If you're planning a trip to Athens, don't forget to explore the nearby port city of Piraeus.
Just a short distance from the capital, the coastal town of Piraeus offers a wealth of cultural, historical, and recreational activities. From traditional quarters and museums to culinary delights, beaches and excursions to the islands around Athens, Piraeus is definitely worth a visit.
In this article, we've compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in Piraeus, so you can make the most of your visit.
Let's dive in and discover all that this bustling coastal town has to offer!
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1. Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
The Archaeological Museum of Piraeus is dedicated to the history and development of the important port city of Piraeus. Archaeological finds, sculptures, reliefs, ceramics, grave monuments and seafaring objects can be seen. Also worth mentioning are the ruins of the ancient theater of Zea, dating from the 2nd century BC, which can be admired from the museum courtyard.
- Read more: Archaeological Museum of Piraeus
2. Piraeus Cruise Port
With more than 20 million passengers annually, the cruise port of Piraeus is the largest and most important port in Greece. Just 10 kilometers from the center of Athens, it is easy to get to with the connection to the metro network.
Numerous ferry services start from here and can take you to the Saronic Islands, the Cyclades, the East Aegean Islands and Crete, to name just a few. There are also many shops, cafes and restaurants as well as hotels directly at the port area.
- For more information about the terminals, ferry routes, timetable and more, read our complete guide to the cruise port of Piraeus.
3. Day Trips to the Greek Islands
At the port of Piraeus you can board a ferry and after a wonderful sea trip you can visit the Greek islands near Athens. Such day tours are one of the most popular experiences. You can easily spend the whole afternoon on a Greek island, cooling off in the sea when the weather is nice or relaxing on the beach. Day trips to the Saronic Islands, Santorini and Mykonos are particularly popular.
Popular Ferry Ticket Options from Piraeus:
- 1 Way Ferry Ticket to Santorini
- 1 Way Ferry Ticket to Aegina Island
- 1 Way Ferry Ticket to /from Agistri Island
- 1 Way Ferry Ticket to/from Poros Island
- 1 Way Ferry Ticket to/from Methana
4. Hellas Liberty Floating Museum
Hellas Liberty Floating Maritime Museum in the port of Piraeus offers interesting insights into seafaring and the naval history of Greece. Aboard one of the world's last three remaining Liberty ships, you can explore the ship's various cabins and rooms, as well as view a naval exhibit.
- Check out our complete guide to Hellas Liberty Floating Maritime Museum, with details on the exhibition, tickets, getting there, and more.
5. Hellenic Maritime Museum
Another impressive museum of Greek maritime history is the Hellenic Maritime Museum at Zea Marina. An extensive collection with over 2,500 exhibits sheds light on the past of the important seafaring nation. Among other things, maps, weapons, nautical instruments, ship models, paintings and furniture are shown.
- More here: Guide to Hellenic Maritime Museum
A popular stage in Piraeus is theDolphinarium Menandreio Theater, which is an open-air theater with a wide variety of shows. Another highlight is the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, which is of great importance for the cultural life of the locals with its theatrical and musical performances.
- Read our complete guide to Dolphinarium Menandreio Theater
7. D-Marin Zea
D-Marin Zea Marina connects directly to Piraeus. The luxury marina boasts maritime restaurants, cafes, tennis courts and a swimming pool. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities, with a number of boutiques and shops to be found here. Culture lovers can visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum. A number of ferries to Greek islands, including the Saronic Islands depart from here.
- Fore more details, visit our dedicated page about D-Marin Zea Marina.
Even if Piraeus has a direct connection to several islands thanks to its port, you don't have to go far. Piraeus boasts its own beaches where you can sunbathe and swim. The most popular beach is Riviera Beach. Also worth mentioning is Votsalakia Beach and Freatida Beach, right next to the Marina.
Popular Cruises & Beach Trips from Athens:
- From Athens: 2-Day Santorini and Mykonos Trip
- From Athens: Mykonos Day Trip with Ferry Tickets
- Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal & BBQ
- 1-Day Cruise to the Greek Islands of Poros, Hydra & Aegina from Athens (Bestseller)
- All Day Cruise -3 Islands to Agistri,Moni, Aegina with lunch and drinks
- Athens: Boat Tour to Agistri, Aegina with Moni Swimming Stop
- Tickets for Athens Riviera Sunset Cruise + Drinks and Snacks
- Santorini Private Tour from Athens: Sightseeing & Wine Tasting
9. Greek Cuisine
With a seafront location, Piraeus offers countless restaurants serving delicious Greek cuisine based on fresh fish and seafood. The restaurants at the harbor are particularly beautiful and offer a magnificent view of the sea. One recommendation, for example, is the Pisina, where you can watch the ferries go by in a relaxed ambience and delicious food.
- Be sure to check out our list with 40 typical dishes from Greek cuisine.
Piraeus is also home to beautiful Greek Orthodox churches. These include the Church of Ieros Naos Agia Triada, not far from the Municipal Theater, which boasts a majestic exterior but an equally impressive and ornate interior. Another lovely church is the 19th-century Church of St. Nicholas, which can be found next to the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus and is richly decorated.
- Read more: 10 Beautiful Churches in Athens