Pireaus - "Porto Leone" - The Lion of Medeterranean
Piraeus was known in medieval times as Porto Leone, a name due to the enormous stone lion, which guarded the port's entrance. So, its life had been joined to the sea since its creation. Today, the life of Piraeus is centred on its three ports. You can walk around the central harbour, shared by cargo and passenger ships alike, and watch the constant comings and goings of goods and people from around the world. Then, continue your walk to the...
Piraeus is my hometown and a major Greek port and amongst the biggest in the whole of the Mediterranean, Piraeus (Pireas) is an important city and often considered to be a suburb of Athens, which lies just minutes away. Piraeus has become nothing short of a hub for the ferry network travelling all around the Aegean Sea and the biggestst Cruise Liners Port of call in Medeterranean whilst its proximity to Athens means that it often merges imperceptibly with the Greek capital, its seafront offers a very different and distinctive appearance.Without question, tourists will find that the most appealing area of Piraeus lies around its easterly quarter, alongside both the Mikrolimano Harbour and the Zea Marina. This seafront district is brimming with waterfront restaurants, bars and nightspots and tourism, and was greatly revamped in time for the recent Athens Olympics, with the creation of a beautiful harbourfront promenade, lined with trees and passing the medieval city walls, which offer an insight and historical information about the city's rich past.
There are a number of impressive historical landmarks dotted around the city of Piraeus, provide much character. The Cathedral of Agia Triada is one such building and dates to the 18th century. Hard to miss is the city's acclaimed Municipal Theatre on the Korai Square, which features Neo-classical Greek architecture and regularly hosts various concerts and theatrical performances. To find out more information about the city's rich past, the Piraeus Archaeological Museum is on hand and contains a very famous statue of Apollo.
Piraeus offers the perfect base to explore some of Greece's very best attractions, and no tourist could be blamed for being tempted by the allure of the ancient landmarks within Athens, which include the Acrocropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. However, to the south of Piraeus, the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion makes for a great day trip, as do the nearby attractions within both Elefsina and Marathon. To escape from city life, the National Park at Mount Parnitha is quite unbeatable.
And never forget that the most famous song of Grrece abroad, alonside with Syrtaki and Zorbas ... is The " Kids of Piraeus" ( Ta paidia tou Peiraia' by Melina Merkouri dedicated to the city and its eternal charm sang and translated in noumerous languages all around the world!!!
The only thing a tourist has do to being in Piraeus is just to become a part of city's charm which goingt to be an unforgetable memory.