The port of Piraeus is Greece’s biggest port, and therefore a place that enjoyed a prosperous past and lively present. As a bustling centre of industry and a point proximate to Greece’s idyllic scattering of islands, Piraeus sees thousands of tourist pass through. However, a short sojourn in this great Greek gem will afford visitors cultural highlights and an ancient atmosphere typical to one of Europe’s most historically rich places.
One of Piraeus’ most alluring and attractive neighbourhoods is Kastella, an evocative maze of winding lanes and picturesque monuments. A splendid sprawl of buildings tumble down from the hilltop, upon which resides the Prophet Elijah Church, a sacred and serene structure which creates an arresting image.
Explore both land and sea with Piraeus’ excellent selection of museums; begin by immersing yourself in the salty depths of the sea with a visit to the Maritime Museum, a place that boasts a captivating collection of model ships and nautical instruments.
Due to the island’s rich geological and historic heritage, the Piraeus Archaeological Museum teems with remarkable relics that have been excavated from the region; though small in size, the museum recalls an ancient time in which the port was an entirely different place.
For a true taste of gorgeous Greek gastronomy, dine at the delectable Collection Barbeque. The restaurant is nestled onto a small marina upon which glittering yachts and traditional fishing boats reside; begin your culinary odyssey with a plate of fried tomato balls and continue onto the signature speciality of chicken souvlaki accompanied by a rich and creamy yoghurt sauce. (Akti Moutsopoulou 10, Piraeus 18535, Greece)