piraeus

Piraeus’ favourite place for fun when the sun goes down is the portside quarter of Trouba, which has had a very colourful past.

Trouba was a red light district of cabarets and brothels from the 1940s to the 1970s and it was here that the 1960 Greek-American film Never on Sunday (about a prostitute) was filmed.

Its star Melina Mercouri won the best actress award at Cannes that year and the movie won the Academy Award for Best Song.

Trouba eventually cleaned up its act and was forgotten, but has returned to the fore with a more innocent slew of cafes, bars and nightclubs all in the space of a few blocks.

9. Hellenic Maritime Museum

Hellenic Maritime Museum, Piraeus

By Zea harbour is the largest maritime museum in Greece.

The Hellenic Maritime Museum was established in 1949 by the city’s preeminent citizens and naval officers.

The exhibition gives an account of maritime activity in Greece going back to prehistory, and bringing you up to the Balkan Wars and the Second World War in the 20th century.

Among the exciting discoveries to be made are big chunks of the sea wall erected by the Athenian commander Conon at the end of the 5th century BC. There are also vestiges of the Neosokoi, ancient ship sheds in which the mighty triremes were constructed and repaired.

One of the museum’s ten rooms is also set aside for seascapes from the 19th and 20th centuries, and you can view genuine maps for Greek waters and all over the world, from the 1500s to the 1800s.

10. Olympiacos F.C.

Karaiskakis Stadium

Piraeus has the most successful football club in Greek history.

Since the “Thrylos” (Legend) was founded in 1925, Olympiacos have won 44 league titles, 27 Greek Cups and four Greek Super Cups.

Just to sum up this team’s dominance, all other clubs in the country have managed a combined total of 37 league titles.

Olympiacos play at the 32,115-seater Karaiskakis Stadium, built as the velodrome for the 1896 Olympics and last refurbished in 2004 when it also started hosting home matches for the Greek national team.

If you’re in town in summer and can’t get to a match you can take a peek inside the museum filled with memorabilia.

You can catch up on the history of the team and get to know some of the accomplished players to have worn the red and white, like Rivaldo, Giovanni and Darko Kovačević.

11. Sotiros Dios

In a canyon of high rise blocks the pedestrianised Sotiros Dios cuts through Piraeus’ main commercial area.

On Sotiros Dios and its connecting streets is a selection of familiar international brands like Zara, Accessorize, Replay, Nike, Marks & Spencer, Super Dry and many more.

These are interspersed with local businesses and no lack of cafes, bakeries, bars and restaurants.

The parallel Vasileos Georgiou Avenue is has a long row of jewellers, while Tsamadou street, one block along, has a mix of family-run bookshops, arcades and upmarket shopping malls.

12. Island Trips

Aegina

There are regular ferry services to more than 20 Greek islands from the Port of Piraeus, but if you want to keep things local and just spend one night or even come back on the same day there are some picks.

The nearest major island to Piraeus is Aegina, which has enthralling ancient architecture like the Temple of Aphaia from the 6th century BC and Kolona with a Temple of Apollo from the same period.

Aegina has shallow, family friendly beaches, as well as the ghost village of Paleochora to hunt down.

Ferries run throughout the day and take only half an hour on the hydrofoil.

A little further are the Cycladic Island of Serifos at two and a half hours and beautiful Hydra, as little as 90 minutes away, and where all car traffic is banned.

13. Museum Battleship Averof

Museum Battleship Averof

If you can beat the traffic you won’t need more than 15 minutes to reach this museum ship moored around the harbour in Faliro.

The Georgios Averof is an armoured cruiser, the last of its kind still afloat.

The ship was launched in 1910 and became the flagship of admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis and the Greek Navy in the First Balkan War from 1912 to 1913. At this time the ship helped establish Greek naval supremacy over the Ottoman Empire in the Aegean and was involved in the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922, then again in the Second World War when it escaped with the Greek fleet to Egypt after the German invasion.

Four decks are open, and you’ll duck through the engine room, officers’ quarters, crew quarters, mess, kitchen and chapel, with weapons, charts, uniforms, medals and archive photography to check out.

14. Fish and Seafood

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When Athenians get peckish for fish and seafood Piraeus is usually the first place that springs to mind, even if it doesn’t come cheap.

The daily catch from all over Greece is landed at the port and doesn’t have to travel far to the many eateries in the city.

The prime destination is Mikrolimano, where restaurants are packed into continuous lines and where touts vie for your attention.

Prices can be exorbitant here and if you need your Euros to stretch further, try Chatzikiriakio, a small quarter to the southeast of the port by the naval academy, or Kastella on the hill over the harbour.

Some dishes to keep in mind are fried red mullet (barbounia), fried anchovies (gavros tiganitos), sardines on grilled Greek sourdough (as an appetiser)or grilled whole bass (lavraki) marinated in lemon.

15. Votsalakia

Votsalakia, Piraeus

Between Zea and Mikrolimano is the largest beach in Piraeus.

As a place to bathe Votsalakia is a little jagged, but you can amble beside the water and look west towards Athens’ southern suburbs backed by mountains.

The rock and gravel shore is cleaned regularly in summer and fills up quickly as it’s right in front of Kastella.

A few metres out in the sea is a small island, and there are five-a-side football and beach volleyball courts behind chain-link fences next to the water.

Votsalakia is also walking distance from a clutch of bars and restaurants.

15 Best Things to Do in Piraeus (Greece):

  • Archaeological Museum
  • Bay of Zea (Paşalimanı)
  • Mikrolimano
  • Electric Railway Museum of Piraeus
  • Agia Triada (Church of the Holy Trinity)
  • Hellenic Maritime Museum
  • Olympiacos F.C.
  • Sotiros Dios
  • Island Trips
  • Museum Battleship Averof
  • Fish and Seafood

A perfect day in Athens' port: a guide to Piraeus

Jun 3, 2019 • 5 min read

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Spend a perfect day in seaside Piraeus © Panagiotis Vgenopoulos / EyeEm / Getty Images

Piraeus is the largest Mediterranean port in terms of passenger traffic and commercial activity, and most of Athens' visitors simply consider it a transit point to the Aegean islands . However, this city's versatile coastline and numerous cultural stops make it a destination in its own right. Porto Leone, as it was known for centuries, is well worth at least a day during your stay in Athens .

Sailboats float in a harbor near Piraeus, Greece, on a sunny day.

Getting there

Although it can feel like a distant city once you’re there, Piraeus is just a half-hour ride on the 24-hour bus line 040 from Syntagma Square. Even faster is the (old) metro line 1, which will take you right to the heart of Piraeus' bustling harbour; plus, the beautiful terminal station built in the 1920s is an architectural gem worth a visit.

Start your sightseeing tour of the city before you even leave the building, in the small but fascinating Electric Railways Museum . After your visit, head to the centre of the city through the old market, which spreads into the lively little streets behind the station.

A lighthouse lens sits next to a small model boat at the Hellenic Maritime Museum in Piraeus, Greece.

Sightseeing in Piraeus

While it might not have as many as Athens, Piraeus is home to a few fine museums that offer very compelling exhibits and don’t require the best part of a day to visit.

Those interested in naval history will find the compact Hellenic Maritime Museum  – still the largest of its kind in Greece – a great opportunity to admire a fine collection of rare books, maps, flags and naval weaponry, as well as the entire fin of the legendary Greek submarine Papanikolis, the main outdoor exhibit.

And if you're still hungry for more antiquity after a few days in the capital, the small Piraeus Archaeological Museum will satisfy your appetite with its important bronze statues and an emphasis on the history of the city.

You can also spend your entire morning outdoors. A coastal walk from the metro station will take you along the harbour, past the lion statue at its entrance and the Naval Academy further down and onwards to Peiraiki and Zea Marina, finishing off at the picturesque Mikrolimano. The trip won't take you more than 2-3 hours and will reward you with a comprehensive flavour and feel of the city. On your way, you’ll come across various archaeological sites like parts of the ancient walls, Neosoikoi and the Roman antiquities of Terpsithea.

A view from inside a restaurant looking out at a harbor; a man sits at a table in front of a moored fishing boat in Piraeus, Greece.

Where to eat lunch

After a busy morning discovering the delights of the port city, you’ll probably long for a seafood lunch accompanied by a few glasses of ouzo by the sea. And you’ll be absolutely right – this is an important element of Piraeus’ charm. You’ll be spoilt for choice, as Peiraiki coast is crammed with decent ouzeries.

If a sea view is not important, head to  Margaro ,  a famous three-dish-menu fish tavern catering not only to locals, but also Athenian crowds flocking daily to enjoy its scrumptious deep-fried shrimp. Just make sure you allow for some waiting time for a table, especially during weekends.

The port's best shopping

After you have walked and savoured the long coast that surrounds the city, head inland to the commercial and social heart of Piraeus. All the streets between the harbour and Pasalimani (Zea) buzz with shops and cafes, but the centre of all activity is the pedestrian street Sotiros Dios, where large fashion chains and local boutique stores are lined up.

Dinner with a view

If you wish to splash out on an evening of fine dining in a magnificent setting, then  Varoulko is your top choice in the city and one of the few Greek Michellin-starred restaurants. It's located in Mikrolimano, an area that offers a diverse selection of seaside restaurants –  Istioploikos is a classic with a cosmopolitan feel and a stunning view of Kastella Hill.

For a more traditional dining experience,  Refene is a nice little tavern located in a narrow alley (just off the busy centre) that overflows onto the pavement during the warm months of the year, and offers delicious mezedhes and homey Greek dishes, as well as occasional live Greek music.

A view looking up at a hillside in Piraeus covered with buildings; the sun is setting and the streetlights are one, giving everything an orange glow. Piraeus, Greece.

Nightlife in Troumba

Like every other large port in the world, Piraeus had its own vibrant red light district located in the narrow backstreets of the harbour until the late 1960s. The area, locally known as Troumba , was cleaned up by law enforcement and became a business district that emptied after dark until a few years ago when new establishments started to open, turning the neighbourhood into an entertainment hotspot for young crowds from all over Athens. Beluga and M adama are pillars of the area’s nightlife.

A few streets away,  Che is a relatively new arrival with a South American theme, a large cool garden, sophisticated drinks and top guest DJs.

Finally, dozens of mainstream bar-restaurants are lined up along Zea, just opposite the array of mind-bogglingly luxurious yachts moored at the marina all year long.

A neoclassical theater house sits in a plaza with checked stones. Piraeus, Greece.

Piraeus' culture stops

The imposing, recently renovated Municipal Theatre of Piraeus  stands on the city’s central square and hosts top theatre, music and dance performances.

Veakio , an  open-air theatre, is located on top of Kastella Hill; it has a spectacular sea view and hosts music concerts throughout the summer season. Information and tickets are available at the Municipal Theatre’s box office.

The city has its own outdoor cinema too, Cine Votsalakia . Enjoy a movie, popcorn and the sea breeze under the stars.

Last but not least, the city (and half of the country for that matter) is obsessed with its sports club, Olympiakos. If there is a game at Karaiskaki stadium during your stay  and you can get your hands on tickets, don’t miss the opportunity. It is a top local cultural experience and a perfect way to conclude your Piraeus visit.

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The best things to do in Piraeus (Athens), besides taking the ferry

By Ferriesingreece on 21-11-2023

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If you think that the only thing to do in Piraeus (Athens) is to hop on a ferry to the Greek islands, you’re dead wrong !

Easily accessed from Athens city center and picturesquely nestled on the eastern coast of the Saronic Gulf, Piraeus is an ideal area to explore in Athens. On top of that, it is great for relaxing strolls before departing for your favorite Greek island!

Oh, and did we mention that there are many fantastic places to visit in Piraeus?

If you want to find out the best things to do in Piraeus, keep reading !

Getting to Piraeus

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Getting to Piraeus is super easy, as it is well-connected to Athens city center. One option is to take the 040 bus line from Syntagma Square, which will get you to Piraeus in about half an hour.

A faster alternative is to take the metro line 1 from Monastiraki Square, which leaves you right in front of the port in about 20 minutes. From the port of Piraeus depart ferries to Santorini , Mykonos , Paros , and almost all the Greek islands! Being the closest port to the city center, Piraeus is hands down the most convenient port in Athens.

So, if you want to get to Piraeus to take the ferry, then we recommend using metro line 1. If on the other side you want to visit Piraeus for exploration, then the 040 bus line is the best option !

Have a drink or a bite with a view at Marina Zeas

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Marina Zeas, also known as Pasalimani, is the second port of Piraeus , where many yachts anchor. It actually has a total capacity of 670 berths, on both permanent and floating pontoons. Marina Zeas is a port with a long history, as it was an important naval base .

Today, Marina Zeas is one of the hippest places in Athens. Lined with bars and restaurants that boast all-encompassing views of the Saronic Gulf, Marina Zeas is a must for a night out. Some of the best places to dine are Hams and Clams for oysters, Pancho for Mexican food, and Rocambolesco for Italian food.

Marina Zeas is a destination that will answer all your gastronomical dreams!

Visit Piraeus Archaeological Museum

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It’s not a secret that Greece has an enduring history. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that there is an archaeological museum in Piraeus.

This museum might be small, but it hosts many important findings from excavations carried out in Piraeus and the coastline of Attica. At the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, you can find exhibits that date back to the fourth and fifth century B.C. Among its exhibits, you’ll find bronze statues, pottery items, and large funerary monuments.

Housed in a two-floor building , this museum is divided into the following sections: Ancient Piraeus as a naval dockyard and commercial center, Pottery and private life, The bronze statues of Piraeus, Religious life, Morphological development of the sepulchral monument, and the plastic art of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Stroll around the picturesque Mikrolimano

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The truth is that Piraeus is not only the biggest port in Athens but also a go-to destination for seafood in the Greek capital.

Mikrolimano (Small port) is where the culinary heart of Piraeus beats! In Mikrolimano, you’ll find many upscale seafood restaurants, like Varoulko seaside and Papaioannou. There, you’ll taste fresh fish and seafood with a glass (or two) of ouzo living the authentic Greek gastronomical experience.

The breathtaking view of the sea and the little boats anchored at the little port make the dining experience even more unique !

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in Kastella

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Kastella neighborhood is one of the most beautiful places in Piraeus . Located behind Mikrolimano, the hillside district of Kastella is covered with colorful neoclassical mansions that ooze a nostalgic retro charm . This place seems to have been lost in time!

The narrow roads of Kastella are perfect for an evening stroll away from crowds. So, get ready to leave behind the rumbles of the city and immerse yourself in the old-time atmosphere of Kastella. Especially if you are a photography enthusiast, you’ll fall in love with the traditional houses, the colorful little corners, the flowery yards, and the abandoned mansions!

Tip: On the slopes of Kastella hill lies Veakeio Theater. Veakeio is an open-air theater that hosts many theatrical and musical performances during the summer. We highly recommend you attend one of them!

Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum

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This is another museum you must visit !

The Hellenic Maritime Museum is ideally located at Marina Zeas. Founded in 1949, the Hellenic Maritime Museum is the biggest Maritime museum in Greece. In the ten rooms of this museum, you’ll find several objects that relate to the Hellenic naval history from the prehistoric age until now.

In the Hellenic Maritime Museum, you’ll also find the Maritime Photo Gallery , where you’ll have the chance to see seascape paintings of famous Greek artists, a big maritime map collection, and a collection of 10,000 maritime books and magazines!

Well, it’s beyond any doubt that Piraeus is much more than a departure point for your holidays in the Greek islands. From sightseeing to entertainment there’s so much to do in Piraeus!

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Discover the top things to do in Piraeus, the Greek capital’s main port city.

Why Piraeus? The Port Hub of Athens

Piraeus is the entryway to Greece for so many travelers who cruise into Athens.  If cruise passengers do not decide to take an excursion to the Athens city center,  Piraeus is what they’ll see of the capital.

For non-cruise travelers, Piraeus is a quick metro ride from the Athens city center.  It is also the hub for ferries that depart for the Greek islands.  If you have time before or after you sail off, you’ll find Piraeus  can be a very authentic kind of place in Greece to explore. You just need to know where to go.

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The thing about Piraeus is — if you turn the wrong corner you’ll find that many sidewalks and buildings are unkempt. The modern buildings aren’t looking so modern any more.

On the bright side, I feel Piraeus has much potential. The views can be beautiful. Its historic neighborhoods have their own authentic feel. Its population is proud. Today, it is the business district of choice for many Greek and international shipping companies.

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Top Things to Do in Piraeus

Between the smaller harbors filled with yachts and fishing boats, down its business district streets lined with glass paneled buildings and in the hills of its sea facing neighborhoods, there are some great spots and hidden historic corners worth experiencing.

Here’s my list of top 10 things to do in Piraeus.

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1) Zea Pasalimani

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One of the top things to do in Piraeus is spend time at the lovely harbors. The port of Zea , also known as Pasalimani , is the perfect place for a stroll and to grab a leisurely coffee.  Venues here offer great views of the Saronic Gulf and its fancy yachts docked at harbor.

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2) Stroll the Castella Neighborhood

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This hilltop district is a colorful and authentic Greek neighborhood that overlooks the sea.  Bump into neoclassical buildings in the quiet uphill streets (Irakleous, Falireou, Foskolou and Vasileous Pavolou) which offer a nice view.  At the top of the hill is the Prophet Elias church and the Veakeion open-air theatre.

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3) Microlimano

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Sitting at the base of the Castella neighborhood you’ll find Microlimano – another picturesque harbor to explore. In Greek, the name means small port.  I’ve heard it called all kinds of other names including Tourkolimano (Turkish port) and Koumoudourou.  In ancient Greek times, it was known as Mounichia Port.

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In Microlimano, you can find a  lineup of quality fish restaurants and tavernas with tables right by the water.  If you go at night, you’ll find the area buzzing with nightlife.

4) Visit a Piraeus Museum

One of the top things to do in Piraeus, especially if you are lover of art and history, is to check out one of its museums.

Archaeological Museum

  • Harilou Trikoupi Street

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This museum offers an overview of the history of the city when it flourished in ancient times as a center of naval commerce.  The oldest surviving cast statue of a Kouros dedicated to the god Apollo can be found here too.

The Municipal Gallery

  • 29 Filonos Street

Housed in the old city post office, the gallery displays a collection of modern Greek art and works from up-and-coming Greek artists.

The Hellenic Maritime Museum

  • Themistocles Coast, Zea

This is the largest maritime museum of Greece. The exhibits and models depict ships dating back to 8,000 B.C. up to the Greek War of Independence of 1821.

5) See a Show at the Municipal Theatre

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Renovated about 15 years ago, this theatre is one of the impressive neoclassical buildings of Piraeus.  It opened at the end of the 19 th century and since then many famous Greek directors have presented their works here.  It has the same layout of the Theatre d’Odeon de Paris .

  • 35 Iroon Politechniou Street;  www.dithepi.gr

6) Visit the Churches of Piraeus

If you’d like to see  some Greek Orthodox churches, Piraeus has a few.

Agia Triada

This imposing Byzantine style cathedral certainly sticks out in the city blocks of Piraeus.  It was built to replace an older church that was bombed in World War II.

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Agios Spiradon

Agios Spyridon is the patron saint of  Piraeus . It is the oldest church of the city, built in the mid-19 th century on foundations of the old monastery.

Other notable churches to see are Agios Pavlos or St. Paul Catholic Church . Agios Nikolaos Church is right near the ferry docks.

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7) Trouba District

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Trouba is a district that has changed faces many times. In the early 20 th century it was the commercial center of Piraeus. Then it was the red light district until the 1970s.  Today it’s a little nightlife hub with some trendy bars and cafes.

If you love film, the Oscar award-winning “ Never On Sunday ,” starring the great  Melina Merkouri,  was filmed in Trouba.

8) Shop on Sotiros Dios

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The equivalent to Athens’ Ermou Street is Sotiros Dios . This pedestrian shopping street is lined with name brand stores and smaller mom and pop shops. You can also find eateries and cafes.

9) Go to the Beach

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One of the top things to do in Piraeus would be to see a Greek beach.  I must say, Piraeus is not the best place on the Athens coast for beach time – you need to go farther east for those very island-like beaches. However, if you are short on time and rightly want to experience a real Greek beach moment, this area of the coast has a few spaces for a nice little swim. The most popular beaches are Votsalakia and the Municipal Beach of Freatida .

10) Enjoy Great Seafood

If you’re a seafood lover Piraeus is a great place to dine. Grab a table at a seafood restaurant in Zea Pasalimani or Microlimano.

Some suggestions? In Microlimano, reserve a table at Varoulko , one of Athens’ Michelin-starred restaurants with impeccable seafood.

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Away from the sea, you can head Kapileio O Zaxos which is “hidden” traditional psarotaverna (fish taverna) with excellent no-frills Greek taverna style seafood. A chef friend of ours who is from Piraeus introduced us to this great place. The food was plentiful and delicious.

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Kapileio O Zaxos

  • Komotinis 37, Kaminia district of Piraeus; +30 210-481-3325

Tips: Getting Around Piraeus

  • The walking distance from the cruise port to any of the top things to do in Piraeus – as mentioned in this post –  can be around 45 minutes or more. Should you have limited time, you may want to take a taxi from the cruise terminals to get to a certain destination quicker.
  • Zea Pasalimani and Microlimano, the two picturesque harbors, are about a 25-minute walking distance between each other.
  • A good way to go from one top thing to do to another is to take a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. With the 24h hour pass, the blue itinerary will bring you to the best sites of Piraeus (such as the Municipal Theatre, Archeological Museum, Municipal Theatre, Microlimano Harbour, Votsalakia Beach etc..) *Plus tip  : you can get on and off the bus at your leisure and visit the city at your own pace. Also, an informative audio guide will help you discover the different sights. You can book it here. You can also discover the port of Piraeus at its most beautiful with a tour by night, before settling down to a traditional Greek dinner and a folkloric show. This tour will begin with a the historical port of Piraeus, where you will discover the City Hall, the picturesque Mikrolimano Marina and Zea Marina. Check it out here .

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How to Get to Piraeus

From the Athens city center you can take the green line to its last stop Piraeus. You’ll get off right in the historic train station.  Walk out and you’ll be right by the ferry docks.

There are also trolley buses and buses. Check the public transportation site www.oasa.gr for time schedules.

Plan Your Trip to Athens

How to get to athens.

To get to the Athens, many international travelers arrive by air.  You can find the best flight deals here on Vayama.

What to Do in Athens

Athens is my adopted hometown and much of this blog is about that very topic. Check out more posts from nightlife to gastronomy on this blog here . It’s a wonderful city break you should plan at least two to three days for — even up to a week — depending on how much time you have and what you’d love to do.

I highly recommend the Athens City Pass, a discount city card that gains you access to many of the capital’s most loved sights. I reviewed it earlier and featured it on this blog .

If you are planning to explore more of Greece and take a few amazing day trips , I can highly recommend is  Avis Europe.

If you want to hop to the islands or spend time at one of the many Greek island destinations – you should! Also, check out my Greek islands category for the best places to stay , eat and best things to do. I only recommend places and experiences that I have tried and tested myself.

Where to Eat in Athens

Check out my post, 17 Awesome Greek Food Experiences which also lists where to find these delicious experiences in Athens.

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I’m craving for it already Marissa 😀

Hey Andreia! Awesome 😀

Yes, I have it up there! Thanks for the link.

Awesome you mentioned Trouba and I laughed with the video you had chosen! I have missed the 4th suggestion though and will visit them one day. Nice work!

Hi Mary, Oh, cool. Glad you liked the article. I thought the trailer for the film was quite entertaining, too. Seems so vintage now, right? Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

I agree, it is vintage now indeed! Liked the article as it is truly an integrated proposal.

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How the visit to Piraeus changed our lives

On the first days of our family trip to Athens , we visited the Acropolis and Anafiotika, followed by Monastiraki and the Roman vestiges in Plaka. But this was Greece, and I just couldn’t bear being there without seeing the sea. So I convinced everyone to go on a visit to Piraeus !

Once a separate city, Piraeus is now part of Athens . The capital city of Greece is growing more horizontally than vertically, covering 39 km² in 2016. (And Greater Athens covers 583 km²!)

I was truly excited about finally getting to one of Europe’s most important harbors throughout history and I had no idea it was going to be that easy to get to Piraeus!

Is it worth visiting Piraeus?

As a travel blogger and expert in all things Greece, I am delighted that you’re considering a visit to Piraeus! Piraeus is situated right next to Athens and is admired as the largest port in Greece.

Piraeus possesses an impeccable mix of modernity and tradition, making it worth visiting for tourists interested in Greek history and culture. The splendid neoclassical architecture of buildings like the Municipal Theater, Archeological Museum of Piraeus, and Peace & Friendship Stadium could provide insight into Piraeus ancient Greece’s lifestyle.

Beyond its valuable historical heritage, Piraeus also offers excellent leisure opportunities with its beautiful beaches like Votsalakia Beach, Kastella Beach, and Piraiki Beach attracting many beach lovers looking for seaside resorts and sunsets. Moreover, Bridge Coffee Roasters πειραιάσ provides an authentic experience that travelers rave about.

If you’re a shipping enthusiast who wonders what happens inside docks and ships post-transit then visiting the Port of Piraeus can be an incredible opportunity to see one of Europe’s busiest commercial ports in action.

Getting around from Piraeus is pretty easy since it has access through various means including buses (Line 040), suburban railway station (Piraeus Station – ISAP) which serves freight trains as well along with commercial trains between Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens City Centre ( Monastiraki Station), Kiato as well Corinth via Ancient Epidaurus. The Athens metro offers even more connections, so accessibility or transportation will never be much of a concern if you plan accordingly before arriving there.

Therefore, I think Piraeu is worth visiting whether traveling solo or with family/friends.

What you should know before a visit to Piraeus

Piraeus, also known as Peiraeus or Piraeus, is a town situated in the prefecture of Attica, on the south side of Athens. The main appeal of a visit to Piraeus is based on the fact that it was used as the main port of Athens in ancient Greece, and thus played a very important part in the life of the city.

Besides being the port of ancient Athens, Piraeus has also been the port of modern Athens since 1834. Nowadays, this port can be seen in operation, and while it doesn’t look as it used to in ancient Greece, it still displays some of the antique features that make it a fascinating and peculiar place to meet.

The name of this town means Place over the Passage , a meaning that is very important to its history. In its beginnings as a settled place, Piraeus was a tiny island joined to the ground by a narrow strip of land. Although the area received other denominations at first, this geographical feature finally inspired the actual name.

While its main port is the most popular, Piraeus also has two smaller ports that have also helped to turn this place into a very active one. The advantages of this location and its harbor were not found until the decade of 490 BC when Themistocles built a fortification here, intending to conveniently use the ports and defend the people of Athens from attacks from the Persians.

How do you spend a day in Piraeus?

Piraeus is a notable port town that draws visitors due to its numerous attractions and activities available throughout the year. If you want to maximize your visit to Piraeus for just one day, it’s recommended that you early morning and head straight to the Port of Piraeus – known as one of the most significant ports globally linking mainland Greece with its islands.

Afterward, you can head over to Marina Zeas where you’ll discover breathtaking yachts and enjoy scenic views overlooking Pasalimani Bay. You can easily tour around on foot or rent bikes if you wish.

If Greek history interests you then The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus should make it onto your day plan. During your visit, you will get to admire centuries-old exhibits dating back from ancient Greek times but also artifacts from the Roman and Byzantine empires era.

After undergoing mild history lessons, people usually prefer beaches as their next stop and fortunately, long sandy coastal areas are not far off! Areas like Mikrolimano offer picturesque postcard scenery along with many local taverns serving delectable seafood dishes. Then, the best coffee in Piraeus is served at Bridge Coffee Roasters but not everyone knows about this hidden gem cafe.

One cannot miss out on shopping as they travel Piraeus. A good portion of your time can be spent window-shopping around the Market Pavlou Mela area before heading towards the central district on traditional alleys. On Sunday mornings, foreign shoppers and locals alike gather here to buy spices, bread, clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.

Also, don’t forget to capture panoramic photos from the Hill of Kastella, the highest point in Piraeus which offers a panoramic view across Attika and Aegina islands.

Lastly, an outing in Piraeus remains incomplete without tasting authentic Greek cuisines consisting of mezze plates from the Mastella restaurant offered with Ouzo, followed by the freshly-made local dessert Loukoumades, available to buy near Passalimani.

This completes your fantastic 1-day visit trip to Piraeus, the city known as the Gateway to Greece!

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Arriving at the Piraeus train station

If you want to go on a visit to Piraeus, all you have to do is get on the subway. The train will leave you right in the train station of Piraeus, close to the cruise ship gates. (Also, if you’re on a cruise, the subway is a fast way to get to Athens from the port !)

When we got off the train, I was surprised by the beautiful train station ceiling. It didn’t feel like a Balkan station, but rather a British one. I loved it!

Is there a free shuttle to Piraeus port?

While it would be great if there were a free shuttle service available directly to the port, unfortunately, there isn’t one that operates as of now.

But don’t worry! There are many convenient and affordable transportation options available between Athens city center (including Syntagma Square) and Piraeus Port. One such option is taking Line 1 (Green line) of the metro system directly from Monastiraki station in Athens to Piraeus station which takes approximately 25 mins. Another option will be taking the suburban railway which can take you quite closer than the Metro or other buses in central points like Faliro Railway Station.

If you prefer buses as your mode of transport then two main lines cover different parts of the Atheneo-Pireas area while starting/ending their journey at the port gate: X80 bus runs through central Pireaus until Glyfada beach area through major hotspots including Petralona, Tavros, and Elliniko, whereas the E22 bus from Ag. Paraskevi suburb via the seaside until Sounio is more reachable from downtown, with night operation feasible too.

In case you wish for door-to-door transfer from your hotel, residence, or any location in Athens directly to the ferry terminal or cruise ship disembarking point, then booking transfer taxis could suit you, depending upon the number of people traveling with you, along with the availability of service.

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Breakfast at Bridge Coffee Roasters πειραιάσ

We were really hungry at the beginning of our visit to Piraeus. We wanted to change the usual bougatsa and lakror we had for breakfast near the apartment, so we opted for eating in Piraeus, as soon as we arrived.

It took us a while, but we ended up in a café fit for The Travel Bunny ! The menus of Bridge Coffee Roasters feature the image of a white rabbit being pulled out of a steaming cup of coffee.

Not only that, but the coffee was delicious , and we had a great range of sweet and savory options to choose from for our breakfast. In the end, we barely managed to eat everything. It was a good meal to get all the strength we needed for our visit to Piraeus!

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Church of St. Nicholas of Piraeus

After breakfast, we started moving toward the city. The first imposing building we came across was the Church of St. Nicholas of Piraeus. Located just a short walk from the Piraeus train station, this ancient Greek Orthodox church is a must-see for anyone interested in history and culture. Its exterior boasts intricate stonework and iconic blue domes that make for postcard-worthy photos.

But it’s not just about the facade – the interior of St. Nicholas is equally impressive, with vibrant murals depicting scenes from Greek mythology and Christianity adorning every inch of wall space.

After visiting this church, we split up for the rest of our Piraeus travel experience. My parents wanted to go to the Athens coastal tram , while we wanted to just walk around the town. The scenic tram route offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea coastline as it passes through charming neighborhoods like Faliro, Glyfada, and Voula. Aside from the stunning scenery, riding the coastal tram is a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore Athens’ southern suburbs without worrying about traffic or parking.

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Visit to Piraeus or San Francisco?

From the Church of St. Nicholas, we decided to go east to the sea, by cutting through the city. Little did we know that this implied a lot of going up and down hills . It was a long and tiring way to get to where wanted, but we got to see some interesting things, such as some of Piraeus’s street art:

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I was really out of shape and it was hot, so I didn’t enjoy this part of our visit to Piraeus. I do have some lively memories of the orange trees on the road we took. There were so many, and they had so much fruit that lots of them kept falling and rolling down the hill.

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The sea, at last!

I must say I was a bit disappointed by the beaches we found in Piraeus. I have this idea of Greek beaches being all lovely, clean, and next to bright blue waters, from my previous experiences. And I wanted Mathieu to get to see that on his first holiday to Greece. Instead, we ended up on this dirty little beach, which had nothing special about it.

I had also dreamed about sinking my feet into the sea for the first time that year. And nope, it was still too cold for any such things. But even so, my heart lifted a bit because I was finally seeing some sea for the first time that year.

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Our life-changing decision on our visit to Piraeus

After we reached the sea, we walked along the coast. It was hot outside and Mathieu proposed to stop for some refreshments . Remembering a romantic afternoon from our Rome holiday , I started checking the menu for Sangria. And they had some!

So there we were, sitting by the sea, slowly fishing fruit from our Sangrias. We were looking at the marina with yachts of all sizes , who came on a visit to Piraeus from all over the world. Our eyes stopped at a grandmother getting off a yacht to welcome her granddaughter and son/son-in-law on the docks.

And I just said it must be great to have such a life, to sail the world and discover new places by the sea. To this, Mathieu replied that it would be a great retirement plan. But I told him something my parents kept telling me: when you’re young, you have energy, but not a lot of time; when you retire, you have a lot of time, but not so much energy left to do all that you wanted. So he said we should go sailing sooner and immediately started checking out sailboat prices on his phone. And it turns out the boat isn’t that expensive.

I felt very excited. At that time, it was before the two of us got engaged . And I remember I thought to myself this was better than a marriage proposal !

That’s how we ended up planning to take some sailing courses and get permits this year. Next year we’re planning to sail the Mediterranean, and as soon as we’re done with the courses, I’m going to plan it all.

I’m telling you: Sangrias by the Sea = the best decision ever!

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Holy Trinity Church

When we had enough walking, we started heading back to the train station in Piraeus. On the way, we stopped to admire the beautifully decorated Holy Trinity Church. It was very difficult to take a decent photo of it, as there was this girl taking selfie after selfie in various positions in front of it.

But anyway, with this our visit to Piraeus ended. We went back to Athens by train , and, a bit later, we met with my parents for dinner.

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Mirela Letailleur The Travel Bunny

As an experienced travel blogger, Mirela Letailleur has taken a keen interest in exploring Piraeus, one of the largest ports in Europe. Whether you’re looking to plan a holiday trip or just want to know more about this charming Greek town, Mirela’s blog The Travel Bunny is the perfect guide for you.

Mirela has extensively researched and written on several topics related to Piraeus and her blog provides insightful information on the hidden gems of this beautiful Greek town and explores its rich culture and history.

Plan your next visit with confidence by referring to her articles discussing Piraeus Greece and covering important tips about important landmarks and attractions in the city. As an expert travel consultant, she can help you get the best Piraeus holiday packages and solve any problem that a tourist might face during their visit to Piraeus!

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Filippis Tours travel agency in Greece , is located at the port of Piraeus (main port of Greece ), in short distance from all embarkation terminals of the ferries to the Greek islands , just off the exit of E7 gate of the port right beside the E8 gate. Our headquarters can be found just 200m from the Piraeus Metro station – blue line (direct connection Piraeus port to the Athens International Airport «Eleftherios Venizelos» ). The total duration of the journey from Piraeus to the Airport is estimated at 55 minutes. We are also just 200m from subway station Piraeus – green line (direct connection Athens center – Piraeus port), 250m away from the Piraeus suburban railway station , 100m from the X96 bus stop «Karaiskaki Square» – which directly connects Piraeus with Athens international airport – and 500m from «Dimotiko Square» (Piraeus city-center) .

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  • If you move by a vehicle : Follow the signs for the  gate E7 (entrance),  that you will find in front of you and then drive straight forward, so you enter the port. You must follow a semi-circular route to the left which drives you in front of the  gate E7 (exit),  where Akti Tzelepi street begins. Once you go through the gate E7 (exit) , you will find our agency a few meters further, to your left hand side (in fact you have to make the round of the block, in which you can see the offices of Hellenic Seaways, Bluestar Ferries & Seajets ). You may park your vehicle, for a limited time, outside our office.
  • If you are on foot : Cross «Karaiskaki Square» leaving behind you, all the urban buses terminals that you will see there and move towards Akti Tzelepi street where gate E7 (exit) stands . You will find us at the civic number 3 (The offices of Hellenic Seaways, Bluestar Ferries and Seajets are located in the same block).

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Embarking on a Greek adventure? Wondering how to seamlessly transition from the Piraeus Cruise Port to the vibrant city center of Athens? Fear not! This guide has got you covered with all the essential information and tips.

How do I get to the Acropolis from the port?

The Acropolis , a must-visit ancient citadel, stands proudly in Athens . To reach this iconic landmark from Piraeus, consider these transportation options:

1. Metro Marvel

Hop on the Metro Line 1 (Green Line) directly connecting Piraeus to the Acropolis. The journey is not only efficient but also allows you to soak in the local culture as you travel.

2. Taxi Trek

Taxis are readily available at Piraeus port. While slightly pricier, they offer a comfortable and direct ride to the Acropolis, providing convenience for those eager to explore without any detours.

Is there a free shuttle from Piraeus Port?

Navigating the port can be a breeze with free shuttle services. Although not universally offered by all cruise lines, some do provide complimentary shuttles, ensuring a smooth transition from your ship to the heart of Athens.

How far is Athens Centre from the cruise port?

Athens’ vibrant city center is within reach, and the journey is approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Whether you choose public transportation or a taxi, you’ll find yourself immersed in the city’s lively atmosphere in no time.

Can you walk from the cruise ship into Athens?

Walking enthusiasts, rejoice! While the distance might be a bit much for some, a leisurely stroll from the port to Athens is feasible for those who enjoy exploring on foot. Lace up your walking shoes and embrace the scenic route.

How much is a taxi from Piraeus to the Acropolis?

For those seeking a swift and door-to-door service, taxis are a popular choice. The cost varies, but be prepared to spend around €20-€30 for a comfortable ride from Piraeus to the Acropolis, depending on traffic and other factors.

How much is the metro from Athens to Piraeus?

If you prefer the cost-effective route, the metro is your best bet. A one-way ticket from Athens to Piraeus typically costs around €1.40. The budget-friendly option allows you to allocate more funds for souvenirs or indulging in Greek cuisine.

How do I get from Athens city center to the cruise port?

When it’s time to bid farewell to Athens, reversing the journey is just as essential. Utilize the Metro Line 1 or grab a taxi to return to Piraeus cruise port, ensuring a hassle-free departure.

Navigating from Piraeus cruise port to the city center and back is an integral part of your Athens adventure. Armed with this guide, you’re equipped to make informed choices, allowing you to focus on soaking up the rich history, culture, and beauty that Athens has to offer. Safe travels!

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The bustling port of Piraeus is the largest passenger port in Athens Greece. As well as many ships per day going to and from the Greek islands (mainly the Cyclades and Saronic Gulf but other destinations too) Piraeus Athens is also one of Europe’s major cruise ports.

Cruise lines dock their ships at Piraeus all year round although over winter it tends to be smaller cruise ships. As one of the largest cruise ports, Piraeus Athens can berth 11 cruise ships at a time from these small ships with a few hundred passengers up to the biggest ships from Royal Caribbean cruise line.

Some days there’s just one cruise ship at the port. On busy days I’ve seen up to 9 cruise ships scheduled in.

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Athens is a frequent stop for many cruise operators’ Mediterranean cruises. In fact, Piraeus Port is often the home port for Eastern Mediterranean cruises.

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It’s normal for a cruise line to arrange a one-day stop at Piraeus although some ships dock overnight. Most cruise ships tend to arrive in the early hours of the morning and then leave late in the evening. But have a good long day for you to explore the city.

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Some of the best cruise lines in the world stop in Athens Greece. You’ll often see large ships at the port from companies like:

  • Princess Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises

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  • Celebrity Cruises

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  • Hellenic Cosmos
  • Cunard Line Ships

Celebrity Beyond Ship at Piraeus

Here I’m going to help you navigate Piraeus Cruise Port specifically . The advice is slightly different if you’re using the Port of Piraeus and you’re not a cruiser because the ferries dock in a different area . But if you’re amongst the cruise passengers whose cruise visits, starts or finishes at this port of Athens then read on.

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Arriving at the Port of Piraeus Cruise Terminal by Cruise

Cruise ships arrive at gate E11 and gate E12 (Lion’s Gate) and there are three docks you could stop at.

The three terminals at Piraeus are some way apart from each other and from the Piraeus city centre so you might need to plan your exit when you get off the ship.

Cruise Terminal A Miaoulis is the main Terminal . Cruise terminal A is the closest to the ferry port but still about a 20 minute walk to Piraeus Metro station.

Terminal A at Athens Cruise Port

Cruise Terminal B Themistocles – the Terminal B building is the furthest pier from the Metro and ferry port. It’s also about a five-minute walk from where your cruise ship docks (if that’s the pier you arrive on).

Cruise terminals B and C in Piraeus Athens

Terminal C Alkimos is between terminals A and B, close to terminal B and the lion statue of Lion’s Gate fame.

If your cruise ship is the only one at Port Piraeus when you arrive you’ll likely be close to the terminal building. But if your cruise is one of several in Athens that day you could be quite a distance from the terminal.

Luckily there is a free shuttle service to move you between the ship and the terminal building.

Services available at the cruise port

  • tourist police
  • customs office
  • check-in desks

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  • currency exchange
  • duty-free shops

Gate E12 – the Lions Gate – at Athens Cruise Port

Athens Airport Bag Drop

There’s now a mini airport terminal at the Port of Piraeus. It’s the ferry port, not the cruise port but I’m including it here as it’s likely to be useful to many of you.

If you’re departing Athens by flight, you can check in your luggage between 1 day and 120 minutes before your flight.

You’ll be given a boarding pass and luggage tag. Then, while you explore the city, your luggage is taken to the airport. The hub you need to go to is called In Town Check In and you’ll find it at the passenger terminal at Gate Ε3.

Transport Near the Cruise Port

Public transportation near Piraeus cruise port includes:

Athens Metro is pretty reliable and easy to navigate . The Piraeus – Athens line 1 is the oldest but you can now use the blue line 3 from a brand new station. Both take about the same amount of time into central Athens.

On either, be aware that the Metro in Athens Greece is second in the world for pick-pocketing . So keep your valuables zipped away and be vigilant for scams like someone dropping something on the floor. Don’t help, just walk away.

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Tram – the tram lines to and around Piraeus are new. They’re a handy way of getting around the various parts of Piraeus city if you’re staying to explore that. And also a straightforward way of getting to Athens riviera if you want to visit that or have a hotel stay located there.

Hop on – Hop off buses

Mini train for tours around Piraeus

Tourist mini trains parked at terminal A

Spending Your Day in Athens City Center

If you’re heading to central Athens there are a number of options for you to get there.

Cruise Line Shuttle Buses

First off, check whether your cruise line is running dedicated shuttle buses to get you into Athens. If they are, it’s normally a free service and it’s probably useful to take advantage of them if you’re happy to get off the ship when they’re running.

Shore Excursions

Your cruise line will no doubt offer a number of shore excursions for you to choose from. As well as going into the city you might also have the option to explore ancient Greece via the Temple of Posideon at Cape Sounio or a day trip to Delphi .

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If you prefer, you can book independently for specific tours that take into account cruise ship itineraries . For shore excursions not booked through your cruise line, you’ll need to coordinate with the group organisers/ tour guide to get to and from your tour.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Not the quickest mode of transport but a good way to get the lay of the land and see a lot in a short space of time . There are several hop-on hop-off buses that come past the cruise port .

Gray Line Athens Hop on hop off bus

Some of the Piraeus Lines start later in the day (often around noon). There’s a stop outside terminal A with information about the current timetable that you can check. But also check company websites for your arrival date as the City Sightseeing Buses run from outside the passenger terminals every 15 minutes from earlier in the morning for cruise passengers.

To see the main sites like the ones below you’ll need to change from the Piraeus line to an Athens line unless you get one of the buses that goes directly to Athens.

Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

(including Temple of Athenian Nike)

Arguably the most famous of the Athenian landmarks the Acropolis will no doubt be top of your list the first time you visit Athens. If you’re visiting in the summer then the 17:30 tour can help avoid some of the crowds and heat.

If you have time, choose to visit the Acropolis Museum. Some tours include the museum. If yours doesn’t you can head there before or after for a good overview of Greek history and culture.

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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archeological Museum is the biggest in Greece. You’ll find artefacts from all over Greece housed here. Together these items give you an excellent picture of ancient Greek culture.

Opening times and entry fees vary seasonally so check on the museum’s site .

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National Library

The National Library has moved to a futuristic new building that makes up part of the complex at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center along the coast.

The Stavros Niarchos Park is a pleasant space to walk through and the centre holds concerts and various vents throughout the year.

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National Gallery

If you’re interested in visiting the National Gallery it’s close to Kolonaki (high-end shopping), the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art. Closed on Tuesdays it’s open from 10am – 6pm the rest of the week.

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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Another of Athens’ most distinctive landmarks is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, along with Hadrian’s Arch.

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Panathenaic Stadium / Ancient Olympic Stadium

Run around the track at the ancient Olympic Stadium, pose on the winners’ podium for photos or just hit your entire daily step count goal walking to the top of the seating area! It’s steep, and the marble is slippery when wet so take care.

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Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square is a huge square in the centre of Athens. Hellenic Parliament is housed in a large neoclassical building in the north that faces the famous shopping street of Ermou.

Below, on a wall around the building, you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s guarded by the Evzones /Presidential Guard. These ceremonial soldiers stand motionless in their elaborate and symbolic uniforms until it’s time to be replaced.

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You can watch the changing of the guards at Syntagma Square on the hour every hour.

But if your cruise stops in Athens on a Sunday you’ll get an extra special display . On Sundays at 11am , the soldiers wear traditional dress and it’s quite a sight to see.

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Mount Lycabettus

Lycabettus Hill is the highest peak in Athens and a leafy escape from the crowds. There’s a cable car that’ll transport you up and down. But if you’re feeling sporty you can hike up the trail.

There’s a church at the top along with a cafe/restaurant. So you could always cable car up and then work off your treats by walking back down.

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Express Bus

The X80 Piraeus-Acropolis-Syntagma Express bus line will get you to central Athens (Acropolis, Syntagma Square) in about 30 minutes . Main stops include Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Sygrou-Fix Metro, Acropolis and Syntagma.

This is quite a convenient way for cruise travelers to get into the city since it picks you up directly at the cruise port exits. Note that it only runs between May and October and from around 7am – 9pm . You can check the ticket price here .

OLP port shuttle bus at Athens Cruise port

In the picture above, you can see this is also a stop for the OLP port shuttle bus that goes to the cruise terminals where the ships dock.

There’s also a public bus, the 040 , that runs between Piraeus and Syntagma. It’s cheaper than the X80 but it stops at a lot of places and can get crowded . The X80 is generally better for tourists unless you arrive overnight. The 040 runs 24 hours so you can get into Athens at any hour. (Take a taxi if you’re a solo traveller arriving overnight.)

Piraeus Metro station / train station is about a 20 minutes walk from terminal A . Most likely you’ll have to walk because the drivers get a bit stroppy if you ask them to take you just a short distance from the port.

In my experience, they’ll take you if there’s no one else about. But the drivers will dump you for a better fare if someone else wants to go to the airport or the city centre for example.

If you’re walking look for Piraeus 3 on Google Maps . That will take you to the new station (2022) with the blue metro line 3.

Both that line and line 1 from the station below will take you into Athens in about the same amount of time so you can take either.

Ticket machines at Piraeus Metro station for travel between Piraeus and Athens

If you get the Metro line 1, take a moment to admire the architecture of the station . Buy your ticket from one of the machines (cash or card) and then get onto the green line.

Get off the Metro at Thissio for a meal with a view . The Acropolis from this neighbourhood is spectacular and there are rooftop restaurants you can enjoy it from. Then wander around the historic sites on your way to touristy Plaka .

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If you stay on an extra stop you can explore Monastiraki and the famous Monastiraki Flea Market . The proper market stalls are only out on Sunday but there’s an eclectic mix of small shops all week .

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From there, walk up Ermou , the main street for high-street shopping , until you get to Syntagma . There you can jump on one of the hop-on, hop-off bus tours or stay a while and watch the changing of the guard .

Spending Your Day in Piraeus City Centre

This ancient Athenian port is worth exploring if you’ve already been to Athens and/or just want to stay closer to your ship. The city of Piraeus is often overlooked . But as an ancient city with strong ties to maritime history, there’s plenty to see and do within walking distance.

Places you might enjoy visiting include:

Hellenic Maritime Museum

This is the largest marine museum in Greece and great if you’re a maritime enthusiast. The museum will take you through the history of the Hellenic Navy from prehistory to the present day.

It’s situated at Zeas Marina close to the cruise port. The marina itself is lovely to walk around too (see below).

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Archeological Museum of Piraeus

The tourist mini-train will drop you right outside if you want to get your dose of Greek history without traipsing all the way into Athens city centre.

This museum has lots of sculptures and will give you an in-depth look at the Pireaus area which was a busy place during antiquity.

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Municipal Theatre

The Municipal Theatre is a large neoclassical building that houses a variety of productions. Visit here to see what’s on. While you’re there pop into the new metro station outside. It houses some interesting historical exhibits that are worth a look.

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Holy Cathedral of Agia Triada

This is a beautiful building both inside and out. It’s also a quiet haven from the busy city. Remember to dress respectfully to enter this Orthodox Church. That means no shorts or uncovered shoulders.

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Piraeus Train Station

The metro station that houses green line one is another piece of architecture you might like to see. If you’re a train enthusiast the elegant station leads to the museum below.

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Electric Railway Museum

There’s an entrance to the railway museum at the Metro platform before you go through the barriers. The museum is open 8am – 2pm Monday to Saturday.

Piraeus is also a good city for normal shopping with chains like H&M, Marks and Spencer, Hondos Centre as well as lots of others, and specialist shops, too.

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Of course, you can find souvenir shops in the city and stores with local produce if you want to pick up some bits and pieces to take back.

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Marinas for Food and Drink

On top of that, you’re right by the sea and in a great place for traditional Greek food , particularly seafood .

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Take the number 20 (yellow) tram from Akti Posidonos to the Limhn Zeas stop at Mikrolimano and have a walk around the marina .

It’s a buzzing place day and night with plenty of coffee shops and restaurants . For a real treat, stay on the tram until Skalakia and enjoy an exciting meal at the Michelin-starred Varoulko Seaside Restaurant.

Accessing Public Transport from the Cruise Port

For the Metro, tram, mini train and hop-on hop-off buses come out of your cruise exit and head down the hill in front of you (to your left if you’re at terminal A).

Palm tree lined street at sunset

The train and buses stop where the main road splits to go off to terminal A. You’ll see the signs , it’s quite obvious.

Keep walking around to your left on the main road and you’ll come to the tram stop .

Tram stop nearest to Piraeus cruise port

5 minutes beyond that you’ll come to the Metro stations on your right. The one for line 1 is opposite Piraeus Port just before ferry gate E6. The other for line 3 is a little beyond the same gate.

I recommend downloading the offline version of Google Maps because you can find these spots easily on there.

Getting to Piraeus Cruise Port from Athens Airport

Thanks to the opening of a brand new station and stretch of railway, from10th October 2022 you can now get the metro directly from Athens airport to Piraeus port . The journey to Piraeus 3 Metro station takes about 55 minutes .

Note that the metros that run all the way between the airport and port only run every 36 minutes so account for that time too.

Taxis Or Private Transfer

Athens International Airport is about 40 minutes from Piraeus by taxi. Taxis are easy to get directly outside of the airport terminal. The cost is a flat rate of 54 euro during the day and 70 euro after hours.

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For peace of mind, you could also choose a private transfer service for a stress-free and easy transfer that you arrange and pay for in advance. The price should be similar to the taxi rates.

Taxis and transfers are the easiest and probably the best option for getting to the port.

There’s also the public bus service X96 . The journey time is around 90 minutes from the airport to the ferry port (gate E1). From there it’s a bit far to walk to your departure point with luggage. So either jump in a cab or get a second bus round to the cruise terminals.

Getting To Athens Cruise Port From Athens City Centre

If you’re planning to spend some time in the capital of Greece before or after your cruise then you can choose between getting a cab or taking the metro. The best way to get to the port from “downtown Athens” will probably depend on how many of you there are and how much luggage you have.

Taxis and cars on the Piraeus roads with tram cables overhead

Again, a private transfer is an option or just ask your hotel to arrange a taxi for you. Prices from central Athens hotels are around 20 – 30 euro.

Travelling by metro is quite straightforward from the centre . Get on (or change to) the blue Metro Line 3 at the central metro stations of Monastiraki or Sygntama and head straight for the port. It’s a short ride of just under 20 minutes to Piraeus.

However, as I said above, it’s a bit of a trek (30 minutes or more) to the actual cruise port of Piraeus (depending on which pier you need). So you’ll need to get a taxi or a bus round from the station.

Enjoy Your Cruise!

I hope this info helps you know more about what to expect when you arrive at the port of Piraeus, Athens’ cruise port. Whether it’s one of your ports of call or where you’re embarking on or disembarking your cruise, I wish you a wonderful trip.

Welcome To Piraeus, Athens Cruise Port: What You Need To Know

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Suzie writes informative posts for solo, nervous or first-time travellers to Greece, Turkey and other countries on her 50-before-50 bucket list. She became a Greek resident in 2020 and intends to visit every inhabited island (13 down!).

Thanks! This was very informative and helpful. We’ve booked a hotel (one night) in Piraeus so that we are near the cruise port. The hotel says that it has baggage transfer service – does that mean that we could have them deliver our luggage to the cruise port? Is it reliable?

Hi there. I’d just check they come along to the cruise port but I’m sure they will since it’s not far by car from the main port. I’d imagine it’s pretty reliable as they’re probably back and fourth with transfers. Perhaps look up the hotel on Google Maps or somewhere like booking. com and see if any of the reviews are from people who’ve specifically used that service.

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Today Piraeus is the home base of Greek shipping, the largest commercial fleet in the world, apace bound to the sea like few others. The harbours of Zea and Mikrolimano as well as Phaliro play host to countless yachts and sailing craft throughout the year. Piraeus was known in medieval times as Porto Leone, a name due to the enormous stone lion, which guarded the port's entrance. Today, the life of Piraeus is centred on its three ports: the main, central one and those of Zea and Mikrolimano. You can walk around the central harbour, shared by cargo and passenger ships alike, and watch the constant comings and goings of goods and people from around the world. Having completed your tour of the central harbour of Piraeus you will then head south traversing the peninsula and arrive at Peiraiki, one of the most picturesque neighbour hoods in the city. Here one finds the harbour of Zea, one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. If the night finds you in the area, you can try one of the many bars found nearby. You can continue your tour along the waterfront heading towards Kastella but a small deviation toward the city centre will be useful for then you can visit the verdant square of the municipal Theatre with cafeterias and shops of all kinds surrounding it. The magnificent building housing the Municipal Theatre as well as the Town Hall and the Library complete the picture presented by the main square in the city. Piraeus's little natural harbours are among its busiest and most touristy areas: Mikrolimano, Passalimani, Zea, Freatida and Hatzikiriakio. Countless seaside tavernas provide delicious seafood washed down with the uniquely Greek drink, ouzo. The fresh smell of the sea and the sounds made by the assortment of caiques, yachts and sailing ships, which are moored next to the tables, complete the enjoyment of the food Beyond the port, the most impressive spots are the hills of Profitis Ilias and Kastela with their neoclassical mansions and modern buildings which look as they are hanging over the sea.

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Almost 25km. from Ancient Olympia, is located the medieval Katakolo , in the district of ancient Pheia, which is, known today as the port of Pirgos, capital of our prefecture. Katakolo is a small town, with many shops, bars and good fish taverns, with fresh and tasty fish. The bay of Agios Andreas, is located next to Katakolo, on the top of a hill, is located the ruins of Pontikokastro, a very strong fort in the past, the period of Villehardouins. At Agios Andreas, everyone can enjoy coffee or a drink, admiring the sea and the gorgeous sunset.

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Catania is an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast. It sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano with trails leading up to the summit. The city's wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell'Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. In the southwest corner of the square, La Pescheria weekday fish market is a rowdy spectacle surrounded by seafood restaurants.

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If you've ever wondered what sort of prize you'd get for saving Europe, look no further than Valletta. Named after La Valette, the Grandmaster who masterminded Malta's successful stand against the Turkish siege of 1565, Valletta became the city of the Knights of the Order of St John and the seat of Malta's government. While travelling through the Mediterranean, Sir Walter Scott described Valletta as 'the city built by gentlemen for gentlemen'. Today it's a beautifully preserved 16th-century walled city, small enough to cover in a few hours without sweating too much in the Mediterranean sun. In fact, the streets were carefully laid out to channel cool breezes in from the harbour. Situated on the northeast coast of Malta, Valletta is the capital, and is built on the promontory of Mount Sciberras which juts out into the middle of a bay. This dissects the bay into two deep harbours: the Grand Harbour to the east and the Marsamxett to the west. Valletta is a rough rectangle at the tip of a peninsula on the coast, just a few hundred metres across in either direction and thus surrounded by water on its northern, eastern and southern sides. The city was named after Jean Parisot de la Valette who was the Grand Master of the Order of the Knight Hospitallers (Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem). This famed religious order of hospitallers was founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century and made their base in Malta after they were expelled from Rhodes by the Ottoman Turks. During the time of Grand Master La Valette, in 1565, the Knights and the Maltese managed to suppress a siege on the island by the forces of Süleyman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in what was to become known as one of history's greatest sieges. Following the siege, the building of the city began in the same year 1565 in order to create a base for the defence of the island. Although Grand Master La Valette managed to lay the first stone, he died before its completion. Most of the embellishments of Valletta were done during the time of Grand Master La Cassiere, especially the magnificent St John's Co-Cathedral. The reign of the Knights of St John eventually came to an end with the successful invasion by Napoleon who occupied Malta on his way to Egypt. A Maltese revolt against the French garrison was the catalyst for the occupation of Valletta by the British in 1800. Valetta is also the spot where the Italian fleet surrendered to the Allies in 1943. Valletta's network of streets is laid out in an orthogonal grid dominated by a main artery which crosses the length of the entire city and opens up into a series of squares at its geometric centre, around the Palace of the Grand Masters. The city architecture is inspired by Italian Renaissance planning principles, and served as an early model of urban design. Valletta is one of the most important planned towns of the Renaissance. It equals in its noble architecture, any capital in Europe, while its timeless beauty and artistic treasures make it a well-deserved World Heritage site. There are a number of superb museums here as well as historical sites that are worth visiting. The main thoroughfare in the city is Republic Street. You'll find all the main shops and character-filled side streets leading off from here. For those interested in shopping, Merchant's Street and Lucia Street are the places to go for the most interesting merchandise. Lucia Street is famous for the exquisite silver and gold filigree jewellery sold there. Merchant Street specializes in souvenirs and is also home to a large open market.

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The city of Rhodes is situated on the northern part of the island and has a population of 40,000 inhabitants. The town is characterized by modern blocks of flats, wide streets, stores, squares, monuments, picturesque neighborhoods, neo-classical houses, Byzantine churches and Turkish mosque. The recent touristic growth contributed to the construction of modern hotel units, night clubs, tavernas, restaurants and numerous shops. The sites of Rhodes are varied and interesting. Among them, one should visit the ruins of the Ancient City on the hill of Monte Smith, the mosque of Myrat Reis, the mosque of Souleiman, the Hydrobiological Institute, the churches of Agios Fragiskos, Panagia Nikis, True Cross, Panagia Kastrou, Profitis Ilias and Evangelistira, with the beautiful frescoes created by Kondoglou. One should also visit the windmills, the tower of Agios Nikolaos at the port of Mandraki, as well as the green park of Rodini, a few kilometres outside the city. The most impressive part of the city is the Medieval Town, the dominating walls surrounding it and the Palace of the Grand Magistrates, signifying the city's glorious and glamorous past. One should also visit the museums of Rhodes which are of extreme interest. The Archaeological Museum, housed in the Hospital of the Knights, includes sculpture, pots and several remarkable findings, while the Folk Museum exhibits a collection of traditional costumes and objects of daily use.

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This seaside resort town has grown immensely in the last 30 years, and is especially popular with package holiday-makers from Europe. From a population of 6000 in the 1970s, it is now closer to 50,000, although a high proportion of this are part of the tourist industry and here only for the summer. Many cruising ships travelling around the Aegean Islands stop here, especially because of its close proximity (20km) to Selcuk. Kusadasi is a good base to explore this and other ancient cities like Priene and Didyma. Although there is little of historical interest in Kusadasi itself, the town is popular predominantly because of its many hotels, restaurants, souvenir and carpet shops, and lively nightlife. The Kale district has some old traditional houses and narrow streets, and gives some indication of what the town used to be like. The most famous beach is Kadinlar Plaji, 2.5km south of the town, dominated by huge hotels and can get very crowded in summer. There are several small beaches further south, and closer to town is Yilanci Burnu, the peninsular.

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Istanbul is an international art and cultural center. The International Arts and Cultural Festival is held each year in June and July with famous artists coming from all over the world. These performances are held mostly at the Ataturk Cultural Center. Those who enjoy classical music can hear it at the Cemal Resit Rey Hall. Operas, operettas, ballets, films, concerts, exhibitions and conferences all contribute to the cultural palette of the city. Istanbul also has a rich program of light entertainment. Nightclubs provide splendid entertainment throughout dinner, ranging from a selection of Turkish songs to belly-dancing. Istanbul is a preffered city in terms of international art activities . This is because the art-lovers of Istanbul are respectful to the art and the artist. The famous performance artists feel themselves very comfortable in Istanbul concerts. Because the audience is very well aware of "the rituel of watching an artistic performance." The artist knows that he or she will not come across with impudent or disrespectful behavviours. It is the same for the international picture galleries, biennials, and visual activities. Neither the spectator nor the critic leave their "respectful attitude aganist the artist. " Hence the myths of traditional pop-rock genres, giants of jazz contempoporarylegends of classical western music are always in Istanbul, on the stage. To sum up; Istanbul is a city that can add compassion next to its giant size in terms of living area and population, and siling to assimilate the universal culture while "welcoming" it with utmost hospitality: a "world city" In this case, it deserves to be called "universal culture capital"

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Mykonos is world-famous. It is no coincidence that this, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, attracts so many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Here, the steep mountains to be encountered in most of the Cyclades give way to low, rocky hills which combine with superb beaches to make up the landscape of the island. The capital, Hora (Chora), with its colourful harbour in which little fishingboats nestle happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite a different picture from the majority of Aegean island towns. While it is usual for island villages to be built on naturally amphitheatrical sites, Mykonos is spread out over a flat area and conveys an impression of lid aesthetic cohesion. Along the whitewashed streets stand brilliant white box-shaped houses with stepped walls for sitting on, wooden doors and windows and brightly-coloured balconies. These are interspersed with small but impressive churches, pretty little tavernas and shops selling souvenirs and other goods, and the overall sense is of being inside a film set. On the low Kastro hill is the complex of churches known collectively as Our Lady 'Paraportiani', a superb arrangement of whitewashed masses created over the centuries and now recognised as a national cultural monument. Of particular historical and aesthetic interest are the medieval houses in this district of the town, which stand like a wall above the sea protecting the west side of Hora. The Archaeological Museum of Hora contains finds from tombs on the nearby island of Rhenia, sculptures, vases and figurines. The Folklore Museum brings together a number of collections of furniture, icons, pieces of sculpture and folk musical instruments. Mykonos is also the home of the Nautical Museum of the Aegean, which has interest all of its own. The countryside of Mykonos is a mixture of grey-green rocks ringed by prickly pear plants and little fertile areas carpeted with wild flowers. Here and there are tiny whitewashed chapels and windmills. Ano Mera is, after Hora, the most important of the older villages on the island. Standing 8 km. to the east of the town, Ano Mera has the interesting monastery of Our Lady Tourliani, ornamented with fine wood-carvings. The church has a collection of valuable ecclesiastical vessels, vestments and embroideries. The courtyard contains an interesting bell-tower and a marble fountain. Here lovers of the sea will find outstanding golden beaches such as Agios Stefanos, Psarou, Kalafatis, Platis Gialos, Ornos, Elia and Panormos. Miykonos is a busy island with all the amenities of a modern resort and with plenty to do - by day or night for those who want to have a lively time. Yet visitors fond of more peaceful holidays will still find quiet corners in which to relax.

Onboard the Nieuw Statendam

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Nieuw Statendam

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4.5 of 5 stars

  • Year Built: 2017

Honoring Holland America Line's past while keeping its eyes on the future, Nieuw Statendam is the sixth ship in Holland America Line’s history to bear the name Statendam and features several of the innovative venues that were introduced on her sister ship, the Koningsdam.

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Onboard Activities

Activities & services (included in cruise).

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  • Fitness Center
  • Culinary Arts Center
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Programs
  • Concierge Desk
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

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Greenhouse Spa

  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Infirmary/Medical Center

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The Dining Room

Main Dining

The Dining Room:  For breakfast, lunch or an unforgettable five-course dinner, the elegant main Dining Room is your destination for sophisticated dining, with menu selections from classic favorites to vegetarian options, to dishes inspired by the regions you’ll visit. Menus by Holland America Line's Culinary Council® of world-renowned chefs.

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Pinnacle Grill

Specialty Dining

Pinnacle Grill:  Enjoy dishes inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, such as king salmon from Alaska and choice, responsibly raised beef from Washington State’s Double R Ranch. Complement your meal with a selection of boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and other celebrated vineyards from around the world. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Canaletto:  This authentic Italian restaurant offers a menu that celebrates spartire (Italian for "sharing"). Try Braised Chicken Cacciatore "al Forno," Branzino ai Ferri or a classic Italian pasta: spaghetti pomodoro or garlic shrimp-infused ravioli, perhaps. Buon appetito! This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Tamarind:  Tamarind delights diners with exotic menus evoking the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Recently noted by Condé Nast Traveler for its “cuisine that rivals the top restaurants on land,” Tamarind is located on the uppermost deck, providing stunning panoramic views. Lunch includes tantalizing items such as steamed dim sum and spicy crab. Exotic dinner menus created by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin feature dishes honoring the elements of water, wood, fire and earth. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

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Room Service

Casual Dining

Lido Market:  Lido Market provides a fresh, new approach to casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a panoramic view of the sea. A modern marketplace with different themed stations, the Lido offers a curated selection of delicious options to grab on the go or to have quickly made to order.

Dive-In:  Dive in to a grilled burger on brioche or a Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog. For alfresco dining by the pool, Dive-In has it all, including lighter fare like the grilled chicken breast sandwich and vegetarian-friendly portabella mushroom stack.

New York Pizza:  Crisp Italian salads and personal pan pizzas made with a thin crust and a savory sauce are served up poolside.

Explorations Café:  A comfortable, coffeehouse environment offering espresso drinks and pastries. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Grand Dutch Café:  Inspired by blue and white Delftware, the Grand Dutch Café is the place to enjoy a fine pale lager or favorite coffee beverage with a traditional Dutch snack. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Room Service:  Complimentary 24-hour dining in the comfort of your stateroom.

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Inside Stateroom

Ocean view stateroom, balcony stateroom, suite stateroom, large interior spa stateroom (category: iq).

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  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Elemis Aromapure soap, lotion, shampoo
  • Luxurious bathrobes
  • Generous storage
  • Fresh fruit upon request
  • Ice service
  • TV with On Demand movies, programming

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms.

Large or Standard Interior Stateroom (Category: I)

Standard interior stateroom (category: j), standard interior stateroom (category: k), standard interior stateroom (category: l), standard interior stateroom (category: n), family oceanview stateroom (category: fa).

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  • Hair dryers, makeup mirrors

These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view.

Family Oceanview Stateroom (Category: FB)

Large oceanview spa stateroom (category: cq).

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Large Oceanview Stateroom (Category: C)

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Large Oceanview Stateroom (Category: D)

Large oceanview stateroom (category: e), large oceanview stateroom (category: f), single oceanview stateroom (category: oo).

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Verandah Spa Stateroom (Category: VQ)

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Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and shower with premium massage showerheads.

Verandah Stateroom (Category: VS)

Verandah stateroom (category: v), verandah stateroom (category: va), verandah stateroom (category: vb), verandah stateroom (category: vc), verandah stateroom (category: vd), verandah stateroom (category: ve), verandah stateroom (category: vf), verandah stateroom (partially obstructed view) (category: vh), pinnacle suite with verandah (category: ps).

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Category: PS

Neptune Spa Suite with Verandah (Category: SQ)

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  • Premium bathrobes, slippers
  • Fresh flowers
  • One-Touch concierge service
  • Whirlpool bath (suite dependent)
  • In-suite coffee, espresso
  • Complimentary laundry
  • Pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres served in suite
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Priority boarding for tender ports, priority dining/seating requests, special disembarkation service
  • High tea in suite on request
  • Exclusive tote bag

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses. The bathroom comes with a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, plus additional shower stall. Amenities include use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private concierge and an array of complimentary services.

Neptune Suite with Verandah (Category: SA)

Neptune suite with verandah (category: sb), neptune suite with verandah (category: sc), signature suite with verandah (category: ss).

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These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one murphy bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, and an additional shower stall.

Signature Suite with Verandah (Category: SY)

Vista suite with verandah (category: as).

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With a verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed — our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a shower, mini-bar and refrigerator.

Vista Suite with Verandah (Category: A)

Vista suite with verandah (category: b), vista suite with verandah (category: bc).

Observation Deck

  • Ship Name: Nieuw Statendam
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2018
  • Ship Class: Pinnacle
  • Maximum Capacity: 2,666
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 13
  • Number of Crew: 1,036
  • Officers' Nationality: International
  • Tonnage (GRT): 99,500
  • Country of Registry: Netherlands
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International

Available Dates & Prices

Departure date, departure date - 10/04/2025, terms & conditions.

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, is valid for select stateroom categories only, and does not include the Kirkland Signature Included Extras. The Kirkland Signature rate will be shown in the Rates section on the Stateroom Category page during booking.

♦Included Extras are for first and second passengers only unless noted otherwise. Shipboard credit has no cash value, is nontransferable, and is not redeemable for cash.

†One Digital Costco Shop Card per room/stateroom, per stay. The exact amount of the Digital Costco Shop Card will be calculated during the booking process. The Digital Costco Shop Card promotion is nontransferable and may not be combined with any other promotion. A Digital Costco Shop Card will arrive by email approximately 10 days after the start of your cruise. Click on the Terms & Conditions link below for additional information.

Ship's registry: The Netherlands

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This booking includes a Digital Costco Shop Card which will arrive by email one to two weeks after you return from your vacation. The Digital Costco Shop Card is a convenient payment option in our warehouses and on Costco.com.

Ship Rating

5 of 5 stars

An outstanding luxury cruise experience with an exceptional level of attention to detail. Expect superb service from all levels of officers and staff.

4.0 of 5 stars

A very good quality all-around cruise experience aboard a ship that offers a range of facilities and services.

3.0 of 5 stars

A decent, unpretentious cruise experience, with a moderate amount of space and quality in furnishing and fittings.

2.0 of 5 stars

A modest quality cruise experience with less attention to detail and service.

1.0 of 5 stars

Expect a very basic cruise experience with minimal attention to service, hospitality and finesse.

0.5 of 5 stars

Offers some, but not all, of the amenities and services associated with the next highest star rating.

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