Just a stone’s throw from the Athens city centre, the Piraeus District is a fascinating blend of history, culture and charm. It’s anchored by a bustling oceanfront promenade, with gorgeous views of the Apollo Coast. The district is dotted with archaeological treasures, which makes it a fascinating destination for history enthusiasts. If you want to leave behind the crowds of the Parthenon and Acropolis, Piraeus is the perfect escape.
Things to do in Piraeus
Most visitors gravitate towards Mikrolimano and Bay of Zea, the district’s most popular harbours. Both have an upbeat atmosphere and sparkling views of the Apollo Coast. Start your morning with coffee and cake at a sun-drenched cafe, or wind up a day of sightseeing with a seafood platter at an authentic fish tavern.
The Piraeus District is home to a string of unique archaeological sites, including the ancient Long Walls built by Themistocles in the 5th century. If you want to know more, pencil in an afternoon at the Archaeological Museum or the Hellenic Maritime Museum.
Perched high on a hillside, Castella is one of Greece’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Steep streets and staircases lead up to the district, which offers panoramic views of the port. Castella is known for its 19th-century mansions, painted in pretty shades of pastel. Today, they house some of the city’s best cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars.
Getting around Piraeus
Just 12 kilometres from the city centre, the Piraeus District falls well within the Athens urban area. Taxis will get you there in around 30 minutes, with local buses, trolleys and trams taking slightly longer. Once you arrive, the best way to explore the Piraeus District is on foot.