If Athens is on the route list of a cruise ship, the city of Piraeus is called at the gates of Athens. According to the 2011 census, Piraeus has a population of approximately 164.000. The city is best known for its port, which the Greek Melina Mercouri sang about a long time ago.
Port of Piraeus
Piraeus - Greece's largest port
Piraeus took fourth place in the ranking of European container ports in 2019. The city is mainly famous for its passenger port, one of the largest in Europe. Every year around 9 million travelers use the ferry connections from Piraeus to the Greek islands. In addition, many cruise ship guests stop in the port city to visit nearby Athens.
Interesting facts about Athens
According to the last census, there were 664.000 people in Athens (as of 2011). The Athens agglomeration even has more than three million inhabitants. Athens is the largest city in Greece in terms of population and area. It is also the country's cultural, historical, political and economic center. As far as culture and history are concerned, this is proven by the countless sights that visitors flock to Athens for.
Due to its location, Athens has a dry and warm climate. In summer, the thermometer can stay up to 40 ° Celsius for days due to hot spells.
Athens for crusaders
You don't need organized sightseeing tours to get to know Athens. Metro line 1 goes from Piraeus to Athens. In addition, several tram and bus routes connect the two cities. We advise guests whose cruise begins or ends in Piraeus to reserve a day or two for Athens.
Piraeus Metro Station
Update December 2020