ATHENS – PIRAEUS:
A CULTURAL JOURNEY IN ATHENS

Immerse yourself in Greece’s cultural heritage in Athens.

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The largest port in the Eastern Mediterranean, Piraeus is the gateway to many Greek islands but it also has its secret side that becomes more fascinating the more you explore it. 

Piraeus is not only a busy port but also an attractive tourist center with markets, bars, squares, marinas, gourmet restaurants, and local hangouts.  Explore the lively side streets and you’ll find seafood restaurants and bars with an island atmosphere, and neighborhoods dotted with neoclassical buildings and bazaars.

Along the coast, the atmosphere is changed by attractive seaside neighborhoods such as Mikrolimano and Pasalimani with bars and seafood taverns. Symbolized by the ruins of the Long Walls that once extended all the way to Athens, Piraeus is a concentrated history of Greece, telling again and again of centuries of decline and rebirth.

GUIDE TO PIRAEUS

Piraeus is an amazing blend of tradition, culture and Mediterranean charm. Embark on a journey of discovery and let Piraeus show you enchanting moments all at the same time.

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WHAT TO DO IN ATHENS?

Athens and Piraeus offer a treasure trove of experiences for every traveler where Greek hospitality await at every turn.

If you’re traveling to an island in the Aegean Sea or you are ready for island hopping near Athens, it’s worth taking the time to explore Piraeus. Piraeus is famous for its markets. The main triangular shopping center formed by Gounari, Ethnikis Antistaseos, and Akti Poseidonos streets, and an even larger shopping center in Pasalimani. In the evening, the nightlife of Piraeus envelops the neighborhood.  

Mikrolimano

At the restaurants of Mikrolimano, just a short walk from Piraeus harbor, wooden decks and yacht masts swaying on the water set the scene for an unforgettable dining experience.  The wine glistens in the bottle and the ouzo turns cloudy white as the ice melts. Late at night, as the bar on the edge of the picturesque harbor heats up, it’s hard to believe you’re not on an island.

Kastela

In Kastela, you’ll discover a new view of the coast from a group of elegant buildings on an elevated position. This is your chance to see Piraeus through the windows of a 19th-century neoclassical mansion that has been restored and converted into a bistro, bar, café, or restaurant. Walk through the alleys and climb the stairs of the city’s most prestigious neighborhood. At the very top is the Chapel of the Prophet Elijah, overlooking the port.

The architectural gems of Piraeus

The Municipal Theater, built in 1884, is the symbol of Piraeus and one of the most important theater buildings in Greece. The Naval Academy, designed by the famous architect Ernst Ziller, the Hatzikyriakeio, was built in 1897, and the Piraeus metro station with its huge arched roof. This is the terminus of the Athens train, which was inaugurated in 1930 by Eleftherios Venizelos, one of Greece’s most important historical figures.

Explore Athens

Travel back in time to the rich history of Athens and visit its ancient wonders. See the majestic Acropolis, crowned by the legendary Parthenon, and explore the ruins of the ancient Agora, once the center of Athenian life. Athens is a living museum of ancient civilizations, where every street corner reveals a new chapter of history.

Embark on a colorful culinary journey to Athens, where ancient recipes combine with modern innovations. Sample traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki and spanakopita at local tavernas and mezedopolia. Sample fresh seafood at the lively fish market in Piraeus or indulge in street food such as gyros at local street stalls.

Athens’ labyrinthine streets are unique and fascinating in their own way. Explore Plaka, a historic neighborhood with winding alleys, neoclassical buildings and panoramic views of the Acropolis. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Psyrri with its lively bars, live music venues and late-night eateries. Athens is a city of contrasts, where ancient ruins and modern life coexist, with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

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MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Explore Athens’ vibrant art scene through its galleries and museums, where each visit promises a journey into creativity and culture.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF PIRAE…

This beautifully designed museum contains well-preserved artifacts, mostly from the Piraeus area.

HELLENIC MARITIME MUSEUM

If you are interested in maritime history, be sure to visit this museum.

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

An archaeological museum specializing in finds from the Acropolis in Athens.

BENAKI MUSEUM

One of the most comprehensive and innovative museum organizations in Europe.

PANDORA ART GALLERY

Explore the art of world-known artists at House of Fine Art that will stimulate your emotions.

ATHENS GALLERY

Paintings and unique sculptures by famous Greek artists in bronze, aluminum, silver and crystal.

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THE BEST RESTAURANTS

Whether it’s contemporary Greek cuisine, a classic tavern, a seaside fine dining restaurant or a classic souvlaki, Athens’ restaurants can satisfy any craving.

Wander the vibrant streets of Athens and Piraeus on a culinary adventure to appreciate Greece’s rich gastronomic traditions and culinary creativity.  In the hidden taverns tucked away in cobbled streets,  gather to share stories and savor the timeless flavors of home-cooked food. From traditional Greek mezze to innovative fusion cuisine, Athens and Piraeus offer a gastronomic journey as varied as it is delicious. 

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SPONDI

Michelin-starred, the menu features French-inspired cuisine with a focus on seasonal ingredients.

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VAROULKO SEASIDE

It is renowned for its seafood dishes by Chef Lefteris Lazarou, Greece’s first Michelin-starred chef.

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ALERIA

Aleria offers contemporary Greek cuisine with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients.

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NOLAN

This restaurant combines traditional Greek flavors with modern techniques to create innovative dishes.

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HYTRA

Hytra offers Greek cuisine with a creative twist and has been awarded a Michelin star for its excellence.

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AMMOS

This cozy Greek taverna offers a wide variety of traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.

During your culinary exploration of Athens and Piraeus, be sure to enjoy some of Greece’s most iconic dishes:

Moussakas: A one-pot dish consisting of layers of baked eggplant, minced meat, and creamy béchamel sauce. This traditional dish embodies the comforting flavors of Greece and is a must-try when visiting the country.

Souvlaki: Marinated skewers of pork, chicken, lamb, or other meats, served with warm pita bread, fresh vegetables, and  tzatziki sauce. Souvlaki is a beloved street food and a delicious way to experience Greek cuisine.

Greek Salad (Horiatiki): A refreshing salad of tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and onions, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with dried oregano. 

Baklavas: A tempting dessert consisting of layers of buttery phyllo dough, sweetened with honey and syrup, and stuffed with chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Baklava is rich and sumptuous, the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

 

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NIGHT LIFE IN ATHENS

Whether you’re seeking trendy clubs in hip neighborhoods or seaside bars by the water, Athens and Piraeus offer endless options for a memorable night out.

Athens and Piraeus offer a vibrant nightlife experience. As the sun sets, the city comes alive with bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. In Athens, you will find everything from sophisticated rooftop bars with spectacular views of the Acropolis to lively tavernas where locals gather to enjoy live music and traditional Greek dancing.

In Piraeus, waterfront bars and seaside taverns offer the perfect setting for a relaxing evening by the sea, with fresh, chilled drinks, and live music. Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink with friends, Athens and Piraeus offer something for everyone once the sun goes down.

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THE CLUMSIES

The best cocktails in Athens. It is part of the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

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360 COCKTAIL BAR

Located above Monastiraki Square, it offers 360-degree views of the city of Athens.

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SIX D.O.G.S

An all day bar that hosts guest DJs and concerts by local and international musicians.

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PALEO BAR

It is located in an old warehouse in Piraeus. Here you will find excellent wines from small producers.

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ISTIOPLOIKOS

An all day bar offering spectacular views to the small bay.

VARKIZA
ISLAND ATHENS RIVIERA

One of the most popular clubbing destinations with iconic views of the sea.

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THE BEACHES OF ATHENS

Enjoy a perfect seaside vacation on the purest beaches of Athens, where golden sands meet crystal clear waters. Athens beaches with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and a selection of different beach bars and cafes offer a relaxing break close to the city center.

VOULIAGMENI BEACH

This beach offers clear blue waters and is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas for relaxation.

LIMANAKIA

These picturesque rocky beaches are popular among locals and visitors alike for sunbathing, and swimming.

VARKIZA BEACH

This organized sandy beach offers a wide stretch of shoreline with shallow waters.

CAPE SOUNION BEACH

It offers stunning views of the Temple of Poseidon perched atop the cliff.

AGIOS NIKOLAOS

It offers a tranquil escape from the city, with its clear waters and serene atmosphere..

SCHINIAS BEACH

The beach is popular for water sports activities, and there are also beach bars and restaurants.

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