This ancient port which happens to be one of the oldest in Greece, has an excellent position within the mainland coast which makes it the ideal starting point for a yacht charter holiday and exploring the region by sea.
This town has been on the map since the 5th century BC, being one of the most important harbors in Greece both in ancient times and in more modern days, thanks to its strategic location and to its proximity to the country’s capital, Athens. Piraeus does present interest to Yacht Charter travelers for its wonderful scenery and numerous marinas which lines the dented shores of the Greek peninsula.
The name Piraeus roughly translates into “the place over the passage” because the city sits on a steep hill overlooking a wide plain that in ancient times used to be flooded regularly by sea waters and thus made for a difficult passage. So important was the harbor for the city’s development that periods of trade stagnations coincided with the city’s stagnation. This fact is also true today, when the harbor is still the beating heart of the urban agglomeration, with Yacht Charter people coming in from all corners of the world to moor their boats here.
Travel & Arrival
Even if Piraeus harbor constantly ranks amongst the top 10 busiest ports in Europe, most Yacht Charter tourists get in from Athens, using the Metro system after disembarking at Athens International Airport. The trip to Piraeus can also be made by ferry, hydrofoil or a free shuttle bus. There is a 2h-hours a day bus service, Airport Express, that links the airport to the port in Piraeus on a trip that usually takes 90 minutes.
Avant & Apres Sail
Among the top ranking landmarks for Yacht Charter visitors you’ll find the Archeological Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Municipal Gallery, but for boat lovers it’s also worth noting that the harbor itself and the numerous marinas can constitute a touristic objective, after all, this is the largest commercial port in Greece and Pasalimani Marina is one of the largest in all Mediterranean.
The food here is by excellence centered on seafood specialties, with many venues, especially around the harbor competing to serve the best exquisite dishes to the always hungry Yacht Charter masses of sailors. The reason so many eateries are huddled together around the port is because Piraeus is a departure point for the Greek islands so many make an eating stop here before heading out further to sea.
Shopping isn’t exactly a booming activity in Piraeus but there are some souvenir shops that are worth looking into. Mostly, you’ll find historical replicas of local architecture or typical Greek products. You’ll also find chains of supermarkets popular throughout Europe but the groups of Yacht Charter seek the kiosks with traditional products.
You’ll find that nightlife in Piraeus is very cosmopolite and suiting almost every desire you got, being in a fierce competition with Athens to keep up. The first thing that will catch the Yacht Charter tourist’s eye is the myriad of cafes, bars and clubs which cover a wide range of prices, from the cheapest to the most expensive. But in case you can’t find anything you like, there’s always the half hour trip to Athens.
Events & Actions
A big city such as Piraeus (third largest in terms of population in Greece) has many celebrations throughout the year, but the visiting Yacht Charter guest will be surprised to find out that most of these are related to some religious event. The biggest one involves both religion and boats and is called Epiphany, where boats are blessed by priests for good luck and to ward off evil.