Welcome to the Piraeus cruise port guide. Piraeus is the port to Athens. It always has and it always will be. Piraeus is about 12 km of 7 miles away from Athens. Piraeus is the 3rd largest city in Greece and one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean. Although Piraeus has some nice sights and museum to offer we could highly recommend you to take the 30 minute journey over to Athens. Athens has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It is a city that shaped our modern day world in many different ways. The cities fascinating history would reach a peak in the 5th century B.C. when values of civilisations would be established that we still live by today. Politics, philosophy and democracy has all been created and developed here in this capital city of beautiful Greece which has therefore received the nickname: cradle of western civilisation. The modern town of Athens has been build around the ruins that have stood the test of time for thousands of years. They stand witness to the mighty Greek empire. The ruins and art will reveal the many stories that can be told about this ancient city.
The acropolis is the eye catcher of Athens and one of the most famous buildings in the world. The Acropolis was born around 440 BC. It was the highlight of Greece, a centre of creativity in an era when writing, theater and art would flourish. 25 centuries is still stands proudly on the hill overlooking the modern day city of Athens. Combo ticket deal! If you buy a ticket for the Acropolis you basically buy a combo ticket that is valid for 4 days for 7 sites (one visit per site). This ticket of 12 euro is valid for the Acropolis, Theater of Dionysos, Archeological site and museum of ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Olympia, Keramikos and Adrian’s Library.
This is without doubt the best museum of Greece. The exhibition displays art and archeological findings of thousands of years of Greek history here in 1 building. It is immense and it sometimes feels like they have an unlimited amount of sculptures here.
The port of Piraeus offers several docking locations for cruise ships. This is cruise terminal A which is one of the most commonly used cruise docks. You will find tourist information, souvenir shops and a taxi stand at the cruise terminal. Learn more about ways to get to Athens from the cruise terminal in the full Piraeus cruise port guide.
The Agora might be the most important place in Athens if not Europe. It formed the political heart of old Athens from 600 BC onwards. Imagine this was place where you could find theaters, schools and shopping centres. A place that was the political and social heart of Athens and this is still being seen as the birthplace of democracy and the western world. Find this museum in the heart of Athens. Stoa – Agora Museum On the premises of the Agora you will find the Stoa. It was build in the 2nd century BC and nowadays it houses the Agora Museum. It is a very good museum especially if you want to know more about the form of art 2 millennia ago and learn about the meaning behind the rocks that make up the ruins of Agora nowadays. Find the Stoa on the premises of the Agora.
The plaka is the neighbourhood that developed around the ruins of the Acropolis. This 17th century neighbourhood is a maze of streets that lead you to one of the most scenic streets of Athens. Pick up your souvenirs here or try some Greek specialities.
You will find many sites like this throughout the city centre of Athens. This one is the temple of Olympian Zeus. It was completed by emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century BC. It took 8 centuries to build and that point it was the largest temple in Greece.
The new Acropolis Museum opened its doors in 2009. To get the full picture of what the Acropolis was all about you simply have to visit this museum. It houses lots of artefacts and archeological finds from the site and it completes the story of these mysterious times.